Aug082009

Hyatt Gold Passport Instant Elite Membership Reminder

This is a reminder to register for the Hyatt Gold Passport “Enjoy Elite Membership” instant Platinum elite offer and fast-track to Diamond offer by August 31. Promotion Link.

The promotion was discussed in detail in this June 23 Loyalty Traveler post.

New Gold Passport members receive instant Platinum elite which normally requires 5 stays in a calendar year or 15 nights. Stay just 5 nights in the 120 days after registering for the promotion and your Platinum elite status will be extended through February 2011.

One of the benefits of Hyatt Platinum elite is Platinum Extra certificates after every 3rd stay with offers such as bonus points and free Regency Club upgrades. Platinum members are also eligible for room upgrades within the room category booked.

Gold Passport Platinum members receive a 15% bonus on 5 base points per US$1 in hotel spending.

$100 room rate (before tax) earns 500 base points and 75 platinum elite points. Free room nights using points start at 5,000 points for Gold Passport Category 1 hotels. Category 2 = 8,000 points; Category 3 = 12,000 points; Category 4 = 15,000 points, and Category 5 = 18,000 points for a free night.

Diamond elite membership can be earned and maintained through February 2011 with 15 nights in 120 days after promotion registration. Diamond benefits include complimentary guaranteed upgrades, bonus points, and complimentary Regency Club access.

Diamond elite members earn a 30% bonus on base points and have the option to receive 1,000 points as a diamond amenity for each hotel stay at a full-service Hyatt or 500 points at Hyatt Place and Summerfield Suites. Other amenity choices may be a free movie, mini-bar credit or other hotel specific offer.  I received a delicious appetizer tray and a bottle of wine at the Hyatt Regency Denver as a Diamond amenity.

Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center

Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is no harm in asking for instant Diamond elite membership. Reports on FlyerTalk indicate some new members have been granted instant Diamond elite membership with the benefit of four confirmed e-upgrade certificates.

For leisure travelers there is an advantage of waiting until late August for promotion registration if your travel in late December will place you in a position to complete more Hyatt stays. Many major city hotels have some of their lowest rates of the year during the latter half of December when business and leisure travel slows.

I find many of the lowest rates of the year in San Francisco during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday weeks. Resorts tend to have higher rates at these times.

This is one of the most generous hotel loyalty program offers in years. Take advantage of Hyatt Gold Passport’s generosity if this promotion fits with your travel plans.

Loyalty Traveler Promotion Rank = 5 Keys (One of the best hotel loyalty promotions of 2009)

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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