Overland Park, KS – When one travel blogger shared that she redeemed all of her Hyatt award points at various Hyatt Place hotels around the country, she wasn’t prepared for the backlash and shaming from other bloggers.
Alyssa Moreno, a 36-year-old wife and mother to four kids, chronicles her family’s adventures on her blog, Morenos On the Go. “Because I accumulate miles and points from credit card rewards, my large family can afford to travel anywhere at a fraction of the cost.”
In a recent post on social media, Moreno admitted that she spent her family’s entire stash of Hyatt points at four Hyatt Place locations in the past year. “We took our kids to Disneyland, New York City, Daytona Beach and San Antonio. Our rooms at each Hyatt Place location had plenty of space for our family of six. Plus, we got free breakfast. We saved thousands of dollars and made epic memories. That’s what miles and points travel is all about!”
Not everyone praised Moreno’s use of points, especially her travel blogger peers. New York City travel blogger and Anna Delvey fan, Katrina Faye, said “Using points at Hyatt Place makes you look poor. What a waste.”
Jackson Tumball, Senior Writer at The Miles Duuude), agrees. “Hyatt Place is so un-sexy. I would never stay at one. Or if I did, I would never admit to it. Moreno should have used her points to stay at a much nicer place, like the Park Hyatt New York. Sure, it would have cost her 80,000 points per night for two rooms to fit her entire family. And, she probably would have run out of points before getting to see the other cities on her list. But I’m sure that even her toddlers would appreciate the nicer digs.”
Despite the criticism, Moreno says she has no regrets blowing all her points at Hyatt Place. “I’d do it all again. One of these days, when my husband and I can manage a weekend getaway without the kids, we will get fancy-like and stay at a nicer Hyatt.”