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Hyatt and Starwood run a close neck and neck race for the top spot in my list of favorite hotel chains, so I try to keep up with both the official announcements and rumors related to each of those companies. In fact, I think sometimes the rumors are more fun to keep up with than the official announcements, but maybe that is my inner 12-year-old lunch time gossiper coming. Kidding, kidding….. Anyway, there have been quite a few official Hyatt announcements about sales, current changes, or upcoming changes, that have come out recently. In case you don’t spend your waking hours stalking Hyatt announcements, here is a summary of a few of the updates.
- Most importantly, at least for my wallet, Hyatt is running another 48 hour sale. As per usual with these sales, the rates are non-refundable. I often have pretty good luck finding good deals I can actually use with these 48 hour sales, so I wanted to make sure you had a chance to see if the sale can work for any of your travel plans. The end dates for this deal vary from the end of January to the end of March, depending on the property. Here are the official details: A little rest and relaxation can go a long way, but the opportunity to save at Hyatt hotels and resorts, Park Hyatt and Andaz hotels in the U.S., Canada, and Caribbean is only valid through 11:59 PM Wednesday December 21st. For a limited time, simply book a participating Hyatt hotel or resort using offer code C48H12 beginning Tuesday December 20th and save up to 30% on a family vacation, romantic getaway, or just a holiday for you. Offers and stay dates vary by participating hotel. Offer ends 11:59 PM Wednesday December 21st. Give into the urge to get away, and take advantage of this exclusive 48 Hour Sale.
- Another notable Hyatt announcement that was made within the last week was that in the near future Hyatt will be introducing a program similar to the one that Starwood has in place where you can earn Hyatt Gold Passport points for dining at the hotel restaurants without being a registered guest of the hotel. I think that is awesome! Hyatt points are not handed out as freely as some other types of points, so having another way to earn them is a big victory in my book. Hyatt also announced they would be introducing the option to redeem points for restaurant charges, but the redemption rates looked pretty crummy. The rate I saw was 5,000 points for a $25 credit – no way. To me, 5,000 points are often worth at least $100, so there is no way I would redeem them for $25 for food. But, I guess having the option is better than not having the option. Interestingly enough, the Hyatt website that announced some of the details of this upcoming promo is currently not operational. You can read more about this upcoming program at View From the Wing.
- There were some upgrades/changes made to the Hyatt website. The most notable one for me was that the Hotel Sierra and Summerfield Suites brands are now referred to as Hyatt House on the website. If you are interested in reading about some of the other changes, you can read this official statement from Hyatt.
- Finally, this isn’t super recent, but there is now a Hyatt app available that will allow you to search for hotels using location-based technology, view/cancel/change your reservations, check-in before you arrive, check-out, track your points, etc… While I love my iPhone, I don’t use very many apps, so I’m not overly excited one way or another about this. My husband, however, is pretty app-y, so this might be pretty useful for him. Maybe if he gets hooked, he can convince me this is an app I can’t live without. 😉
Now if we could only find out what the next Hyatt points promo would be, that would be spectacular. It’s been over a month since the last real Hyatt points promo ended. I’m not naive enough to think that Faster Free Nights will come back anytime soon, but I am all for a stellar Hyatt promo to kick of 2012. Please. Thank you.