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

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


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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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.

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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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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

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!


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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Is Hyatt all-inclusive resorts 50% off with 5th night free promotion a great deal?

Five Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara all-inclusive resorts offer this deal for bookings made by December 31, 2014. This rate offered a flexible 48-hour cancellation before arrival with no penalty for hotels and dates I checked.

Offer valid for bookings November 1 through December 31, 2014 for the following travel dates at participating Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Resorts:

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall 11/23/2014 – 11/05/2015
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall 11/23/2014 – 11/05/2015
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta 01/05/2015 – 11/05/2015
Hyatt Zilara Cancun 01/03/2015 – 10/01/2015
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos 04/30/2015 – 11/05/2015

All New, All Inclusive destinations

Our Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara family is growing! To celebrate our arrival in Montego Bay, Jamaica and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with amazing new resorts, we invite Hyatt Gold Passport members to enjoy a very special offer for a 5 night getaway at participating Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara properties, with 50% off the daily rate and the fifth night free

To enjoy this 5 night getaway special, please request offer code ZZ5FRE when booking. Guest must be a Hyatt Gold Passport member and provide membership number at time of reservation to qualify for this offer.

What does all-inclusive mean?


  • Luxurious accommodations, many with ocean views, featuring the latest amenities and technology
  • Fine dining options at à la carte and gourmet buffet restaurants
  • Top-notch entertainment featuring live music and performances
  • Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks at lounges and bars
  • Unique daily and nightly activities
  • Fitness center, spectacular pools
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access
  • Impeccable, innovative service including Beach Butlers and Concierge
  • 24-hour in-suite dining
  • Hyatt Club Level option for a more distinctive experience
  • Family-friendly accommodations and activities
  • 2 pools plus 3 Jacuzzis and 25 private Swim-Up pools
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Private Airport Lounge
  • All resort taxes and gratuities


Enjoy a higher standard of luxury through the exclusive services, amenities and facilities offered with the Club Level option. Includes the Standard All Inclusive Package amenities and services, plus:

  • Private check-in and check-out in an exclusive area
  • Personalized Beach Butler and Concierge services
  • Best views in our exclusive Hyatt Club Level area
  • Petit fours and bottle of domestic sparkling wine
  • VIP in-suite refreshment center
  • Exclusive Hyatt Club Level Lounge featuring imported premium drinks,appetizers and continental breakfast, table games, books, and Wi-Fi (available from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.)
  • Premium-brand liquors
  • Complimentary local calls and Wi-Fi
  • 10% discount on spa and salon services

How to Book Hyatt All Inclusive Discount Rates

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Stay: January 1, 2015 – November 5, 2015

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Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Stay: November 23, 2014 – November 5, 2015

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Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Stay: November 23, 2014 – November 5, 2015

Book Now



Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Cancun, Mexico

Stay: January 3, 2015 – October 1, 2015

Book Now



Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Mexico

Re-opening in 2015



Hyatt Hotels bought a stake in Playa Hotels & Resorts 13-property chain in 2013 that lets them rebrand hotels to Hyatt Ziva family-friendly all-inclusive resorts and Hyatt Zilara adults-only resorts.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos was damaged in September by a hurricane.

After Hurricane Odile’s passage through the Baja California Peninsula on the evening of September 13, 2014, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos temporarily closed for repairs and is now accepting reservations from April 30, 2015 and beyond. For questions about upcoming reservations, please contact +1 800 323 7249 or +1 402 492 6465.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos website


Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

Late in August, I posted an analysis of hotel rates at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall for November 17-20 based on a 50% off promotion. Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Montego Bay, Jamaica coming in 2014.

Reservations made in August for Nov 17-20 could have meant a blown vacation since the Jamaica hotels are now opening November 23.

I could not find availability for the 5th night free rate in November and December 2014 for Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall. Rates are as low as $324 per night in December for $1,620 on a 5-night stay. That is a lower rate than next March for the same room type with 5th night free rate. The same entry-level Ziva King room was $360 per night in Hyatt’s 50% off August sale. The current pricing for November and December 2014 shows a Ziva Club Level Ocean View King for $360 per night.

Hyatt Ziva RH 50rate

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica

March 15-March 20, 2015.

  • Grand Opening Rate $480 per night, Ziva King
  • AAA Discount $864 per night.
  • Hyatt Daily Rate $960 per night.
  • 5th night free rate should price at $1,920.
  • Dec 7-12 50% off rate is $324/night without 5th night free at $1,620.

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall used to be the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall.

5-night stay for two persons, all inclusive plan = $2,400 with last night free. The rate does not show as reduced on the website.

Hyatt Ziva Oceanfront King is as low as $387 per night or $1,935 for 5 nights in December.

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall looks to price around $40 to $60 more per night for the same dates I checked Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall.

Both all inclusive Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall are 25,000 points per reward night for one or two persons.

Hyatt All-Inclusive Reward Rates

Hyatt all inclusive reward nights

Final Words

Five nights at an all-inclusive Hyatt Resort in Jamaica for $1,620 in December or $1,920 in March might be your style for a vacation.

The regular Hyatt Daily Rates seem ridiculously high to me. Time will tell how much rates drop in the first year. Hyatt’s Grand Opening 50% off rates posted in August are 10% less now for November and December dates.

The better value looks to be spending cash rather than points at these resorts based on grand opening 50% rates currently available for 2015 bookings.

Hyatt 48 hour sale is now my top pick for most useless hotel chain promotion around. I am building this article around an analysis of the time suck I find with Hyatt 48-hour sales when searching for random hotels. The Hyatt 48 Hour Sale 20% discount rate is analogous to finding a needle in a haystack. Except rather than getting pricked finding the elusive needle, Hyatt simply pricks me off with the number of searches I make to find one participating hotel in the Hyatt 48-hour sale.

Here are the Hyatt 48 Hour Sale details if you don’t want to read my whole Hyatt rant. I may simply boycott participating in social media advertising of Hyatt 48-hour sales until these offers are managed in a more consumer-friendly way.

Hyatt 48 Hour Sale link

Reserve By: 22 Oct 2014 11:59pm Central time (Chicago)

Stay: 05 Nov 2014 – 03 Feb 2015

Relax, Refresh and Save this Season. For a limited time, simply book using Offer Code C48OCT beginning October 21, 2014, and save up to 30% on a family vacation, romantic getaway or a holiday just for you.

Book your escape now at at participating hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Latin America. This offer is valid through 11:59 PM CT on October 22, 2014.

Hyatt 48hour sale 10-22

They neglect to mention on the main webpage that 48-hour sale rates are prepaid and nonrefundable.

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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 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 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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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.


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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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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