Hyatt Diamond Amenity Choice Of 1000 Bonus Points Or F&B Amenity Now Official At International Properties

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Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members have had a choice of 1000 bonus points or food and beverage amenity (usually cheese plate & bottle of wine) at Hyatt properties in North America. Internationally there has not been a choice, however. You were offered food and beverage amenity that could be as little as three apples or couple of bananas. I wrote last week that this is apparently changing unannounced, as international properties had started to offer the same amenity choice.

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Now, Hyatt Gold Passport have made the above announcement on a FlyerTalk post. All international properties must offer a choice between a 1000 bonus points or food and beverage amenity.

Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program

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The other month, I gave a promise that I would try to tackle the issue about the most rewarding hotel rewards program this spring. I haven’t forgotten it. I have been contemplating the best way to incorporate the number if variables to the review to get objective results. Today I will have the first hotel program evaluated: Club Carlson.

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In the next three weeks, I will tackle two programs per week; Club Carlson and Hilton HHonors this week, Hyatt Gold Passport and InterContinental Hotels Group next week, and Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest the week after that.

Top Hotel Promotions For April (2013)

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It is already spring time and hotel programs are starting to launch their summer 2013 promotions. Most of the spring promotions are on their last leg.

1. Hilton’s promotion for quadruple Virgin Atlantic miles in London & Scotland + combining it with the Daily Grand

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Quadruple Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles At Hilton Hotels In London & Scotland

It is difficult to suggest participating to Hilton’s promotions after the huge devaluation last month, but combining these two promotions for stays in London & Scotland can earn you lot of points.

Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Amenity Choice Extending Worldwide?

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Hyatt Gold Passport members have been able to select between a food and beverage amenity or 1000 bonus points at North American properties.

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Diamond members elsewhere had no other option than to accept the Diamond amenity that was often as little as couple of apples or three oranges and a banana during my recent stay at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul.

Bali Hyatt (Sanur) Closing On July 31 (2013) For 18 Months Of Renovations

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Bali Hyatt in Sanur is closing on July 31, 2013, for renovation that is expected to last for 18 months. Considering how timely renovations usually are and the current condition of this property, it could take a lot longer.

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According to the on property management, there are plans to introduce the current Bali Hyatt as an Andaz and as a separate Hyatt property diving the current hotel in two separate brands.

Former Ista Hotels In India Now Bookable Under Hyatt Brand

Hyatt and Ista hotels made an announcement (read more of it here) back in November (2012) that five Ista hotels would be rebranded under the Hyatt brand by March, 2013. As is often the case, this process took longer, but the hotels have been bookable on Hyatt.com starting April 1.

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Four of the five hotels have been assigned Gold Passport award category 2 and the property in Bangalore is category 3:

Hotel Promotions Update April 2013

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Here’s monthly update on current hotel promotions. Most Priority Club one time bonus offers expired on March 31, 2013, and we will do a post about new valid one time offers next week. Club Carlson doesn’t have a global promotion right now.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here:Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points or rate promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

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Will Marriott & Hyatt Start Counting Award Nights Towards Status Qualification?

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Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group (soon) and SPG are all counting consumed award nights towards their loyalty program qualification requirements. Would it now finally be the time for Hyatt and Marriott to start counting them as well?

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Hilton has counted the award nights to yearly qualification requirement as far as I can remember. Starwood did the switch couple of years ago and IHG announced the other day that they will star count them later this year.

Hyatt March (2013) Edition of the 48 Hour Sale – C48MAR (2nd Week)

Hyatt is having their (twice) monthly 48 hour sale where you can save up to 30% off of best available rates (BAR). Sometimes you can save quite a bit of money and sometimes you cannot. Always remember to check the other discount rates that you are eligible for such as AAA or AARP. You can access the Hyatt’s web page for this promotion here.

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These rates are valid at select US, Canada, and Caribbean hotels for stays between March 29 and July 10, 2013. The promotional dates for individual properties may vary. You need to book this offer by 11:59PM CDT on March 27, 2013.

Hyatt March (2013) Edition of the 48 Hour Sale – C48MAR

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Hyatt is having their monthly 48 hour sale where you can save up to 30% off of best available rates (BAR). Sometimes you can save quite a bit of money and sometimes you cannot. Always remember to check the other discount rates that you are eligible for such as AAA or AARP. You can access the Hyatt’s web page for this promotion here.

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These rates are valid at select US, Canada, and Caribbean hotels for stays between March 29 and July 10, 2013. The promotional dates for individual properties may vary. You need to book this offer by 11:59PM CDT on March 20, 2013.

Top Hotel Promotions For March (2013)

It is somewhat difficult to get super excited about any of the hotel promotions that the hotel chains are having right now. I guess that the business must be too good? Here’s my pick of top five:

1. Hyatt Gold Passport’s More Possibilities promotion for 3000 bonus points for every three nights

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Hyatt Gold Passport Spring 2013 More Possibilities Promotion: 3000 Bonus Points For Every 3 Nights Registration Now Open

March (2013) Hotel Promotions Update

Hyatt finally has their first promo of 2013 up and running. Wyndham also has their targeted offer for double points. Overall, there really aren’t any “killer” hotel promotions right now.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here: Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points or rate promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

Reminder To Apply Expiring Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Suite Upgrades Today

The complimentary Hyatt Gold Passport suite upgrade electronic vouchers that were issued based on qualifying to Diamond status in 2011 are expiring today (February 28). You cannot extend the expiry of these, but you can apply them for future reservations as long as there is upgrade availability using these certificates.

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Some properties have good availability using these certs while some don’t. Hyatt doesn’t reimburse properties for suite upgrade voucher usage, so properties have limited suite upgrade availability.

Hotel Loyalty Programs Telephone Customer Service

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Friend of mine commented yesterday about the horrible service that he had received from Hyatt’s Gold Passport “Diamond” line and I thought that this would be a perfect article.

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Hilton Diamond Customer Service

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