It’s not clear whether this is a mistake or a social media marketing strategy. However, a couple of days ago, Hyatt Gold Passport posted on their Twitter feed that they were willing to match some top tier hotel status card to their own top tier status, Diamond.
Your Diamond status would last until February 2017. Keeping it beyond that point will require 50 nights or 25 stays in 2016 which is very difficult indeed if you live in Europe.
It looks as if you will receive all of the standard Diamond benefits:
guaranteed lounge access
upgrade to best non-suite room
free full breakfast
free premium internet
guaranteed 4pm check-out
a food or beverage amenity on each stays
a guarantee that if you book a points stay for a friend they will get all the benefits too
and, most impressively, four guaranteed suite upgrades which you can lock in at the time of booking, each of which is valid for a stay of up to seven days. You should actually receive EIGHT suite upgrades – four will expire on 28th February 2016 and you will receive a new batch of four after that.
… which makes this an exceptional offer.
You won’t find these instructions officially written anywhere. However, from what has been pieced together by US points bloggers, it appears that you need to email [email protected] with a screenshot of your top tier status with Hilton, IHG, Marriott or SPG. (No Accor, no Carlson, no Best Western etc.)
Your screenshot must show a recent paid stay as well as showing your status level. You also need to include your Gold Passport number, of course.
Hyatt may not honour your request. Demand for this is probably far higher than they expected. There is also some backlash from existing Diamond members who see their benefits being undermined for the next 15 months.
For the sake of five minutes to put together an email and a screenshot, however, I would do it. There are not a lot of Hyatt properties in Europe but the ones they have are excellent. A couple of days in Nice or Cannes at their seafront hotels with a guaranteed suite upgrade and late check-out would not be the worst way to spend a weekend. Park Hyatt is probably the best upmarket hotel brand owned by a major chain and many of the Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency hotels are also very well regarded.
If you have a mid-tier card (Hilton Gold, IHG Platinum) then there are some reports of getting matches to Hyatt Platinum. This only requires five stays, however, and the benefits are not substantial – it is worth doing if you have a Hyatt stay planned but not necessarily worth the trouble otherwise. You won’t be moving stays over to Hyatt just because you are now Platinum.
(Photos: Park Hyatt Hamburg – a regular haunt of ours, Hyatt Regency The Churchill London – where I have been for a couple of events recently, Park Hyatt Zurich – as reviewed on HFP.)
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