Hyatt Gold Passport changes for 2015 – plus buy Platinum status for $149

Hyatt Gold Passport announced a few changes last week, none of them life-changing on their own but worth summarising.  There is also an interesting deal to effectively buy Hyatt Platinum status for $149.

Award chart changes for 2015 announced

Hyatt has published this list on their website of hotels which are moving up or down the Gold Passport category chart.

Compared to a year ago, when Hyatt brought in a new 30,000 points category and promptly put its best hotels into it, these changes appear modest.  A lot of hotels are actually reducing in price.

The only European moves of note are the well-regarded Andaz in Amsterdam and the Hyatt in Nice, both of which move from Category 5 to Category 6.  This means they will now require 25,000 points for a free night.

Hyatt is always very fair with its category moves.  You can book until 22nd January at the old rates which gives you plenty of time to lock something in.  If you are booked into a hotel which is reducing in price, you will automatically be refunded the difference.

Hyatt category changes

‘My Elite Rate’ is dropped

Hyatt is scrapping the ‘My Elite Rate’ deal which it trialled in 2014.  This gave Platinum and Diamond members of Gold Passport a 20% discount on bookings made at Best Available Rate.

Whilst I never took advantage of this myself (my wife dropped down from Platinum last year), it does remove a hard and definable cash benefit of pushing for Hyatt status.

5,000 points for not getting your preferred bed type dropped

Finally, Hyatt has dropped its promise to give you 5,000 Gold Passport points (worth around £50) if the bed type you booked was not available when you checked in.

The small print of this is rather odd.  At present, only Platinum and Diamond members benefit from the guarantee.  From 2015, ALL Hyatt Gold Passport members will be ‘guaranteed’ the bed combination they booked.  Except, if the hotel fails to honour this ‘guarantee’, there is no penalty and no compensation – it is not clear what you are meant to do if you book a twin bedded room and all they have at check-in is a double.

Buy Platinum status for $149

Finally, here is an interesting deal which allows you to effectively buy Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum status for $149, valid until February 2016.

Platinum status normally requires five stays in a calendar year.  You can see a full list of Platinum benefits here.  The  key ones are a guaranteed upgrade of some sort, free internet and a 15% points bonus.

Next April, in Dallas, there is a frequent flyer conference taking place.  It costs $149 to attend and everyone who signs up will receive Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum status.  There is no need to actually attend – you will receive the status upgrade regardless.  More information can be found here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Heads up on Avis-Iberia earning change (learnt the hard way). It used to be 300 avios per rental day in the past. I had an unpleasant surprise this morning when avios have eventually posted to my account – the earning rate has dropped to 2 avios per EUR spent on corporate rates (in line with to https://www.iberia.com/web/webPartners.do?service=/web/showPartner.do&market=GB&language=en&country=GB&quadrigam=WPCOCH&quickaccess=true&idPartner=731&idSector=643). Also, it appears that AMEX Platinum UK rate is considered a corporate one…

    I’ve made a mistake of crediting to BA once at a mediocre rate, now it looks Iberia isn’t much better. Any recommendations on where to credit Avis or what other rental company (I think I’m limited to Avis, Budget and Hertz) gives a decent number of avios/other miles?

    • Virgin / Hertz is 1000 miles per rental I think – that is not a bad deal. Oddly Club Carlson has some generous Avis offers if you want to take hotel points instead. Quick search on HfP for Avis or Hertz will bring up the articles, or click Avis or Hertz in the ‘HFP by Category’ menu on the right.

    • Lady London says:

      3 miles per Euro on Avis if you’re a Miles&More member (LH, LX etc., Star Alliance though).

  2. Every company have really perked up with end of year deals.

  3. I’m interested in getting this Hyatt Platinum upgrade as I’m a huge fan of the Hyatt brand but I have a question. If I make a booking under Platinum membership but the stay isn’t actually until after Feb 2016 when it will have expired would I get the 15% points bonus at the time of booking regardless of when the stay is?

  4. Any idea how long the Hyatt Gold Passport account would upgrade under the offer you metion? I have a stay with them in a couple of days and this might come in handy- over optimistic time frame?

  5. Would anyone say $149 is worth it for Hyatt platinum? I do stay a few times a year