News You Can Use: Hyatt Has 2 New Hotels in France, 300 Priority Club Points & More…

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1. Hyatt Adds Two New French Hotels

Dan’s Deals reports that Hyatt has added two new French hotels which can be booked using points, the Hotel du Louvre, in Paris, and the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez overlooking the Mediterranean.

New Hyatt Paris Hotels

Paris Hotel du Louvre

New Hyatt Paris Hotels

Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez

In addition, the Concorde Lafayette, Paris and Palais de la Mediterranee, Nice will soon be added to this list.

Using Hyatt Gold Passport points to stay in Paris is a great deal. For example, if you were to pay for a stay at either of these during the peak travel period in June, the cost would be astronomical:

For a randomly selected date in June, the Hotel du Louvre, rates start at a ridiculous 650 Euros (~$845).

New Hyatt Paris Hotels

Though it has not yet been added to the list of Hyatt’s listing of award properties by category, the Hotel du Louvre is a Category 5 property, meaning that an award stay costs 18,000 Hyatt points per night.

Thus when compared to the best available cash rate of $845, if you were to book an award stay, you would get a return of ~4.7 cents per point! Given how expensive Paris hotels can typically be, this is a terrific deal.

As for the the Grand Hyatt Cannes, the rate for the same date was 306 Euros (~$398):

New Hyatt Paris Hotels

In contrast, an award night for this Category 6 hotel runs at 22,000 Hyatt points or about 1.8 cents per point.

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio and then reserve rooms online at

2.   300 Point Priority Club Quiz

Just Another Points Traveler writes that Priority Club is offering 300 points for completing a quiz on the Priority Club Rewards program.

The Terms & Conditions state that the offer is valid only for the original recipient only, so I can’t guarantee this will work for everyone.  However, if it does work the points will post within 48 hours.  And as a footnote, keep in mind that Priority Club points never expire!

Here are the five questions (and answers!)

1) What benefits can you enjoy from your first day as a Priority Club Rewards member? Answer: All of the above and more

2) You can earn Priority Club points for stays at which of these hotels? Answer: All of the above

3) In addition to hotel stays, you can earn points or miles through: Answer: All of the above and more

4) How many hotels worldwide offer Priority Club points?Answer: Over 4,300

5) How many nights or points do you need to reach Platinum Elite status? Answer: 50 nights or 60,000 points

3.   Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Offering Triple Points at Restaurants the First Friday of Each Month

Via Online Travel Review, beginning May 3,2013 and up to the end of the year,  Chase will offer 3 Ultimate Rewards Points per dollar spent on dining at restaurants on the first Friday of every month.  You don’t have to register beforehand.

Just use your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card to get the 3X Ultimate Rewards points.  I personally think this is a weak promotion, because 1 extra point on dining – on a Friday – isn’t going to really add up.

Emily:  Not to mention the headache of keeping all the promos straight!

Daraius: And don’t forget that you earn 5X Ultimate Rewards points for dining – on any day – up to the end of June with the Chase Freedom card.

3x Chase Points at Restaurants

Keep in mind that the charge must occur before midnight (of your time zone) to be eligible for the 3X points.

4.   35% Bonus for Transferring American Express Membership Rewards Points to British Airways

Via The Points Guy, through June 7, 2013, British Airways is offering a 35% bonus on transfers of American Express Membership Rewards points.

35% Avios Transfer Bonus

35% Avios Transfer Bonus

Remember that you can transfer Membership Rewards points to others as well, so you can help a friend or family member out by topping off their account.

British Airways partner airlines include American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, and Qantas.

Due to potentially high fuel surcharges and a distance-based award chart, the best use of British Airways Avios points is to use Avios for short distance flights, flights between the US and South America or Canada, and flights to Europe on Aer Lingus or Air Berlin  which don’t charge fuel surcharges.

5.  Overwater Bungalows for Less

Overwater bungalows are great escapes and part of the reason folks travel to  exotic places like Tahiti, the Maldives, or Bora Bora.

Cheap Overwater Bungalows

Overwater Bungalow at Hilton Moorea

But they do run on the pricy side.  In the case of my stays at the Hilton Moorea and InterContinental Thalasso, Emily and I ended up paying an extra $175 to $200 on top of the points we used for an award, to get a guaranteed upgrade to an overwater bungalow.

But as Miles to the Wild details, it is possible to experience Big Travel with Small Money in a bungalow at the HamuEco Lodge on Waigeo Island in Indonesia.  The fee for this resort is $70 per night, including meals!

In addition, if you contact them via Facebook, for a fee of $20, you can arrange for a taxi ride to the resort.

In addition, Miles to the Wild also includes a link to Price of Travel’s list that includes 16 of the Cheapest Overwater Bungalow resorts in the world.

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23 responses to “News You Can Use: Hyatt Has 2 New Hotels in France, 300 Priority Club Points & More…

  1. How does Hotel du Louvre compare to Park Hyatt Vendome?

  2. Miles to the Wild also notes in the comments of that article that you can get to the over-water bungalows next year on Garuda using Delta miles. I’ve fallen out of love with Delta myself, but it might be a good option for an adventurous traveler with a large Delta balance.

  3. @M, I’m wondering the same thing. I used my 2 free nights at the Vendome and it was awesome. I believe I walked by the new Louvre hotel and it looked pretty nice from the outside.

  4. Let’s see. Trips to India, Maui, South Pacific. There’s one exotic destination that’s missing. It’s Brooklyn (for the Brooklyn Reality Tour on June 1. (Shameless plug). I’m sure you can use the SW Companion pass from MCI to LGA or EWR to attend. I bet you can even use Avios points on AA to make your way to New York. If you can’t make it, just send Emily!!

  5. One more thought about Miles to the Wild – have you interviewed her in your Friday interview series? I googled the interview, and couldn’t find it. I’d love to see that interview if you haven’t done it yet.

  6. Hilton Bora Bora wants to charge me over $300 USD per night for an upgrade to a OWB for next year on a points stay. I am a Hilton Gold elite. How can I get the rate you paid?

  7. How does Hotel du Louvre compare to Hyatt Vendome? I almost feel like canceling Vendome reservations and switching over to save some points. What do you recommend?

  8. I got the message that i have taken the Priority Club survey before. Are these the same that happened last year?


  9. Took the quiz and my points posted immediately. Thanks!

  10. @Maury…me too. Just got the email and they want 30,000 xpf to upgrade.

  11. @dhammer: D and E visited NY last year, I believe. They spent 2 nights at Andaz 5th Avenue and ate Gary’s favorite lemon poppyseed pancakes for breakfast.

  12. Overwater Bungalows for Less… Not !

    Yes, it’s fine to tell us about a budget accommodation, rather more like Camp Emo than hotel Emo. Frankly, any time I see “eco” in the name of a hotel, it translates as “run away”. It’s either going to be annoyingly bare bones basic, severely overpriced for what it offers, or usually both. That’s certainly true in this case.

    What is sad is raising our hopes by posting a picture of the Overwater Bungalow at Hilton Moorea with the title of “overwater bungalow for less”, and then linking to a bare bones basic summer camp style water front cottage that is in no way similar to the level of luxury accommodations most of us have come to expect from the trip reports to the real bungalows in Tahiti.

    Single beds that push together to form a double, the restaurant having only 2 communal tables for everyone to share, etc. Even their website is honest enough to promise only “basic amenities”. Posting this with a title of ‘Bare Bones Water From Cottages For Cheap’ I’d have no complaint. But my hopes from “Overwater Bungalows for Less” were clearly squashed. 🙁

    As for Just Another Point Traveler’s Priority Club quiz, I would have appreciated it if he had noted that this quiz is a year old, and if we did it when it first came out, it is a waste of our time to try it again. I just got the same message as murali: “you’ve already done this quiz”. A year late and a dollar short for JAPT. 🙁

  13. @Kay – We’ve flown Garuda. The food selections in coach and service were quite nice. I’m excited they’re joining an alliance, though I expect more delays in their join date.

    @Steven – JAPT is a she. And while I agree that the hotel noted is perhaps not the most luxurious, IT’S FOUR KINGS! That’s among the best diving in the world.

    Good luck to anyone trying to get there. I suppose you could use SkyMiles on Garuda.

  14. Hi Daraius, thanks for the shout out! And Kay, thanks for the support!

    @Steven, my blog is focused on eco-tourism with a speciality in bird watching. I use miles to get to the locations and hotel points for gateway cities and airport lodging but I use local eco-lodges in the actual rainforests, parks and reserves where I go birding. I want to support local communities and encourage them to serve the eco-tourism market rather than trap wild birds and sell in the black market bird trade.

    There are already so many blogs focused on luxury travel and Daraius covers them very well. I have also stayed in both the IHG OWBs on Bora Bora back in 2009. The $70 at HamuEco covers the accommodation and 3 meals a day for 2 people. It’s $35 a day for a single. They are genuine OWBs and are located on a small island that has very little in the way of accommodation but is located in a world-class area for scuba diving and bird watching.

    I’m an expat American based in Australia and Garuda joining Sky Team is especially great news for us as it gives us more options to reach some awesome places in SE Asia!

    • @M @Grant – I’ve never been to the hotel Louvre(yet), but I’d guess the Park Hyatt is nicer.

      @Kay @ Travel Bug Diary blog – I haven’t interviewed her as yet, so thanks for the suggestion. And perhaps I can interview you too!

      – We’d love to attend, but we may be moving to Texas for a few months on that weekend because of a work assignment. But thanks for the invite!

      @Maury @Lee
      – I got lucky, because some folks on Flyertalk also paid more. You could make a counter-offer and see their response.

      @Roberto P
      – I’d stick with the Park Hyatt unless you want to save the points.

      – Looks like it!

      – Thanks for reading!

      @The Miles Professor
      – You have a good memory!

      @Steven – The paragraphs before and after the picture talk about over-water bungalows in the traditional destinations, so a picture seemed appropriate. But I can see how it dashed your hopes of a luxury bungalow for less!

      @Tara @ Miles To The Wild
      – I’ll be in touch about the interview!

  15. TripAdvisor ranks Vendome # 12 ranking……….Louve is # 223 ranking

  16. It’s amazing that at 4.7cpp, it may not even be the best value in Hyatt’s portfolio in Paris! Between UR transfers and amazing value on top end properties with Hyatt, I’m really questioning my loyalty to SPG lately…

  17. Hi Daraius, sounds cool, anytime you’re ready! 🙂 LOL, can I borrow some red arrows? The birds in some of my pics are so small (far away) you can barely see them!

  18. Daraius , any experience if Skyguide Privilege Club will reimburse for lounge passes bought online, which do not have Name printed on them, since their policy change on 1/1/13 ?

  19. I recently got the Hyatt card for the two free nights. The minimum spend was met. Should I anticipate receiving certificates like Hilton? If not, how do I redeem at higher end locations like Kauai?

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