Hyatt Gold Passport points are on sale through U.S. Travel Association Daily Getaways today at a good price. I will try to buy a set of points. So will many other people. This is a deal that will definitely sell out quickly, so be prepared with your finger on the mouse precisely at 1:00pm ET today if you want to buy cheap Hyatt points at about $10 per 1,000 points.

I wrote about this offer two weeks ago in my post Daily Getaways July 11 Hyatt Points at low, low price for the lucky few.

The highlight deal in Week Five of U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways is Hyatt Gold Passport with points as low as $10 per 1,000 points. The bad news is you are highly unlikely to actually find yourself on the landing page to buy any set of points during this Hyatt sale. There are only 165 sets of points in four different sales. Most of these points packages will be gone in the first three seconds after the sale begins at 1pm ET on Thursday, July 11.

  • 24,000 points (100 sets) = $260 ($234 with AmEX payment)
  • 30,000 points (35 sets) = $330 ($297 with AmEx payment)
  • 36,000 points (15 sets) = $415 ($373.50 with AmEx payment)
  • 69,000 points (15 sets) = $775 ($697.50 with AmEx payment)
  • Only one set may be purchased per each of the four offers.

This is a great price compared to the normal $24 rate. The current sale brings the Hyatt Gold Passport points purchase rate to as low as $9.75 per 1,000 points with the 24,000 points purchase.

Good luck with Hyatt.

The Market Has Spoken on Hotel Points Purchases

Daily Getaways this year offered points packages from Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges, Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club and Wyndham Rewards. Marriott Rewards offered discount gift cards. Starwood Preferred Guest stayed out of the game.

The points items from Best Western, Hilton HHonors and IHG Rewards Club did not sell out and are still available for sale in Daily Getaways.

Best Western is understandable since the price is not that great at $60 per 10,000 points when many hotels are in the 28,000 to 36,000 range.

IHG Rewards Club kind of surprises me since $90 for 15,000 points makes for some cheap hotel nights with PointBreaks rewards at 5,000 points per night. My current road trip from California to Denver has cost 15,000 points for three hotel nights in towns where the rates would have been around $350 for the lowest published rates for the three nights.

Hilton HHonors not being able to sell their points should be an eye-opener for the program executives. HHonors is trying to sell 150,000 points for $825, 10% less with American Express payment. The fact that many Premium Room Rewards will cost 75,000 points for one night on a room that is less than $250 is probably keeping members from investing in HHonors loyalty points. HHonors has really screwed up their loyalty program hotel stay redemptions in the past few years.

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Still, there are savings to be found with 150,000 points if you are selective. The Hilton San Francisco would be about 20% less with a Points and Cash stay tonight at the rate points are available in Daily Getaways.

Next year Hilton HHonors should try selling more sets of points in smaller amounts rather than asking members to plop down $825 for points that have no known value based on HHonors errant changes to hotel awards.

 

Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests.

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Vernal, Utah is dinosaur country. Many of the dinosaurs seen in museums around the world were specimens collected in the Uintah Basin. Vernal is the Utah gateway to Dinosaur National Monument.

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Dinosaur on U.S. 40, the main street in Vernal, Utah.

Dinosaur fossil beds were discovered near Vernal, Utah in 1909 by Earl Douglass, a paleontologist working for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He and his team excavated thousands of dinosaur fossils in the area and shipped them out of Utah to the museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the 80-acre dinosaur quarry in Utah as Dinosaur National Monument in 1915. The park area was expanded to over 200,000 acres in 1938 with most of the current National Monument area in Colorado. Dinosaur National Monument also includes much of the Green River and Yampa River canyons. These rivers are two of the main sources of water flowing into the Colorado River in Utah.

Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum

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Tuesday, July 9 I sat in a casino in Ely, Nevada changing my hotel reservations over the internet. I had a reservation at Super 8 in Wells, Nevada 124 miles north of Ely.

Super 8 Wells is a Wyndham Rewards property at 8,000 points per night. I booked a cash stay and planned to change to points before arrival. I thought there was a good chance I would cancel and I figured it would be easier to cancel a cash stay.

The reservation cancellation policy stated 6pm day of arrival. At 4:30pm Pacific Time, the Wyndham Rewards website stated it was too late to cancel. I called the Super 8 in Wells directly, but nobody answered in several calls. A message machine came on and stated the message memory was full.

Finally I tried the Wyndham Rewards toll free number and eventually got a live person, in India?, who proceeded to cancel my reservation without any issue.

I have had this problem before with cancellation periods based on west coast time and website based on east coast time.

Three Nights, Three States and Three IHG PointBreaks Hotels

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