In response to my recent Maui Planning in Progress post, reader Jill reached out asking if I could further explain the procedure for requesting a Hyatt Diamond trial.
With all of the recent program devaluations we’ve been hit with this past month (including Hyatt), I feel that many readers might be in the same boat and want to “maximize” the redemption potential of their current balances in their Hyatt accounts before the new redemption rates come into play early next year.
Before getting into requesting the trial, let me first explain some of the benefits of Hyatt Diamond status and why it might be attractive to your travel plans (and even save you money too). I bolded my favorite perks. Full details about these benefits can also be found here at Hyatt.com.
Hyatt Diamond Benefits
- Achieve rewards even faster with a 30% point bonus when choosing points
- Enjoy the best room available upon arrival, excluding suites
- Receive exclusive access to the Regency Club or Grand Club lounge featuring complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres2. Enjoy daily complimentary full breakfast in hotels without a club lounge
- Treat yourself to a suite upgrade at the time of reservation four times annually on eligible paid nights
- Receive a special welcome point bonus or food and beverage amenity during each stay
- Receive a nightly room refresh
- Receive the confirmed bed type at check-in
- Stay connected with complimentary in-room Internet access
- Expedite check-in at a dedicated area for elite members
- Ensure a room is always available with our 48-hour guarantee1
- Extend your stay until 4:00 p.m. with a late check out request
- Book reservations through an exclusive Diamond line
Hyatt Diamond status is naturally attainable by completing 25 stays (or 50 nights) in a year. The Diamond trial that they offer for elites in competing programs currently grants complimentary Hyatt Diamond status for 60 days, with the option to extend it for a full year by completing a “12-nights within a 60 day period” challenge. You will also receive 1000 bonus points on your first six eligible nights within 60 days, up to a maximum of 6000 bonus points
Since I’ll soon be spending 3 nights at the new Andaz Maui at Wilea, I thought this would be the perfect property to truly dive in and indulge with the help of the status (considering the fact that breakfast is $45 a person alone. Did I mention I heard it was spectacular?).
Here’s How to Do It:
- First off, you’ll need a Hyatt GoldPassport account (duh), and you do need to prove you have existing status with a competing loyalty program. At the moment, here are the other competitor status levels they are currently accepting: Hilton Gold/Diamond, Marriott Gold/Platinum, Starwood Platinum, and IHG Platinum. If you don’t have any of those status levels, do know that you can receive free Hilton Gold Status for being a Citi Hilton Reserve or American Express Platinum cardholder. IHG Rewards Visa cardholders get IHG Platinum status with card membership.
- Next, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking for a Diamond trial. In the email, be sure to include your GoldPassport number along with a screen shot proving your existing top-tier competitor status.
- In my experience, I received a response a few hours later that same day. You will have to reply back to the email to “accept” the Diamond trial offer. My account was updated to reflect the Diamond status that same day.
- Don’t start the Diamond trial until you know you have upcoming stays/nights planned ahead, since you’ll only have the status for 60 days (starting at your enrollment date).
- Completing the 12-night challenge to maintain the Diamond status for a year later (in my case it was until February 2015) might be worth it. Sure, it sounds ambitious, but if you value having top-tier status, it’s a fast-track to not having to stay the full 25 stays it normally takes to qualify. There are plenty of less-expensive Hyatt options that qualify for a stay credit, including in Las Vegas with the new MGM partnership.
- Some people have reported results that this is a “one-time-offer” kind of deal, meaning you can only request a Diamond trial once in the lifetime of your account. Others have had success with the trial on multiple occasions. YMMV, so plan accordingly.
- If you’re traveling with family or a spouse, consider only having one GoldPassport account apply for the trial. Save the other accounts for future requests, if needed.
I’m looking forward to sharing my experience as a Hyatt Diamond during my upcoming stay in Maui!
Feel free to share your experiences with the Hyatt Diamond trial. Have you ever requested one? Did you end up completing the challenge or just using the perks during a particular stay? Would love to hear!