Hyatt Gold Passport has announced the end to Hawthorn Suites participation as a hotel partner in the Gold Passport hotel loyalty program. Hawthorn Suites stays will no longer earn Gold Passport points and future reservations for free nights at Hawthorn Suites using Hyatt points will not be accepted as of July 18, 2008. Previously booked reservations using points will be honored for stays through October 18, 2008. Points will be returned to the Hyatt Gold Passport account for Hawthorn Suites stays booked using points for dates after October 18, 2008.
U.S. Franchise Systems, the parent company of Hawthorn Suites hotel brand was sold last month by the Hyatt corporation to the Wyndham corporation. U.S. Franchise Systems is also the parent company of Microtel Suites which operates its own Micropass hotel loyalty program offering 1 free night for every 9 paid nights.
Hawthorn Suites’ 91 properties were the bargain award redemption through Hyatt Gold Passport for just 3,000 points per free night. Hawthorn Suites hotels were part of Hyatt Gold Passport since 2003 and stays earned 3 Gold Passport points per $1. One special Hyatt Gold Passport promotion in 2004 awarded a free night to Hyatt Gold Passport members for every stay at a different Hawthorn Suites.
Hyatt Gold Passport still offers reward nights using points at about a dozen Amerisuites properties for 3,000 points per night.