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Along with the Hyatt award chart changes announced yesterday, there are more 2015 updates that Hyatt is ready to share today.
Hyatt Discontinuing My Elite Rate After 2014:
First the bad news, the Hyatt My Elite Rate is being discontinued after 2014. It was reportedly rolled out as a beta test, and those results “did not warrant a full roll-out”. This is a shame as the 20% discount afforded to Platinum and Diamond members via the My Elite Rate was often the cheapest rate available without a corporate code.
Personally I was able to use the discount extensively in the first half of 2014, but have found the rate harder to find as the year went on. So, it will be a loss, but recently I have already had to go back to AAA discounts or similar anyway due to low availability of the My Elite Rate at my desired properties.
Hyatt Continuing Cash and Points Rates:
Unlike with the My Elite Rate, when Hyatt rolled out cash and points rates last year they intended them to be permanent component of the loyalty program, so the cash and points rates will remain for 2015, and (presumably) beyond.
Hyatt Expanding and Contracting Guaranteed Bed Type Policy:
Hyatt has had a policy in place that guarantees bed type to elite members with a 5,000 point bonus if the guaranteed bed type is not honored at check-in. They are expanding this guarantee to all members, not just elite members, but at the same time eliminating the 5,000 point bonus if the guarantee isn’t honored. Hyatt reports that less than .1% of elite members didn’t get their guaranteed bed type, so presumably this change isn’t going to have a large impact, but a guarantee without a penalty for non-compliance is sort of more a goal than guarantee in my book.
Seriously though I’ve never not received my requested bed type at Hyatt, so hopefully they will continue doing a good job in that department.
Hyatt Offering New Promo and More Changes in 2015:
Hyatt has also launching a “new, exclusive promotion in January” and they are also working on a “variety of new programs” that they will begin to share in the first quarter of 2015.
All in all, I’m glad that there is nothing earth shattering changing at Hyatt in 2015. They are one of my very favorite and trusted loyalty programs, and looks like they will remain in that position in 2015.
Thanks to View from the Wing for first tweeting about these changes!