Hyatt announced several new benefits it will give it’s Diamond Gold Passport members starting within a month. It’s great to see program changes that are positive and actually an ‘enhancement’.

The changes are not not groundbreaking, but I’m sure that many Diamond’s like myself can put these new benefits to good use.

Several New Benefits Added for Hyatt Diamond Members

New Guest of Honor Benefit - Starting March 1, 2014

Starting March 1, 2015 Diamond members who book an award night using points or a free stay certificate for someone else, the guest will get full Diamond benefits during the stay. Hyatt is setting precedence with this new benefit and it’s the first among major hotel programs to offer such a benefit.

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Here are the full details:

“Guest of Honor is here! Treat those you love the most to an experience they won’t forget. Now when you redeem your points for a free night for your friends and family, they’ll receive the exclusive in-hotel perks of your Diamond membership. Your Guest of Honor will receive the royal treatment, including:

  • The best room available upon arrival, excluding suites
  • A special welcome amenity
  • Exclusive access to the Regency Club® or Grand Club® lounge
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • An upgrade to premium Wi-Fi where available
  • 4 p.m. late checkout

So give the gift of an exciting new destination or a relaxing weekend to your Guest of Honor. We look forward to welcoming them soon.”

Two Free United Club Passes Annually - Starting March 1, 2014

Diamond members will now receive two United Club passes annually starting March 1, 2015. The passes should be sent out in the coming weeks to the mailing address you have registered on your account.

This is a nice perk that any frequent traveler can put to good use, and if you already have access to airline lounges consider giving them to friends or family!

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Here are the full details:

“Get ready to sit back and relax in the comfort and convenience of over 45 United Club locations at airports served by United Airlines® worldwide. Two complimentary United Club one-time passes are yours annually, starting March 1, 2015. Make sure your mailing address is up to date to receive your passes.”

Free premium Wi‑Fi at Every Hyatt Hotel - Starting February 14, 2014

Lastly, starting February 14, 2015 Hyatt is also giving Diamond members free premium Wi-Fi at all Hyatt hotels.

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Here are the full details:

"Starting February 14, enjoy free Wi-Fi on any device during your stay, regardless of how you book or where you’re traveling. Connect in your guestroom and social spaces at all Hyatt brands. And to all Hyatt Gold Passport® Diamond and Platinum members, you’ll receive a complimentary upgrade to premium Wi-Fi service whenever available."

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The Bottom Line 

In any case it's good to see these changes and especially to see hotel programs trying to change the game by introducing new benefits that have never been offered before. I’m sure some Diamond members may gawk at the fact that allowing more people into Club Lounges is not a good thing, but I’d argue that the change will be mostly unnoticeable.

What’s your take on the new benefits Hyatt unveiled?