Guide to Hyatt Diamond Passport

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Right now Hyatt has a handful of valuable promotions on the table and depending on how many upcoming stays you have it’s possible to earn huge bonus points. Hyatt normally runs targeted promotions every quarter and it’s been awhile since we’ve seen a generous one. The good news is that the current offer is worth taking a look at.

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Earn up to 50,000 bonus points

Hyatt is offering members up to 50,000 bonus points by completing 20 nights for eligible stays between Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, 2014. Note that nights booked at Hyatt-partner M life resort properties are not eligible. The promotion’s bonuses are actually tiered based on the following levels:

  • Stay 5 nights – earn 5,000 points (5,000 points total)
  • Stay 10 nights – earn an additional 10,000 points (15,000 points total)
  • Stay 15 nights – earn an additional 15,000 points (30,000 points total)
  • Stay 20 nights – earn an additional 20,000 points (50,000 points total)

Anyone one with upcoming Hyatt stays can easily take advantage of this promo, but the potential points earning gets even better if you stack some other promotions. On top of the 50,000 bonus points promo you have the option to enroll in these various promotions:

  • Earn 1,000 bonus points for eligible bookings made with Hyatt’s new mobile App
  • Earn up to 6,000 points (1,000 points per night up to 6 nights) through enrolling in Hyatt’s Diamond Challenge
  • Earn 5,000 points after 1 stay (Promo code: 5KSTAY1)
  • Earn 2,000 points after 1 stay (Promo code: 2KSTAY1)
  • Earn 10,000 points after 3 stays (Promo code: 10KSTAY3)
  • Earn 2,000 points after 1 stay, up to 6,000 points (Promo code: 2KSTAY3)
  • Earn 8,000 points after 2 stays (Promo code: 8KSTAY2)

Maximizing the Offers

To start off, it’s likely that the full 50,000 bonus point offer won’t make much sense unless you have plenty of upcoming Hyatt stays within the next couple months. However, if you do, then this could be a great opportunity to both earn Diamond status and earn huge Hyatt bonus points.

After looking into my options I decided to pursue the 50,000 bonus points. Here is a look at the breakdown of my strategy:

I ended up booking 20 nights using Points + Cash in November at the Park Hyatt Mendoza. In the end these 20 nights will work out to be 4,000 + ~$36 per night, with a total cost of 80,000 points + ~$720.

From these 20 nights I will earn:

  • Hyatt Diamond Status until 2016
  • 50,000 bonus points
  • 6,000 bonus points (1K first 6 nights diamond challenge)
  • 1,000 points from choosing the Hyatt Diamond amenity at check-in
  • 2,000 points from enrolling in promo 2KSTAY1
  • 5,000 points from enrolling in promo 5KSTAY1
  • 8,651 (6.5 points per dollar spent at Hyatt hotels as as Diamond member)
  • Total earned points = 72,651

All things considered, (points spend and points earned) each night at the Park Hyatt Mendoza will cost me ~$36 + 367 points per night. That comes very close to IHG’s incredibly generous PointBreaks promo that offers properties for 5,000 points per night and is incredible value for a Park Hyatt.

My Thoughts

I did not received a targeted email for any or these offers, but I was able to enroll by calling Hyatt’s Gold Passport line at 1.800.228.3360 and requesting to have the 50KSTAY20 promo along with the other smaller promos added to my account.

A few things that I am forgoing using my strategy is maximizing the 1,000 points per mobile app booking and 1,000 points per stay as a Diamond member check-in amenity. Also, I will be paying in cash to get a better exchange rate while in Argentina, so I won’t be earning an extra 2,160 points using the Hyatt Visa card.

I was only able to stack two of the smaller targeted offers on top of the 50,000 bonus point promo. I ended up calling in a third time and asked to enroll in another promo and was told that since they are during the same time period I’m only eligible for one. Still I was able to stack three of the promos to earn an extra 7,000 bonus points.

Given that I value and redeem Hyatt points at close to 1.8 cents, the 72,651 bonus points earned from my stays will in turn get me close to $1,307.72 worth of free stays in the future.

I could have managed to earn more bonus points by staying at a Hyatt property where the club lounge is closed on the weekends.

However, this stay makes sense for me since I was looking for a place for an extended stay in Argentina. Personally I enjoyed Mendoza and had a great time exploring the region last time I was down there and look forward to returning.

Is This Offer Worth it for You?

If you have a number of upcoming stays it’s definitely worth taking advantage of these promos. If you can leverage the promos with the Diamond Challenge you will get the added bonus of earning extra bonus points while earning top-tier status.

Apart from those scenarios this promo is probably not mattress run worthy. The way I see it, go after it if you have plenty of upcoming Hyatt stays and are going for the Hyatt Diamond Challenge. If not, take a pass on this one.

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2 Comments

  • I’ve been trying to figure out a strategy with Hyatt myself. I’ll be at 18 stays at the end of October with probably 4 more planned stays I need book before the end of the year. I’m thinking it’s probably worth a couple Cat 1 points + cash bookings at 2500 points + $50 for a couple mattress runs to get to Diamond. I don’t think I want to do a challenge since you can only do that once. I’m in the 50K promo and the points I’ll be throwing away will come out of the bonuses they are giving me anyway. I just have to get my head that I want those suite upgrades for my trip to Hawaii I’m planning next year is worth throwing away about $200 this year.

    • Scott C, if you can use the Diamond benefits I’d certainly say it’s worth the extra mattress run—plus you’ll be earning a few extra points by hitting the 20 night mark.