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Hyatt Diamond Challenge Open to Everyone
Hyatt used to have one of the most generous status challenges around. Up until late last year, if you could show them that you had elite status with another chain, Hyatt would give you their top-tier status for 60 days. To keep the status past that point, you needed to complete 12 nights during that time. (Which I did.)
A lot of people abused this challenge and simply took the Diamond status to enjoy the benefits on their vacations without any intention of ever completing it. This was obviously unsustainable and so Hyatt got rid of the challenge and then eventually replaced it with a different program.
The New Status Challenge
When the new Diamond challenge was released earlier this year, it was only open to people who were sponsored by a hotel. You could no longer call up and request it. Besides that, it no longer gave status up front, but a lot of the other terms are the same.
According to reports on Flyertalk, Hyatt has dropped the sponsorship requirement for the Hyatt Diamond Challenge and now is allowing anyone to sign-up.
Before you do, here is how the new program works:
- You must stay 12 nights within 60 days.
- You receive Platinum status for the duration of the challenge.
- If you complete 6 nights during the challenge then you keep the Platinum status. If you complete 12 nights you get upgraded to Diamond status.
- You receive 1,000 bonus points per night for the first 6 nights.
Since Platinum status is easily gained through their credit card and really doesn’t give you much, the only reason to do this challenge is to get Diamond status. Once you complete the 12 nights, you will be given Hyatt’s top-tier status through February of 2017! You will also receive 4 suite upgrades for this year and 4 more next year.
How to Sign-up
To sign up simply call 1-800-228-3360 and ask for the Hyatt Diamond Challenge. There are several reports of people being able to get in on the challenge without any sort of sponsorship, however that could change at any time. Additionally, a few people on Flyertalk have confirmed with Hyatt that signing up for the challenge now and completing it will secure Diamond status through February, 2017.
While this isn’t nearly as generous as the previous Hyatt Diamond Challenge, it is a way to fasttrack towards one of the best elite statuses in the loyalty space. I completed the old challenge last year and am working towards keeping my Diamond status since I value it so much. Good luck!
HT: The Trip Sherpa