She Travels Free – Paris
I used four one-night awards bundled together for a trip of a lifetime! And we have a tip for using your free nights awarded with the Hyatt Chase credit card as well!
I decided to take my cousin to Paris for her 40th birthday a few years ago. We were very close growing up and now live on opposite coasts. What a great way to use some airline miles and hotel points! I used my airline miles to fly us both over to Paris essentially for FREE.
While I had been accumulating Hyatt points for some time, I didn’t have nearly enough to qualify for several free nights at a luxurious, beautiful Hyatt class 7 property like the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. But I had my heart set on that hotel!
I was lucky enough to realize that Hyatt was having a promotion in the months leading up to the trip. The promotion required registration (most of these types of promotions do). Had I not registered I would have received nothing even if I stayed at Hyatt hotels many times during the promotional period. And while we haven’t seen a promotion this rich from Hyatt in a while, trvlvip will be sure to let you know when free-night and other bonus points promotions are introduced.
This particular free-night promotion allowed me to earn one free night for redemption at ANY LEVEL Hyatt property for two stays at ANY LEVEL Hyatt property. In essence, you could stay at a Hyatt Place two times (most are a level 2) and earn a free night at a level 7 hotel like the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome! I registered immediately and booked my upcoming work travel at level 2 through 4 Hyatt properties that were within my travel budget at work. I stayed eight times during the promotional period.
But that isn’t the end of the story. While I earned four free nights during the promotion, when I attempted to book the Park Hyatt in Paris none of the four-day periods I tried worked for a stretch of months. I was distressed as I loved the location and luxury of that property. So I got creative. I discovered that I could redeem each of the four earned nights at the Park Hyatt if I did them in separate reservations one day at a time, for consecutive nights. I made each free-night redemption reservation one by one and then called Hyatt and combined all four reservations into a single stay.Voila! I had no issues with my reservation upon arriving at the property! Four free nights at the lovely Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome with my wonderful cousin! A birthday to remember!
That trip to Paris was one of the best vacations of my life. It was short, sweet and very luxurious. My cousin and I met up with some very dear friends, one of which is a tenured professor at Stanford who speaks four languages including French! My cousin and those two friends are some of the most kindhearted, charismatic, fun-loving people I know and boy did the French love us and our French-speaking friend! Our short visit, which was FREE (except for the less than $50 in taxes and fees I paid for each of the flight award tickets), was a rich and rewarding experience.
We were able to visit many of the top sites (tripadvisor has a great list) including the Musee d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, the restaurants and cafes of Le Marais, the Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur) and even had an artist paint our portrait in Montmartre! We visited the famous Les Puces flea market, walked down the Champs-Elysees, ate macarons at Laduree and even made it to Versailles. I read lots of stories about Marie Antoinette after that visit and so wish I had read them prior to our visit to Versailles! And our night at Brasserie Bofinger with old and new friends was memorable! Paris is incredibly vibrant and beautiful and I look forward to my next visit!
We just did the same thing in New York City at the incredibly luxurious Park Hyatt (also a level 7 property). We received two promotional nights when we signed up for the Hyatt Chase Visa credit card. When trying to book two nights together a few days after Thanksgiving didn’t work, we were again able to secure the nights by booking them one by one! The cash price for the room during our stay was $1,200 a night and it was entirely FREE for us! Another BIG win! And because I hold Diamond status with Hyatt, we enjoyed a FREE luxurious breakfast each day of our stay including one through room service while in bed!
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We hope you enjoy a visit to Paris or NYC soon and by following our simple trvlvip strategies, enjoy lots of luxurious adventures for FREE!
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