“Many of our members book their travel through our valued agency and corporate partners,” according to a prepared statement. “The discount has always been available to these agencies, and we have taken steps to make it seamless for agencies to book it for our members and their clients.” The official had been asked specifically whether and why the new rates were made available through GDSs, backtracking on the original plan. “We are not sharing specifics in an effort to maintain our competitive advantage,” the representative wrote. Sources including the American Society of Travel Agents Hotel Distribution Advisory Committee reported that the Hyatt rates are now in the GDSs using a new rate code. Availability in corporate booking tools remains open to question, possibly pending some programming. The booking systems would need to find the rates but also qualify the guest as a loyalty program member. Get the full story at The Company Dime (registration required) Read also "Hyatt’s book-direct initiative targets Global Distribution Systems"