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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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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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.

 

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 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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Regular readers probably know that I am a last minute travel booker. I have known for two weeks that I need to be in Minneapolis in two weeks. On January 17, the round-trip airfare from Monterey to Minneapolis was $390 with United. There was a recommendation to buy from the price trend data on Kayak.com.

I did not buy a ticket.

My focus was our 25th wedding anniversary at the Hyatt Highlands Inn and I put the Minneapolis travel plans on the back burner.

I checked again on January 23 and the United ticket price went up to $404.

I did not buy a ticket.

This week I checked airfare each day and the price was stuck at $456.

Today the price dropped to $410 and I bought my ticket on United Airlines. The only two seats left on the flight were the middle seats in the last row in the back of the plane.

My Simple Travel Life

For years I was United 1K and I flew a few hundred thousand miles in the front of airplanes. The past few years I have experienced a lot of flight time in the back.

I have long said with Loyalty Traveler that I would rather have an economy class seat and a hotel suite, than a first class flight and a crappy room night. Like many travelers getting into the miles and points arena, I experienced several luxury business and first class flights to international locations where I ended up in a cheap-ass Priceline.com hotel room for days that seemed less than satisfying.

After a year of that kind of travel in 1999-2000, my sights were set on making my hotel travel as luxurious as my air travel. For several years I had the best of both worlds, dining in lounges and sleeping in hotel suites.

That is an expensive lifestyle though. And once I started blogging about travel loyalty programs, I gave up the international jet set elite life and truly adopted the poverty jet set life. I keep thinking I will pick up my air travel again, but I am not in any hurry. I travel frequently, when I want, and I am not chasing high elite flying status to get complimentary upgrades that I redeem on flights taken chasing high elite status for another year.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis is my Shelter from the Storm

Where to stay in Minneapolis was a concern to me after my week in Detroit earlier this month when the weather was far below freezing and snow or ice buried the sidewalks. I wanted to be in a central place for Minneapolis and avoid changing hotels every night; my usual travel style to maximize promotion bonuses with multiple hotel stays. 

Once I booked my airline ticket this morning, my thoughts went to hotels in Minneapolis.

The hotel promotions I was looking to fulfill with five hotel nights included Club Carlson, IHG Rewards Club and Marriott Rewards. In five nights I could go quite a ways toward fulfilling IHG Big Win for 80,000 bonus points or Marriott MegaBonus for two free hotel night certificates or Club Carlson for 38,000 bonus points after 3 nights.

One quick check of Kayak.com revealed an interesting hotel rate during my Minneapolis trip.

A search two days ago showed Hyatt Regency Minneapolis with $149 room rates. Today when I checked Kayak for a 5-night stay, the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis came up at $75 per night on Orbitz for a flexible cancellation rate when the Hyatt.com rate was $95 prepaid and nonrefundable or $119 for a flexible cancellation rate.

Hyatt Best Rate Guarantee

Hyatt has one of the best policies for Best Rate Guarantee claims. Simply call Hyatt when you see a rate discrepancy between Hyatt.com rates and another online travel agency rate and the Best Rate Guarantee claim is handled over the phone while you wait.

Hyatt, SPG and Kimpton are the only hotel chains that will process a Best Rate Guarantee claim prior to booking a hotel through the chain’s website. Hyatt and Kimpton will handle the claim over the phone, so there is no worry that the rate disappears before your claim is processed.

Hyatt Best Rate Guarantee approved claims reduce the lower rate by 20%.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis (5 nights)

Hyatt.com Advance Purchase Prepaid and Nonrefundable = $561.33 (after tax).

Hyatt Daily Rate (cancel with no penalty up to one day before arrival) = $674.73 (after tax).

Hyatt Best Rate Guarantee rate based on $75 per night Orbitz rate (cancel with no penalty up to one day before arrival) = $341.23 (after tax).

Nightly rate $68.20 after tax.

And I applied one Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member suite upgrade for the 5-night stay.

Minneapolis may be in the deep freeze in the middle of February, but I’ll be in the heart of the city sheltered from the storm, living in a Hyatt hotel suite. 

My single five-night stay will also earn one free category 1-4 hotel night certificate with the current Hyatt Gold Passport Endless Possibilities promotion.

Choose Free Nights
Earn a free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel after you stay five eligible nights. Enjoy 4 free nights (valid through July 31, 2014) after you stay 20 nights. From a trip to the San Francisco Bay, to an enchanting escape to Paris or a vacation in the luxurious city of Dubai, your free nights can take you far. Register for free nights.

Hotel travel is my niche.

Now, I just need to figure out how to get out of that last row middle seat on the United Airlines flight.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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Many travel blogs have posted a Hyatt Gold Passport Chinese New Year’s offer for 100 free bonus points. Simply enter your Gold Passport number between Jan 22 and February 15, 2014 and clink the “Open My Gift” button for 100 points.

Hyatt year of Horse

The fine print states only members who received this offer are eligible and only one bonus per member. I read about the offer on several blogs and then tried it myself on Friday, Jan 24. The 100 bonus points posted to my account on the same day.

There is a chance that the points can be removed in a later sweep, but I doubt it.

This looks like a true gift from Hyatt Gold Passport in the Year of the Horse.

Hanging out in the Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn usually feels close to home for me. The hotel location is set above Highway 1 on the hillside with a sea cove view to Point Lobos State Park in the north and a sea view to a few very expensive homes on the rocky point in the south.

Most of my stays at the hotel have been in an Ocean View Townhouse Spa Suite in the 504 to 507 numbered rooms range.

The location quiets down at night as few cars venture south on Highway 1 to Big Sur late in the evening.

The Highlands Inn is about the views in a truly unique place, even for California.

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There are only 12 Hyatt Hotels in the USA in category 6 hotel awards. Only one of these category 6 hotels is in California. Even though I could have stayed at any hotel in the world using my two free nights in a suite from the Hyatt Gold Passport Visa card member enrollment gift as a Diamond member, I chose the Hyatt Highlands Inn to burn my suite nights, only eight miles south on California Highway 1 from where I live.

This was a special weekend for Kelley and me. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary Sunday, January 19, 2014 while watching whales spout fountains on the Pacific Ocean like an unpredictable, real-life Las Vegas Bellagio pool show. That was sort of consolation for the 49ers losing the NFC Championship game on our 25th anniversary.

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The best gift I would ask for happened as a pod of gray whales hung out for nearly two hours in view of our hotel room. There appear to be at least seven whales together in a pod based on my photos. Wish I had a 300 mm lens.

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Gray whale pod in front of Hyatt Highlands Inn.

This is going to be a two part post on Highlands Inn. My thoughts are if you are spending $700 a night or redeeming 25,000 Hyatt points for one award night, then you need to consider what the Hyatt Highlands Inn offers and what it does not.

Location is the key to Hyatt Highlands Inn

Highlands Inn is a historic hotel location that was on the edge of the Big Sur coast wilderness of California’s central coast when it opened in 1916.  Even with cars today, the 135 miles of coast road between Monterey in the north and San Luis Obispo in the south is a breath-taking journey of big panoramas along the Big Sur coast.

In the 1920s when the Highlands Inn was a young hotel, the series of bridges were not built yet. Several bridges cross mountain ravines where the rivers reach the sea south of the Carmel Highlands over 24 miles of road to the village of Big Sur. The bridges were constructed in the 1930s when the completion of Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast made travel by car along the coast a road trip of just a few hours, when previously the trek could last for days. The job of constructing Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast in the 1930s provided government financed Depression era work in Monterey County. There are several named bridges with 1930s dates on the road.

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Bixby Bridge (1932) is the most photographed of the bridges along the Big Sur Coast.

Kelley and I were happy that Hyatt Highlands Inn was our destination after seeing a line of cars several miles long heading north on Highway 1 out of Big Sur. The traffic for the three day MLK holiday weekend rivaled any summer peak tourism day in Monterey County. The record warm temperatures in these parts for most of January has meant fog-free sunny days nearly every day with daytime temperatures in the 70s. The weather in January 2014 has been better than summer here on the central coast of California.

Carmel Highlands

Carmel Highlands seen from Point Lobos State Park. Hyatt Highlands Inn is concealed in the Monterey pine forest at center, far right of this image.

More than anything, the Highlands Inn is about the Pacific coast view. Being a Monterey local, I live in a place where the cost of a house with an ocean view is in the $1 million range. Four miles to the south in Carmel, the ocean view homes price around $3 million. South of Carmel in the Carmel Highlands the home price for an ocean view is $4+ million.

Joan Fontaine, Oscar winning actress, died at her Villa Fontana Carmel Highlands home in December 2013. She was one of the 822 residents who live in the Carmel Highlands. Transient guests staying at Hyatt Highlands Inn and neighboring Tickle Pink Inn increase the population by another couple hundred daily.

California Market view

Dining with a view on the patio of California Market.

The opportunity to rent a Carmel Highlands room with a view is something most visitors to the Monterey Peninsula area do not have the money to afford. I have been fortunate to stay at the Hyatt Highlands Inn several times over the past five years when burning free nights earned from different Hyatt Gold Passport promotions.

The more fortunate can buy a timeshare rental at the Hyatt Highlands Inn.

Or just take the Hyatt Vacation Club offer for a discount rate and come visit Carmel Highlands at less than market rates in trade for a 90-minute timeshare purchase pitch.

Hyatt Vacation Club

Most of the units at Hyatt Highlands Inn are timeshare rentals. I read through the government planning report from 1998 stating 25% of the rooms at Hyatt Highlands Inn must remain nightly hotel rentals.

My focus here is on the hotel portion of the property.

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Main door to Highlands Inn. The landscaping on the hotel grounds gives the guest plenty of fresh flowers and shrubs to enjoy, even in the heart of winter.

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The lobby has picture perfect windows. After two years since my last stay at the Highlands Inn, the timeshare sales presentations still dominate the lobby and reduce its leisure appeal during the daytime hours. To me, the timeshare sales in the lobby is the biggest detractor of staying at the hotel. I visited the lobby early in the morning before any activity was happening. My other trip into the lobby was brief after the meetings had begun. I got the feeling the timeshare sales reps did not want gawking guests standing in front of the lobby windows taking photos while trying to lure a prospective buyer with the incredible views.

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Lobby view looking north to Point Lobos State Park.

Lobby windows

Check out the pictures on the wall when you get a chance. One of the trippy facts of these photos is a local photographer snapped lightning strikes in the area on 9/9/99. Something of a numerological happening in Big Sur country.

On 12/12/12 I photographed mother and son rare wild California condors independently feeding on a sea lion carcass cast in the rocks after the largest tide of the year. I spotted the condors on a coastal trail location about four miles south of the Carmel Highlands Inn at Soberanes Point of Garrapata State Park. Unfortunately, my photographs and video that day are certainly not the quality of photos hanging in the Hyatt. Still, my 12/12/12 encounter with the imagery of California condors makes 9/9/99 large photographs of a storm especially profound to see in the Highlands Inn.

lobby south

The video monitors on the sides of the main lobby space are timeshare sales desks. Prior to 2011 the timeshare sales team was housed up the hill in the Hyatt Vacation Residence section of the Highlands Inn. That space was converted into the fitness room and the sales desks moved into the lobby in 2011. Obviously, timeshares are where the money lies in this property and that aspect of the lodge has taken over the hotel. Timeshares are 75% of the 140 or so rooms.

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Lobby view looking north. Friday and Saturday nights offer live music in the lobby.

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Lobby picture windows looking north. The telescope has been a fixture in this lobby for as long as I remember. This was the first time I noticed it no longer appears to work.

California Market

California Market is the breakfast and lunch restaurant for the property. The room has inside seating, although on this morning nearly all the diners were outside eating on the deck in the 65F sunshine.

Pacific's Edge restaurant

Pacific’s Edge fine dining evening-only restaurant.

Highlands view

The wedding deck below Pacific’s Edge and above the Pacific Ocean. This is one of my few photos showing the Carmel Highlands hills rather than the ocean.

Highlands pull-out

Another interesting fact I learned from the Hyatt Highlands Inn timeshare approval permit by the planning commission is this pull-out view on Highway 1 below the hotel was created as one of the concessions for hotel to timeshare conversion approval.

Pool view

Pool at Hyatt Highlands Inn and patio deck of California Market seen on upper right and windows of Pacific’s Edge to the left. The pool was like bathwater which must be a significant heating expense since nighttime temperatures have been in the upper 30s and low 40s during the clear sky warm days of December and January.

Related Posts:

In the Heart of the Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn (Jan 5, 2009)

Hyatt Vacation Club Sales sullies Hyatt Carmel Highlands stay (Dec 31, 2011)

Highway 1 Big Sur Coast Drive detour (Sep 19, 2013)

I have written dozens of posts on Point Lobos and Big Sur that can be found through a search of the Loyalty Traveler site.

Next post will share photos of Hyatt Highlands Inn townhouse bi-level room #505. I will also track down some photos I never posted of the Point Lobos Suite where I stayed in 2010.

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While many of us were shopping, traveling and being beach bums, Hyatt slipped in an announcement on Flyertalk last Monday afternoon to state Hyatt Stay Certificates are being replaced by Hyatt Night Certificates and their purchase is restricted to bulk purchase by registered businesses. Hyatt Spa and Weekend Certificates are being discontinued.

Hyatt Stay Certificates offer a discount rate at some hotels. For example, in 2011, my family stayed at the Hyatt Highlands Inn in Carmel, California for $249 per night compared to the $500+ per night room rate available through Hyatt reservations for the December holiday season.

Hyatt Stay Certificates count as an award stay and do not qualify for points and promotions, except for points earned on incidental spend during the hotel stay.

Hyatt Gift Certificate/Card Changes 2014

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/Par…Locations.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.

Gold Passport Concierge

FlyerTalk December 23, 2013

Some commenters on the FlyerTalk thread blame bloggers for publicizing these Hyatt Stay Certificates as a reason for the changes. I did a multi-post analysis with tables of Hyatt brand hotels showing the cost of a Hyatt Stay Certificate to quickly compare to the published rate.

That may or may not be the cause.

Regardless, you have until January 7 to buy Hyatt Stay Certificates.

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