Why I Am Kind of Happy to Have Missed Out on Hyatt’s Daily Getaways

by Miguel R. Quinones


One of the most attractive Daily Getaways offers for this year went on sale earlier today: the discounted sale of Hyatt Gold Passport points. There were four different amounts of points available for sale:

  • 24,000 points for $260 (1.08 cents)
  • 30,000 points for $330 (1.1 cents)
  • 72,000 points for $775 (1.07 cents)
  • 40,000 points for $415 (1.03 cents)

Despite the these being great offers, I was torn on whether to try to participate in today’s sale or no. I currently have access to approximately 500,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which can be transferred to Hyatt for free. As such, did it make sense to even invest anything in purchasing Hyatt points?

On the other hand, I have close to a dozen outstanding Hyatt award reservations for which points have already been transferred. As such, I do not have an immediate need to acquire Hyatt points.

Since I could not make a decision I decided to try to purchase 24,000 points and leave it up to fate to decide whether I was actually going to be able to complete the purchase or not. In the end, for the first time ever, I was unable to complete a Daily Getaways purchase despite being in front of my computer clicking refresh every five seconds since 12:58PM. I gave up about a minute after 1PM.

I am not at all frustrated. I probably would have regretted the decision if I had been successful. When it comes to purchasing points, no matter how big the discount is, there are always many other variables to consider.

That is not the case at all with next Tuesday’s sale of Marriott e-gift cards. With 20% discounts, trying to purchase one of those is truly a no-brainer for anyone that knows they will be staying at a Marriott property within the next year.

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Raj Malhotra April 29, 2016 - 12:55 pm

Hyatt points can be manufactured so easily. Here you are paying $260 for 24,000 points. I can easily go to the office stores run $5,000 a month and get the same 25,000. Even with gift card fees, this option is way cheaper than buying Hyatt points. On the Chase Ink Plus the limit is $50,000 for 5X per year. I max it out every year.

Andre April 29, 2016 - 1:53 pm

This is one of your most useless and self-serving blog posts. Wow, you have 500,000 Chase Ultimate Points at your disposal. Whoop-dee-friggin-doo for you. Thumping your chest about it doesn’t help your cause. Think of something else to write than this drek.

Miguel R. Quinones April 29, 2016 - 3:01 pm

Andre, I never said I had 500k Chase points. I said I had “access” to 500k points. That includes my wife, parents, sister, etc., so hold off on the hate. On the other hand, Raj above you gets it: acquiring Chase points for free is so easy that buying Hyatt points, even at a huge discount, is not necessarily the wisest thing to do.

Stephen April 29, 2016 - 8:25 pm

While I knew this wasn’t a completely amazing deal (especially considering how cheap one can score hyatt properties through blind bidding), I thought it would have been a convenient way to put some points in my hyatt account for summer travel (and take advantage of platinum status perks). Like you, I had zero success whatsoever. From the instant the clock turned 1pm, I got the message that all inventory was already on hold for customers completing order; these deals were waaaaay oversubscribed. As my first Daily Getaways experience, it was pretty disappointing. What a cluster.

mickey April 30, 2016 - 4:59 am

Did somebody piss in your corn flakes yesterday? You sure sound like an unhappy guy…what a shame.

Andre April 30, 2016 - 8:12 am

Mickey —
Hardly unhappy. I come to these blogs for insight and information, not chest-thumping crap. If you already have 500,000 points on a program and you write about why you don’t need to use a certain promo to add more — does that make sense? “Hey, I don’t need to use this program. I have a ton of points anyway!” Sounds a little braggadocious. And I don’t eat corn flakes, Mickey.

Miguel R. Quinones April 30, 2016 - 8:58 am

Mickey, Andre still does not get the point I was trying to get across. Please do not bother responding, but thanks for the support!

Andre April 30, 2016 - 9:22 am

The reason no one got your point is because you didnt make a point. Do better, bro. We’re rootin’ for you.

Winston May 2, 2016 - 11:52 am

I see Andre didn’t respond to your not having 500K Chase UR, but rather having ‘access’ to those UR. Hmm.


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