Free Nights with Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt Corporation announced today that it is again offering the successful Faster Free Nights promotion in partnership with MasterCard. The Faster Free Nights promotion allows Hyatt Gold Passport members to earn unlimited free nights at Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide from October 1, 2002 through February 28, 2003 when they pay for their stay with MasterCard. Touted as “the best hotel promotion of 2002” by Inside Flyer Magazine, Hyatt introduced Faster Free Nights in April with overwhelming positive reviews from the travel industry and customers.

With Faster Free Nights, Hyatt Gold Passport members are awarded with a free night after every two stays when paying with any MasterCard. Members can redeem their free nights from November 1, 2002 through April 30, 2003. These awards are provided in addition to the Gold Passport points that members can earn on each Hyatt stay.

“We wanted to create a rewarding promotion that would allow our customers to accumulate and redeem free nights quickly and easily,” said Amy Weyman, vice president of Gold Passport and marketing systems for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “The positive feedback we received from our customers was so fantastic we knew we had to offer the promotion again in the fall. We are looking forward to working with MasterCard to bring Faster Free Nights to its cardholders. Our organizations share a joint commitment to bringing customers more flexibility and rewarding benefits,” added Weyman.

“We are extremely pleased to team with Hyatt for the fall Faster Free Nights promotion, which will now extend exclusive new benefits to MasterCard cardholders traveling with Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world,” said Fred Gore, senior vice president of North America Acceptance at MasterCard International. “Our strategic alliance with Hyatt is a key component of MasterCard`s T&E strategy to deliver to our cardholders the best travel values.”

There is no limit to the number of free nights that members can earn. Free nights can be redeemed easily at any participating Hyatt worldwide. Awards are available electronically (on-line) and are paperless. Gold Passport, Hyatt`s worldwide frequent guest program is free to join. Current Gold Passport members must sign up to participate via or phoning 1-800-51-HYATT. New members who join Gold Passport as of September 12 will automatically be signed up to participate in the promotion.


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