Win 44,000 points from Hyatt Gold Passport when you share your New Years travel resolutions!

Want to start the year off right by adding a nice chunk of Hyatt Gold Passport points to your account? With rooms starting at 5,000 points, this contest could take care of an entire week of accommodations for your summer vacation, or how about two nights at one of the luxurious Park Hyatt properties?

Entering the contest is as simple (or as complicated) as you want. Because we love spreading the love around, we are sharing things with our friends at AOL Travel – but this also means you have three different ways to enter – which means three chances at snagging this prize!

To enter:

  1. Leave a comment below, telling us your New Years travel resolution
  2. Head on over to Gadling on Facebook and reply to the Hyatt post on our wall.
  3. Head on over to AOL Travel on Facebook and reply to the Hyatt post on their wall.

Once you have entered the contest – head on over to the Hyatt Gold Passport Facebook page to learn more about their program and promotions!

To enter, simply leave a comment answering any of the questions posted above.

  • You may only enter *each entry method* once.
  • The comment must be left before Monday January 24 2010 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
  • One Prize Winner will be randomly selected to receive 44,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points.
  • There is no requirement to sign up for a Gold Passport account for entering the contest unless you are selected as a winner. If you are selected as a winner, the free night will be credited to your Hyatt Gold Passport account and can be cashed in much like frequent flier miles. Winners can sign up for a Gold Passport account at no cost.
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • The total value the prize is approximately $499
  • Click here for the complete official rules of this giveaway.

Hyatt introduces Facebook travel experts; ready to answer holiday travel questions

As the craziness that is the holiday season approaches, Hyatt has teamed up with Gadling to help guests answer their travel questions. On their Facebook page, guests can ask anything they want – from tips on how to score great last minute deals, to helping them with their packing list.

Taking this to Facebook is just another way the hotel chain is expanding its regular customer outreach. In the past, the hotel chain used Facebook to promote its resorts.

Questions can be submitted between now and Wednesday November 24 at 6PM, and all questions will be answered on a first-come, first serve basis. So – got some burning holiday travel questions you’d like get answers to?

Head on over to the Hyatt Gold Passport Facebook page
and submit your question.

Hyatt hotels deal: 50% off on third night for holiday travel

Now’s the time to start watching for the over-the-top holiday hotel deals. We’ll post what we think are the best holiday travel deals here, starting with this one: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is offering the third night free for rooms booked during the holiday season.

Starting now, when guests book two nights for stays between November 19 and January 17 at participating Hyatt Place and Hyatt Summerfield Suites hotels, they will receive 50% off their third consecutive night. Rates at many hotels beginning at just $79, which is a steal if you’re visiting the family for the holidays and don’t want to sleep on the pullout sofa in the basement.

Hyatt Place has more than 150 hotels participating and more than 30 Summerfield Suites hotels located across the U.S. have jumped on board, which means your odds of finding a hotel in your destination are pretty good.

We did a quick check on and found the only blackout dates to be over New Year’s Eve. However, the promotion runs through mid-January so you can still get your discounts after the holidays are over.

Reservations may be made by visiting or and you must use booking code *HOLID3 *when making reservations.

Pets at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay get their own “Pawsport” loyalty program

Do you own a pampered pooch? Thanks to Hyatt Regency Mission Bay‘s new Pawsport program, your four-legged friend can receive “top dog” treatment during their stay.

“Stainless steel bowls, plush dog beds and a haute-dog menu ensure your pooch will be lavishly spoiled while away from home,” said leader of the hotel pack, General Manager Moshen Khaleghi.

At check-in, furry friends will receive their own Pet Pawsport with vital information about program offerings and stamp boxes to the track number of hotel visits that quickly add up to posh pet prizes.

Similar to the Hyatt Gold Passport program for their two-legged guests, the Pet Pawsport rewards your critters frequent stays with added amenities and amazing awards, including cool gift certificates and personalized identification carrier tag. “The more times your dog stays here, the bigger and better the prize,” noted Khaleghi.

Even first-time guests can enjoy the in-room doggie menu with its mouth-watering and tail-wagging entrees. For $5 each, order up all-nature human-edible items such as Breath Bustin Biscuits, Woofie Cookies, Snicker-Poodles and Mission Bay Liver. The hotel offers tons of shady and sunny places for dogs to romp and roam. There are plenty of parks and “barking lots” with disposal bays and trash bins as well as fresh watering holes.

Pet-friendly room rates start at $189 per night with a daily $30-50 service fee for guests traveling with their dog. Pets up to 50 pounds are allowed, multiple dogs cannot exceed 75 pounds in total. Guests must sign a waiver at check-in.

Park Hyatt to open in New York City 2012

The rumors are true: Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp will open its first luxury hotel in New York in 2012 in collaboration with Extell Development Corporation. The Manhattan Park Hyatt will become the U.S. flagship of the Park Hyatt brand of hotels.

The Park Hyatt New York – designed by world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc – will be located at 157 West 57th Street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, across from Carnegie Hall.

Slated for completion in 2012, the 210-room hotel will be part of a 90-story mixed-use tower that will also feature 135 Thomas Juul-Hansen-designed luxury condominiums with breathtaking views of Central Park and the New York skyline.

No hotel in New York is complete without a bar and restaurant for people watching, adn the Park Hyatt New York will be no exception. The hotel will feature a bar and restaurant, plus 5,000 square feet of retail space and include a spa, fitness center, and indoor swimming pool in a three-story aerie at the top of the hotel.

The Park Hyatt – Hyatt Corp.’s luxury brand of hotels – is currently catering to travelers in Beijing, Buenos Aires, Carlsbad, Chicago, Dubai, Goa, Hamburg, Istanbul, Jeddah, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Saigon, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.

[Photo credit: Atelier Christian De Portzamparc]