Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Announces 2,500 More Reasons to Stay at Hyatt

Rewarding Hyatt Gold Passport members with points to redeem for free nights when paying for stays with a MasterCard® card

Chicago--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announces today the launch of a new Hyatt Gold Passport™ bonus point promotion, which reinforces the Hyatt commitment to creating the world's most generous welcome. Now through September 15, 2009, Gold Passport members can earn 2,500 bonus points per stay when paying with a MasterCard debit or credit card. The number of bonus points that can be earned is unlimited and points never expire.

After only two stays, members will earn enough points for a free night or a room upgrade. With the newly redesigned Hyatt Gold Passport program, members can now take part in a wider range of exclusive privileges, including free night awards with no blackout dates, complimentary Internet access, suite upgrades and exclusive check-in areas for elite members.

"This unlimited promotion is designed to reward all of our guests, whether we have the privilege to welcome them every week or once in a while," said Jeff Zidell, vice president, Hyatt Gold Passport. "It's our way of demonstrating loyalty to our members and helping them reach their vacation goals more quickly than ever before."

"Together with Hyatt we are proud to once again offer MasterCard cardholders who spend time on the road a compelling and valuable reward simply for choosing to pay with their MasterCard debit and credit cards," said George Zilvetti, Vice President, Travel & Entertainment, U.S. Commerce Development, MasterCard Worldwide. "Whether a business road warrior or traveling for pleasure, a MasterCard cardholder can earn free nights to redeem for quality time with the people who matter most."

To enroll in the promotion and begin earning bonus points, Gold Passport members can register at goldpassport.com. Guests who are not yet Gold Passport members can easily join at goldpassport.com and will be automatically registered.

With the opening of 30 new hotels in the past year, and 18 more properties slated to open in 2009, Hyatt Gold Passport members have more opportunities to experience Hyatt and the benefits of membership. A selection of the new and upcoming locations include:

  • North America and the Caribbean – Seattle, Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York City, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, Richmond, Charlotte, Sarasota, West Palm Beach, Clearwater Beach, Lexington, Toronto, Curaçao
  • Asia – Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau
  • Europe and the Middle East – Istanbul, Dushanbe, Ekaterinburg, Moscow, Doha, Jeddah

Full terms and conditions for the Hyatt Gold Passport-MasterCard promotion are available at goldpassport.com. Reservations for any Hyatt hotel and resort worldwide may be made by calling (800) 233-1234 from the U.S. and Canada, or contacting the nearest worldwide reservations center.

About MasterCard Worldwide

MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes approximately 21 billion transactions each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial-institution customers and merchants. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network and through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®, MasterCard serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.

About Global Hyatt Corporation

Global Hyatt Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is one of the world's premier hotel companies. The hotels owned, operated, managed or franchised by its subsidiaries provide authentic hospitality to guests in 44 countries through a passionate commitment to personalized service, cultural relevance, and the environment. Global Hyatt subsidiaries own, operate, manage or franchise more than 370 hotels and resorts worldwide under the Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Resorts™, Grand Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt Summerfield Suites® and Andaz™ brands with additional properties under development on five continents. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., operator of Hyatt Vacation Club®. The success of Global Hyatt is driven by the commitment and energy of the thousands of men and women around the world who provide exceptional service to hotel guests.

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