Hyatt’s Gold Passport program will end this winter, replaced by a completely new one called World of Hyatt.
The hotel company said that the new World of Hyatt will begin on March 1
“Between now and then, members can continue to achieve and enjoy tier status in Hyatt Gold Passport and earn and redeem points as they always have,” Hyatt said. “Qualifying activity beginning January 1, 2017 will also count toward earning status in World of Hyatt when the program launches on March 1, 2017.”
Among the new features: All base program points will count toward tier status, including those earned for spending on dining and spa visits at Hyatt properties; members can earn a free night for staying at five different Hyatt brands; and qualifying elite members will be able to get confirmed suite upgrades at the time of booking.
The new program offers three elite levels: “Discoverist” status requires 10 qualifying nights or 25,000 base points; “Explorist” takes 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points; and “Globalist” is achieved after racking up 60 qualifying nights or 100,000 base points.
The Gold Passport program currently has two elite tiers – Platinum, achieved after five eligible stays or 15 total nights; and Diamond, requiring 25 eligible stays or 50 total nights. Platinum status provides room upgrades, a 15 percent point bonus and free premium Internet; Diamond status earns a 30 percent point bonus, Club access and free breakfast.
Hyatt said that under the new program, members will still earn five base points for every eligible dollar spent, and there will be no changes to the hotels included in each redemption category, nor to the number of points needed for free nights.
Blogger The Points Guy has compiled a pair of handy charts comparing the various elite level benefits under the current regime with those that will be offered to status members after the program changeover in March.
Gold Passport members will be getting more information on the transition “in the coming days,” Hyatt said, adding that it will “communicate directly with members about their new membership tier” before March 1.
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