Category Archive: Hyatt

Mar 29

Hyatt Announces Second Quarter Promotion

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I’ve always felt that hotels’ promotions* were a good indicator of how business is. When promos are good, that means that the companies need to drive business. When business is good, there is no need to offer a decent promotion. Hyatt Double Points for Being You Clearly, things are going well at Hyatt because their …

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Oct 28

Hotel Elite Programs: The More Things Change…

Hotel programs are generally a little bit behind airline programs, but they got one thing right when they started: They reward people based on dollars spent, rather than some other factor that may or may not be tied to their revenues. What Hyatt Did There’s a rumor that Hyatt is about to gut its elite …

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Sep 01

End of Year Promotions from Marriott, Hyatt

Apparently, many of the major hotel companies are doing better than I thought they were, since they sure aren’t giving bonuses that inspire me to switch brands. Marriott MegaBonus Ouch. This one is downright lousy. Marriott’s MegaBonus is possibly the weakest one yet. The kicker for this one is that you get to choose which …

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Aug 12

The Olympics of Hotel Elite Status: Part Two

A couple of days ago, I covered what I feel are the best levels to shoot for in each of the elite programs at Marriott, Starwood and Hilton. Today, I’m going to cover both Hyatt and IHG (Intercontinental and Holiday Inn, among others). The short version for these two? You’ll need the top tier to …

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Mar 24

Around the Industry…

Hyatt Stay More Play More Promotion Hyatt announced what I would call an adequate promotion for the second quarter, called Stay More Play More. SMPM is the same for everyone and gives you bonus points based on how nights you stay from April 1 through June 30.   All other factors being equal, Hyatt is one …

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Jan 27

Carlson Hotels is up for Sale

Merger-mania is coming back to the hotel space, as Carlson Hotel Group, known for its Radisson brands, has put itself up for sale. Carlson, the former owner of TGI Fridays,* ran the eponymous “Club Carlson” rewards program. The program itself was a pretty good one and was known for running frequent promotions. It’s going to …

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Dec 25

The Best Unique Benefits at Each Hotel Brand

Choosing an airline is easy. You likely have one airline that dominates your local region, in which case your choices are limited. If not, you likely go with the cheapest of the one where you have the highest attachment to your loyalty program. Choosing a hotel brand? Not so easy. Unlike airlines, which have different …

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Dec 23

Holiday Musings

I’m preparing for some holiday travel, which is always fun but stressful. Fortunately, we have a non-stop flight, so there are few chances for things to go absolutely wrong. On that happy note, here are a few things around the industry that I found interesting: Status Match at Hilton One of the “downsides” to elite …

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Oct 29

Merger Mania in the Hotel World

We’re in the middle of earnings season, the period each calendar quarter in which publicly traded companies report results to shareholders. But this quarter also brings talk of mergers in the hotel business. Hotel companies are not all that they seem. For the publicly traded hotel companies, they do not, for the most part, actually …

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Aug 30

Extended stay properties (with a quick review)

When traveling for more than a few days, most people look for the closest and least expensive brand that they’ve heard of and hope for the best. It’s hard, though, to prepare for all the additional costs, including meals, internet access, etc. There is a way around those issues: use an extended stay property. Extended …

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