While it shouldn’t come as a surprise, just a reminder that Hyatt posted their 2012 confirmed suite upgrades last night to Gold Passport Diamond members’ accounts.
As a Diamond member you get four confirmed suite upgrades annually, each of which can be applied to a revenue stay of up to seven nights. They’re good through the end of February 2013, though in practice you can redeem them for a stay after that, as long as it’s booked before the expiration date and the hotel has confirmable upgrade space.
To access your suite upgrades, simply log into your Gold Passport account, click on “Account Details,” and then click on “My Awards.”
I often get asked how I use my Diamond suite upgrades, since there are only four of them and I have to make at least 25 stays to requalify for Diamond status.
I obviously don’t redeem them for airport hotels, “mattress run” stays, and hotels I’m only spending one night in. Along the same lines, I usually don’t redeem them for the most high-end hotels, since I end up redeeming points for them, given the cost of a stay can be $500+ per night.
The last factor is that I redeem them based on how nice of a suite the hotel upgrades those using suite upgrades to. This thread on FlyerTalk is pretty useful for listing experiences using suite upgrades, so can be a good place to start. Note how some hotels upgrade Diamond members to rooms that are more like executive rooms than junior suites, while others upgrade Diamond members to full suites.