My experience with the Hyatt Diamond Challenge

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My experience with the Hyatt Diamond Challenge

As I mentioned in my Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront review, I recently completed the Hyatt Diamond Challenge/Fast Track offer!  Since I just finished it, I thought it would be a great time to share the details with others who might be interested!

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

View from my last Hyatt stay!

It’s perfect timing considering my upcoming trip to the Park Hyatt Maldives at the end of September. But what is the challenge, and is it worth it?

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Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi breakfast!

First, let’s talk about what Hyatt Diamond Status even gets you (directly from Hyatt).

  • Achieve rewards even faster with a 30% point bonus when choosing points

  • Enjoy the best room available upon arrival, excluding suites

  • Receive exclusive access to the Regency Club or Grand Club lounge featuring complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy daily complimentary full breakfast in hotels without a club lounge

  • Treat yourself to a suite upgrade at the time of reservation four times annually on eligible paid nights

  • Receive a special welcome point bonus or food and beverage amenity during each stay

  • Receive a nightly room refresh

  • Stay connected with complimentary premium Internet access where available

  • Expedite check-in at a dedicated area for elite members

  • Ensure a room is always available with our 48-hour guarantee

  • Extend your stay until 4:00 p.m. with a late check out request

  • Book reservations through an exclusive Diamond line

  • Enjoy two complimentary one-time-use United Club passes annually

  • Now with Guest of Honor, share your Diamond benefits with friends and family when you redeem points for a free night for them in 2015.


 

With that out of the way, let’s move on to the promotion!

Here are some quick details: The Diamond Fast Track is available to complete through April 30th, 2016

  • No prior elite status
    • You don’t need elite status with a competitor (Marriott, Hilton, SPG, etc.) to apply
  • 12 Night Requirement
    • In order to qualify for Diamond, you need to stay 12 nights over a 60-day period.
    • Status will then be valid through February 28, 2017.

Funny side story: My status actually said it expired on February 28th, 2016 for some reason. So I inquired to Hyatt and it seems the woman who registered me actually registered me for the old, closed promotion, that expired on May 31st – not the new program open to everyone that started June 1st. One quick call to the Hyatt Diamond Line and it was immediately corrected!

  • 6 Nights for Platinum
    • If you sign up for the status but fall a little short and only get 6 nights, you’ll still qualify for Platinum (second tier) status until the above expiration date.
    • It’s important to note that you immediately get Platinum status upon signing up for the trial (so during my stay I was Platinum, which actually did get me a room upgrade and free premium internet!)
  • Already Platinum? Sorry.
    • Even if you already hold status from Hyatt (the only other elite status is Platinum), the minimum nights is still 12. You don’t get a lower threshold.
  • No MGM
    • Stays at the Hyatt partners in the MGM group do not count!
  • Book through Hyatt!
    • Only qualifying nights count. I’d be careful booking through OTAs or anything like that, and obviously award nights do not count toward this challenge.
    • Points + Cash stays DO count!

If you do qualify for Diamond status and complete the challenge, you will be entitled to 4 confirmed Diamond Suite Upgrades for 2015 and 4 more for 2016. Remember, these upgrades can only be used on paid and Points + Cash stays, not purely points.

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Best Park Hyatt I’ve been to so far! (Out of 2…)

So, now for the big question – is it worth it? Well, that depends on your situation (obviously).

There’s probably 3 big questions: Who pays for your trips, how often do you travel, and what are your habits when you do?

You paying?

  • If you travel for work and have flexibility to pick where you stay, this is pretty much a no-brainer, assuming you would have 12 nights in a 60-day period.
  • If you don’t quite make the 12 day threshold, you can use Category 1 hotel’s nearby to top off or finish the 12 days.

Jetsetter? Road warrior?

  • How many nights do you usually spend in hotels? If you don’t stay a decent amount (25+ in my opinion) every year, the Diamond status might not mean much to you. Is it worth it to do “mattress runs” for an elite status that you won’t get much out of? I don’t think so.
  • I travel and stay in hotels about 30-35 nights a year (more or less). Not too shabby if I say so myself, but nothing too crazy. So far this year I’ve actually stayed almost 35 nights in hotels, with at least 10-15 more nights (bachelor party, honeymoon plus a few nights here and there).
    • For me, I find this status very, very worth it. Especially since I do in fact travel about 15-20 nights a year for work, and don’t pay for those nights (obviously).

Like fancy hotels and awesome breakfasts?

  • Hyatt Diamond status comes with a lot of perks (as mentioned above). One of my favorite (and one I’m about to use in a big way at the Park Hyatt Maldives) is the free breakfast, especially at the Park Hyatts. Breakfast at these hotels can be up to $40 a person, and at the Park Hyatt Seoul, I probably even would have paid for it a few times – IT WAS AWESOME.
  • Do you usually have a traveling companion (or a few)? If you usually travel with your significant other and/or kids, these benefits can start to really multiply, especially the breakfast.
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Me enjoying some of the best breakfast at the Park Hyatt Seoul!

Conclusion:

It really all depends on YOU. But if you have a lot of nights in a 2 month period coming up, you should do your best to make it happen. With a year and a half until this status would expire, it’s very generous. Go for it!

Are you going for the challenge? Why or why not?

4 Comments on “My experience with the Hyatt Diamond Challenge

  1. Hi,

    Awesome and very relevant post for me. I’m booked for 4 nights at the park Hyatt Maldives and have been debating if I should do the diamond challenge. The free breakfast and possible upgrade would definitely be worth it. Do you know if the upgrade is guaranteed?

    I don’t travel for work and would need to do a mattress run to a cat 1 nearby for all 12 nights. Would I be able to book 12 nights consecutively to meet the Challenge?

    Thanks!
    Herman

    • Hey Herman, you can do all 12 nights in a row for the challenge. Just make sure that the “run” will get you more value than the price you are spending on the nights (although you will get some value from the points you will get too). I talked about the value of having Diamond in my 10 Secrets to saving big money at the PH Maldives post that you can take a look at.

      Breakfast is about $40 a person so 4 days X2 people would be $320 to start. The upgrade is not guaranteed but everyone that I have known with Diamond status has been upgraded to a Pool Villa thus far. Have an awesome time and let us know if you have any more questions!

  2. thanks for this post, was wondering if you can get diamond status while you are doing the trial?

    • Danny, you don’t get Diamond right away. You get Platinum at 6 nights and Diamond once you hit 12 (it’s been a few months since I did it but I believe that’s what it was).

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