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Your Gold Passport will give you a ticket to ride, er, sleep in this bed.
We keep wondering when keyless hotel rooms are going to take off but judging from this recent WSJ article, the future is a long ways off as guests haven't grasped the technology very well and hotels are still concerned about security and privacy.
Yet there is a new development on the hotel key card scene from Andaz Hotels. Both the Andaz San Diego and the Andaz West Hollywood (above) are testing a new program that allows Gold Passport Members to use their loyalty card as their hotel room key. It sounds very similar to what Starwood's SPG has been doing with their Aloft Smart Check-in.
Indulging in fruit shooters during high tea at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
For those of you who didn't win our last contest with Hyatt Hotels, there's another chance for you. If you tell Facebook Hyatt with which place you'd like to travel to and what you would do there, the company just might make it happen.
It's kicking off a new contest today on its Facebook page called the Best of All Worlds Challenge, and the prize is enough Hyatt Gold Passport points to get you two free nights at a Hyatt of your choice anywhere in the world.
All you need to do is snap a photo of yourself demonstrating the activity you would most like to do during your stay at a Hyatt Resort--whether it be snorkeling in the beaches of Hawaii or visiting the Great Wall of China. Basically, the hotel is trying to find out what "the best of all worlds" means to you.
The Park Hyatt Chicago
This week we're sort of obsessing over Loyalty Programs. We've got tips from The Points Guy and we're keeping dibs on the newest promotions and changes. While we were bummed to hear that Hyatt's Gold Passport had upped their point requirements for free nights, we did find out that Gold Passport is still in the midst of their Big Welcome Back promotion.
Since we are in the midst of a loyalty program obsession, we decided what better time to offer HotelChatter's readers a chance to win two free Hyatt awards nights. Here's how:
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Starwood Hotels is offering a new promotion that allows loyalty program members to earn a free weekend-night award for every three stays at one of its properties.
But you can't earn the award by staying in a Starwood hotel for three nights during a trip. The catch is that the "three stays" means you'd have to stay at one of its properties on three separate visits. Three consecutive nights at a hotel would equal one stay.
Hot on the heels of Marriott announcing plans to significantly scale back their newspaper distribution (because face it: these days, a lot of us are just sorta tripping over that free USA Today while we're browsing NYTimes.com on our iPhone on our way out the door), Hyatt has announced that it will be streamlining their own newspaper program. Well, sorta. Let's use the term "streamlining" loosely.
Hyatt is now providing a complimentary copy of the Wall Street Journal to their Hyatt Gold Passport members (of all levels, as far as we can tell) during their stay. Delivery to Gold Passport guests began this week, and the amenity will be rolled out across North America throughout June.
Honestly, there's really no reason why you shouldn't sign up for these loyalty programs if you're gonna be getting free stuff all the time WiFi, WSJ's, etc. maybe you should just take an hour out of your busy workday and sign up for loyalty programs instead of reading Perez Hilton or whatever it is that you do.
We've got good news and bad news. The good news: it seems Hyatt Hotels did a bit of research and they've stumbled upon the conclusion that people do not enjoy being charged for WiFi so it's going to be coming at us for free in all Hyatt Hotels, from Hyatt Places (where the WiFi is already free for everyone) to Park Hyatts (where it is currently not so free).
The bad news: the "us" that will be getting free WiFi is not you and not us, but rather only folks who have achieved Diamond or Platinum status in Hyatt's loyalty program. So, like, not really "us" at all.
USA Today's new Check-In blog got the scoop on this free-WiFi-for-Hyatt-VIP's thing, which is being announced as one of several new perks for elite-level Hyatt Gold Passport members. Apparently, Hyatt did some asking-around and found out that "no one wants to be nickel and dimed" (yes, correct) so, with that in mind, they've added some perks to reward their VIP customers.
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It's dire over in Hawaii. As we've mentioned before, hotel occupancy is way down. Bad for hotels, but good for you: Hyatt wants (needs?) you to come to their Hawaii properties so badly that they're willing to cut you a pretty killer deal. Er, well, that and Hawaii is celebrating its 50th anniversary of statehood!
If you're a Hyatt Gold Passport member, you can score the "Three for Free" package which is a buy two nights, get one free deal that includes a $100 resort credit, free breakfast for two daily and a free room upgrade at 25% off through June 30th at all three Hyatt Resorts in Hawaii.
The Hyatt Regency Denver.
Now's a good time to check-in to a Hyatt Hotels. The Hyatt Gold Passport program is giving its members the chance to earn up to 20,000 bonus points that are redeemable at more than 365 Hyatt hotels in 45 countries with no black out dates.
This new promotion runs from now until April 30, 2009. And the more nights you stay, the more points you can earn. Here is the breakdown:
· Stay 2 nights and earn 2,000 bonus points
· Stay 4 nights and earn an additional 4,000 bonus points (totaling 6,000 points)
· Stay 6 nights and earn an additional 6,000 bonus points (totaling 12,000 points)
· Stay 8 nights and earn an additional 8,000 bonus points (totaling 20,000 points)
· Bonus points are cumulative with each stay and are in addition to base points.
These points can be earned at any Hyatt hotel, including the Andaz brand which just opened its second location in Los Angeles yesterday. However, as with most loyalty program promotions, even if you are already a member you have to register for this specific promotion. You can do so online here.
If by some chance, you didn't earn a free night at a Hyatt this summer, there's another chance for you to do so this fall.
Hyatt Gold Passport members should be giddy at the easy free nights they can pick up during the leaf-peeping season.
Beginning September 1, Hyatt guests enrolled in the Gold Passport program will earn one free night after every two paid nights. Of course the usual rules apply -- nights booked on cheapie sites like Priceline and Hotels.com don't count. And if you're sleeping courtesy of an airline voucher, forget it. That doesn't count either.
But if you book the night through the usual channels, and pay with a MasterCard, you'll score 2,000 Bonus Points -- icing on the cake.
Good news for Hyatt Gold Passport members: from now until September 1st, when you stay at a participating Hyatt Resort, you'll get a free extra night plus 5,000 Gold points as part of the Sunshine on Sale Package.
Unfortunately, there are some vague restrictions - like an unspecified "minimum stay" that varies depending on the property. But make sure you ask about that minimum stay before you book, and they'll credit you for one night at checkout if you qualify.
Make sure to use offer code SUM5K when you make your reservation, which you can do fairly easily at Hyatt's sleek new Summer Getaway site (although, again, make sure to check on that minimum stay). While you're over there, it probably wouldn't hurt to enter to win a $15,000 Hyatt gift card either.
Until recently we thought hotel loyalty programs were for Account Executives rolling their business travel points into a family vacation at a bland resort every year or two. However, funny thing happened when we started investigating these programs -- we found some of them are downright useful if you know how to cut through the red tape. This series is meant as a jumping off point to full fledged discussions on each loyalty program we feature. So comment, contribute, question, and cajole here.
Up next, is the Hyatt Hotels rewards program Hyatt Gold Passport. While the initial membership level is Gold, depending on how many times you frequent a Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place, Park Hyatt, Amerisuites, Summerfield Suites or Hawthorn Suites, you can earn points to live large at the Platinum and Diamond levels.
Attention all business travelers. If you book a room at any AmeriSuites Hotel, you can earn 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points.
The offer is good from now through November 30 and there's no limit on how many bonus points you can earn.
To receive your Hyatt Gold Passport points at AmeriSuites register online now or call 800 30 HYATT and request promotional code 1KBONUS.
As for AmeriSuites, they bill themselves as a "leading upscale hotel brand" where you can find in-room microwaves and refrigerators, high-speed Internet access, free hot breakfast, business centers and meeting rooms. Essentially, it's a business traveler's joint but pleasure travelers are welcome too.
Now it's about time you started getting something back for staying in all those random places in middle America.