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Earlier this week, Hyatt GoldPassport announced their award category changes for 2015. Award category movements are an annual feature, and for 2015, they will move on to the new chart as of January 22, 2015. This means till January 21, you can use the existing chart to book these hotels, and if you were charged a higher points rate, the refund will come back to your account. However, if you paid a lower points price, you can still keep the award at the lower rate for the dates later in the year. Overall, 70 hotels are seeing a readjustment of categories.

Impact on Indian properties of the Hyatt

Very interesting story here. All the 5 Indian Hyatt hotels that made it to this list, are going down in pricing, including a Park Hyatt.

  • Hyatt Bangalore: 3->2
  • Hyatt Regency Chennai: 3->2
  • Park Hyatt Chennai: 3->2
  • Hyatt Regency Delhi: 4->3
  • Hyatt Regency Gurgaon: 3->2

The other Indian properties from the Hyatt are already in this same bracket between Category 4 – 1

Clearly, Indian properties don’t price as much in the $ index of Hyatt and hence they come cheap, which is a good thing for us in India, because apart from staying at Hyatt’s across the world, there is no way to get Hyatt points for us in India.

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Just this morning I wrote about a promotion the Hyatt has gone to town about, as a part of the Great Online Shopping Festival. It is a straightforward promotion, which asks to apply a coupon code, and you get 50% off rack rate. When I realised about this promotion yesterday, I started to look up rooms at the Hyatt Regency Delhi, for the benefit of some folks who really really wanted to stay about there.

But, I run into this wall…

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I reached out to Hyatt Concierge on Twitter, who initially told me the hotel would contact me, but 22 hours later had not. When I reached out to them again, the hotel was only having blackout dates for those nights and maybe I wanted another night.

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Boo! So I systematically went through the entire set of dates in pairs of 2 nights from December 20, 2014 to January 11, 2015. Each date had a blackout date, and the hotel refused to honour the promotion.

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On the other hand, their name turns up prominently on the website advertising the promotion, as of this moment.

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I’m not sure if there are other hotels in this list which are behaving in the same manner as well, but why bother making a promotion if you can’t honour it?

Really, Hyatt…? I expect you to underpromise and overdeliver unlike the others who overpromise and underdeliver. That was my belief behind being Diamond now…

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Hyatt did an excellent 50% off promotion in India earlier this year, which allowed me to earn Diamond status with them on a cheaper price than what I would have usually paid. The good news is that for a limited period, under the Google Online Sale Festival, they are back with the promotion again.

Now, as the lean season sets in, Hyatt has brought in promotions for buy 1 get 1 night free yet again, valid for bookings made by December 31, 2014 and stay between December 20, 2014 and January 11, 2015, excluding the night of December 31, 2014.

Under this promotion, the second night is priced free on use of the code, GOSF14, along with guaranteed 2 pm late check-out. Take for instance the rates for Hyatt Regency Chennai for 2 continuous days below:

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Again, remember, the promotion is pre-paid and non-refundable, and not available at all hotels of the Hyatt Group, and not on all dates either. But if you are planning a winter break and haven’t made plans so far, maybe this could help you!

The following hotels are participating:

You can check the associated terms & conditions here.

For me, my plans are already full. I need my bed at home during these vacation days maybe so I will take some time off work and sleep in. But if you want to go out, then, this is a good idea to book up!

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