Portland, Oregon is getting hotel branded with one of the initial Curio Collection by Hilton hotels planned for 2016 opening as a 300-room hotel at Southwest Second Avenue and Jefferson, a 600-room Hyatt Hotel by the Convention Center to open in 2017 and plans for a new 13-story AC by Marriott hotel at Southwest Third Avenue and Taylor Street on a city owned vacant lot.

AC Hotels are a Spain-based hotel chain acquired by Marriott in 2011. Portland is part of a plan to open 30 or more AC Hotels in the USA and Americas. The hotel is in the style of Aloft and Hyatt Place as a brand aimed at younger, social travelers.

Curio Collection is the new independent boutique hotel brand from Hilton. The first hotel member is SLS Las Vegas opened this week.

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Hyatt Hotels global initiative to procure seafood responsibly in partnership with World Wildlife Fund is a program announced yesterday. The initial goal is responsibly sourcing more than 50 percent of their inventory by 2018 for seafood prepared in the hotel chain’s restaurants.

Hyatt will also work toward purchasing more than 15 percent of its seafood supply from fisheries or farms that have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).  This is the first phase of a long-term seafood sustainability strategy in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a leading global conservation organization, to build on Hyatt’s existing environmental stewardship. The partnership also focuses on enhancing the sustainability of seafood sourcing at Hyatt hotels by eliminating the procurement of highly vulnerable seafood species.

After a year-long engagement with WWF and an assessment of global seafood procurement processes at Hyatt hotels, Hyatt has identified the following initiatives to improve the sustainability of Hyatt hotels’ seafood sourcing practices and standards:

  • Hyatt will focus on the procurement of responsibly sourced farmed and wild-caught seafood at Hyatt hotels globally, with an initial emphasis on key species such as salmon, shrimp, grouper, Chilean sea bass, and tuna. This will include a clear preference for seafood sourced from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified fisheries and farms and those involved in Fishery or Aquaculture Improvement Projects. Hyatt will also identify other sustainable sources of seafood in collaboration with WWF.
  • A complete ban on the consumption and procurement of shark fin at all Hyatt restaurants and food and beverage outlets globally.  This builds on Hyatt’s commitment in 2012 to remove shark fin from all restaurant menus. Any banquets and event bookings made before May 15, 2014 that include shark fin will be honored.
  • In addition to banning shark fin, Hyatt will seek to reduce and systematically eliminate sourcing of other highly vulnerable seafood species identified by WWF.
  • Hyatt colleagues involved in food and beverage offerings at the company’s owned and managed full service hotels will participate in a comprehensive sustainable seafood training program developed in collaboration with WWF.
  • Hyatt will measure global performance and progress of these efforts with the support of WWF analysis and recommendations.

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Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is an adults-only 234-rooms all-inclusive resort opening November 1, 2014 near Montego Bay, Jamaica. There is a grand opening 50% off rate for bookings made by October 31, 2014 for stays through December 1, 2015.

This post looks at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall room rates based on different guest occupancies from one to four adults. The rates change based on room occupancy since this is an all-inclusive resort for drinks and dining.

Loyalty Traveler room rate analysis for Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall looks at the family friendly resort within the same property for room rates based on number of adults and children. Both Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Rose Hall all-inclusive resorts were formerly the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall near Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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There is a grand opening 50% off rate for Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall all-inclusive resorts opening November 1, 2014 in the former Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall near Montego Bay, Jamaica. Hyatt Zilara is an adults only hotel and Hyatt Ziva is a family hotel. Both hotels have been created from the formerly Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall property.

This post looks at the different room types for Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and the rate change for different numbers of adults and children at this Hyatt all-inclusive resort.

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall rate analysis is in this Loyalty Traveler post: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Montego Bay, Jamaica Grand Opening 50% off rate (July 18, 2014).

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Feeling lucky? You can win 75,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points this week.

View from the Wing is giving away 75,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points to celebrate the new Hyatt-MGM Las Vegas Digital Hub. You can leave four comments before noon eastern Saturday, July 19, 2014 as your entries to the sweepstakes.

There are currently nearly 4,200 comments on Gary’s blog.

75,000 Hyatt points can take you many places or one luxurious place.

Another Boarding Area blog, Mommy Points has a giveaway for a $250 MGM Resorts gift card. Leave a comment by 11:59pm, central time Saturday, July 19, 2014.

There are currently 377 comments on Summer’s blog.

A chance to win 75,000 Hyatt points or a $250 MGM Resorts gift card are nice hotel travel gifts for some quick comments.

This post compares Hyatt and Starwood brands average room rates to see if there is a significant competitive advantage to Hyatt or Starwood for the frequent guest loyal to one or the other hotel chain.

Hyatt Hotels and Starwood Hotels are hotel loyalty competitors for similar types of business and leisure traveler guests who desire upscale and upper upscale hotel stays. The hotel loyalty programs allow these frequent guests to earn points for free nights. Both hotel chains offer a number of luxury hotels in their chain’s portfolio for discount hotel rates through award stays.

The primary difference between these two hotel chains is size. Starwood Hotels listed 1,180 properties on its 2014-Q1 investor report. Hyatt lists 554 properties. Starwood lists 14 Vacation Ownership timeshare properties and Hyatt lists 25 residential and vacation properties.

Starwood Hotels 2014 Q1 Average Daily Rates

  • Starwood Hotels Systemwide ADR = $174.63
  • Sheraton $151.61 (433 hotels)
  • Westin $187.06 (198 hotels)
  • St. Regis (31 hotels) /Luxury Collection (87 hotels) $315.09
  • Le Meridien (95 hotels) $186.14
  • W Hotels (45 hotels) $293.70
  • Four Points (182 hotels) $113.93
  • Aloft (80 hotels)  $110.49
  • Element (11 hotels) no ADR data

Hyatt Hotels 2014 Q1 Average Daily Rates

  • Hyatt Hotels Systemwide ADR = $182.04
  • Park Hyatt $363.11 (28 hotels) 32
  • Andaz $270.93 (9 hotels) 11
  • Grand Hyatt $241.02 (37 hotels) 40
  • Hyatt $166.38 (28 hotels) 39
  • Hyatt Regency $174.46 (138 hotels) 150
  • Hyatt Place $111.13 (170 hotels) 197
  • Hyatt House $129.65 (54 hotels) 58
  • Hyatt All-Inclusive Ziva and Zilara (2 hotels) No ADR data.
  • Note: average daily rate is based on (hotels) and number following is the total number of hotels in the brand. ADR data presented in Hyatt Hotels financial report is limited to (hotels). Systemwide ADR is my estimate based on data.

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Hyatt Gold Passport has 28 airline partners for earning miles with Hyatt brand hotel stays or for Hyatt points-to-miles exchange.

Earning Miles instead of Hyatt Gold Passport points

Hyatt Gold Passport members can choose to earn miles instead of Hyatt Gold Passport points by presenting your frequent flyer number to the hotel front desk at check-in.

Miles are an option I recommend only if Hyatt stays are infrequent or if your hotel spend is less than $200 for the stay. Hyatt Gold Passport members normally earn 5 points per dollar in hotel spend. Assume a one-time $80 Hyatt brand hotel night for a member without elite status earns 400 points. Earning miles in your frequent flyer program will add 500 miles and extend the expiration date on miles in your frequent flyer account. 500 miles is better value than 400 Hyatt points assuming there is not a better Hyatt bonus points promotion you can earn.

Only Hilton HHonors hotel loyalty program allows members to earn both miles and points on each hotel stay. All the other major hotel loyalty programs require the member to choose between earning miles or points for each hotel stay.

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Hyatt HotelsHyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt Gold Passport is primarily known as an upper upscale and luxury hotel chain with a good balance of nearly 50% of its 554 hotels in two affordable upscale brands with Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. The Hyatt hotel chain has purchased smaller hotel chains in recent years for much more rapid expansion than building new hotels for Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands. These two brands have been the major area of growth for the chain. Hyatt Hotels has grown from 399 hotels at year-end 2009 and numbers about 554 hotel properties March 31, 2014.

One of the economic advantages of Hyatt Hotels for Americans are the two hotel brands of Hyatt Place and Hyatt House for over 250 hotels in the USA with relatively low average rates $110 to $130. Compare this to their luxury brands with about 85 hotels globally and average rates around $240 to $350+ per night for Grand Hyatt, Andaz and Park Hyatt. This makes it possible to earn points staying at the lower priced brands in the USA and redeem points for luxury hotels in the USA and around the world.

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Hyatt Hotels offers a ‘Double Your Points’ 2XPTS rate at 56 hotels around the USA for stays through September 1, 2014. Double points rate earns an extra 5 points per dollar on hotel spend.

This is generally a rate to avoid for most guests, unless you plan to have a high amount of incidental spend for dining and other purchases earning double points.

The 2XPTS rate is higher than the Hyatt Daily Rate (BAR) and ranges from about $15 to over $50 per night more. This rate could be a good deal for bonus points if you have significant hotel spend for dining and other points earning activities above the hotel rate. You will earn 10 points/$1 on incidental spend beyond the room rate. I show in a rate analysis how $500 in incidental hotel spend dinner can make a $75 per night higher Double Your Points rate a good deal compared to the My Elite Rate 20% discount.

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More than 100 Hyatt Hotels in the Americas are participating in a seasonal discount rate offer for up to 30% off prepaid stays of two or more nights booked and completed by September 4, 2014.  Reservations must be booked seven days before arrival. These seasonal rates are prepaid and nonrefundable.

The majority of hotels (81 hotels) offer 20% off stays of 2 nights or more.

Request offer code SSALEA when you book your reservation and pay the Summer Promotion / Seasonal Sale rate. This offer rate reflects a discount off the Hyatt Daily Rate for the room type requested at time of booking.

Hyatt summer 2014 sale

Hyatt Seasonal Sale for stays of 2 or more nights by September 4, 2014.

As is too often the case with rate discount offers by the major hotel chains, these hotels are not organized by Hyatt in a geographical consumer-friendly list.

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