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Soon after I shared yesterday’s Hyatt Gold Passport category changes for 2015, the hotel chain’s loyalty program announced three more impending differences for the coming year: Hyatt will be extending its popular Points + Cash rates, is eliminating its fledgling My Elite Rate, and starting January 1, 2015, will guarantee that all guests will receive their confirmed bed type upon check-in.
Offering Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond members a 20% discount on the daily rate for standard rooms, Hyatt’s My Elite Rate was launched as a year-long beta test in 2014, but the hotel chain has deemed this flexible source of sometimes-significant savings unworthy of a permanent roll-out. If you’re one of the top-tier elites disappointed by the disappearance of My Elite Rate in 2015, you can console yourself with the fact that you’ll often find corporate rates and Advance Purchase Rates that are comparable.
Also introduced this year, Points + Cash rates can offer some good value, allowing you to book award stays using 2 cents per point to get 50% off an award redemption. Stays booked with these rates earn points on the cash portion, count toward elite qualifying nights, and are eligible for Diamond suite upgrades.
Hyatt’s present bed type guarantee policy is only applicable to elite Gold Passport members, who are are awarded 5,000 bonus points if their reserved bed type isn’t available upon check-in. Since less than 0.1% of elite members didn’t receive their confirmed bed type in 2014, Hyatt figured it was a safe bet for 2015 to offer all of its guests guaranteed availability of their reserved bed type upon check-in. Note, though, that even on the extremely off-chance that a reserved bed type isn’t available upon check-in, elites will no longer earn any bonus points for their trouble.
Let’s hope these are the last of the changes to the Hyatt Gold Passport program in 2015 – fingers crossed for no devaluations!
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