Hyatt 48-hour sale for stays Apr 2-Jul 1, 2014

Hyatt’s 48-hour sale launched today and lasts through tomorrow March 19 with 15% off rates for hotel reservations from April 2 through July 1, 2014.

Offer Code C48MAR

The primary restriction with these 48-hour sales is the reservation is fully prepaid and nonrefundable.

The most irritating aspect of these 48-hour sales is Hyatt does not post a list of participating hotels so finding a hotel with the discount rate is a matter of luck. I tried several cities like San Jose, Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego and did not find the 48-hour sale rate for any hotels I checked. This is the main reason I do not normally write about these Hyatt 48-hour sales. This 48-hour sale offer typically wastes my time trying to locate the discount rate.

Offer valid for bookings only between 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday March 18th and 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday March 19th CDT, for travel between Wednesday April 2, 2014 and Tuesday July 1, 2014 at participating Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Park Hyatt and Andaz properties in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.

This discount offer is only valid through 11:59 PM CDT March 19, 2014.

Hyatt 48-hour sale

 

Scott at Hack My Trip posted today about Hyatt’s Spring Sale hotel rate discounts with a list of participating hotels. This offer can be booked through April 28. Although, still prepaid, nonrefundable rates. I avoid nonrefundable rates whenever possible.

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One Free Hyatt Night after my one Hyatt Regency Minneapolis stay

Hyatt Gold Passport is currently running its Endless Possibilities promotion for one free night after every five nights stayed from January 15 to April 30, 2014. Members must register by March 31 for Endless Possibilities bonus offer.

Members may also choose to earn points, but free nights is the better deal in my opinion, unless you go all in for 15 or 20 nights during the promotion period. Points have more versatility, they do not expire soon and now Hyatt offers Points + Cash awards.

Members must choose at registration whether to earn a free night every five nights stayed or bonus points for every five nights. Your decision is final once you choose nights or points and cannot be changed after registration.

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Holiday Inn NYC Midtown 31st St rebranding to Hyatt Herald Square Q3-2014

Manhattan, New York is the hotel news hot spot lately. This week it was announced that Chesapeake Lodging Trust has entered into a franchise agreement with Hyatt Hotels to rebrand the Holiday Inn NYC Midtown 31st St to the Hyatt Herald Square in Q3 2014. The hotel property will close in August 2014 for a $6 million renovation through September before the Hyatt Herald Square opens around October 2014.

The design plans are being developed by Paul Vega, founder of VLDG designs of New York and will capitalize on the hotel’s proximity to the Herald Square neighborhood and the nearby Fashion District of Manhattan. The design takes cues from the tactile nature of both industries, creating ideas inspired by the industrial techniques used in each form of production.

The transformational plans include an all-inclusive renovation to each of the 122-guestrooms with custom furniture pieces, new softgoods and seating and extrinsic art influences from the local region. The first floor will be transformed into an intimate upscale lobby and food and beverage experience with gathering spaces geared toward the discerning business and leisure traveler seeking convenient access to business demand generators and the plentiful leisure attractions of Manhattan.

Wall Street Journal Feb 5, 2014

Hyatt Herald Square  will be the eighth Hyatt property in Manhattan.

 

Nor-1 eStandby Upgrades at Hyatt, IHG and Hilton

Chances are that if you booked a room at a full-service hotel in the past few years, after receiving your booking confirmation page, there was a follow-up page asking if you want to apply for a discounted room upgrade for an additional fee.

This is the technology of Nor-1. Several major chains use Nor-1 technology to pitch upgrade offers to guests after they have a confirmed booking at a hotel. In the hotel industry, this is called the ‘upsell’.

This post will show how Nor-1 upgrades worked for a recent Hyatt Hotel reservation I made.

Nor-1 eStandby Upgrades

How it Works for the consumer:

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Hyatt Regency Minneapolis eStandby Upgrade offer.

After a customer has made an online booking at a hotel and completed the credit card entry and received the room reservation confirmation immediately after the booking is complete, then there are times an upgrade offer will appear on the screen.

Last week I booked a room at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. After my reservation confirmation, the Nor-1 eStandby Upgrade page appeared to upsell my reservation.

Hyatt Nor-1 how it works

Registering for an upgrade does not confirm the upgrade room. The process just offers a chance at a discounted upgrade room. The guest commits to paying the upgrade fee at time of check-in. The guest learns at check-in which room upgrade is offered. There may be no upgrade at all.

My offers for Hyatt Regency Minneapolis included four upgrade opportunities.

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City View room is listed as $10 extra per night.

At the time I booked my hotel room, the rate for the City View room was only $8 more than the room I booked. In my past experience, the Nor-1 rates are generally a discount compared to what was available at time of booking. This is not a good deal.

Executive Suite is listed as $23 extra per night.

At the time I booked, the basic room rate was $119 and the price for an Executive Suite was $145. This offer is $3 less than the rate offered at time of booking. Again, not a compelling upsell offer.

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eStandby Upgrade offer for Select and VIP Suites.

Select Suite $140 per night or VIP Suite at $144 extra per night.

The interesting aspect of these eStandby Upgrade offers is these room types were not displayed as a booking option when I made my original reservation.

On the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis hotel’s website, there is a page showing the different suite types with a number to call and request a suite.

The eStandby Upgrade page prompts the guest to select all options to improve the chance of an upgrade. This also commits the guest to paying the additional room rate for each night of the reservation for whatever type of room upgrade is offered at check-in.

This could mean a room rate change from $119 per night for the basic room to $263 per night for the VIP Suite.

Nor-1 eStandby Upgrades can be a way to get a room upgrade, even a suite, at a discount price. It can also mean paying for more room than you really want if you check all the eStandby Upgrade options.

Why I ignored my eStandby Upgrade offers

In my case, I booked the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis on a Best Rate Guarantee claim citing a lower rate I found on Orbitz.com. The room rate dropped from $119 per night Hyatt Daily Rate to $95 per night for a 5-night stay on an Advance Purchase prepaid rate on the Hyatt website. Orbitz reduced that rate for the basic room at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis by 20% from $95 to $75 for a 5-night stay booked on their website.

Hyatt reduced the $75 per night Orbitz rate by another 20% to $60 per night with my approved Best Rate Guarantee claim.

As a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member, I redeemed one of the four confirmed suite certificates received annually for my Minneapolis stay.

Depending on the suite type I receive, the upgrade certificate I redeemed for a five night stay might be worth $700+ after tax.

Nor-1 eStandby Upgrades offered a chance at a full suite for the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. In my case, I had a cheaper alternative to upgrade. There have been a couple of times in the past at other hotels where I applied for a full suite upgrade at a hotel using the eStandby Upgrade offer, however, I did not get the suite at check-in.

I have used the eStandby Upgrade option in the past and there are times when the savings are good compared to what the hotel website offers at time of booking. I find it most useful for requesting a high floor or preferred view room at a hotel for an extra $5 to $10. These eStandby Upgrade upsell offers are often good deals for a guest without elite status.

Nor-1 eStandby Upgrade technology is used by several hotel chains including Hilton and IHG.

How have nor-1 eStandby Upgrades worked out for you?

 

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Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport now open

Hyatt Place makes it debut in the Netherlands with its now open property at Amsterdam Airport. The hotel has 330 rooms and a free shuttle from Schiphol Airport to the hotel.

Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport is located in Hoofddorp which is the opposite side of the airport from downtown Amsterdam.

Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport is a category 3 hotel reward at 12,000 points per night or 6,000 points + $75 for a Points + Cash reward.

Sample rate for Monday, February 17 is 149 EUR + 9 EUR tax or $213 USD. That kind of rate makes a Points + Cash reward look like a good deal.

The new Hyatt Place hotel offers:

·       330 spacious rooms with the plush Hyatt bed, a 42″ flat screen, iPod dock and spacious bathroom

·       Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

·       Free hot breakfast for guests served daily in The Gallery

·       Full-service restaurant serving lunch and dinner

·       24/7 Gallery Market offering take away snacks, salads, sandwiches and beverages

·       Free public computers with Internet access and remote printing in the Gallery

·       Flexible meeting facilities cover a total of 367 square meters and additional wide pre-function area

·       A complimentary airport shuttle ensures accessibility

Andaz Amsterdam, in the heart of the canal ring center of the city, is one of the newer hotels in Amsterdam created from a remodel of the former public library building on the Prinsengracht. Andaz Amsterdam is a category 5 hotel at 20,000 points per night.

With Amsterdam being a 24/7 city, my one stay in Hoofddorp at a Marriott Courtyard many years ago was my last stay in Hoofddorp. The location is fine for an overnight, but not a good location for a tourist without a car visiting the city since you will likely be spending two hours on transit to go roundtrip between the shuttle to the airport, train to Amsterdam Centraal and then a tram or bus to your city destination if you want to get somewhere without walking.

Sheraton Amsterdam Airport is accessible from the airport without even going outside. Hilton Amsterdam Airport is a short walk. These properties are good hotels I used several times, but they tend to be pricey.

Hyatt Place properties expanding around Europe will be great for Hyatt Gold Passport members since most of the existing Hyatt hotels in Europe are in the upper upscale and luxury market.

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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