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Guests Earn Unlimited Free Nights With Gold Passport’s Faster Free Nights Promotion With MasterCard®

CHICAGO – May 14, 2003 – Hyatt announced today that it will again launch the highly acclaimed Faster Free Nights‘ promotion in partnership with MasterCard International. The Faster Free Nights promotion allows Hyatt Gold Passport members to earn unlimited free nights at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide when they pay for their stay with any MasterCard card from June 1, 2003 through August 31, 2003. Touted as “the best hotel promotion of 2002” by Inside Flyer magazine, Hyatt introduced Faster Free Nights last year with outstanding reviews from the travel industry and customers.

Faster Free Nights awards Hyatt Gold Passport members with a free night after every two stays when paying with any MasterCard card. Members can redeem their free nights from June 15, 2003 through October 31, 2003. These awards are provided in addition to the Gold Passport points and exclusive services and benefits members can earn on each Hyatt stay.

"After our first joint promotion last Fall with MasterCard, the response from our customers was overwhelmingly positive regarding the ease of earning unlimited free nights," said Amy Weyman, vice president of Gold Passport and marketing systems for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. "We are excited to be offering this promotion again so travellers can accumulate free nights quickly and enjoy them with their families this summer and fall."

"It’s no surprise that Hyatt's Faster Free Nights promotion has quickly gained popularity among travellers around the world," said Fred P. Gore, senior vice president of North America Acceptance for MasterCard International. "We are truly pleased to join Hyatt once again to provide MasterCard cardholders a rewarding offer that arrives just in time for the summer and delivers the flexibility consumers desire."

There is no limit to the number of free nights members can earn. Free nights can be redeemed easily at any participating Hyatt worldwide. Awards can be booked at, by calling 1-800-51-HYATT, or at the nearest Hyatt Worldwide reservation center. Gold Passport, Hyatt’s worldwide frequent guest program is free to join. Current Gold Passport members must sign up to participate at or by phoning 1-800-51-HYATT. New members who join Gold Passport as of May 12 will automatically be signed up to participate in the promotion.

About Hyatt
Currently, there are 207 Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world. Hyatt Corporation and its affiliates manage, franchise or operate 123 hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Affiliates of Hyatt International Corporation manage, franchise or operate 84 hotels and resorts in 39 countries. In the U.S., Hyatt worldwide reservations for individuals and groups can be reached at 1-800-233-1234. Outside the U.S., contact the local Hyatt sales office or representative. For more information about Hyatt hotels and resorts, visit Hyatt on the Internet at

About MasterCard International
MasterCard International is a leading global payments solutions company that provides a broad variety of innovative services in support of our global members’ credit, deposit access, electronic cash, business-to-business and related payment programs. MasterCard International manages a family of well-known, widely accepted payment cards brands including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus® and serves financial institutions, consumers and businesses in over 210 countries and territories. The MasterCard award-winning Priceless® advertising campaign is now seen in 96 countries and in 45 languages, giving the MasterCard brand a truly global reach and scope. For the year ended December 31, 2002, gross dollar volume exceeded US$1.14 trillion. For more information go to