While it hasn’t been officially announced yet, per this FlyerTalk thread it appears as if Hyatt is now offering 1,000 Gold Passport points as a Diamond amenity option at international properties. Up until now you’ve automatically received the food and beverage welcome amenity at international Hyatt properties, while at US properties you had the choice between the points or the amenity.
This has always been a frustrating policy, so it’s nice to see them finally change it.
Now, at the more generous properties I may still choose the food and beverage amenity over the 1,000 points. For example, this was my Diamond welcome amenity at the Park Hyatt Saadiyat Island:
Conversely, at the Hyatt Regnecy Mainz, this was the extent of the food
and beverage amenity:
I’ll let you guys guess at which property I’d take the 1,000 points. 😉