I’m blown away by this kind of service. I was comped to Diamond for asking for it. I sent them my status with another hotel program, (I can’t remember which)
Yes this was targeted, and no I can’t get you in, but I’ll call this a free ad for the Hyatt Rewards program and their top tier status.
Here is the letter I just got:
|DEAR RICHARD INGERSOLL,|
It has been a few months since you last stayed at Hyatt™ and enjoyed the privileges of your Hyatt Gold Passport™ Diamond membership. Because we value our relationship, we invite you to receive a free night award when you complete an eligible stay at one of our distinctive Hyatt locations worldwide through June 27, 2010. Once you have completed a stay, your free night award will be good through September 30, 2010.
Diamond Membership: the Elite Experience
Your elite membership entitles you to privileges reserved only for this level. Review the services and benefits you can continue to enjoy as a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member, including:
|•||Treat yourself to a suite upgrade at time of reservation four times annually on paid room nights|
|•||Enjoy the best room available including Regency Club™ or Grand Club™ rooms|
|•||Receive a special welcome point bonus or food and beverage amenity during each stay|
|•||Achieve rewards even faster with a 30% point bonus on each stay|
We look forward to welcoming you back soon. For reservations, please call our private Diamond Reservation and Account Information Line in the U.S. and Canada at 1-800-400-2261, contact your nearest Hyatt Worldwide Reservation Centre or visit goldpassport.com.
Hyatt Gold Passport
And the Award Chart Changes As Well
DEAR RICHARD INGERSOLL,
The Hyatt Gold Passport™ Award Chart will change on June 4, 2010. Rest assured, we will continue to make redemption as easy as possible with no blackout dates. If we have a standard room available at any location on any day of the year, you’re more than welcome to reserve it with your Hyatt Gold Passport points.
Likewise, we will continue to offer all the existing award categories at their current point levels. We will also introduce a new Category 6, which will require 22,000 points and include only 20 properties in cities such as New York, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo.
Further, we will redistribute our hotels across the six award categories. This shift will include 65 hotels moving to a lower category and 89 hotels moving to a higher category. For additional details, please visit goldpassport.com.
We appreciate your continued support of Hyatt Gold Passport and look forward to welcoming you again soon.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49