Hyatt Gold Passport is very liberal with Diamond status matches. They grant the higher status upfront and require 12 nights during the 60-day trial period to keep the status (currently until February 28, 2015).
During the trial, the member receives full Diamond benefits such as the 1,000 points or F&B welcome amenity, four suite upgrade certs each valid for up to 7 nights, upgrade to the best room available at check-in (suites excluded), club/lounge access and/or full breakfast, and complimentary internet access.
Hyatt will also give 1,000 bonus points for the first 6 nights for a total maximum of 6,000 bonus during the 60 night trial period.
You can access the PDF below also on Hyatt’s website here:
Here are the programs and status levels that Hyatt matches:
1. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Platinum
2. Hilton HHonors Gold or Diamond
3. Marriott Rewards Gold or Platinum
4. IHG Rewards Club Platinum
Here’s how to apply for Diamond trial:
1. Sign up for Hyatt Gold Passport membership (do it here)
2. Take a screenshot of your account statement from eligible program
3. Send a short email with your account number and the statement from competing program requesting the trial to firstname.lastname@example.org
You should hear back from Hyatt within few hours.
Timing of the Diamond Trial
If you are certain that you can fulfill the official Diamond qualification requirement of 25 stays or 50 nights by the end of the year, it makes sense to sign up for the trial immediately.
The current Diamond Trial program expires on April 30, 2014. If Hyatt decides to extend it, you could have the Diamond status until the end of February, 2016, by signing up for it after June 1st, 2014.
After being a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member for 7 or 8 years, I had the status lapse the other year due to lackluster promotions. I took advantage of the Diamond Trial in late 2013, when it made sense with stackable promotions.
I like Hyatt’s program, although I did like it more during the Faster Free Nights promotions of years past.
The only problem with Hyatt is the lack of properties outside of North America. Hyatt has about one-eighth the number of properties Hilton, IHG and Marriott has and about half compared to Starwood.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
Diamond Trial Terms
To qualify for this promotion, member must contact Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service at 800.304.9288 or email@example.com between June 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014, reference Offer Code DMD14 and provide a statement with their account activity from a competitor. Upon enrollment, member will receive trial Diamond membership for 60 days. To maintain Diamond membership through February 2015, member must complete 12 eligible nights at any Hyatt worldwide within 60 days of enrollment. Member will also receive 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points on their first six (6) eligible nights within 60 days. Maximum 6,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points may be earned. Diamond 30% point bonus will be awarded for all eligible stays during the 60-day trial membership period when member chooses points for their stay. If member completes the stay requirements they will receive a new membership card, valid through February 2015, within 3-4 weeks of qualifying. Membership benefits will be available when member provides their Hyatt Gold Passport number at time of reservation and check-in.
Limit one trial tier offer per member. Hyatt Gold Passport will track all eligible nights in which a Hyatt Gold Passport account number is provided. An eligible night is defined as a single night at any Hyatt in which an eligible rate is paid. For the purposes of this Promotion, an “Eligible Rate” shall be defined as any hotel published room rate, including, but not limited to, rates found on hyatt.com, the Hyatt Daily Rate, Volume Account Rates, AAA and Senior Citizen rates. “Ineligible Rates” are discounted rates, including, but not limited to, any free night stays, Third Party Internet Rates (examples include priceline.com, hotels.com, Expedia, and Travelocity), traditional wholesale rates (examples include GOGO Worldwide Vacations, Pleasant Holidays, etc.), airline crew rates, airline employee rates, travel agency employee rates, Club at the Hyatt discount certificate stays, Hyatt employee or employee family discount rates, airline interrupted-trip vouchers or contracted rooms (a contract room is a room that has been reserved pursuant to a written and executed agreement between a hotel and a corporation, government agency or individual for a negotiated room rate in exchange for an agreed upon number of rooms to be rented for an extended period of time). Back-to-back stays at a single Hyatt are considered one stay.
Hyatt Gold Passport reserves the right to alter or withdraw this promotion at any time without notice. This promotion is subject to the complete Terms and Conditions of the Hyatt Gold Passport program. For complete program terms and conditions, visit goldpassport.com.