Hyatt Updates Mobile App

I just downloaded an app update for the Hyatt mobile app for Android. I believe the iPhone update for the app has been out for a few week now.

From what I’ve noticed, it’s a very useful update. Prior to this update, the app was only great for checking out current reservations. It sometimes wouldn’t remember your login so you would have to log in every time you opened the app. Searching for, let alone booking, reservations (paid only) was a pain and easier done on an actual web browser.

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Chase Hyatt Credit Card

Hotel cards are often overlooked in the credit card game, but they shouldn’t be. Many of them have lucrative sign-up and anniversary bonuses. The Chase Hyatt credit card is no exception. In fact, many see it as one of the best hotel rewards cards out there.

  • Receive 2 free nights at any Hyatt property in the world after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months of opening the card
  • 3 points per dollar spent at all Hyatt properties
  • 2 points per dollar spent at restaurants, airline tickets purchased directly from the airline, and car rental agencies
  • 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Upgrade to Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum elite status (benefits here)
  • 1 free night at any category 1-4 property every year on your anniversary
  • EMV Chip-enabled
  • Receive 2 stay credits and 5 night credits toward Diamond status upon spending $20,000 in each calendar year.
  • Receive an additional 3 stay credits and 5 night credits toward Diamond status upon spending $40,000 in each calendar year.
  • $0 intro fee for the first year. After that, $75

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Reminder: Last Day to Book Hyatt Awards at Old Rates

As we approach January 7, 2014, keep in mind that tomorrow, January 6, will be your last day to book Hyatt free nights/upgrades/suite nights at the current rates.

I wrote about these Hyatt award chart changes when they were first announced. Some of them major; some minor.

Regardless, it would behoove you to figure out if your travels this year include a Hyatt stay. If they do, you might want to speculatively book some award nights now and lock in the current rates.

For the most part, they are fully cancellable until a few days before the stay. Only in certain circumstances can you not cancel Hyatt award nights. Always check the cancellation policy before completing the booking!

The Hyatt schedule goes as far as 1 year out so you’ll be able to book for New Year’s 2015 if you so desire.

With regard to modifying your award nights, you’ll have until February 15, 2014 to modify reservations at the old rates.

A good tactic I’ll be using as we book a few award nights is booking each night as a separate reservation.

By booking each night separately, you can cancel each night independent of the others. Yes, it’s a bit of a hassle during the booking process, but it gives you great flexibility in case plans change.

Again, check out my earlier post on the great Hyatt devaluation and decide whether you should burn your Hyatt points.

Hyatt Hotels Changes Their Award Chart

Well, as some of us expected, one of the last popular loyalty programs with an untouched award chart has announced award chart changes. Hyatt has published some changes that will go into effect on January 7, 2014.

Here is the current Hyatt award chart that is valid until January 6, 2014:

Current Hyatt Award Chart

Current Hyatt Award Chart

Here is the new Hyatt award chart that will take effect January 7, 2014:

New Hyatt Award Chart

New Hyatt Award Chart

The current Hyatt award chart has six hotel categories, with the highest Category 6 hotel coming in at 22,000 points per night.

The new chart will see a new top-tier category (7) where six Park Hyatt hotels will now live.

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Hyatt Officially Enters the All Inclusive Resort Market

Hyatt has just jumped into the all inclusive territory with its two newest resorts. I’ve only been to an all inclusive resort (in Jamaica) once in my life and I don’t really prefer them, mostly because I like destinations that provide substance outside of the hotel or resort. Many of these all inclusive resorts are made so you never have to leave the grounds; not exactly my style.

However, Hyatt’s newly announced redemption rates have made me think a little. If I can burn points instead of cash for a relaxing, do-nothing kind of weekend, it’s something I’ll look into.

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