New Hyatt Diamond Challenge Isn’t So Great

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Via View From the Wing, you can enroll in the Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge from January 1, 2015, through May 31, 2015.

I wrote about the Hyatt Diamond Challenge before and again when Hyatt discontinued the Hyatt Diamond Challenge.  Now it’s back!

Hyatt Diamond Challenge Isn't So Great

Free Breakfast Is 1 Perk of Hyatt Diamond Elite Status

But there are new changes to the Hyatt Diamond Challenge.

Hyatt Diamond Elite Status

Link:   Hyatt Diamond benefits

When you stay 25 times or 50 nights at Hyatt in a calendar year, you get Hyatt Diamond elite status:

  • Free continental breakfast (full breakfast in hotels without a club lounge)
  • Free internet (free premium internet in February 2015)
  • 4 suite upgrades each year
  • Free upgrades
  • Late check-out (4:00 pm)

Folks used to sign-up for the Hyatt Diamond Challenge because you got Diamond status during the challenge.  So you could save ~$45 a day (breakfast and internet).

And you got 4 Diamond Suite upgrades (even if you didn’t complete the challenge).

Note:  A “stay” is any number of consecutive nights at the same hotel.  Your stay ends when you check-out.  The next time you check-in to the hotel, that will be your 2nd stay.  A “night” is 1 night or 24-hour period.

Hyatt Diamond Challenge Isn't So Great

You Can Upgrade Your Room When You Get 4 Hyatt Diamond Suite Upgrades a Year

Hyatt Diamond Challenge 2015

You can earn Hyatt Diamond elite status by enrolling in the Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge and staying 12 nights in 60 days from January 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015.

So you can stay at 12 different Hyatt hotels or you can stay at the same Hyatt hotel for 12 nights.  The 12 nights do NOT have to be consecutive.

Starting January 1, 2015, through May 31, 2015, you can request a Hyatt Diamond Challenge by emailing Hyatt Gold Passport at goldpassport@hyatt.com.  Or you can call Hyatt at 800-304-9288.

Hyatt Diamond Challenge Isn't So Great

Call Hyatt at 800-304-9288 to Enroll in the Hyatt Diamond Challenge

Status & Bonus Points

The previous Hyatt Diamond Challenge required you to have elite status with another hotel.  Now you do NOT need to have elite status to enroll in the Hyatt Diamond Challenge.

1.   Platinum Status

You get Platinum elite status when you sign-up for the Hyatt Diamond Challenge.  But you can get Platinum status if you have the Hyatt card.  So folks who have the Hyatt card could cancel it before their annual fee is due and still have Platinum status through the challenge.

Although, I think the $75 annual fee is worth paying for the free card anniversary night in a Category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel.

And if you only stay 6 nights instead of the full 12 nights for the Diamond challenge, you get to keep Platinum status through February 2016.

2.   1,000 Bonus Points

You get 1,000 bonus Hyatt points for each of the first 6 nights.  So you’ll get 6,000 bonus Hyatt points.

Hyatt Diamond Challenge Isn't So Great

6,000 Hyatt Points Gets You 1 Free Night in a Category 1 Hyatt Hotel, Like the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

Is It Worth It?

Because everyone gets free Wi-Fi at all Hyatts starting February 2015, to some folks Hyatt Platinum status isn’t worth as much anymore.  But as a Platinum you still get late check-out and faster internet!

Hyatt Diamond Challenge Isn't So Great

Free Wi-Fi at All Hyatt Hotels Beginning February 2015

If you’re planning to stay at Hyatt hotels through February 2016, it might be worth it to enroll in the challenge to get the benefits.  IF you can stay 12 nights within 60 days.

Bottom Line

You can enroll in the Hyatt Diamond Challenge from January 1, 2015, through May 31, 2015.

The Hyatt Diamond Challenge lets you fast track to Diamond status by staying 12 nights in 60 days instead of 25 times or 50 nights in a calendar year.

You get Platinum status while you complete the challenge and 1,000 bonus Hyatt points for the 1st 6 nights you stay.

You can request a challenge by calling Hyatt at 800-304-9288 or emailing goldpassport@hyatt.com.

This is a good deal for folks who have Hyatt stays through February 2016.  But if you don’t plan on staying at Hyatt, it doesn’t make sense to do the challenge.

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17 responses to “New Hyatt Diamond Challenge Isn’t So Great

  1. Just FYI, if you’ve read the comments section on Gary’s post, almost no one has been able to replicate this by calling or emailing, as they seem to have no information. I tried multiple times by email and by calling.

  2. To add to the previous comment, the Gold Passport Conceirge has specifically addressed this issue on Flyertalk and stated that the challenge as you and Gary describe doesn’t exist at the moment.

  3. So this doesn’t get you Diamond status from the get-go? You only get Platinum status from the get-go for signing up and once you do the 12 nights THEN they give you Diamond status? The old diamond status challenge was they give you a trial of Diamond Status for like 2 months (technically 3) and if you stayed 12 nights within the 60 days then you get to keep the Diamond status for the year.

  4. This is reported as being targeted and not available to the general public.

  5. Just called them and they have no idea what I’m talking about 🙂

  6. Lots of issues being reported with this as to whether it exists or not and whether there are two different offers (or none at all) so you may want to try and get clarification (if there is any to be had) so you aren’t spreading incorrect information. See:

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hyatt-gold-passport/1643026-quick-qualifying-elite-trial-here-1-15-master-thread-invite-only.html

    http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2014/12/30/hyatt-diamond-status-challenge-returns-thursday/

  7. How if this still being reported as so easy to sign up for by bloggers and the entire Hyatt organization has no idea what we are talking about?

    Darius, did you confirm this with anyone before you posted? Anything in particular you know we should be asking about that no one else does?

  8. What if I stay at a Hyatt hotel using points. Does that count towards a stay for the 12 nights?

  9. Madison McKenzie

    Darius I am not sure what is the best way to do this. I have an upcoming paid stay using a Diamond Suite certificate upgrade at the Grand Hyatt Kauai this week. I plan on using my discounted Hyatt e-gift cards to pay for most of the money portion of the stay, but feel there will be a small charge left over after using them for food, etc. Is it best to pay the remainder of the folio with my Chase Hyatt card or AmEx Simply Cash card? AmEx gives me 5% discount with Hyatt but will I get any worth while points using the Hyatt card instead? Do you have any suggestions on this? (By the way I purchased the Hyatt e-gift cards through a cash back portal before logging onto Hyatt to get the 10% off and then used my AmEx Simply Cash card to pay for them and received an additional 5% off on my AmEx statement already.) Thank you.

  10. Why “New Hyatt Diamond Challenge Isn’t So Great”…

    …maybe because Hyatt doesn’t know about it…

    Yup, I wasted time on this too…

  11. Surprised they haven’t followed up on or retracted this.

  12. @ PatMike – your comment is hilarious!
    @ Eric – I was thinking the same thing.

    Darius – why no follow up?????

  13. Hi, I enjoy your blog very much, always an interesting read. My question is regarding the Hyatt Diamond challenge. If we book 2 rooms concurrently, both with cash & points, for 6 nights, does that count as our 12 nights? Thanks for the info!

  14. This doesn’t work – just called.

    Nice mistake Emily!

  15. Hi, I have tried a couple of times. Noone knows about any promotions, saying there is confusion on social media and saying the promotions haven’t begun yet.

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  17. I just signed up. Call the hyatt that you stay the most frequent and ask to speak with the sales rep and mention this.