Since the end of September I’ve been pretty busy travel wise. I took a work trip to Michigan on Amtrak and I just got back from a trip to Florida for a wedding. In the next month, I’m taking a trip to San Francisco for a conference in November and I’m spending Thanksgiving in Las Vegas.
With all this travel I realized that I never finished the base level arrangements for my birthday trip to Paris. The original plan was to get the bonus for signing up for the Hyatt card and use the points to book a hotel in Paris. Any amount that I’m short I would cover by transferring Ultimate Rewards points. Fortunately for me I was able to put business expenses from my Michigan trip and my trip to San Francisco on my Hyatt card giving me well over 100k points in my Hyatt account.
The two hotels I wanted to stay at were either the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme or the Hôtel du Louvre. The Park Hyatt normally costs €808 per night or 30000 Hyatt points while the Hôtel du Louvre normally costs €390 per night or 25000 points. Both are luxury hotels and with a difference of only 5000 Hyatt points more per night for a hotel that costs double the price, the Park Hyatt would seem like the obvious choice.
I actually ended up picking the Hôtel du Louvre because it was 5000 Hyatt points cheaper per night and it located right by The Louvre and the rooms were a little more my style. I’m staying at a 5 star hotel in a great location either way.
The next thing I have to do is decide what I’m actually going to do in Paris. I want to take the EuroStar to London for the day but I don’t know what’s going to happen with BRExit and how immigration will be handled. The situation should be resolved in the next month or so but I think I’ll wait until after the 1st of the year to book (Plus I can use my Chase Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige travel credits to pay for the ticket).