Hyatt Gold Passport has announced some program changes that come into effect from January 7, 2014. The changes that have been announced are:
- 20% discount on daily rate for Platinum and Diamond members
- A new points + cash option
- Change of account expiry from ‘maybe’ after 12 months of inactivity to ‘will be’ after 24 months of inactivity
20% discount on daily rate for Platinum and Diamond members
The first change provides for a 20% discount on the Hyatt daily rate for Platinum and Diamond members. Subject to availability, this will be available to members for a standard room. Members will be able to book this rate when logged in to their Gold Passport account.
The specific terms and conditions of the benefit, however, suggest that this will be a promotion for 2014. It remains to be seen if the offer will extend beyond 2014.
A new points + cash option
Hyatt Gold Passport is introducing a new points + cash option, to allow you to take advantage of award rooms, even when short on points. This brings it into line with several other programs such as IHG Rewards and SPG. The point requirement is shown in the following table.
|Hotel Category||Points Required for Standard Rooms||Points + Cash Required for Standard Rooms1|
|1||5,000||2,500 + $50 USD|
|2||8,000||4,000 + $55 USD|
|3||12,000||6,000 + $75 USD|
|4||15,000||7,500 + $100 USD|
|5||20,000||10,000 + $125 USD|
|6||25,000||12,500 + $150 USD|
|7||30,000||15,000 + $300 USD|
A plus for these stays, is that the stay will count toward elite status. The downside is that it appears that this option is only bookable by calling the reservation centre.
Change of account expiry
Hyatt Gold Passport is changing the time limits for expiration of accounts. At the moment, an account may be closed after 12 months of activity. There is much anecdotal evidence, however, to suggest that this is not a well enforced part of the program.
The change in the terms and conditions change the time limit to a longer 24 months of activity. The wording of the terms and conditions, has, however, changed, suggesting that this is going to be more strongly enforced in the future.
Details of the changes have been published here: http://hyatthotels.hyatt.com/content/partnerlandingpage/en/goldpassport/program-enhancements.html