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
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.