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Update: The Hyatt Diamond Challenge is no longer available.
Do you know the shortcut to get Hyatt Diamond top-tier elite status?
What Does Hyatt Diamond Elite Status Give You?
Link: Hyatt Diamond benefits
You can get Hyatt Diamond top-tier elite status after 25 stays or 50 nights in a calendar year.
As a Hyatt Diamond, you get:
- Free continental breakfast (full breakfast in hotels without a club lounge)
- Free internet
- 4 suite upgrades a year
- Free upgrades
- Late check-out (4:00 pm)
Hyatt Diamond Challenge Gives You Elite Status Faster
You can regularly get Hyatt Diamond elite status without 25 stays or 50 nights by completing a Hyatt Diamond challenge.
Note: A “stay” is any number of consecutive nights at the same Hyatt hotel. A “night” is 1 night or 24-hour period. So if you stayed at the Hyatt Regency Austin on June 1, 2014 (checked out) and then checked-in again on June 3, 2014 (checked-out) and then checked in again on June 5, 2014, you would have 3 stays and 3 nights.
But if you stayed continuously in the hotel from June 1, 2014 to June 3, 2014, you’d have 1 stay and 3 nights.
A Hyatt Diamond challenge only requires 12 nights within 60 days. So you can stay at 12 different Hyatt hotels or you can sleep at the same Hyatt hotel for 12 nights.
You can request a Hyatt Diamond challenge by emailing Hyatt Gold Passport at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call Hyatt at 800-304-9288.
But you can NOT request a Hyatt Diamond challenge unless you already have elite status with another hotel.
You can request a Hyatt Diamond challenge if you have:
- Hilton Gold or Hilton Diamond elite status
- IHG Platinum elite status
- Marriott Gold or Marriott Platinum elite status
- Starwood Platinum elite status
If you don’t have elite status, you can get free Hilton Gold status from the Citi Hilton Reserve card and the American Express Hilton Surpass card.
You can get free IHG Platinum elite status from the IHG card.
So you can get free elite status but have to stay at least 1 time with the hotel you’re status matching from before you request a Hyatt Diamond challenge.
Status, Bonus Points, & Suite Upgrades
You have 60 days to complete 12 nights at any Hyatt worldwide for the Hyatt Diamond challenge.
For a stay to count, you have to pay an eligible rate. Hyatt defines “eligible rates” as a published rate, including discounted rates such as AAA rates, corporate rates, and Points + Cash rates. These rates are usually booked on the Hyatt website.
It also does NOT include stays booked ENTIRELY with Hyatt points. But using “Points + Cash” does count towards the Diamond challenge!
While enrolled in the Hyatt Diamond challenge you get:
- Hyatt Diamond elite status (free breakfast and internet)
- 1,000 bonus Hyatt points for the 1st 6 nights of your challenge
- 4 suite upgrades
You can use your Diamond suite upgrades through February 2015. So you’ll get the 4 suite upgrades even if you don’t complete the challenge .
Your Hyatt Diamond trial status is valid for 2 full months. So if you start on June 3, 2014, your Hyatt Diamond status is valid through August 31, 2014, even if you don’t complete the challenge.
You have 60 days to complete the challenge. So if you start a Hyatt Diamond challenge on June 3, 2014, you have until August 2, 2014 to stay 12 nights to complete the challenge.
If you complete the Hyatt Diamond challenge now, you’ll have Hyatt Diamond status through February 2016.
Should You Mattress Run?
If you have upcoming Hyatt stays, you could enroll in the Hyatt Diamond challenge even if you don’t plan to stay 12 nights. Some folks enroll in a Hyatt Diamond challenge and don’t complete the challenge because they want the free breakfast, internet and suite upgrades.
If you don’t have any upcoming Hyatt stays, you could complete the challenge by doing a mattress run. A “mattress run” is when you make a cheap booking at a hotel not because you need a place to stay for the night! But because you want credit for staying there.
So you could stay at the Hyatt Place Bush Intercontinental Airport for ~$81 a night.
Or you could stay at the Hyatt House Dallas/Addison for ~$96 a night.
Because you’ll have Hyatt Diamond status while you participate in the Hyatt Diamond challenge, the free breakfast and internet could save money at Hyatt hotels, including some of the expensive Park Hyatt hotels.
According to this Flyertalk thread, you can’t stay at select Las Vegas MGM hotels and earn Hyatt stay credit towards a Hyatt Diamond challenge. But once you have Hyatt Diamond status, you can keep your status by staying at the Vegas MGM hotels such as the Excalibur.
So, you could get Hyatt Diamond status valid through February 2016 for $972 (~$81 per night x 12 nights).
If you have Hyatt stays through February 2016, especially at Park Hyatt hotels, a mattress run could be worth it. If you don’t plan on staying at Hyatt hotels, a mattress run might not be worth it. But you should do the math and do what’s comfortable for you.
You can enroll in a Hyatt Diamond challenge and get Hyatt Diamond status, 4 suite upgrades, and 6,000 Hyatt points after your 1st 6 Hyatt stays even if you don’t finish the challenge.
You have to stay 12 nights at Hyatt hotels and have elite status from Hilton, IHG, Marriott, or Starwood. To enroll in the Hyatt Diamond challenge you have to email Hyatt at email@example.com or call 800-304-9288.
But completing the Hyatt Diamond challenge is an easy way to have Big Travel with Small Money. Especially if you stay at inexpensive Hyatt hotels.
So you could book 12 nights at inexpensive Hyatt hotels to complete the Hyatt Diamond challenge and have Hyatt Diamond status through February 2016.
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