New Hyatt Diamond Challenge Isn’t So Great

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

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.

This doesn’t work – just called.

Nice mistake Emily!

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!

@ PatMike – your comment is hilarious!

@ Eric – I was thinking the same thing.

Darius – why no follow up?????

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