I ran into four different couples who came up and introduced themselves to me last month at the Park Hyatt Maldives. I got another email from a reader who saw me there but didn’t say hello. That’s at a resort with only 50 rooms. We’ve taken over.
The Park Hyatt Maldives is a great aspirational property. As a category 6 (not 7!) hotel in the Gold Passport program, it’s a great value for 25,000 points a night when room rates often exceed $1000. And it’s a great use of the 2 free nights that come with the Hyatt Visa.
One of the folks I met there, Steve S., shared the rest of their trip with me by email:
- Once again, thank you for making luxury travel possible on an economy budget. It was great to speak with you briefly at the Park Hyatt Maldives during breakfast. Through reading your posts along with others my wife and I completed an awesome redemption:
Emirates First New York JFK – Dubai 2 day stopover in Dubai with Park Hyatt Dubai (used a [Hyatt Diamond Suite Upgrade] here), first class to [Male, Maldives] all using Alaska miles
4 nights at Park Hyatt Maldives – free night cert redemptions from chase credit card signup (1 credit card for me, 1 credit card for wife)
Etihad business Male – Abu Dhabi, Etihad First Apartment Abu Dhabi – New York JFK (this was insanely cool) using American AAdvantage miles
I haven’t traveled regularly or even really at all for work so most if not all points/miles were earned from credit card signup bonuses.
I earned Hilton Diamond through credit card spend and got Hyatt Diamond by jumping quickly on the status match. By regularly visiting boarding area I was able to jump quick enough to match my Hilton Diamond to Hyatt Diamond.
All this made possible from what we’ve learned from View From The Wing. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate people like you who are willing to educate others on the nuances of the travel industry and outline how to maximize earnings and redemptions for luxury travel on an economy budget.
(Photos, formatting, and explanatory links are mine.)
It was great to meet Steve and others, they all made the most of miles and points, stayed on top of award availability, and in Steve’s case leveraged elite status from credit card spend and a status match to make the hotel stays even better. There’s a lot we can all do to leverage these programs, even now.