I’m a big fan of Hyatt and I make no apologies for believing that the World of Hyatt program is the best major hotel loyalty program around…and by some considerable difference. I am, however, getting more than a little tired of seeing an ever-increasing number of World of Hyatt properties charging guests inexcusable Resort/Destinations fees. It’s also very disappointing to see that a new Hyatt that’s soon to open in Los Angeles will be adding this rip-off fee to most guest’s folios.
Over the past few years, Rakuten has been getting quite a bit of attention thanks to its partnership with Amex's Membership Rewards and the fact that it offers very good cash back sales on a reasonably frequent basis. Now the portal is back with a good cashback offer for bookings at various IHG brands (InterContinental, Crowne Plaza etc...)
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Over the past few months, Marriott has been pretty aggressive when it comes to advertising its "Homes & Villas by Marriott" program, and the hotelier is now attempting to make its luxury self-catering option a little more tempting to Marriott loyalists by offering bonus points on Homes & Villas spending when a stay is paid for using a Bonvoy co-branded credit card.
At the beginning of January, it looked like Hyatt was going down a similar path to both Marriott and IHG as it entered into a dispute with an owner of 22 properties that were flagged under the Hyatt Place brand. At that point, it looked like Services Properties Trust was going to move control of its Hyatt Place properties to Sonesta, but following negotiations, it now seems that an agreement has been reached in the case of 17 of those 22 properties.
Even though there are several Hilton Amex offers that are still valid for at least another month, American Express has now posted a new offer for stays at Hampton and Hilton Garden Inn properties that's valid through the end of August. If you're making hotel plans and you're a fan of Hilton now would be a good time to check your Amex account to see if you've been targeted.
Hyatt has launched a new sale for stays at its properties in Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa and while I’m not about to suggest that readers rush out and book trips to India to make the most of the sale, the fact that European properties are being discounted will probably be of interest to quite a few people.
Australia is already home to seven InterContinental properties but by the end of 2021, that number will go up to eight following the announcement that the Hotel Continental on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula will reopen as the InterContinental Sorrento later this year.
IHG announced the purchase of Six Senses Hotels Resorts for $300m in February 2019 and IHG Rewards members shave been waiting patiently ever since to be given a chance to use their points to book these luxurious properties. Now, that wait is over (at least in part) because 6 of the Six Senses properties are now showing award night availability on IHG's website.
India already has over 30 Hyatt properties spread across the vast country with most Hyatt brands represented, but 2021 will see a further 6 properties (across two brands) added to Hyatt's India portfolio and the hotelier plans to have over 50 properties in the country by 2023.