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July 06, 2011


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That is definitely a unique way to approach it. The things that some people come up with to achieve certain goals amazes me sometimes. And, there's really nothing for Hyatt to complain about, since they got their money from his original "stays". Kind of a win-win in this case unless the hotels had other people willing to pay for the rooms he was occupying with his "free stays", but that's the downside of running a promotion such as that.

Really interesting. I dont use hotels too much, so I would never have thought of this option, but it makes sense. Even if he did not use the room that he paid for, he could always enjoy the amenities at the hotel rooms he paid for, such as a free pool and exercise room. That is 40 days and nights of a free pool and continental breakfast, where you could save even more money.

Very creative. The problem is, you still have to spend $1,700! I guess if you know you're going on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation this is the way to do it!

So, he had to spend $1,700. Some people choose not to look at it in terms of absolutes like that. I would look at it in the relative terms presented: a 90% discount at great hotels. He obviously had a plan and didn't just do this on a whim, so even if it's not a once in a lifetime adventure, it's still worth it to Mr. Wilson, and I say good for him.

He could have saved more by actually staying at the hotel. Since he already paid for the nights, hould have cut off his cable and reduced his energy use at home.

Or, he could have sold his hotel stays to a traveler at a discount and make some money back. (Assuming this is legal to do.)


Looking at the Hyatt website, the points needed to stay at the Hyatt in Sydney is very high. The points that they give you towards the "free night" are only good for a free night at certain locations (usually off the highway in the middle of nowhere). I don't beleive this story passes the smell test.

This sounds similar to "mileage running" for airline points.

You'd have to be pretty confident that you completely understand all the fine print in your rewards program before you set out doing something like this. If you took the "1 free for every 2" promotion at face value, and the program is truly laid out as @bobsmith details, you would be sorely disappointed to spend that $1700 and not be able to redeem it as you had expected. There could be blackout dates, limited rooms, etc. Additionally, you run the risk of the program or the points necessary to redeem your room changing in the time that it would take you to accrue the points.


This was a valid promo, you could use those certificates at high end properties, it certainly passes the smell test. There is a big community out there on flyertalk and milepoint that actually do this all the time. It takes time to figure some of these deals out, but it can be absolutely rewarding. My wife and I traveled internationally for 90-95% off when it is all set and done due to these deals, it is a hobby - very reward on in fact!



This posting reminded me of the Adam Sandler movie, "Punch Drunk Love", where his character buys pallet-loads of pudding in exchange for airline miles. I thought that this was completely a creation of the screenwriter, but I just looked it up and it's real! Check it out:

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