More New Hyatt Changes Announced


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Earlier this week, they posted some changes to increases in their award redemptions. While today, Hyatt posted today on Flyertalk some new additions to their Gold Passport Program.

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The new changes include: 

Points + Cash
One of the most requested Hyatt Gold Passport features is the ability to combine points and cash for a Free Night Award. Beginning January 7th, 2014, we will launch a new Points + Cash Award Chart, which will discount the required points by 50% and include a co-pay ranging from $50 to $300 USD. Points + Cash awards will count toward tier status and the cash portion of the award will earn Hyatt Gold Passport points. At launch, Points + Cash awards will only be bookable via the Hyatt Worldwide Reservation Centers.

New Points + Cash Award Chart:

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Exclusive 20% Discount for Platinum and Diamond Members
We know that everyone loves a deal, and Hyatt Gold Passport elite members are no exception. That’s why we are launching the new My Elite Rate beginning January 7th, 2014. Platinum and Diamond members will enjoy 20% off the Hyatt Daily Rate on any standard room (subject to availability). My Elite Rate will be bookable on Hyatt.com (must be logged in) or through your nearest Hyatt Worldwide Reservation Center.

In addition to Points + Cash and My Elite Rate, we will also increase the number of months (from 12 months to 24 months) that an account may have no activity before being closed. Starting January 7, 2014, an account that accrues no activity for 24 consecutive months will be closed and all Hyatt Gold Passport points in that account will be forfeited. The earliest an account will be closed under the new policy is January 7, 2016. There are a number of easy ways to keep your membership active:

  • Earn or redeem Hyatt Gold Passport points including for stays at Hyatt hotels and resorts, dining and spa treatments and stays at participating M life properties
  • Earn credits with a Travel Partner or receive M life Tier Credits for stays at a Hyatt property
  • Purchase or combine points, transfer Free Night Awards or convert points to miles
  • Maintain a Hyatt Credit Card account

Bottom Line

Adding a Cash and Points option is great, so this is an added change. Another positive change is the 20% rates for Platinum and Diamond members.

What are your thoughts on the new changes?

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Comments

  1. I’m confused about their comment that they are increasing the inactivity period from 12 to 24 months. I’ve never known Hyatt to have any forfeiture policy before — my account went years at one stretch without any activity and I looked hard for an expiration date and couldn’t find one. Where would I find an expiration date for my points on their website and has anyone actually lost points?

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