Hyatt Gold Passport is probably the single most generous program when it comes to offering status challenges. I’ve written about the rules of a Gold Passport status challenge in the past, though the most recent version of the Diamond challenge actually ended on April 30, 2014.
The good news is that as of May 1 they’ve extended the Diamond challenge with exactly the same rules as before. And the best part is that if you complete a Diamond challenge now status won’t just be valid through the remainder of this year, but will also be valid through all of 2015, and through February of 2016. So if you want to maximize the amount of time you remain Diamond from a Diamond challenge, this is the best time to begin one.
As a reminder, here are the basic terms of the Diamond challenge (see my Diamond challenge primer for all the details):
Who can request a Hyatt Diamond trial
Elite members with the following programs can request a Hyatt Diamond trial:
- Hilton Honors: Gold & Diamond
- Marriott: Gold & Platinum
- Starwood: Platinum
- Priority Club: Platinum
In practice it doesn’t seem to matter whether you earned the status through a credit card or through actual stays, as long as you have valid status with one of the above programs. You also need to prove that you’ve made at least one stay with the program you’re status matching from.
How to request a Hyatt Diamond challenge
There are two ways to request a Gold Passport Diamond trial:
- Email Gold Passport at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call Gold Passport customer service at 800.304.9288
Requirements for completing a Hyatt Diamond trial
It’s worth noting that when doing a Diamond challenge you get the status upfront, and you have 60 days to complete the challenge.
To complete the challenge you need to stay 12 eligible nights at any Hyatt worldwide within 60 days. “Eligible nights” include published rates, corporate rates, AAA rates, senior rates, and even Points + Cash bookings.
If you successfully complete the challenge then the status will be valid through February 2016.
The other awesome thing about the challenge is that Hyatt gives you 1,000 bonus points per night for your first six eligible nights, so you earn 6,000 bonus points if you complete the challenge.
The last thing worth noting is that while you have exactly 60 days to complete the challenge, the trial status is valid through the end of that month. In other words, if you begin a challenge on May 15 you would have until around July 15 to complete the challenge, though even if you don’t complete it the status would be valid through July 30.
Between giving you the status and four Diamond Confirmed Suite Upgrade Awards upfront, Hyatt offers one of the most generous challenges there is. Not only that, but they give you a further 1,000 points per night for the first six nights you stay with them.