40% Bonus On Your Gold Passport Points Purchase

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    This looks targeted. What do GP points usually go for without any discount? I just checked out what is offered at link and 50K points would cost me $1,200 or 2.4 cents/point. Is this the normal or the 40% discounted cost?

    Also, this could be a great deal if it is considered a Hyatt purchase and one earns 3 additional points/$ for paying with the Chase Hyatt visa card. In my case 50K for $1,200 + ($1,200 * 3) = 53,600 points.

    Another way to consider this is that in order to earn 53,600 GP points from stays, a GP Plat would need to spend some $9K, making the point purchase look like a real bargain...

    Am I reading things correctly?
     
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    that seems to be the usual price of GP points, I just checked my account and there's no bonus points on points purchase too...so certainly seems be be a targeted offer..the Hyatt banner that the OP pasted mentioned it was for members who have purchased points last year...

    i think last year, i didn't purchase any, i just kept burning them ! to be fair, the Hyatt properties that i stayed in were great value on C+P rates and point redemptions, and the quality of the hotels and hotel staff service were very good as well..:)
     
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    Because of this rationale:
    I convinced myself to purchase 50K points for $1,200, which, after everything posts and combines with points I already had, would boost my total to 72K GP points. I am confident that the points will pay for themselves several times over later this year during my 2015 Year-end Asian Escapade(TM), as I use these points to book C&P stays at top Hyatt properties. For instance, just a couple of weeks ago I was at Park Hyatt Siem Reap on a 2-night C&P stay that cost me "just" 15K GP points and $240. Had I paid out of pocket for that 2-night stay, it would have cost me $850 (room rates were ~$400/night)! The 72K GP points that I now have in bank will go a long way and will easily get me back and more the $1,200 that I just spent. Then next year, I will do the same thing again but will get a 40% discount for having purchased the points this year...;)
     
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    sounds like a good plan....I was at the Grand Hyatt Seoul in Dec last year on C+P at 7,500 + USD 100 per night, which was good value in itself and as the hotel manager also kindly and generously upgraded us to a club room, it became outstanding value......

    another way is to also consider BRG opportunities with Hyatt to lower the cost of the Hyatt stays....:)
     
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    I'm not seeing the offer either, 50k is $1,200 up to 55k for $1,320. Diamond here and I had a ton of nights and zero redemptions last year, and I didn't buy any points.
     
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    I started last year with 58K GP points in bank, accumulated over a couple of years, and then I burned about half of them in Sept on a C&P stay at Park Hyatt Seoul - a nice property. Finally, I depleted the bank on stays at Hyatt Regency Manila in December and Park Hyatt Siem Reap just two weeks ago, both C&P stays.

    With HHonors being my #1 program, I do not stay frequently enough at Hyatt properties to accumulate GP points. However, the little dirty secret is that despite my constant b*tching about Gold Passport as a lacking loyalty program, I just love staying at Hyatt properties even without status (well I am a GP Plat but that is the same thing) because their hotels are almost always tastefully done and their service is absolutely second to none. The 50K GP points I just purchased supports what I just said. Too bad Gold Passport is such a lousy, inconsistent and shaky loyalty program...
     
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    I'm lucky enough that the last year (and this year from the looks of it) I will have a tremendous amount of hotel stays paid for by work, in cities where Hyatt has a strong presence -- which is really the reason I'm sending them the business. Last year I think work-related stays accounted for about 72-74k points, but all of my redemptions came from my IHG points instead. Almost all of my leisure stays where in locations that I wanted to visit (PLS, GCM) where Hyatt had little or no properties, so it's their fault I didn't get to spend any of the points I earned. :)
     
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    Hyatt's small 'footprint' is definitely one of their major limitations. However, they seem to be everywhere in most of the popular destinations around the world, especially in Asia. I was, in fact, surprised to find that despite their small footprit (they are only about 1/8th of Hilton) there are several major Asian cities (Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei, Siem Reap, Manila) that have a Hyatt presence but no Hilton or, sometimes, Marriott! Those are the cities for which I stock up on GP points...
     
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    I wouldn't assume that the 40% discount offer will be repeated next year in deciding whether to purchase points this year.
     
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    My glass is always half full...:)
    More to the point is that, based on my travel pattern and some crude back of the envelop calculations, I see this as a win-win situation regardless of what happens next year...
     
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    Wait so has anybody (other than the OP) actually been targeted for this 40% bonus?
     
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    Good question. Someone else who got targeted should have chimed in by now...
     
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    Updates: I have just confirmed that these or any Hyatt points are purchased from POINTS.COM rather than directly from Hyatt, which means that GP point purchases are considered general purchases that earn 1 point/$ rather than Hyatt purchases that would earn 3 points/$.

    This seems like a "ghost" offer with no one other than OP appearing to have been targeted...
     
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    You need to have purchased points in 2014 to be eligible. I punched in TH's account number and saw the bonus points appear.
     
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    What does this mean? Bonus points supposedly "appear" with a purchase. Did you make a purchase and verified the 40% discount?
     
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    Points.com always shows you a different dropdown when you qualify for the promo... they usually show you the bonus points right on the dropdown so you know what you're getting.
     
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    would be great if Hyatt had another less generous offer, say 30%, for folks who did NOT purchase points last year :p
     
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