Reader Christian asks,
I have a lot of Hyatt award nights booked for this fall in Asia and planned for next summer in Europe.
While building up my points, I’d intended to do a Diamond Challenge early this summer, to have the status for this year and next.
Now, with the Challenge effectively dead, I can (and likely will) get the Hyatt card later this year, but it only comes with Gold status.
I value breakfast and club access, but am a bit dubious as to whether Gold status will get me anywhere, especially in Europe. I don’t have the points to move up to a club room for more than a few nights. Any thoughts or ideas?
They replaced that with a ‘challenge’ where you can get immediate Platinum status and your stays can accelerate you to Diamond. However you need to get a hotel, or Hyatt sales, to nominate you for this — it isn’t something most people are successful just calling up and asking for.
Note that ‘Gold’ is the base level of the program. US members can get the Hyatt Visa (note: best offer found by going through the process of making a reservation at Hyatt.com, you should be presented with an offer that gives you a $50 statement credit) and that comes with Platinum.
Platinum gives you 2pm late checkout at most hotels, bonus points, and premium internet. It may be some help in avoiding the bad rooms. But don’t count on club level, let alone suites, with Platinum.
Hyatt Gold Passport, however, offers really good value redeeming points for suites and for club rooms. The premiums they charge are substantially less than what it takes with other chains. At top hotels you’ll pay 30% – 35% more points for club access, and about 60% more for suites. So if you value those things it may be worth generating Hyatt points.
Plus if you get the Hyatt Visa, and your stays are in the next couple of months, you’ll get 20% of your points back. That may be the difference you need to fund those club rooms you want.
Also, if you’re booking base level rooms, member that cash and points awards count towards both elite status and promotion earning. Hyatt’s current promotion may be good for up to 65,000 points.