One of my favorite benefits of Hyatt Diamond status is the four confirmed Suite Upgrade Awards you receive each year just for (re)qualifying. Each can be used to confirm an upgrade for up to seven consecutive nights at a single property at the time of booking.
When booking a revenue rate, you can redeem a Suite Upgrade Award as long as an entry level suite is available. These can also be redeemed on Points + Cash bookings, though the catch is that suite upgrades are capacity controlled on those reservations, so you’ll have to call to see if it’s available. For example, I recently made a booking at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, and suite upgrades were available on revenue stays, though not on Points + Cash stays.
Grand Hyatt Dubai suite
Suite Upgrade Awards are not valid at the following properties:
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort , Park Hyatt Sydney, Andaz Tokyo, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, Hyatt Regency Tulsa, Hyatt Regency Wichita, Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa, Hyatt Manila City of Dreams, Hyatt Santa Barbara, Hyatt Residence Club resorts, Hyatt Place hotels and M life resorts.
Lastly, these can’t be used on a free night award redemption.
I figured I’d post a quick reminder that 2014 Hyatt Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards expire at the end of February, which is next Saturday. The important thing to note is that you only have to make bookings using them by the expiration date, though the stay can be on a subsequent date. I still have one to redeem, so will have to figure out what to do with it.
If you have any left over, be sure to redeem them by next Saturday or they’ll disappear. Keep in mind that if you change your dates later, the Upgrade Awards technically can’t be transferred with the new reservation, so whatever you book with them has to be “set in stone” or you’ll risk losing them.
As usual, you can expect that 2015 Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards will post around March 1.
As a point of comparison, Starwood offers their Platinum members with 50 nights annually 10 Suite Night Awards, each of which can be used to upgrade to a suite for one night. The benefit of these is that they can even be used on free night redemptions, though the downside is that they can only confirm upgrades up to five days before arrival, so there’s still some gambling involved.
Do you have any Hyatt Suite Night Awards you still have to redeem, and if so, what’s your strategy?