About a week and a half ago frequent flyer community Milepoint.com came out with a premium membership package.
- Hilton Gold status through early 2015
- National Car Rental Executive status
- 1000 United miles
In addition to those headline benefits, there’s also:
- Free parking day at the Parking Spot parking lots (reusable coupon, no minimum stay)
- One year of ad-free viewing on Milepoint.com
- Free 1-year subscription to InsideFlyer.com
- PointsHound Level 2 Status through 2014 (earn more points on hotel bookings made through their site)
- Free UsingMiles Premier membership
- Free upgrade to AwardWallet Plus
- 20% discount on Expertflyer.com
- 10% discount on the KVS Tool
One of the less-discussed benefits is the ability to buy Hyatt gift cards at 10% off. Buying a single $500 gift card saves $50 and alone pays for the membership.
A few members raised a concern about this, though, and that’s that Hyatt’s terms and conditions appear to suggest that paying for a stay with a gift card won’t earn points. That’s never been my experience — using a gift card (at a U.S. hotel) is like paying with a credit card, it’s just a form of payment and points have always posted for me.
Still, that would be a big negative even if a risk. So the Milepoint team reached out to Hyatt for clarification and they provided assurances that paying for a stay with a gift card purchased through this offer would still earn points.
WILL I EARN GOLD PASSPORT POINTS WHEN PURCHASING AND USING HYATT GIFT CARDS?
Q: It clearly says on the Hyatt website that Hyatt Gold Passport points are not earned when using Hyatt Gift Cards as payment. Why not?
A: We’re clearly here to say they do in our program. Hyatt worked wonderfully well with us to provide this benefit which really does work for our members.Q/ Do I receive Hyatt Gold Passport points when redeeming Hyatt Gift Cards at a Hyatt hotel that have been purchased through the Milepoint Premium Membership program?
A/ When redeeming a Hyatt Gift Card as a form of payment on a guest folio, you will earn Hyatt Gold Passport points on eligible charges in accordance to Hyatt Gold Passport terms and conditions. When redeeming a Hyatt Gift Card in a Hyatt restaurant or spa outlet, Hyatt Gold Passport points will not be earned.
EARNING BONUS GOLD PASSPORT POINTS WITH HYATT CREDIT CARD?
Q: Do I receive Hyatt Gold Passport points when purchasing Hyatt Gift Cards through the Milepoint Premium Membership program?
A: When using the Hyatt Credit Card, you will receive 3 Hyatt Gold Passport points per dollar spent when purchasing the gift cards. All other credit cards will earn their normal miles/points/credits/cash back. Your credit card is the purchase instrument for the gift cards.
I am a co-founder of the Milepoint frequent flyer community, and I hope we’ve put together a really good deal for frequent flyers. Like with Hotwire or Priceline, programs can be talked into offering benefits for potentially really good customers when those benefits are ‘packaged’ together so it’s not as simple or straightforward as them offering something at a deep discount.
If we’ve done this right there will be some extra funds, and we’ve committed off the top that 10% of the purchase price (not 10% of ‘net proceeds’ or anything like that) goes to charity. Doing these efforts lets us fund Milepoint’s charitable activities – which over the past year have included the ASPCA, Habitat For Humanity, Kiva, LIVESTRONG, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, United We Care and The Wounded Warrior Project.
Last year premium membership sold out quickly, so we’ve made sure more packages are available this year. Already more have been sold than last year (so if we hadn’t secured more, the offer would already be sold out).