Changes to Hyatt’s Stay Certificates


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Hyatt announced some changes which will affect their Hyatt Stay Certificates.

The current Hyatt Stay Certificates will be discontinued and will be replaced by Hyatt Nights Certificates which will only for sale to registered businesses, meaning they will no longer be available to the general public.

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As posted on Milepoint:

As of January 8, 2014, Hyatt Stay Certificates will be replaced by Hyatt Nights Certificates, which are available for bulk purchase by registered businesses only. Hyatt Nights certificates are not available to the general public and are intended for use as corporate incentives, employee engagement, consumer loyalty, credit card redemption programs and auction packages. Hyatt will continue to honor Hyatt Stay Certificates through the expiration date printed on each certificate and subject to all terms and conditions applicable to such certificates.

Hyatt Nights certificates are sold in single-night increments and offer last room availability at participating Hyatt hotels worldwide when a standard room is available. Businesses interested in purchasing Hyatt Nights certificates may get more information at www.hyattincentiverewards.com. Participating Hyatt hotels and designated Hyatt Nights redemption levels can be viewed at http://hyattincentiverewards.com/ParticipationLocations.aspx.

Hyatt Weekend Certificates and Hyatt Spa Certificates sales will be discontinued on January 7, 2014, and participating hotels will accept existing certificates through April 30th, 2015.

Consumers may purchase Hyatt Gift Cards, Hyatt Check Certificates and newly available Hyatt eGift Cards, which are designed for purchase as gifts for friends, colleagues or loved ones. These are easy to use, cover any fees (such as resort fees) and often do not expire.

As of December 18, 2013, Hyatt eGift Cards are available for purchase on Hyatt.com. Hyatt eGift Cards are like traditional plastic Hyatt Gift Cards and valid at all Hyatt hotels in the United States, Canada and Caribbean toward the purchase of room charges, restaurants, spas and more, but they are also instantly delivered by email, incur no shipping and handling charges, provide Hyatt-branded design options or photo upload options, and can be redeemed by smartphone, tablet or printing.

Bottom Line
The Hyatt Stay Certificates never earned stay or night credit toward elite status, so that was a major drawback for me so I don’t see this change as a major negative.

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