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Introducing Hyatt Gold Passport Exclusives™: Online Auctions at Goldpassport.com Provide an Opportunity for Members to Turn Points Into a World of New Experiences

Celebratory Live Auction Featuring Porsche Boxster Giveaway at Hyatt Regency Chicago on November 29, 2005 to benefit American Red Cross Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Relief Funds

Beginning November 30, 2005, Hyatt Gold Passport® members will be able to redeem their points for incomparable experiences through online auctions at goldpassport.com. Extraordinary travel packages include stays at Grand Hyatt Berlin with tickets to a world championship quarterfinal soccer match, or two nights at Park Hyatt Carmel (Carmel, CA) where world-renowned chefs will be serving their masterpieces at the 20th Annual Masters of Food and Wine.

Hyatt Gold Passport Exclusives is a new opportunity for Gold Passport members to redeem points for a collection of unique experiences that only Hyatt Gold Passport can offer.

“For discerning Hyatt Gold Passport members this is a rare opportunity to put hard earned Hyatt Gold Passport points toward exclusive travel experiences,” said Amy Weyman, vice president of marketing, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “We are thrilled to be utilizing our distinctive hotels in prime destination locations and leveraging our partnerships to develop a unique offering for our Gold Passport members.”

Teaming up with Hyatt partners such as Porsche and MasterCard®, Hyatt Gold Passport Exclusives will include travel packages such as driving experiences in luxury sports cars and tickets to some of the world’s most popular entertainment and sporting events. Plus, packages to some of Hyatt’s most desirable resort locations with components of spa, golf and Hyatt’s best products and services will be auctioned online.

When the online bidding begins on November 30, 2005, the following auction lots, each designed for two people, will be available for Gold Passport members to bid upon:

  • 2006 World Championship Soccer Tournament
    • Round 16 Match – Cologne, Germany
    • Quarterfinal Match – Berlin, Germany
  • 20th Annual Masters of Food and Wine (two packages available)

The package includes two night accommodations at the Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel, CA, as well as tickets to attend wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and gala dinners. The minimum bid for this package will be 50,000 Gold Passport points.

Periodically throughout the months that follow the launch of Hyatt Gold Passport Exclusives, new auction lots will be added to the online collection and made available for bidding.

Bidding Opens With Live Auction at Hyatt Regency Chicago to benefit American Red Cross

In celebration of Hyatt Gold Passport Exclusives, a live auction will be held at Hyatt Regency Chicago. The “exclusive,” invite-only, auction will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30pm on November 29, 2005. Hyatt Gold Passport members from the Chicago area will use their points to bid on notable auction lots, including:

  • A one-year lease on a Porsche Boxster sports car
  • A take-home Hyatt guest room, complete with the Hyatt Grand Bed, a 32” Samsung flat-screen television, a one-year T-Mobile Wi-Fi Hot Spot subscription and more
  • A StayFit@Hyatt home gym fitness package, including a Life Fitness™ elliptical machine, a Garmin Forerunner™ and more

Gold Passport points redeemed for each winning bid at the live auction will be converted to a cash donation to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Press members are invited to attend the event and should contact Jamie Izaks (jizaks@corphq.hyatt.com or 312-780-5701) to reserve a seat.

About Hyatt

There are 214 Hyatt hotels and resorts (over 90,000 rooms) in 44 countries around the world, operating under the Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Grand Hyatt® and Park Hyatt® brands. Currently, there are an additional 29 Hyatt hotels and resorts under development, including 10 new hotels in China. Hyatt Corporation (domestic U.S., Canada and Caribbean hotels) and Hyatt International Corporation (international properties) are subsidiaries of Chicago-based Global Hyatt Corporation. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. (timeshare), Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. (hotel ownership), and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. (which franchises Hawthorn Suites, Microtel and America’s Best Inns).

In January 2005, Global Hyatt Corporation also added an additional 143 U.S. properties to its growing portfolio with the acquisition of the upscale, limited service AmeriSuites hotel chain. These properties will be renovated and repositioned under the new Hyatt Place select service brand in 2006.

From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or logging onto www.hyatt.com.

For further information:

Jamie Izaks
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
(312) 780-5701
jizaks@corphq.hyatt.com


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