Hyatt Gold Passport “Enjoy Elite Membership” Offer:
Offer Registration Period: May 1 – Aug 31, 2009
Loyalty Traveler rating = 5-Star Promotion
I am not the king of “One Night Stays” because that is my preferred mode of travel. I view it in terms of economics and getting high elite status takes a good deal of my spare, and sometimes not so spare change.
For travelers who want the privileges of hotel loyalty high-elite status, but who are not in a position to live in hotels for two months, this Hyatt Gold Passport offer is one of the best opportunities to come around in 2009 for cheap elite without the hassle of hotel hopping.
Complimentary Platinum Membership : Promotion link
Nonmembers can join Hyatt Gold Passport and automatically receive four months of elite status with complimentary Platinum membership. Normally Gold Passport Platinum elite membership requires 5 stays or 15 nights in a calendar year.
Current Hyatt Gold Passport members, with or without elite status need to call Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service to enroll for this complimentary elite offer.
Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service 1-800-228-3360
Platinum Benefits include complimentary room upgrades, complimentary internet access (a recently introduced benefit), and 15 % bonus on base points earned. (Gold Passport members regularly earn 5 points per $1 in spending.) Hyatt Platinum members also earn Platinum Extra certificates for added benefits with every 3rd stay.
Stay just 5 nights in the 120 day trial membership period and your Platinum elite membership will be extended through February 2011.
Fast-Track to Diamond Membership
The amazing aspect of this hotel loyalty offer is the ability to earn Diamond elite status through February 2011 with just 15 hotel nights in the 120 days after promotion enrollment.
Hyatt Gold Passport has just two elite membership levels – Platinum and Diamond.
Diamond elite normally requires 25 hotel stays or 50 hotel nights in a calendar year. The ability to earn Diamond elite status in just 15 nights is truly a high-value proposition for the hotel guest.
Diamond Benefits link
And the ability to earn high-elite status with just a few multi-night hotel stays potentially makes achieving this membership level a luxurious, or at least highly pleasurable task.
Gold Passport typically runs a Stays Count Double promotion during the year. Last year I earned Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond in a two-week period in March 2008 during the last weeks of the Stays Count Double promotion. Hotel hopping for 13 one-night stays in two weeks is a bit grueling.
And was it worth it to hotel hop for two weeks last year? The free nights in the $600 bi-level apartment at the Hyatt Highlands Inn in Carmel Highlands said “YES” – again and again.
Can current Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members enroll in this fast-track offer? YES
I spent some time on the phone today with Gold Passport and I was informed current elite members are eligible for this “Enjoy Elite Membership” offer.
Strategy with potential end-of-year Faster Free Nights promotion
Currently, the Hyatt Gold Passport 2,500 points per stay worldwide promotion runs through September 15. The rumor on FlyerTalk is the Gold Passport promotion for Faster Free Nights will resume after September 15 for the primary end of the year promotion. Faster Free Nights ran at the end of 2008 and the promotion offers a free night at any Hyatt Hotel, with very few exceptions, for every two stays.
There is a rationale for waiting to sign up for the “Enjoy Elite” promotion since there is a 120-day qualification period for elite nights. Signing up in August provides a promotion period going into December for elite qualifying nights. Combine that with Faster Free Nights and there could be really high value in stays later in the year.
My Loyalty Traveler advice is to definitely go for elite membership during this spectacular offer and do it at the time best suited for your travel plans and your hotel stay pattern.
The advantage of this elite fast-track promotion is the ability to do it with elite qualifying nights so you can stay in one hotel resort for a week and be halfway to Diamond elite.
The disadvantage of elite nights is the combinability with the current 2,500 bonus points MasterCard promotion and potentially Faster Free Nights in the fall, which are both based on hotel stays and not nights. While nights is a more convenient way to earn elite status with just a few multi-night stays, the points and free nights promotions favor a single-night stay strategy.
This promotion is one of the best high-value offers available to the hotel guest in 2009, particularly if you plan multi-night stays in the next few months and still plan to travel in 2010. This promotion can place you in a good elite status situation through February 2011.
Hyatt Hotels consists of the hotel brands: Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Hyatt Place, Andaz, and Summerfield Suites. Hyatt Place is a fast-growing hotel brand typically in the moderate budget range. Hyatt Hotels consists of about 370 hotels worldwide.