If you spent any time on BoardingArea blogs yesterday you learned Hyatt hates us. If you don’t understand this you did not read close enough. They hate anyone who does not live 2/12ths of the year at their hotels and spends a ton of cash. Even those who have HUGE Chase Hyatt card spend are hated next year and are now told to please go put that spend on a bank card that likes you (think AMEX or others with spend bonus offers). I get the message Hyatt.
I have to tell you as someone who SPG matched Hyatt Diamond I have been WAY underwhelmed by Hyatt the few times this year I have stayed at their hotels. Sure they were “nice” but nothing like the build up that Hyatt Diamonds told me to expect. Hyatt, with their minuscule worldwide hotel footprint, has told me they don’t want me who stays about 1 month a year at Hyatt hotels. OK, I am fine with that. I can be a free agent and you know that is working out just fine for me this year. I can go from considering a month a year with Hyatt branded hotels to avoiding Hyatt 100%. Buh-bye!
A funny result of this hotel merger match craziness is that I am now a Untied “Premier Silver”. Waaaahooo? Well there are some quirky perks of this lowest of United status when it comes to finding last minute awards and space as well as a free bag and more but then again I have not flown a United flight for YEARS and don’t plan to start anytime soon. United, after all, has managed to take what was one of the best frequent flyer programs and make it Delta SkyMiles bad, but then take all that they copied from Delta (they always do) and make it even worse than Delta. They really are not very bright over at United.
Take a look at what came in the mail the other day – yes US mail. I, sorta, got an elite kit in the mail. But the only possibly really meaningful item, that would be a membership card, is not there but I am told it is digital go get it online. Did you really have to send me all this worthless paper to tell me to go get my digital card? Would not an email have worked just fine? The tiny plastic #BragTag for silver you sent me I am not ever going to use nor is it useful in any way. It is no wonder Untied is in such trouble when you see stupidity like this.
Lastly for today and for the weekend you may have missed the news we all expected was on the way that one of the hands down best card deals, that is 5x from Chase Ink Plus cards, is going away UNLESS you get the card NOW (e-Mail me if you need card help btw). I crush this card when there are OfficeMax / OfficeDepot promotions with VDGCs as well as running anything I can to the card that pays me 5x. Then I send those points over to my CSR card to net earn 7.5% back (tax free). Folks, other than a few REIT stocks I hold getting that kind of return on your money is hard to find each year. Yes, INK cards are under the 5/24 rule so keep that in mind before you apply (again, feel free to e-Mail me if you need help).
So there you are. I am only 1 more stay from a nice chunk of IHG points and with the new Points Break list coming out next week I should be able to knock out the final qualification needed. After that I am back to SPG / Marriott until my top status with them ends early next year. After that, I am up for grabs with whatever hotel gives me the most bonus points – well other than Hyatt that is cuz they don’t want me! – René