Hyatt Gold Passport already has the best top tier elite hotel loyalty program in my opinion, but they’ve just managed to make it even better.
One of the downsides of Gold Passport compared to Starwood and InterContinental in particular is that they only offered 2PM late check-out based on availability, compared to the other programs, which offer guaranteed 4PM late check-out. Well, Gold Passport is stepping up their game and matching 4PM guaranteed late check-out, except for resort and casino properties, where it’s still based on availability.
This is huge. I’ve often struggled with even getting 2PM late check-out, so getting an extra two hours guaranteed is an amazing benefit. The downside is that Gold Passport base members will no longer receive 2PM late check-out as a benefit.
Another benefit is more options for welcome amenities at Summerfield Suites and Hyatt Place hotels, where the current offering is 500 Gold Passport points. At Summerfield Suites properties, Diamond members can instead choose a $5 Guest Market credit, and at Hyatt Place properties Diamond members can instead choose a complimentary beverage. This isn’t interesting to me in the slightest, since 500 Gold Passport points are worth more than either of those options.
Regardless, HUGE kudos to Hyatt for the guaranteed 4PM Diamond check-out.