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

Hyatt February (2013) Edition of the 48 Hour Sale – C48FEB

Hyatt is having their monthly 48 hour sale where you can save up to 20% off of best available rates (BAR). Sometimes you can save quite a bit of money and sometimes you cannot. 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 6 and June 4, 2013. The promotional dates for individual properties may vary. You need to book this offer by 11:59PM CDT on February 20, 2013.

What Is The Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program?

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Last year, I wrote articles about Pros and Cons of Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest that the readers of LoyaltyLobby appreciated a lot. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should. I also summarized the Pros and Cons of these five programs in one post.

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Now, I am trying to tackle the issue of how rewarding these programs really are in terms of “free” nights. Of course, there is no really such a thing as a “free” night. Hotels pay for the loyalty points that are issued to you and hotels where you use them get reimbursed for the stay.

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

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Hyatt Gold Passport’s Spring 2013 More Possibilities is valid for stays between March 1 and May 31, 2013. You will earn 3000 bonus points for every three nights for a maximum of 45000 bonus points for 45 nights during the promotional period. You can access Hyatt Gold Passport’s promotional web page for this offer here.

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The registration for this promotion is open until April 30, 2013, and you can register here.

Disabling Annoying Roomkey.com Pop Ups & Unders

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RoomKey is a hotel booking service backed and, at least partially, owned by Choice, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Wyndham. The idea behind the service is to try get consumers to book more directly with the hotels own websites over OTA’s like Expedia and Booking.com.

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You don’t see adverts for RoomKey anywhere, but if you access any of these hotel websites, you are likely going to see a pop ups and pop unders for the website. I don’t mind seeing it once, but especially with Marriott’s website it keeps opening RoomKey pop unders every time I am trying to make a booking or search for the price.

February (2013) Hotel Promotions Update

It is starting to get busy in 2013. All major hotel chains besides Wyndham and Hyatt have promotions going on this month. Ritz-Carlton Rewards don’t have anything for Ritz-Carlton, but you can always switch your account to Marriott Rewards and take advantage of Marriott promotions.

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

Hyatt Gold Passport’s Spring 2013 promotion is called More Possibilities. It is valid for stays between March 1 and May 31, 2013. You will earn 3000 bonus points for every three nights for a maximum of 45000 bonus points for 45 nights during the promotional period.

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You need to register for this promotion that opens on February 15 and ends on April 30, 2013. Hyatt credit card holders earn 20% bonus. The number of bonus points that Hyatt credit card holder can earn is capped at 54000 after 45 nights.

Is Hyatt’s Spring 2013 Promo: 3000 Bonus Points for Every 3 Nights?

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It was posted on FlyerTalk earlier today that the Hyatt’s Spring 2013 promotion would be 3000 bonus points for every 3 nights for up to 45K bonus points (45 nights). The promotion would be valid for stays between march 1 and May 31, 2013, and the registration would open on February 15.

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Please note that I have not yet independently been able to verify this promotion, but it sounds about right considering Hyatt’s offerings of late.

Super Bowl 2014 New York Hotel Award Availability

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Now, it would be the time to book your hotel awards for 2014 Super Bowl weekend in the New York City. I just went through the award availability using Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood points for the weekend of January 31 to February 3, 2014. (This was done 1PM EST)

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Why book using points?

In most cases, the reservations are fully cancellable up until the day before without any penalty. Just make sure that you read the cancellation terms and conditions carefully. All the ones that I checked, allowed cancellations without any penalties.

Starwood Capital Completes Sale Of Four French Properties To Be Branded And Manage By Hyatt

Starwood Capital (nothing to do with Starwood the hotel chain) has completed the sale of four French properties (Concorde Lafayette, Hotel du Louvre, Martinez and Palais de la Mediterranee) to Qatari investment firm (I originally wrote about this in June last year) and these properties will be managed and branded as Hyatt starting on April 1, 2013.

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The hotels will convert to following Hyatt brands after renovations:

  • Hotel Martinez will be rebranded Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez
  • Palais de la Mediterranée Hotel and Casino will be rebranded Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranée
  • Concorde Lafayette will be rebranded Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
  • Hotel du Louvre will enter the Hyatt brand family with its identity intact and will be marketed initially as Hotel du Louvre. Following a renovation, the hotel is to become an Andaz.

Buy Hyatt Gold Passport Points and Get 30% Bonus

Hyatt just emailed me an offer to purchase Hyatt Gold Passport points and receive a 30% bonus. This bonus offer is valid for purchases made between January 31 and February 6, 2013. You can access this offer here:

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I think that the email is not very well worded as it states “Your Free Night at Hyatt is Closer Than You Think”.

Hyatt Terms & Conditions About Eligible Stays Changed Again

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Seems that Hyatt Gold Passport cannot make their mind, whether to grant points (and possibly stay credit) for members that arrive to a hotel without having advance reservations.

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I first reported about Hyatt Gold Passport terms and conditions change regarding the walk-in guests on December 9, 2013, and again on December 23, 2013, when Hyatt had reverted to old terms and conditions.

My Hotel Program Strategy for 2013

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The number of hotel nights that I have stayed at the hotels yearly hasn’t really fluctuated for close to ten years (as I have been living out of them). The hotel chains that I have frequented, however, has changed from year to year.

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At the top tier level, the hotel chains are interchangeable. What matters to me most, are the quality of the promotions that the hotel chain is offering i.e. if someone is running an unlimited free night promotions, I will move all of my stays for the promotional period there.

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