Oct272008

Hyatt 21% Discount on Reservations Made Through November 5

Hyatt Hotels allows you to earn a free night after two stays on top of a 21% discount. 

Click here for the promotional link.

Booking Window: Friday, October 24 – Wednesday, November 5. 

Use or ask for special offer code LTGP06 for the discount rate.

Travel Window: Friday, October 31 – Sunday, February 1, 2009 

  • Fully Pre-Paid and Nonrefundable Limited Time Offer Rate

This discount rate is eligible for Faster Free Nights. 

Hyatt even goes so far as mentioning Faster Free Nights promotion on the 21% discount reservations search webpage.  The terms and conditions state this special 21% discount rate “may not be combined with other promotional offers”, however, the Faster Free Nights is combinable with this rate according to Hyatt Customer Service. 

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Hyatt Gold Passport members were notified of the Hyatt Discount Rate by email on Friday, October 24.  My searches last Friday and over the weekend found little value for this rate as most of the hotels I checked were not offering the discount on dates I searched.  The hotels I checked offering the discount rate tended to be only a few dollars savings on the AAA rate.  All locations vary and others might have better luck for the locations you are staying. 

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The sale is available to everyone as of today and the website now appears to bring up the 21% discount rate without even needing to use the special promotional link or LTGP06 code.  Try your luck.

 

 Hyatt 21% Discount Rate Features Dandelion

 Dandelion Flower is used in Hyatt Promotion

The Hyatt promotional advertisement photo on the Hyatt website is a dandelion blowing in the wind.  I was born a military brat, here on the Monterey Peninsula of California, and traveled around the country and Germany for 15 years until returning here to California in 1975.  Around 1998 I came across a military brats association on the internet, now known as militarybrats.com or military-brats.com or militarybrat.com  (so many sites). Dandelions were chosen as the organization symbol. Growing up as military brats, we were kids who could blow around the world and always take root and thrive in a new place.

Thank you for the imagery Hyatt.   

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Word of warning on nonrefundable rates. 

Here is another opportunity to express my reluctance to book pre-paid nonrefundable rates. 

I am currently researching hotel rates for the cities of Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. 

In the two weeks since I started looking at hotel rates for these cities, the rates in Vancouver have dropped over 10% just due to currency exchange fluctuations. 

The W Seattle dropped its nightly rate by over $50 per night for the night I plan to be in the city. 

I learned after further research that two new Starwood hotels in Portland, Oregon can be reduced over $50 per night by booking a SPG 50% off rack rate rather than using the best available rate currently advertised. 

The aloft Cascadia, in Portland, Oregon can be reduced to $79.50 from $139. 

The new Luxury Collection hotel, Portland’s The Nines, is reduced $50 per night from the current opening rate of $249 by booking a 50% off rack rate for $199. 

One discount rack rate covers my SPG American Express card membership fee ($40 for the year) and provides an opportunity to use that annual 50% Starwood Hotels certificate that comes each year of card renewal. 

The other rack rate discount costs only 1,000 Starpoints as an SPG award option.  Getting a $50 value for 1,000 Starpoints is a good return on investment in SPG loyalty.  And 50% off rack rate Starwood awards qualify for elite qualification nights towards renewing SPG elite status. 

I am glad I did not try to lock in hotel rates with an internet-only nonrefundable discount rate two weeks ago.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. It was great to read about the Hyatt Dandelion promo! Pardon the shameless plug, but the dandelion paperweight is still available at the Military Brats Registry (www.militarybrat.com without an “s”).

  2. Thanks Marc for your comment. The dandelion reminded me of registering years ago as a military brat and I could always relate to the dandelion symbol. I adopted it immediately and spread the word that we military brats are tough as dandelions.

    I hadn’t checked the website in years and I am confused by all the military brat websites I see now. I do not know which site I had registered with, but I was amazed how easy it was to find other military brats I had grown up with on bases over the years.

    The dandelion is the one thing I definitely recall from my internet contacts in the 90s.

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