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Will World Of Hyatt Globalist Members Really Receive Unlimited Suite Upgrades?

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This coming March, World of Hyatt will replace Gold Passport as Hyatt’s loyalty program. The new program is drawing mixed reactions, and naturally how you feel about the program probably varies based on what type of guest you are. In theory benefits for guests spending 55+ nights per year with Hyatt are increasing, while benefits for those who earn Diamond status based on 25 stays per year are decreasing.

I’ve shared my overall thoughts on the changes, though in this post I wanted to address a question I was asked by reader Joseph, regarding the terms of World of Hyatt Globalist suite upgrades.

Presently Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members receive:

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C’mon Hyatt Gold Passport, You’re Better Than This…

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I’ve long been a fan of Hyatt Gold Passport. Historically I think they’ve offered the most rewarding hotel loyalty program, and most importantly, they’ve under promised and over delivered. That’s something that’s important to me, since I don’t remember the last time I’ve been disappointed in elite recognition as a Hyatt Diamond member.

Now, Hyatt Gold Passport will be going away in a few months time, as “World of Hyatt” takes over as Hyatt’s new loyalty program. The new program has drawn mixed reactions, and perhaps in the miles & points community the reaction has been especially negative.

Personally I see why Hyatt is changing their program, but I do have some concerns. The biggest new benefit that Hyatt is adding is unlimited suite upgrades, subject to availability. It’s a big benefit, and also a big point of concern for many, as we don’t yet know what that will look like in practice. Will all standard suites be available for upgrade? If it’s available at check-in, is the Diamond member entitled to it, or is it at the hotel’s discretion? How will hotels be trained on this new benefit?

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What You Need To Know About Lifetime Hyatt Globalist Status

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Several weeks ago the details of World of Hyatt were announced, which will be Hyatt’s new loyalty program as of March 1, 2017. There are things I love and hate about World of Hyatt, though at least in our community most people view the new program as a negative.

As far as top tier status goes, presently you need 25 stays or 50 nights to earn Diamond status, while with World of Hyatt you’ll need 60 nights to earn Globalist status, which is the new top tier status. However, if you’re requalifying for status then you’ll “only” need 55 nights.

There won’t anymore be an option to qualify based on stays, though you will be able to qualify based on spend; Globalist status will require $20,000 of spend per year.

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Review: Hyatt Regency Baku

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Baku is a fascinating hotel market. The city is growing quickly, and in 2012 a handful of luxury hotels opened in the city, though there hasn’t been too much hotel growth since then. There used to be a Park Hyatt that was attached to the Hyatt Regency, though apparently it’s undergoing a long term renovation, and is now closed. Our tour guide explained that there was a Trump Hotel that was built in Baku, but for whatever reason they never ended up opening it.

So as Hyatt and Starwood loyalists, our best option was the Hyatt Regency Baku. We got a great rate of just ~$100 per night for our two night stay. That was a better value than redeeming 12,000 Gold Passport points per night, in my opinion (I value those points at ~1.5 cents each).

The ride from the airport to the hotel looked like it was only supposed to take about 25 minutes, but we hit horrible rush hour traffic on our way to the hotel, so the drive took closer to an hour.

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The Easy Way To Earn Hyatt Globalist Status?

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A couple of weeks ago the details of World of Hyatt were announced, which will be Hyatt’s new loyalty program as of March 1, 2017. There are things I love and hate about World of Hyatt, though at least in our community most people view the new program as a negative.

As far as top tier status goes, presently you need 25 stays or 50 nights to earn Diamond status, while with World of Hyatt you’ll need 60 nights to earn Globalist status, which is the new top tier status. However, if you’re requalifying for status then you’ll “only” need 55 nights.

There’s no option to qualify for status anymore based on stays, though you do now have the option of qualifying for Globalist based on $20,000 of spend per year.

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Hyatt Regency Sydney Will Be A Category 5 Hotel

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In June I wrote about how Hyatt’s footprint in Sydney will be expanding. Specifically, the Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour will become the Hyatt Regency Sydney as of the end of this year. The hotel will be undergoing a $250 million redevelopment and refurbishment, and when complete it will be Australia’s largest hotel.

The hotel was supposed to be rebranded as of November 30, 2016, though it seems like there may be a bit of a delay with that.

The hotel’s website now indicates that the Hyatt is accepting reservations as of December 27, 2016. Interestingly the Four Points by Sheraton website indicates that the hotel is leaving Starwood on December 1, though they’re accepting reservations through the end of the schedule.

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Introduction: Transatlantic Insanity

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My biggest blog goal for the year has been to review as many new premium cabin airline products as possible. While I started off the year with what I thought was an aspirational list at the time, I’ve found reviewing new airlines to be so fun that I ended up expanding it significantly.

Earlier in the year I managed to review a lot of mainstream business class products for the first time, though all along there have been some seemingly random airlines on the list (at least from a US perspective) that I’ve wanted to try.

Tiffany and I hadn’t yet taken a big trip together this year, so since we both love flying and visiting random places, we crafted an itinerary that would allow us to try four transatlantic products over the course of about 10 days.

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Does The Introduction Of World Of Hyatt Violate The Terms Of Gold Passport?

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Last week we first learned about World of Hyatt, which will replace Gold Passport as Hyatt’s loyalty program as of March 1, 2017. All members will be transferred over to the new program and given status based on their 2016 stay activity with Gold Passport. Personally I’m conflicted about the new program, and there are things I both love and hate.

Regardless of how you feel about the program as such, Tokyo Hyatt Fan brings up an interesting point about how Hyatt seems to be violating the terms & conditions of the Gold Passport program with how they’re making these changes. Specifically, the Gold Passport terms & conditions state that Hyatt can end the Gold Passport program, but only if they provide written notice to members at least six months in advance:

“3. The Hyatt Gold Passport program may continue until such time as Hyatt Gold Passport at its sole discretion elects to designate a program termination date. Hyatt Gold Passport has the right to end the Hyatt Gold Passport program by providing written notice to then Active Members six (6) months in advance.”

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Coming Soon: World Of Hyatt Reddit “Ask Me Anything”

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Last week we first learned about World of Hyatt, which will replace Gold Passport as Hyatt’s loyalty program as of March 1, 2017. The new program has gotten a mixed reaction from people — while Hyatt will be offering more benefits to their top tier elites, they’re also increasing the qualification criteria. So some people will come out ahead, while others some will come out behind.

A lot of people have had a lot of specific questions about all of these changes, so it’s worth pointing out that Jeff Zidell, the head of Gold Passport (and soon to be head of World of Hyatt) will be hosting a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 12PM CST. Next week exact instructions will be shared on how to participate.

For those of you not familiar with AMAs, it’s basically an opportunity for anyone to ask questions, and then the person hosting the AMA can respond in a forum-style format. While all questions will show, the most popular ones will appear at the top, and are typically most likely to get answers. So it’s a bit different than a traditional forum, in the sense that questions are prioritized based on popularity.

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What World Of Hyatt Means For Hyatt’s Credit Card

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Last week we first learned about World of Hyatt, which will replace Gold Passport as Hyatt’s loyalty program as of March 1, 2017.

Some people will love the changes to the program, while others will hate them, as I’ve explained in a previous post. These changes are ultimately positive for those who spend 55+ nights per year at Hyatts, while they’re negative for Diamond members who qualified on 25 stays rather than 50 nights.

So the qualification requirements for top tier status are going up, but the benefits that go along with it are improving. Most notably, top tier World of Hyatt Globalists will receive unlimited space available suite upgrades, and will also be able to use their four annual confirmed suite upgrades on outright award stays, which wasn’t previously possible.

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The New World Of Hyatt Program: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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Well, as someone who has long been loyal to Hyatt Gold Passport and Starwood Preferred Guest, I sure am feeling uncertain about the future. As I wrote about earlier, we’re seeing huge changes to Hyatt’s loyalty program next year, and on top of that we’ll likely see Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards merge in 2018. Suffice to say the hotel loyalty landscape is radically changing.

The last post I wrote about Hyatt’s new loyalty program was mostly about sharing the basics, so I figured in this post I’d follow-up with my thoughts on the new program. In no particular order, here’s what comes to mind when I see the program, including the great, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

When I first heard there were Hyatt Gold Passport changes, I expected the worse. The reality is that hotel occupancy is high, so hotels don’t need to offer rewards to get heads into beds as they did during the recession.

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OFFICIAL: Details Of Hyatt’s Revamped Loyalty Program

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I’ve been a loyal Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member for years, and it looks like Hyatt is making some major changes to the program. Major changes. Starting next year Hyatt Gold Passport will cease to exist, and World of Hyatt will be Hyatt’s new loyalty program.

To sum it up, these changes are great news if you’re someone who spends 55+ nights per year at Hyatt properties, while they’re bad news if you’re a Diamond member who barely squeezes by on 25 stays per year.

I should also mention that these changes are insignificant if you’re a casual Hyatt guest. There are no changes to the number of points you earn for stays, or the number of points needed to redeem for a free night. That’s why below we’ll focus mostly on changes to elite status, since that’s what’s changing most.

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Park Hyatt Is Making A Return To Los Angeles

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All things considered, Hyatt’s footprint in Los Angeles is quite small. There used to be a Park Hyatt in Los Angeles, which eventually become the InterContinental Century City. Earlier this year the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza closed, as the building is undergoing a $2.5 billion overhaul. While the hotel will eventually reopen, it won’t be a Hyatt Regency anymore (with that kind of an investment, I’m guessing they’re opening a five star hotel).

Well, for those who like the Park Hyatt brand, there’s good news. A Park Hyatt is scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles in early 2019.

The hotel will be part of a $1 billion mixed-use project called Oceanwide Plaza, which is being developed by Chinese conglomerate Oceanwide Holdings.

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Save $60 At Hyatt With Amex Offers

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For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings offers. In many cases the savings can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on a card.

To view Amex Offers, go to the bottom of the account summary page of any American Express card, where you’ll see all the offers you’re eligible for. Most of these offers are for a discount when you spend a certain amount with a retailer, and registration is required. Over the past year I’ve saved about a thousand dollars using Amex Offers.

At the moment there’s a targeted Amex Offer for $60 off a $200+ Hyatt stay. The offer is valid between October 10 and December 31, 2016. The promotion is for US properties, and excludes Hyatt Residence Club, Hyatt Vacation Club, Hyatt Travel, Hyatt Vacations and Hyatt at Home.

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