SOURCE: Global Hyatt Corporation

October 03, 2005 12:18 ET

Hyatt Invites Gold Passport® Members to Convert Points Into Cash Donations to Support the American Red Cross Relief Efforts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Hyatt Partners With American Red Cross to Provide Necessities to Innocent Victims of Hurricane Disasters

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 3, 2005 -- Their losses are immeasurable, but, for the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, life must go on. Helping ease their recovery from devastation, Hyatt and the American Red Cross are partnering to provide much needed cash donations. Hyatt's Gold Passport members can now convert points from stays at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts around the world into cash donations for the American Red Cross' Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief efforts. Through December 31, 2005 Hyatt Gold Passport members may convert 5,000-point increments into $40 cash donations. The money will be sent to the American Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need following the recent hurricanes.

"Hyatt is proud to be connecting Gold Passport members, who are Hyatt's most loyal customers, with the American Red Cross and the individuals who need extra support to overcome unimaginable adversity," said Amy Weyman, vice president of marketing, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. "Hyatt's Gold Passport members have told us that they want to help the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Now they have the chance to through the American Red Cross, the leading relief organization providing aid to the victims of the Hurricanes." There is a required minimum donation of $40 or 5,000 points. However, there is no maximum limit to the amount of points/cash that Gold Passport members can donate.

Donations can be made two ways:

-- E-mail and include the following information:
   -- Name
   -- Address
   -- Gold Passport account number
   -- Number of points, in 5,000-point increments, to be converted
-- Call Gold Passport Customer Service at 1-800-223-3360 and ask to support
   the Hyatt Gold Passport Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief effort
For more information on the American Red Cross, visit

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