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Gary recently reminded us that StarMegaDO3 has officially launched!
At StarMegaDO3 you can meet other like minded folks who obsess over miles and points and the top management of United Airlines and Hyatt Gold Passport.
You get to go on behind-the-scenes tours of Chicago O’Hare airport, fly on a charter plane to Montreal where you tour a Bombardier plane factory, fly on the same charter plane back to Denver where you could tour United’s training facilities or get to ride in an F16!
And that’s just a few of the many activities planned. What a terrific way to spend 4 days!
Here’s what the Wall Street Journal had to say about StarMegaDO1.
Hyatt Diamond Status
But, you also get free Hyatt Diamond status just by attending StarMegaDO3 and staying 1 night each at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Hyatt Regency Montreal, and the Grand Hyatt in Denver.
Hyatt Diamond is the highest published elite level offered by Hyatt and requires either 25 stays or 50 nights in a year to qualify.
One of the main benefits is that you get 4 confirmed suite upgrades, which allows you to upgrade a room to a suite, 4 times, when you make your reservation. This is a big advantage, because you can choose when you want to get upgraded to a suite (as opposed to hoping you’d get a suite when you check-in)!
You also get free breakfast as a Hyatt Diamond member which can save you and your companion, say ~$30 per day in the US or ~$50 in Europe.
I’ve recently been thinking of getting Hyatt Diamond Status, because I want to be able to upgrade our paid reservation to a suite when I go with my dad and sister to Thailand later this year.
Emily and I will also be staying at the Park Hyatt in Paris and the Hyatt Regency in London next year thanks to the points which we transferred over from the Chase Sapphire credit card. Breakfast is expensive in Europe, so having Hyatt Diamond status would let us save ~$50 per day or ~$500 over a 10 day stay.
I also have a lot of Hyatt gift certificates which Emily & I earned by applying for the 100,000 mile Capital One Venture credit card and which expire next year. So there’s a lot of Hyatt hotel nights in our future where I can take advantage of Hyatt Diamond status!
Now Hyatt usually has a promotion, once a year, where you can earn Diamond status for only 12 stays (instead of 25 stays) or 25 nights (instead of 50 nights). There is a cheap Hyatt Place hotel nearby and I was thinking of “mattress running” or staying there 12 times just to get Hyatt Diamond status.
Earning Diamond status this way would cost me $960 at $80 a night for 12 nights. Since Hyatt Diamond status earned now will last until February 2013, I’ll make up for the $960 spent in earning Hyatt Diamond status by getting free breakfast and the 4 confirmed suite upgrades.
But this approach will require me to check-in and check-out of a nearby hotel 12 times which would be an inconvenience.
Hyatt Diamond via StarMegaDO3
It costs $750 for an economy seat on the StarMegaDo3 chartered plane, and I would have to pay for 1 night at each of the following hotels:
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare – $99
- Hyatt Regency Montreal – $169
- Grand Hyatt Denver – $145
That is $413 for 3 nights of Hyatt hotel stays. I will also have to pay to get from Kansas City to Chicago and from Denver back to Kansas City. If the flights cost more than $300, I will use miles. If they cost less than $300, I will pay for them with cash.
So the total cost of getting Hyatt Diamond status by attending StarMegaDo3 is $750 (for the chartered plane) + $413 (for the hotels) + $300 (for the tickets to Chicago and from Denver) + another, say, $100 for incidentals. To keep it simple, I have not included the value of the Hyatt points earned during my stay.
That’s a total of $1,563 to get Hyatt Diamond status by attending StarMegaDO3.
But I was willing to spend $960 to get Hyatt Diamond status by mattress running or waiting for a promotion where I can get Diamond status by completing 12 stays at a Hyatt.
So the real “cost” for me to attend StarMegaDO3 is $603 ($1,563 – $960)!
Now $603 is not small change, plus I would have to take 2 days off work to attend StarMegaDO 3, but I am strongly leaning towards attending.
I love factories and an aircraft factory tour would be a good treat! Not to mention a behind-the scenes tour of O’Hare airport and that F16 ride! Though the F16 ride is not yet an confirmed activity at StarMegaDO3, but I’m sure the team running Star MegaDO3 can pull it off.
So what do you think? Should I attend StarMegaDo3?
I’ve got a few
days hours to decide!