Hyatt Diamond Match –
Last week I wrote about Marriott acquiring Starwood and the fact that I am nervous about the possible changes to the program as the Marriott program is less generous and requires a lot more stays per year in order to achieve Platinum status.
Many bloggers have been writing about changing to Hyatt and the fact that Hyatt is offering status matches for SPG Platinum Members.
A lot of the other bloggers were matched immediately and I was surprised at the speed of the process. Others reported slower response times. Initially, Diamond Status was offered to some SPG Gold member’s, however, that seemed to be for unique situations.
A friend of mine that is SPG Gold reached out and Hyatt offered to match them to Platinum which is Hyatt’s mid-tier.
I waited a little while before reaching out to Hyatt. I was afraid I might have missed the party; however, I quickly received a response on Twitter inviting me to be matched after I provide documentation of my current SPG and Hyatt status.
Hyatt Diamond Status has the following benefits:
The status is similar to Starwood Platinum in that you get upgraded rooms, lounge access and late check out with one noticeable improvement. Hyatt offers a full breakfast for Diamond members at hotels that do not offer a lounge. Starwood on the other hand, offers continental breakfast. At some hotels that means a full hot breakfast especially those outside the US; however, at most hotels it is cold items only.
I am currently a Hyatt Platinum member and I received one upgrade to a club lounge and I thought it was excellent. I also received excellent service and experience at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun. I previously wrote about the experience.
Earlier in the year I stayed at the Park Hyatt Paris, one Hyatt’s best properties. At this hotel, I got a standard room and if I would have wanted to have breakfast it was around $60 per person. If I was Diamond at the time, I would have received two complimentary breakfasts each day which could have saved up to $120 a day. That is an extreme example; however, having the Diamond Status would have been a great improvement. I wrote about my experience here.
I am looking forward to having Diamond Status.
Hyatt hotels are located in many of the cities that I regularly travel to so it should not be a problem getting to 25 stays in order to secure the status for another year.
Did you reach out to Hyatt to request a status match as well? What has your experience been?