The next Hyatt promotion is Stay More Play More from January 15 to April 30, 2015. Check your email around January 12 for details. That’s it. No more details. The blogosphere is alight with light information.

I received the January Hyatt promotion notice in my Hyatt Gold Passport Account Summary email. The email also reminded me to redeem my four Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member suite upgrades.

Worked on spending those Hyatt suite certificates this week. Two suite upgrades redeemed for upcoming hotel stays where I invoked the soon-to-be-no-more 20% discount “My Elite Rate” for rock bottom hotel rates that I upgraded to suite level. After mostly no hotel restaurant breakfast stays in London last month as Club Carlson Gold, Kelley is going to enjoy the relaxing start in Hyatt with morning breakfast at the hotel restaurant as Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond.

My only Hyatt points the past few months were mobile app bonuses and 2,000 bonus points on three stays. I was not targeted for the big 50,000 points offer, but that is fine since I have been in redemption mode this season with 170,000 Club Carlson points and 216,000 Choice Privileges points redeemed for my four weeks in Europe since September.

I plan to be in spend mode for the next few months to earn hotel points for international stays in 2015. It might be a good time for Hyatt to offer me a big bonus opportunity. In another three weeks I’ll check for my Hyatt Stay More Play More promotion offer.

Nothing to do now, except enjoy Hyatt suite upgrades, hotel restaurant breakfast and wait until January.

Hyatt 2015Q1 offer

Two elite benefits are being dropped from Hyatt Gold Passport in 2015 when My Elite Rate for 20% off flexible rate is discontinued and the 5,000 bonus points bed type guarantee is changed to guarantee bed type for every Hyatt Gold Passport member, elite or not, and no bonus points if that does not happen.

The source for this information is an email sent to me yesterday from Hyatt corporate.

Hyatt cites less than 0.1% of elite members did not receive their reserved bed type to invoke the Hyatt Gold Passport elite member bed type guarantee for 5,000 bonus points. That is fewer than 1 in 1,000 member-stays. Hyatt will discontinue the bed type guarantee that provided 5,000 points to an elite member who was not placed in a room with the bed type reserved.

In 2015, all members are guaranteed the bed type of their choice. But, there are no bonus points compensation if you are one of the less than one in a thousand guests who do not get your reserved bed type.

My Elite Rate discontinued in 2015

Hyatt Gold Passport sometimes offered a My Elite Rate for 20% discount to Platinum and Diamond elite members. This was a great deal on occasion. Hyatt claims My Elite rate was a beta-test and the decision has been made to discontinue the rate discount.

Loyalty Traveler – Hotel Review: Florida Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is a stay May 2014, where I used the My Elite Rate and received 2,500 bonus points for a closed Regency Club lounge on a weekend. I picked up 4,000 points on a $90 after tax stay. Too bad I received the King bed I booked.

Hyatt My Elite Rate

Points + Cash Award Stays

Perhaps the best news from the Hyatt announcement is the continuation and enhancement of Points + Cash. I hope the enhancement for 2015 is the ability to book these stays online. Generally, availability of Points + Cash award stays are there when I call, but I hate using the time needed to check on each hotel I am considering when it would be much easier if the website showed availability of Points + Cash reservations and offered online booking.

Hyatt Points   Cash

On a different note, Hyatt Gold Passport also sent me a Happy Holidays email yesterday with a note that they have donated $25,000 to Room to Read on my behalf.

Thank you Hyatt Gold Passport.

Hyatt Award category changes January 22, 2015 take effect with 22 hotels moving up one category and 48 hotels moving down. This is about 4% of hotels worldwide moving up and 9% moving down.

Make your 2015 award reservations by January 21 to lock in lower points rates for hotels moving up in category. Hyatt will proactively redeposit points for awards already reserved for hotels going down in category. The new award rates become effective at 12:01am CST (Chicago time) on January 22, 2015.

Hyatt Properties Moving Down in Award Category

Hyatt Hotels Down 2015Hyatt down 2015-2

I like seeing twice as many hotels dropping to category 1 at 5,000 points per night than hotels moving out of category 1. There are 14 hotels, all in the USA, in Hyatt House and Hyatt Place brands moving from category 2 to category 1 award nights. There are 7 hotels moving up from category 1 to category 2.

The hotels of note are category 5 hotels dropping to category 4. These properties become available using the Hyatt Visa Anniversary night.

  1. Grand Hyatt Washington D.C.
  2. Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans
  3. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs, FL
  4. Hyatt Grand Cypress, Orland, FL
  5. Hyatt Regency La Jolla, San Diego, CA
  6. MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV

Hyatt Regency Savannah, Georgia stands out to me since I stayed at the hotel this year and it was no contest in the choice between the boutique Andaz Savannah and convention style Hyatt Regency Savannah, both at category 4. The category change will likely reduce award pressure on Andaz Savannah for Hyatt Gold Passport members choosing to spend 12,000 points for Hyatt Regency Savannah rather than 15,000 points for Andaz Savannah.

What are the current point redemption values for each free night award category?

Category 1 = 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points

Category 2 = 8,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points

Category 3 = 12,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points

Category 4 = 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points

Category 5 = 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points

Category 6 = 25,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points

Category 7 = 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points

Hyatt Properties Moving Up in Award Category

Hyatt 2015 hotels up

There are no real surprises here, except for the fact that so few hotels are rising in award category. The new Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar outside Nassau in the Bahamas is rising in award category prior to opening. This is one hotel to consider for the Hyatt Visa anniversary certificate limited to category 4 hotels, but it may not even be available to book before the change.

Amsterdam, Nice and the Maldives are not a surprise to see going up.

Hyatt Award changes 2015

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Two weeks ago I wrote about the Hyatt Gift Card and Hyatt Check 10% discount through December 31, 2014. Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt Gift Cards 10% off and free shipping to come.

Hyatt eGift cards with free delivery are now available with a 10% discount on the purchase price.

Hyatt eGift card

Hyatt Gift Cards and Check Certificates FAQ

Hyatt Gift Card and Hyatt e-gift card terms and conditions

Use Promotion Code GPGIFT14 at checkout for 10% off on up to $2,000 in purchases.

Buy Hyatt Gift Cards and Certificates.

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Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Washington is running a 25th anniversary sweepstakes on Facebook awarding one person a chance to win 25,000 points in December 2014 and an entry into a 250,000 points giveaway around January 6, 2015.

Name and email are all you need to enter the Hyatt Regency Bellevue’s 25th Anniversary Giveaway sweepstakes.

Hyatt Bellevue

25 YEARS. 3 MILLIONS GUESTS. COUNTLESS MEMORIES.
To celebrate our 25th anniversary, and all the guests we’ve welcomed over the years, we’re saying thank you with a Sweepstakes every month for the rest of 2014!

Each month, we’ll award one lucky winner 25,000 Hyatt Gold
Passport points, which can be redeemed for a free stay
at most Hyatt properties* or other travel perks.

Plus, enter our separate grand prize sweepstakes to
win 250,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points, redeemable
for at least eight nights at the highest-category Hyatt
properties**, or for many more nights depending on
location. Monthly winners will be randomly selected
on the 6th day of the following month, May through
December, with a grand prize winner selected on
January 6, 2015.

Good luck in the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Sweepstakes for 250,000 points!

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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There has been lots of handwringing over the end of Hyatt’s Diamond elite challenge as of October 31, 2014. Some bloggers claim we have only ourselves to blame.

Does it really matter if there is a Hyatt Diamond Challenge?

If you had not taken advantage of the Hyatt Diamond Challenge by now, and you wanted to, then you have learned a good-to-learn travel loyalty axiom:

Great value deals in loyalty programs always end. Take advantage of the great deals while they are around.

Hyatt Gold Passport’s Diamond Challenge was a steal for enrollees. Hyatt provided Diamond status up front before any stays and even offered members four suite upgrades to use while staying 12 nights within 60 days to maintain Diamond elite for the membership year.

More than a decade ago, I was able to show that I had earned Hilton Diamond elite from hotel stays when I first acquired complimentary Diamond elite membership with Hyatt Gold Passport. Those were the good old days of Hyatt Gold Passport in my mind.

Old-timers with Hyatt Gold Passport remember Faster Free Nights when every two stays at a Hyatt brand hotel earned one free night at any Hyatt worldwide. Those were the good old days of Hyatt Gold Passport in my mind.

And remember how lucrative Hyatt stays were when there were property ‘G’ bonuses for 1,000 or 2,000 bonus points every stay? Most hotels in the USA participated in these bonus points opportunities. Those were the good old days of Hyatt Gold Passport in my mind.

And remember how Hyatt certificates allowed members to pay as little as 50% or even less of the published hotel rate at top properties around the world? Those were the good old days of Hyatt Gold Passport in my mind.

The Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Challenge is gone for now.

Here is a tip for how to still get Hyatt Gold Diamond elite membership without the Hyatt Diamond Challenge.

Book 25 stays or 50 nights at Hyatt Hotels in a calendar year.

If we are lucky, perhaps Hyatt Gold Passport will return the ‘Stays Count Double’ promotion in 2015. Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt’s Faster Free Nights, Stays Count Double, and United Miles (October 1, 2009).

Those were the good old days of Hyatt Gold Passport in my mind.

Hyatt Diamond Challenge Terms from April 2014

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Membership Offer

Enjoy elite Diamond membership immediately in the Hyatt Gold Passport® global loyalty program when you enroll in our
elite tier trial offer. You’ll receive five Hyatt Gold Passport points for every eligible dollar spent at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts® worldwide to use toward free nights with no blackout dates. Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond membership provides you with our most generous benefits and awards, including a 30% point bonus, complimentary in-room Internet access, welcome amenity and the best room available upon arrival, excluding suites.

To participate:
•    Join Hyatt Gold Passport before April 30, 2014, and receive a 60-day trial Diamond membership upon providing
a copy of a current competitive hotel statement that reflects comparable top tier status within that program with
stay activity. Comparable competitor tiers to Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond: Hilton HHonors® Gold or Diamond,
Marriott Rewards® Gold or Platinum, Starwood Preferred Guest® Platinum, IHG® Rewards Club Platinum Elite.

Current Hyatt Gold Passport members may register to participate.
•    Submit documentation to Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service at goldpassport@hyatt.com.
•    Stay 12 eligible nights at any Hyatt hotel within 60 days of enrollment and maintain Diamond status
through February 2015.
•    Receive 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points on your first six eligible nights at any Hyatt hotel within 60 days of enrollment.

To join Hyatt Gold Passport or register for the promotion, contact your local Hyatt sales representative or submit a
completed trial tier enrollment form to Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service at goldpassport@hyatt.com. Reference
Offer Code DMD14. For complete Hyatt Gold Passport program and membership details, visit www.goldpassport.com.

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Hyatt Gold Passport offers elite members a 20% off My Elite Rate for some hotels on some dates. All Platinum and Diamond members can access My Elite Rate when logged into Hyatt.com member account on a desktop or laptop computer. My Elite Rates also load through the Hyatt mobile app.

[Ten minutes after publishing update: Originally this article stated My Elite Rate would not load through Hyatt mobile app. Turned out I was not logged into my account. I just found and booked a Hyatt Gold Passport My Elite Rate on my iPhone. Since I booked using the Hyatt mobile app, I get an additional 1,000 points for the stay. Hyatt mobile app 1,000 points booking bonus promotion October 1-December 31, 2014].

If you are a Hyatt Visa card member, then you have Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum status and qualify for My Elite Rate discount.

Tutorial Hyatt My Elite Rate 20% off

When you are logged into Hyatt.com with your Hyatt Gold Passport number, then My Elite Rate shows up, if available, when searching room rates using no special rate codes like AAA, senior and corporate codes.

Here are room rates for downtown Denver hotels with Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt shown as the first two results when I search Denver, Colorado for Saturday, October 11, 2014 for one night.

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Hyatt Regency SFO at 1,000 points + $62.60 is a little misleading since I actually booked the Hyatt Gold Passport Points + Cash rate at 4,000 points + $55.

The reason why I figure my Points + Cash stay cost only 1,000 points is I will be rebated 1,000 points with the  Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Welcome Amenity points and I will earn another 2,000 points from my targeted Hyatt offer of 2,000 points on my next three stays Sep 1-Nov 30, 2014 – Hyatt Gold Passport targeted offers Sep 1- Nov 30, 2014. Hyatt Gold Passport Points + Cash stays are eligible paid stays for promotion bonuses.

I needed to be in San Francisco for a morning flight to Newark EWR for my trip to Oslo, Norway. Or I could have got up at 3am in Monterey and drove to San Francisco without a hotel night. I felt rather rested today for Oslo, so it worked out best staying in a hotel the night before my Oslo flight.

I checked several SFO hotels and decided the best deal for me was Hyatt Regency SFO.

Hyatt SFO atrium lobby

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel atrium

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is a category 2 hotel award with Hyatt Gold Passport for 8,000 points per night. Being a weekend night, airport hotel rates were high. Hyatt Regency SFO was listed at $235.08 after tax.

I called Hyatt Gold Passport and there was Points + Cash award availability. You still have to call Hyatt Gold passport customer service to check for Points + Cash awards.

I even used one of the four suite upgrades in my Diamond member account. I might regret spending the upgrade for a one night stay if I use them all up and then want a hotel room upgrade before March 2015. In the last two years I saved the upgrades and never used them on one night stays and then ended up not using all four suite upgrades before they expired. Suite upgrades are not too useful at most Hyatt Place hotels.

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Hyatt 10% to 30% bonus buying points by September 15, 2014 comes hot off the elite member sale that ended August 18 for 20% to 40% bonus points. So, if you missed the last sale for elites or if you are not a Hyatt Gold Passport elite member, then you now have another chance through September 15 to buy Hyatt Gold Passport points at a discount. Albeit, less of a discount than the previous sale.

Limited-time offer: Enjoy up to a 30% bonus. Offer ends September 15, 2014.

  • Purchase 5,000 to 19,000 points and receive a 10% bonus
  • Purchase 20,000 to 39,000 points and receive a 20% bonus
  • Purchase 40,000 to 55,000 points and receive a 30% bonus

Hyatt points regularly sale for $24 per 1,000 points with a 55,000 points purchase limit per calendar year.

The current 10% to 30% bonus points promotion reduces the price and amount of points you can buy. This sale allows you to buy up to 71,500 points.

  • 10% bonus – Purchase 5,500 to 20,900 points and pay $21.82 per 1,000 points.
  • 20% bonus – Purchase 24,000 to 56,800 points and pay $20.00 per 1,000 points.
  • 30% bonus – Purchase 52,000 to 71,500 points and pay $18.46 per 1,000 points.

This sale offers Hyatt Gold Passport points at a discount. The savings you get with Hyatt Gold Passport award nights instead of paid nights depends on your travel plans.

Hyatt points sale sep 15

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A FlyerTalk thread started yesterday about the targeted Hyatt Gold Passport promotion emails sent yesterday. Lucky at One Mile at a Time posted about his targeted offer for 50,000 points after 20 nights at Hyatt Hotels between September 1 to November 30, 2014.

Hyatt GP 50K

He included a link to the offer. I tried the link and received the message that I was not eligible.

Honestly, I did not like this same Endless Possibilities offer when it came out in fall 2013 since 20 nights is a pace far beyond the average traveler. This year the offer does not include MGM Resort properties in Las Vegas, so an even more restrictive offer.

2,000 bonus points on three stays is my offer for 6,000 bonus points

I received my targeted offer less than two hours ago at 3:36pm California time.

I am Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond. This offer pleases me. Three one-night stays in a 3-month period is totally achievable for me and offers a better bonus than the 50,000 points offer which would require 6 hotel nights to earn 6,500 points. I can earn 6,000 bonus points in three nights.

Terms & Conditions

You will receive 2,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your first Eligible Stay, an additional 2,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your second Eligible Stay, and an additional 2,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your third Eligible Stay from September 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014. A maximum 6,000 bonus points may be earned, regardless of the number of stays completed during the offer period.  For the purpose of this offer, an “Eligible Stay” is defined in the terms and conditions of Hyatt Gold Passport, except that stays at M life resorts do not count as Eligible Stays under this offer. Hyatt Gold Passport members will only receive Eligible Stay credit for their room, regardless of the number of rooms paid. You must provide your Hyatt Gold Passport membership number at the time of check-in and choose points or miles for your stay. Hyatt Gold Passport will automatically track Eligible Stays when you provide your Hyatt Gold Passport membership number. Please allow two to three weeks after your stay for bonus points to be posted to your Hyatt Gold Passport account.

Here are versions of Hyatt Gold Passport targeted offers on FlyerTalk:

  • After completing your tenth Eligible Night from September 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014, you will receive Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond membership, valid through February 2016.
  • 2000 points after one stay; 2,000 points maximum
  • 2,000 Hyatt Gold Passport® bonus points after each of your next 2 eligible stays from September 1 through November 30, 2014. That’s a total of up to 4,000 points!
  • 5000 points after one stay, 5,000 points maximum.
  • 2,000 Hyatt Gold Passport® bonus points after each of your next 3 eligible stays from September 1 through November 30, 2014. That’s a total of up to 6,000 points!
  • 8,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after you complete two Eligible Stays from September 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014. A maximum 8,000 bonus points may be earned, regardless of the number of stays completed during the offer period.
  • 10,000 points after 3 nights.
  • 50,000 points after 20 nights.

Have you received one of these offers or a different offer? Are you happy or unhappy with the targeted Hyatt Gold Passport offers?

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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