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Hyatt changes

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:59 pm

Hyatt is overhauling their loyalty program. It doesn't look like much will be changing for me, a infrequent guest with the CC. Bad news for people who stay often at less-expensive properties, but good news for heavy spenders and super-elites.
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Re: Hyatt changes

Postby MariaCreditCardForum » Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:34 am

Here's the official word from Hyatt about the new program coming out on March 1, 2017: https://goldpassport.hyatt.com/content/world/en.html

The top end perks are generally better. Hyatt hotels still offer some of the best value out there as well. With this new program, upgrades are more limited, though (you can only be upgraded within the tier you booked).

What are everyone else's thoughts about this announcement?

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Re: Hyatt changes

Postby JustRewards » Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:00 pm

In my case making the top end perks better doesn't really offer much appeal. Most of my redemptions have been for lower-tier properties on budget family vacations so I imagine those perks are going to get worse at the expense of making the top end (which probably gets used by fewer people) better. I'm tempted to ditch the Hyatt card and maybe go for a new card with a strong signup bonus - either Sapphire Preferred or Reserve and then transfer points into one of my hotel programs (Hyatt, Marriott or SPG).

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Re: Hyatt changes

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:32 pm

JustRewards wrote:In my case making the top end perks better doesn't really offer much appeal. Most of my redemptions have been for lower-tier properties on budget family vacations so I imagine those perks are going to get worse at the expense of making the top end (which probably gets used by fewer people) better. I'm tempted to ditch the Hyatt card and maybe go for a new card with a strong signup bonus - either Sapphire Preferred or Reserve and then transfer points into one of my hotel programs (Hyatt, Marriott or SPG).

UR to H might be more lucrative than UR to M or UR to M to SPG.

It's not that bad a nerf at the low end. I'm keeping my card. Some people on other forums say they will cancel over this, but I doubt they really wanted to keep it in the first place.

If you're redeeming at lower-category properties, the annual night should make the card worth keeping.

*Of course, getting a new card and keeping the old Hyatt are not mutually exclusive.
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Re: Hyatt changes

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:00 pm

My CC renewal 1-4 certificate just posted (along with my AF). If they do announce any more changes, at least my downside is very limited for the next 12 months.
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