My Unexpected Award & How to Win 2 Free Nights From Hyatt Place & Hyatt House

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Hyatt #WhySettle Promotion

Hyatt #WhySettle Promotion

As someone who both loves Hyatt and strives to keep their top tier Diamond status, I stay in a lot of their properties. Sure there are the sexy properties like the those in Hawaii or the California Coast, but the truth is the majority of my stays are made up of nights at Hyatt Place and Hyatt House locations. These brands aren’t the sexiest, but I find their properties to be among the best in the limited service category.

Since so many business travelers no doubt find themselves staying at these brands as well, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House are running an advertising campaign called #WhySettle. Here is how they describe it:

Every day business travelers fly to new cities, working hard to secure important deals, meet new clients and help grow their businesses. Every night they stay up late to work on presentations, put the final touches on a critical speech and work tirelessly to tackle overflowing inboxes to keep up with work while on the road.

And though they’re away from family and friends, these movers and shakers continue to push forwards with a can-do attitude and “why settle” spirit. No challenge stopping them from reaching their goals – they have come too fare to settle now.

Win 2 Free Nights and a Statue

Through October 25, 2016 Hyatt Place and Hyatt House are asking friends, family and colleagues to nominate people they think are worthy of a #WhySettle Spirit Award. The winner will get a statue created in their likeness and most importantly a free two-night stay at a Hyatt Place or Hyatt House in the continental United States.

My Award

Hyatt #WhySettle Promotion

While I was traveling in Asia a few weeks ago I was informed that I had won a #WhySettle award. I don’t believe anyone entered me and I do think Hyatt decided to give it to me based on my experiences shared on the blog, but I am not 100% sure. I will say that I wasn’t given any compensation or even a prize, but I’ll take the cool statue anyway.

As for it being a likeness of me, they definitely got the cellphone right, but my statue is definitely missing my signature red backpack! I forgive them though. Oh, and in case you are wondering, the only reason I am writing this is because I think readers could find the prize useful. I made no promises to Hyatt that I would write about this promotion nor am I receiving anything for writing this post.

How to Enter

To submit your #WhySettle Spirit Award nomination:

  1. Visit the Hyatt Place or Hyatt House Facebook pages
  2. Share your nominee’s name along with the hashtags #WhySettle and #Entry with an explanation (no more than 300 words) of why your nominee embodies the passion and commitment of the “why settle” spirit on the Hyatt Place or Hyatt House Facebook pages

You can find the full details here.


This could be a simple way to reward someone you know who travels long and hard for business with a statue and some free nights if they are chosen. While the contest is coming near to a close, you still have almost three full days left to enter. Good luck!

Shawn Coomer
Shawn Coomer earns and burns millions of miles/points per year circling the globe with his family. An expert at accumulating travel rewards, he founded Miles to Memories to help others achieve their travel goals for pennies on the dollar. Shawn also runs a million dollar reselling business, knows Vegas better than most and loves to spend his time at the 12 Disney parks across the world.

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  1. CLICK BAIT. Shawn, this crap is really beneath you. Look again at your breathless, multi-part headline…… then for those of us stupid enough to fall for it (in part because most of your content really is substantive, interesting, and worth our time), we get anything but….

    1. “My award” — a measly trinket, right down their with wearing somebody else’s logo on your shirt….
    2. “How to win 2 free nights” ??? Really, where? Oh wait, it’s about getting somebody to nominate you for a brain dead competition, trump style, and then there’s only one winner. And by golly, OMG!, (Daraius !! effect), you only have 3 days left to enter!!! (somebody else that is)

    What screaming balderdash. I ordinarily don’t swear in blog posts, but this one deserves it…. Shame on you Shawn.

  2. cool story bro. or should I call you a Scumbag? haha.

    so what did you get? JUST the statue? I thought you get free nights too. no? wasnt too clear in your post. Would be stupid to win the award but not get the full prize which includes 2 free nights right?

    also, i am not sure why they think you look like a roman traveler. oh well…

    you deserve it man. nice!

  3. How Cool! Maybe a statue of David with the cell phone covering the private parts would be even better 😉 I hate applying for things on Facebook though.


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