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Hyatt Promotion – Feb 15 – May 15

Gary at VFTW posts that you can earn from 1,000 to 1,500 per stay at Hyatt (the higher earn rates are for Hyatt House and Hyatt Place, starting with your second stay. You’ll need to register before staying.

It applies to all Hyatt brands as well as SLH brands and even MLife hotels. The best part is without a doubt that it applies to award stays. Since an award stay can be as cheap as 5,000 points a night, in a best case scenario you’ll get 20% off one night Category 1 stays.

If you are in a cash crunch, you should avoid travel rewards credit cards until you are caught up. Here are our favorite credit cards for Intro 0% APR offers and for balance transfer offers

Wyndham ends flat 15,000 point redemption rates

This will sting for many that have enjoyed the relatively short-lived Wyndham Rewards program structure of all hotels costing a flat 15,000 points on the redemption side.

When they introduced this, I wondered (to myself) how it could last long term. It’s hard enough for programs with 5-9 reward night tiers (like Marriott and Hyatt) to maintain fixed pricing when room rates vary so much. Here, Wyndham was saying that a high end Dolce hotel would be redeemable for the same number of points as a Baymont.

For reference:

Dolce Chantilly, France
Baymont Atlantic City
Baymont Atlantic City

I’m sure, though I have no data, that most redemptions skewed to the high end – which must have hurt Wyndham’s bottom line.

In the new structure, hotels will be 7,500 points, 15,000 points, or 30,000 points.

Doctor of Credit reports that this change takes effect April 3rd, that there will be no advance list, and that you will get an automatic refund if a 15,000 point reservation drops in price (refund will be post-stay).

Remember that Wyndham is a prime place to start the growingly infamous MilesTalk Status Match Merry Go Round.

Also, keep in mind that Wyndham still offers their version of Cash and Points that occasionally provides outsized value (though it seems less frequently that before, called Go Fast.

Thoughts? Let me know! –  on Twitter, or in the private MilesTalk Facebook group.  

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These points can be transferred to a range of Ultimate Rewards partners like United and Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio or spent in the Ultimate Rewards portal on travel with a value of 1.25 cents per point. Also provides complimentary cell phone insurance if you pay your monthly bill with the card.
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Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card
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The Business Platinum Card(R) from American Express
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Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card
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The Business Gold Card
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As well, it earns standard Membership Rewards points meaning that if you wanted to close a Green/Gold/Platinum card, you would keep your points alive if you have this card.
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Capital One Spark Cash
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Earns 12x points at Hilton, 6x points on US gas, wireless services, shipping, flights booked direct with the airline or Amex Travel, and car rentals. 3x on everything else
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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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