UPDATE 10/28/16 – Sadly, Hyatt has temporarily stopped offering status matches and is revamping the entire Hyatt Rewards program – you can read about it in this article from penandpassport. The only match that is currently being offered is with MGM Resorts mlife program. You can match your mlife status to Hyatt status and vice versa – but that will end soon.
It appears Hilton is the only one left with a decent status match program…
Having top tier status in any major hotel program can be a huge benefit when traveling. Free breakfast, free internet and upgraded rooms can translate into big savings and a much more pleasant stay.
If you understand the system you can generally get top status much easier than you would think.
Hyatt’s top tier elite status, Diamond Gold Passport, is one of the best, with the following benefits:
- Automatic Upgrade to best room available (excluding suites)
- Four guaranteed suite upgrades for paid stays (i.e. will not apply for free nights on Hyatt points)
- Complimentary access to Regency Club lounge (featuring complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres). If the property does not have a lounge, you will get a complimentary full breakfast for two (this can be a real treat at properties like the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris)
- Welcome points bonus or food/beverage amenity during each stay
- Expedited check in area
There are several other additional perks, but the ones I listed are the most important.
Sometime in the 2010/2011 time period Hyatt stopped offering a pure “match” and switched to a “Diamond Challenge”. With the challenge you will receive a trial Diamond membership for 60 days with proof of top-tier status in a competitor’s program.
During the 60 day period, you must complete 12 nights to maintain Diamond status through February of the following year. You will also receive 1,000 bonus points on your first six eligible nights within 60 days, up to a maximum of 6,000 bonus points.
Often times, the purpose is not to be able to qualify for the status in the 60 day period, so don’t get too hung up on the 12 stays in 60 days. If you are not a frequent traveler you just want make sure you have Diamond status during a specific 60 day period – like if you have an upcoming stay at a Hyatt or plan on apply for the Hyatt Credit Card (more on that later….)
You must have one of the following to be eligible for the Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Match:
- Hilton HHonors Gold VIP or Diamond VIP
- Marriott Rewards Gold or Platinum
- Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum
- Priority Club Platinum
If you are a frequent business traveler you may already have top tier status in one of these programs. However, there is a way to achieve this without being a frequent traveler. The new Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card gives you HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember. You can get HHonors gold status by applying for the card and then go after your status match.
You are only able to do a status match one time. This is not something you can do every year, so make sure you only do this at a time when you can benefit from it.
Assuming you won’t make the 12 stays in 60 day requirement, I would only do this if you plan on completing some paid stays at a Hyatt property and want the guaranteed upgrades or if you plan on applying for the Hyatt Credit Card to get a couple of free nights at a Park Hyatt or Hyatt Resort.
When you apply for the Hyatt Credit Card as an existing Diamond member you 2 free nights in a suite (rather than the two free standard room nights you get if you are not diamond). At high end Hyatt properties, these suites can go for over $1,000 per night, so this can be a huge bonus.
How to do it:
All you have to do is call Hyatt Gold Passport customer service at (800) 228-3360 to ask for the Diamond Trial Offer. They will tell you what you have to do to qualfy, but essentially it will just be providing some sort of proof that you have elite status in one of the programs mentioned above.