Good afternoon everyone. Earlier today, I wrote Dilemma: Spend $15,000 on Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card to Earn Extra Free Night Certificate? In that post, I mentioned that I did a mini App-O-Rama. I applied for 4 cards and was instantly approved for 1: the American Express Gold Card (my referral link). Hopefully the 3 other pending credit card applications come back as approved. I will keep you posted on those results in the next few weeks. Anyway, I liked the American Express Gold Card for the juicy sign up bonus (spend $2,000 in 3 months and get 50,000 Membership Rewards Points), 4x Membership Rewards Points on restaurants & grocery, $100 airline fee credit, and $10 monthly dining credit (which I plan to use at Grubhub to pickup lunch once a month). Unfortunately, I am not very excited about the $250 annual fee.
Good morning everyone. In January, my fiance was approved for the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card (my referral link) that offered 25,000 Hyatt points after spending $3,000 in 3 months and an additional 25,000 Hyatt points after spending $6,000 total in 6 months. We are planning a wedding, so spending $6,000 in 6 months was not a problem. This credit card also offers an extra free night certificate (for category 1-4 Hyatt properties) if you spend $15,000 during the cardmember year. So the dilemma is, after spending $6,000 on this credit card and earning 50,000 Hyatt points, is it worth spending an extra $9,000 on this credit card to get an extra free night certificate? Here are my thoughts…
Good morning everyone. If you are looking for a discounted vacation, check out these timeshare vacation packages from Hyatt Residence Club. They should be open to anyone who meets the age and income requirements (differs by property). In exchange for booking the discounted vacation package, you will be required to attend a 90-100 minute sales presentation. I have attended several timeshare presentations over the years. In most cases, I know more about hotels and loyalty programs than the person trying to sell the timeshare. And remember, if they were as good a deal as they sound, why would you need a team of salespeople to sell properties. Lastly, people will sell their current timeshare on eBay for as low as $1 just to get out of the deal.
With that said, here are 3 “Featured Vacation Offers” currently listed on the Hyatt Residence Club website. The three properties are:
- Hyatt Residence Club Maui, Ka’anapali Beach
- Hyatt Residence Club San Antonio, Wild Oak Ranch
- Hyatt Residence Club Bonita Springs, Coconut Plantation
Updated 8pm PT on 3/15/19: Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. I wish I could give everyone codes, but I only have so many codes available. Here are the winners: Mike Saint, Bill Pisor, LAURAPDX, Brandon, Priscilla Ennis, Seth, Will, Stephanie Woods, iwantmoremiles, and Jim F. I will email the winners the codes. Thank you.
Good afternoon everyone. A year ago, I wrote AwardWallet Feature I Wish Existed: Keep Checking for Account Balance Changes. In that post, I wished there was a way for AwardWallet to constantly check a specific airline / hotel account to see when miles or points posted. This is super important if you transfer points from a transferable points currency (Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You Points, Capital One Points, or Marriott Bonvoy) in the hopes of booking an award flight before the award space disappears. Some transfers are instant, while others may take several hours or several days.
I am happy to report that AwardWallet took my idea and added the feature to AwardWallet. Here is a blog post describing Balance Watch and how the feature works:
“Balance Watch will monitor a loyalty account to let you know as soon as your points arrive. Once activated, AwardWallet will check your balance up to twenty-four times per day and send you a desktop, mobile, and email notification as soon as a change is detected.”
Good morning everyone. A few days ago, I got an email from Radisson Rewards about transferring Radisson Rewards Points into airline miles. I figured it would be a bad deal in terms of the value you get from Radisson Rewards Points, but thought it might be useful if you have airline frequent flyer miles expiring soon and need some activity to reset the expiration date. I went through the transfer process to convert 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points into 200 American Airlines miles. Trust me, I know this is a terrible exchange, but it is a very efficient way to keep airline miles from expiring (and I don’t put much value on 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points). I then went even further down the rabbit hole and looked at other hotel programs (Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and Wyndham) to see if they offered better value in terms of resetting airline mile expiration dates than Radisson Rewards. Here are my results…
To get started with the conversion of Radisson Rewards Points into airline miles, I started here. As you can see, 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points = 200 airline miles. The transfer ratio is the same regardless of how many Radisson Rewards Points you want to transfer. 10 Radisson Rewards Points = 1 airline mile. According to Frequent Miler’s Reasonable Redemption Values (RRV), 1 Radisson Reward Point is equal to 0.38 cents per point (CPP), which would make 1 airline mile worth 3.8 CPP (which is unrealistically high). But look at it a different way. 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points would be worth $7.60 (2,000 x $0.0038 = $7.60). In reality, I get 40,000 Radisson Rewards Points every year when I pay the $60 annual fee on my US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Credit Card, so that comes out to a 0.15 CPP value ($60 / 40,000 = $0.0015). The new calculation would make 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points worth only $3.00 (2,000 x $0.0015 = $3.00). So would you redeem $3.00 in Radisson Rewards Points to reset your frequent flyer miles expiration date?