Hyatt Just Isn’t Working, Point Debit Devaluation & Why Phuket’s Sandbox Project Matters So Much

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If you don’t go to city centers then Hyatt probably isn’t the best program for you for sure. They have been adding hotels like gangbusters, and the footprint is a ton better than it was, but it is still way behind Hilton, Marriott and IHG. Especially in rural areas.  It was a part of the reason I thought a Hyatt / SPG merger would have made the most sense.

Why Phuket’s ‘Sandbox’ pilot project matters to other islands in Asia – CNN Travel

This stat really blew my mind:

“Over $13 billion in international tourism income. Close to 90% of the local GDP.”

Point Debit Card Annual Fee Increased to $99 – DDG

I know this has been a favorite of a few buddies of mine. Sad to see the annual fee double but I know most have received hundreds in value from the card so probably still a keeper for most.


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Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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  1. Mark, as you note, footprint is a big problem for Hyatt. For me, it has been the biggest problem. In X, does Hyatt even have a property? If yes, is it even a quality property? If yes, is it the only game in town?

    But, then there’s award availability. There have been a number of articles about properties limiting award inventory to the point of impracticality. I have found a number of luxury hotels under Hyatt offer only the basic room and nothing more . . . not even an upgrade with cash. And, the redemption rate is poor. So, even if Hyatt is the only game in town, for practical purposes, I could never use it for a redemption.

    We have seen tier benefits become devalued and / or elusive. To other articles, I have strongly commented against tier status — that it is a mug’s game — and that hotel loyalty programs are purely a points game. But, then, as one of your recent articles noted, if one can no longer even redeem awards, there’s nothing left.

    I have gratis Globalist status. But, I cannot possibly imagine ever staying at a Hyatt to use that status.


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