Hot off the World of Hyatt presses, another new program has just been announced giving us new ways to earn and redeem Hyatt Points! Do you need some inspiration for finding your next travel destination or experience? World of Hyatt members can now book one-of-a-kind Travel-worthy Experiences through IfOnly. These Travel-worthy Experiences, located across several destinations in the U.S. and Europe, is another step in Hyatt’s strategy to engage with high-end travelers.
World of Hyatt sure is branching out lately. First they created the Try the World series of gift boxes. That’s a work in progress! Now they are luring us away from Airbnb / VRBO / Homeaway type stays with a new program called Oasis. According to this announcement, you’d be staying in a home yet receiving the amenities of a hotel-like stay. So far they’re rolling Oasis out in 22 cities around the world. We’ll also be able to earn Hyatt points and redeem them for stays.
Good morning everyone, happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I have big plans this Columbus Day Weekend. I used a Hyatt Free Night Certificate and 30,000 Hyatt points to stay 3 nights at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course (15,000 Hyatt points / night or ~$200 / night). I am going with my girlfriend on a relaxing weekend trip. Monterey / Carmel holds a very special spot in my heart because my family and relatives used to drive up to Monterey from Southern California every year for Thanksgiving week. Some of my favorite childhood memories happened in Monterey / Carmel, so I am very excited about returning.
I’m frustrated and at my wits’ end with Hyatt’s Try The World gift box of the month program. Their logo is “Connecting you to the people, places, and experiences at the heart of your world,” but all this program has connected me to is frustration and confusion! As a consumer, travel blogger, and Hyatt Globalist who will again qualify as a Globalist, all I can say is, “Hyatt, you have failed big time, and I’m in the mood to vent!”
Here’s the rest of the story. You’ll recall that Grant and I thought it would be fun to sign up for the Try The World gift box program and review the boxes for our readers. So we did. The first box, which highlighted France, was received in the middle of July and I reviewed it here. I actually gave it a pretty favorable review and was looking forward to the next box, which would either highlight India or Turkey. And I waited and waited and no box ever came…
Enrolling in offers we receive on our credit cards is the easy part. Well, maybe spending to maximize those offers is also easy! But somehow, once the offers and spending to meet those offers is done, I still seem to get a lot of texts that just add noise to my day. Some offers go on for months, so that can be a lot of unwanted texts and noise! Sometimes we register and then decide not to take advantage of the offer. That’s when texts become really annoying.
Someone recently asked me how to stop receiving texts when offers are over and done. Sometimes that means paying attention to the small print in the registration process. Here’s an example of what I mean.