Hyatt Gold Passport is one of my primary hotel programs, as I love the benefits of Diamond status, including the four confirmed Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards.
Back in the day Hyatt had one of the most generous status challenges imaginable. Basically if you could prove any status with another hotel chain you’d immediately receive Diamond status, along with four confirmed Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards. If you stayed 12 nights within 60 days you’d get to keep Diamond status for the rest of the program year.
Not surprisingly, the opportunity was ripe for abuse, whereby people just used it for the confirmed suite upgrades. So in November 2014, Hyatt discontinued the Diamond Challenge.
In June 2015 Hyatt introduced an updated version, called the Elite Tier Offer. Through that promotion you’d receive Diamond status after completing 12 nights during a 60 day period, though you wouldn’t get any status upfront. They closed registration for that promotion in late July, and there hasn’t been a publicity available status match or fast track opportunity since.
As we all know by now, Marriott is taking over SPG, which is leaving a lot of SPG members unhappy and concerned. Hyatt is capitalizing on that:
Looking for a new loyalty program? DM us and let’s talk. pic.twitter.com/U2GOP7nTrH
— Hyatt Concierge (@HyattConcierge) November 19, 2015
As noted by View from the Wing, people are reporting getting matched to Gold Passport Diamond status through February 2017 by proving status with a competing chain, along with at least one eligible stay.
This offer probably won’t last, so you’ll want to DM @HyattConcierge ASAP if you’re interested. You’ll be asked to email over credentials with another hotel chain.
While this promotion isn’t really “published,” this has the potential to be one of the most valuable Diamond status match opportunities we’ve seen in a long time. If you’re in the market for a new hotel loyalty program, I’d recommend DMing @HyattConcierge on Twitter. I’m a huge fan of Hyatt Gold Passport, so think this is a great opportunity.
If you do get in touch with them, please report back with your experiences!