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Hyatt is my favorite hotel chain because they are a partner of the fabulous Chase Ultimate Rewards program, and you can book some excellent 5-star hotels with a decent amount of points. I’ve stayed in incredible Hyatt hotels that cost ~$900 per night for nearly free, including the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome and my personal favorite, the Park Hyatt Milan.
I was able to stay in large suites in Hyatt because of status, but now you can book roomy, luxurious suites with points!
Bye-Bye, Hyatt Top Tier Status
I enjoyed the perks of Hyatt Diamond status for many years, and I got spoiled on the upgrades, amenities (free breakfast, free parking, etc), and service. I haven’t had significant status with Hyatt since they changed their loyalty program in March 2017, which made it much more difficult to earn Hyatt status.
I thought about trying to chase Hyatt status since my mom has some home renovation expenses that she was willing to share with me, but it’s still a lot of spending, and I would only get status for 1 year.
Hello, Guaranteed Suites
As of November 1, you can book or upgrade to a premium Hyatt suite with points, and without any minimum length of stay requirement! That means I can book suites without having to have elite Hyatt status! I’m relying on beefing up my Chase Ultimate Rewards pot and adding some fresh Hyatt points to my account so that I can book suites when I want.
What’s your hotel status strategy for the coming year? I’m pretty happy with mine so far! Now if only Airbnb would become a Chase or Amex transfer partner!