Hyatt still the best-Gold Passport honors Priceline stays

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garysund
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September 11th, 2004, 11:52 pm #21

In order to get points and stay credits, you need to charge to your room something that is hotel owned/operated. "Retail outlets" as they pointed out could be the hotel's gift and sundry shop. Often times shops like these are contracted out to a private vendor, and are not operated by the hotel itself. Although they have arrangements with the hotel for you to charge purchases to your room, they're still not valid charges to accrue points.

Valid charges to accrue points are things such as room service, restaurant/bar purchases, and phone calls.
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renard98
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October 16th, 2004, 12:43 am #22

This is stirring a bit of a buzz today on the hyatt thread of flyertalk.com


Beginning March 1, 2005, the following modifications will go into effect:

Stays and nights will qualify toward Platinum and Diamond tier status and promotional credit only when members pay an Eligible Rate.


See the full announcement at the GP website

www.goldpassport.com/benefits_update.asp

Priceline rates are not defined as eligible rates... so we'll have to keep our eyes on this one if you are a GP elite and priceline users...as am I. It appears that the Faster Free Nights promo on a priceline rate is also in question. Although from what I understand is that it currently not allowed...but not enforced. We'll all see.

This seems to effect qualification/re-qualification. It doesn't stay that elite benefits won't be offered to elites on priceline stays...as the starwood program does.. so it Appears at least to be less restrictive than starwood. My fear is that the changes will be as poorly understood by the staff at hyatts as they are at starwoods.

I know that this will not alter my buying habits. Status in hotel programs is just not worth the large amounts of money I save by using priceline.

Note: I am very aware that priceline states we are not entitled to anything from hotel loyalty program. I do not feel 'entitled' to anything...however, if a program offers me something I typically don't refuse. I do say that I am sorry to see the Hyatt program moving the way of Starwood with regards to priceline stays. My loyalty moved away from Starwood to Hyatt when Starwood made their changes...and with this move went all my conventional bookings to Hyatt. Soon they will move to whoever is cheapest...if not totally to priceline even on business stays.
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October 23rd, 2004, 1:32 am #23

I had just finished writing the following message offline and was about to post it when I read renard98's last message. Essentially, I was just told the same thing about the upcoming changes to the GP program. Here’s what I was about to post…

I have some additional information regarding the curtailing of GP benefits for PL and other wholesale reservations. I just got off the phone with a GP customer service rep who advised me that wholesale reservations can in fact be used in the upcoming FFN promotion (with a qualifying incidental charged to a MasterCard of course). FYI, the dates for the new FFN promotion are Nov 1, 2004 – Feb 28, 2005. Awards can be redeem between Dec 1, 2004 – April 30, 2005. That’s the good news…

The bad news is that starting on March 5, 2005, wholesale reservations will be ineligible for ALL GP benefits (stay credit, points/miles, promotions… everything). Thus, PL and other wholesale reservations are being excluded from the GP program altogether. Like the rep I spoke to last time about this issues, this rep also made reference to a computer system upgrade that will automatically check for rate eligibility.

Bear in mind that I am simply reiterating what I was told on the phone only a few moments ago. This information may be accurate or not. But if I were to bet on it, it looks like this next FFN promotions will be the last hurrah for us PL/GP junkies.

I encourage everyone who is concerned about this change to write to the Hyatt Corporate Division that handles the GP program at the following address:

Customer relations
PO BOX 27089
OMAHA NE 68127-0089

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June 5th, 2013, 8:51 pm #24

Boy, nobody has posted here in years. 

My stay at the new Hyatt Magnificent Mile resulted in Gold Passport points for the room rate, despite their telling me at checkin that I would only get points for incidentals.  Probably a mistake, but a nice one for me. 
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I AM CHEAP
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June 17th, 2013, 7:53 pm #25

I always win at a Hyatt in Dallas and have been getting credited for the stays and points on anyfood that i leave on my room bill. But i normally dont get points on the rate that I pay. But since I've been getting credit for my stays i'm realy close to platinum level now...

Makes me Happy
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