Good afternoon from Cyprus, home to beautiful beaches and the opportunity to stay at the same hotel for multiple nights in a row. For the past few weeks, I’ve been on the run. It’s not because I’m in hiding from angry MSers who have misattributed an infamous diagram from my CNN interview to me. (you can stop with the obscene comments, they cross the line of decency) It’s because I have been switching hotels basically every other night to maintain my Hyatt and SPG status.
The madness started in August when I began my journey. I stayed two nights at the Westin then one night at Vdara. From there I burned my Marriott points in Grand Cayman as the Westin was under construction. Then I did two stays at separate alofts in Miami. A JetBlue sale had me bouncing from a Radisson in lovely Cartagena to a Four Points in Medellin. In Moscow I rotated Park Hyatt for St. Regis. In St. Petersburg I burned the Office of the President stay certificates at two Radisson hotels with one night at the W in between. From Cyprus I go to Jordan where I rotate Le Meridien with Grand Hyatt. The journey ends with an Etihad Apartments flight home.
Based on my current travel plans, I’ll solidify my SPG Platinum for another year and will only need five stays with Hyatt to do the same. Next year the struggle begins again.
Exhausted, I question if this unnatural way to maintain status is worth it. Even with free breakfast and suite upgrades, I can’t deny that I’m enjoying this nonbrand hotel where I can focus on fun instead of points. Revealing this constitutes heresy in the points game but given the hate mail I’ve received, I can’t say that I care.