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Howdy, friends - and beautiful good morning from Bandung, Indonesia!

Last week was pretty exciting, but don’t think for a second that the excitement is dying down…

Here’s what I got for you today:

🏨 Why I’m loading up on Hyatt stays

As I mentioned, I am now back in Asia.

During this crazy adventure around the world, I’ll be staying at all kinds of crazy places, including luxury resorts, jungle bungalows, Airbnb apartments, and, you guessed it, a whole slew of Hyatt hotels.

World of Hyatt

I originally hadn’t booked a ton of Hyatts, but that changed last week…

You see, there’s currently a targeted offer to get a 20% points rebate for stays in the next 90 days up to a maximum of 30,000 points.

Many people (myself included) received this offer, so go check your Hyatt accounts and register for it if you can.

Hyatt 20% points rebate

For reference, 30,000 Hyatt points is a LOT, and a 20% discount on Hyatt’s already reasonable award prices is, to put it mildly, sweet.

So, I’ve rearranged some hotel stays from other chains to take full advantage of this Hyatt deal.

My strategy is mainly centered around Hyatt Category 1 properties… and I now have a boatload of them booked.

For example, I’ll soon be heading to Xi’an, China - which is home to a number of Hyatt Category 1 hotels. 👇

UrCove Xi'an

Since this hotel costs as few as 3,500 points per night, the 20% rebate results in a net cost of just 2,800 points… which is amazing.

In just a couple of weeks, I’ll also be checking out the new Hyatt Place in Makassar.

Hyatt Place Makassar

Again, this property can cost as few as 2,800 points per night with the rebate.

Since I have some “2k Next Stay” awards from Hyatt’s new milestone program, I’ll also rake in an extra 2,000 points on this stay.

Hyatt 2k Next Stay Award

I have other Hyatt Category 1 properties booked in Bangkok, Kota Kinabalu, Surakarta, Yogyakarta, Doha, and more, and plan to fully max out this promotion.

But it’s not just Category 1 hotels that have my interest…

You see, the single best hotel I’ve ever stayed at, the Park Hyatt Jakarta, is right here in Indonesia. This hotel puts other Park Hyatts in North America and Europe to shame…

It’s truly next level.

It also costs a fraction of the points of other Park Hyatts… 👇

Park Hyatt Jakarta

It’s actually pretty egregious that it’s only a Category 4 hotel, considering how incredible it is… But I’m not complaining. 🤷🏼‍♂️

Anyway, at just 15,000 points per night, the 20% rebate translates to a net cost of 12,000 points per night.

A 3-night stay at the nicest Park Hyatt in the world (my opinion… but still true) for just 36,000 points is just impossible to beat, folks.

Executive Suite at Park Hyatt Jakarta

This is my suite living room from the last time I stayed at Park Hyatt Jakarta

And here’s the real kicker:

Right now, there’s a limited-time offer on one of the only credit cards that actually allows you to transfer points to Hyatt.

If you sign up for the card and meet the minimum spending requirement, you’ll end up with a minimum of 79,000 UR Points.

When transferring those points to Hyatt, that’s enough to book as many as 22 Category 1 hotels… 🤯

After you get your 20% rebate, however, you’d get 15,400 points back: enough to book an ADDITIONAL four nights at hotels like this one in Azerbaijan, where I’ll also be staying next month.

Hyatt Regency Baku

So here’s the bottom line:

The stars have aligned to give us a 20% points rebate on Hyatt stays AND a credit card offer with a crap ton of points to transfer to Hyatt.

So, if you love Hyatt, have some travel planned, or want to rack up some cheap elite nights, now’s the time.

💳 30% transfer bonus to Avios

’Tis the season of transfer bonuses, apparently… because last week, no fewer than FOUR new ones dropped, including this tasty one to Qatar Airways.

Until May 31st, you can transfer ThankYou points to Qatar with a 30% bonus, which opens up a world of delicious opportunities (I’m really hungry right now, if you couldn’t tell).

One key point with this transfer bonus is that it’s being offered by Qatar, not the bank.

30% transfer bonus to Qatar

If you log into your ThankYou Points account, you won’t see it show up on the bank side… So don’t freak out.

Anyway, the obvious reason that this is so exciting is that it opens up opportunities to fly on Qatar Qsuites at a significant discount.

Qatar Qsuites

Generally speaking, you can fly Qsuites from North America to the Middle East for 70,000 Qatar Avios.

Of course, that’s if you can find availability… which is another beast entirely. But check out this newsletter where I explain how that all works.

Qatar Qsuites from YUL-DOH for 70k points

Example of a Qsuites flight for 70,000 Avios

Anyway, with this transfer bonus, you’d be able to book that Qsuites flight for just 54,000 ThankYou points, which is a KILLER deal.

But that’s not all…

Remember when I told you about how you can transfer Avios between airlines?

That means that you could transfer points from Qatar to Iberia and book this flight in a lie-flat bed from New York to Madrid for just 26,000 ThankYou points…

Iberia NYC-MAD for 34k Avios

26,000 points for business class to Europe is possibly even more epic than the Qsuites deal…

So here’s the summary:

This is a great chance to book a number of premium flights at a pretty steep discount and is an excellent use of your ThankYou points.

One thing to keep in mind is that the bonus points may not reflect in your account until June 15th (though they could show up sooner).

Qatar terms and conditions

Always read the terms and conditions, folks

This means that you should not transfer points for an urgent booking.

Instead, this is something for those of you who have travel plans where Avios could come in handy down the road, people who use Avios frequently, or those of you who have a ton of ThankYou points without any other uses for them.

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This is the ultimate betrayal…

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That’s all for today, amigos!

I wish I had more space in this newsletter… there are a whole bunch of things that I’d love to tell you about.

But alas, I have to leave you alone. But please come back tomorrow. ❤️

Sampai jumpa lagi,

Mike Dodge
Head Writer, Daily Drop

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