Hyatt Gold Passport has quietly reclassified what category stay certificates, if any, Hyatt affiliated hotels accept. This change was first reported on a FlyerTalk thread here.
I wrote about these certificates (you can access the piece here) exactly a year ago on August 1, 2012, and gave some examples how one could save money by using these. Stays using stay certificates are not eligible for points or stay/night credits. All status related benefits do apply, however.
Hyatt has made no announcement about these changes that is deceitful. Here are the five hotels that I featured last year on my piece with their stay certificate levels and prices last year (August 1, 2012) and what they cost today.
Park Hyatt Sydney no longer accept any stay certificates
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo (Exclusive) $394 – Price up by 58%
Grand Hyatt Jakarta (Elite) $260 – Price up by 41%
Hyatt Regency Incheon (Elite) $260 – Price up by 74%
Park Hyatt Mendoza (Elite) $260 – Price up by 139%
Have you noticed changes that will affect you? You can access Hyatt’s web page for these certificates here.
This is likely a prelude to the award chart devaluation that is going to hit Hyatt Gold Passport members next year. The five hotels that I sampled last year for the article that I wrote went up in price by 41% to 139% and one stopped accepting the certs altogether.
This is a good reminder that nobody should buy these certs before they have actually use for them. You can always make the reservation using these certificate codes and place the order for actual certificates once the reservation has been confirmed.
I don’t think that these certificates make much sense at these new prices, however.