• Hyatt Place S

    Travellers to Brazil can now check-in to a new Hyatt Place hotel in the burgeoning city of São José do Rio Preto, located just over 400km from Brazil’s most populous city, São Paulo. The Hyatt Place São José do Rio Preto property is the first Hyatt Place-...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2016 0 Comments

  • New 'World of Hyatt' loyalty program: how the revamp affects you

    Hyatt will ditch its longstanding Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program next year, replacing it with a new ‘World of Hyatt’ scheme offering brand new status tiers, changes to existing benefits and some new perks to match. However, some members will need to spend up to six times as many...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2016 9 Comments

  • New hotel credit card fees could hammer your hip pocket

    Hotel chains nationwide including Accor, IHG, Rydges and Starwood are amending their credit card fees in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s reforms on credit card surcharging. As a result, many hotel guests will now pay a lower credit card fee when using Visa or MasterCard, but whip...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2016 27 Comments

  • Hyatt Regency Xi'an hotel in China welcomes its first guests

    Hyatt continues to expand in China with the opening of the Hyatt Regency Xi’an hotel in the Shaanxi provincial capital, with a modern design that gives nods to tradition in one of China’s oldest cities. Inspired primarily by China’s Tang Dynasty, guests will appreciate a sprawl...

    POSTED 29 Jul, 2016 1 Comment

  • Hyatt Gold Passport tweaks reward rates at 100+ hotels

    Hyatt Gold Passport members will soon need more Gold Points to book free nights at 50 of the chain’s hotels across the Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place and Hyatt Regency brands, while at 56 other properties the number of points needed per night will decrease. Among ...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2016 1 Comment

  • Diners Club shuffles the points partnership deck

    UPDATE | Diners Club has reversed some recent changes to its credit card rewards program, with points transfers to the American Airlines AAdvantage and Starwood Preferred Guest schemes both being retained. Transfers to these programs were to be axed from Diners Club Rewards as of June 1 2016, al...

    POSTED 3 May, 2016 13 Comments

  • China's Shenzhen Airport gets Hyatt Place, Hyatt House hotels

    Shenzhen Airport is now home to two new hotels located under the one roof: the Hyatt Place Shenzhen Airport and the Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport, both offering a similar but distinctly different experience. The 167-room Hyatt Place property resembles an international hotel with free Internet acc...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2016 1 Comment

  • Hyatt launches new brand: 'The Unbound Collection by Hyatt'

    Hyatt is expanding its hotel portfolio to appeal to travellers seeking more of an independent and unique stay experience but with the backing and loyalty program of a global chain in debuting its latest brand: The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. Drawing from a mix of new and existing upper-upscale ...

    POSTED 3 Mar, 2016 0 Comments

  • Here's a hotel status match with a difference...

    Hotel status matches are a treat for business travellers and frequent flyers – and now there's a way to turn your status with some of the world's leading hotel chains into VIP standing with a cruise line! A unique promotion from the popular Mediterranean line MSC Cruises offers a free upgr...

    POSTED 27 Nov, 2015 7 Comments

  • This week's wrap for frequent flyers

    The Australian frequent flyer landscape continues to broaden with this week marking a new partnership between Etihad and Coles/Flybuys, yet Qantas’ existing tie-up with Coles’ rival Woolworths is under threat as the retailer moves to rein in its costs. Also in this week’s wrap,...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2015 0 Comments

  • Hyatt Gold Passport: the unofficial guide for business travellers

    Hyatt Gold Passport (HGP) delivers what you’d expect of any decent hotel loyalty program – being free space-available room upgrades and Internet access – but goes beyond the ‘usual’ to also provide perks like confirmed suite upgrades and even free airport lounge acce...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2015 3 Comments

  • Turning hotel loyalty points into airline frequent flyer points

    While loyalty to a favourite hotel chain can bring perks such as free breakfast and room upgrades, frequent business travellers know that this isn’t always practical or even possible – some chains may not serve every city in your itinerary, or your employer may find a cheaper deal els...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2015 1 Comment

  • New Hyatt Place hotel coming to Melbourne's Essendon Airport

    Melbourne’s Essendon Airport precinct will gain an on-site hotel with the opening of a Hyatt Place property in early 2017. Offering a more contemporary take on the traditional Hyatt brand and as the first Hyatt Place hotel in Australia, the Melbourne property will boast 166 rooms and an ad...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2015 3 Comments

  • Hyatt Place Chicago: Downtown, The Loop hotel opens its doors

    The Windy City is now home to a new hotel with the opening of the Hyatt Place Chicago: Downtown, The Loop in the heart of the city’s business, financial and theatre districts. Each of the 206 guestrooms comes with a signature Hyatt Grand Bed, a 42-inch HDTV and a ‘cosy corner’ ...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2015 1 Comment

  • This week's wrap for frequent travellers

    Planning a trip with British Airways? Sit in premium economy and you’ll soon earn fewer Qantas frequent flyer points as the traditional 10% ‘cabin bonus’ disappears… Also in this week’s wrap, fellow Oneworld member Cathay Pacific prepares to open its latest lounge ...

    POSTED 19 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • Hyatt Gold Passport: instant Platinum status, Diamond fast track

    Members of Hyatt Gold Passport can boost themselves to Platinum status instantaneously and then take the speedy route to a top-tier Diamond card under the chain’s latest promotion. It’s done by emailing goldpassport@hyatt.com or calling Hyatt on 131 234 and requesting the ‘Elit...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2015 4 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer and frequent traveller wrap

    How would you like to save hundreds of dollars on room rates at Hyatt hotels around the world, or pick up double points at stays with Hilton and its web of brands such as Conrad, DoubleTree and Waldorf Astoria? That’s all covered in this week’s wrap, along with new Virgin Australia V...

    POSTED 29 May, 2015 0 Comments

  • How to save hundreds per night at the Park Hyatt Sydney hotel...

    Members of Hyatt Gold Passport could save up to $280 per night off the normal room rates at the Park Hyatt Sydney hotel, thanks to a new ‘buying points’ promotion. Until June 1 2015, travellers can enjoy a 40% bonus when they buy at least 10,000 Hyatt Gold Passport (HGP) points, whic...

    POSTED 26 May, 2015 1 Comment

  • Transfer hotel loyalty points to Qantas, earn a 50% bonus

    Members of the Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club and Marriott Rewards programs should act fast to pocket a 50% bonus when converting their hotel loyalty points into Qantas frequent flyer points. Available between Friday May 22 and Friday May 29 2015 (inclusive), there’s...

    POSTED 21 May, 2015 6 Comments

  • Carting around too much cabin baggage? Leave it at Hyatt!

    If you like staying fit on the road but just can’t squeeze those gym shoes and your workout gear into your cabin bag, why not leave them at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne hotel ahead of your next visit? Regular guests at the property can make use of the ‘Leave it at Hyatt’ scheme, w...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2014 3 Comments

  • Friday

    Want to earn double Qantas or Velocity Frequent Flyer points on your travels? You’ll need to register and book this week to be in with a shot, so don’t miss the boat! Speaking of Qantas Points, you’ll soon be able to earn them – and more importantly, earn status credits &...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2014 0 Comments

  • Get 100 free Hyatt Gold Passport points

    Want a quick and easy 100 points to add to your Hyatt Gold Passport account? Sure, 100 points isn't a whole lot – but if it makes the difference between qualifying for a free night at a Hyatt property and having to pay, we know which side of the ledger we'd rather be sitting on. And given...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2014 1 Comment

  • Hyatt Gold Passport to offer elite discounts, points + cash redemptions

    Improvements to the roster of Hyatt Gold Passport benefits will see a lengthier points expiry period, along with discounted room rates and a new redemption option. From January 7 and throughout 2014, Platinum and Diamond members will have access to an exclusive ‘My Elite Rate’, offer...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2013 5 Comments

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