One of the most valuable perks of being a Hyatt Diamond member is that you receive four confirmed suite upgrades per year. Each can be used to confirm a suite upgrade at the time of booking for a stay of up to seven nights.
That’s a huge perk, since there aren’t any capacity controls and it’s not based on availability at the time of check-in, like some other programs’ suite upgrades.
Hyatt Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards are valid on either revenue bookings or Points + Cash bookings. Points + Cash was introduced a couple of years back, and is one of my favorite uses of Hyatt points.
For example, you can redeem at a Category 6 hotel for 12,500 points plus $150 per night, and then use a Diamond Suite Upgrade Award on that reservation. This is my favorite use of these certificates, as I’ve done just this at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Park Hyatt Vienna, etc.
Park Suite at the Park Hyatt Vienna
These upgrades expire at the end of February each year, meaning the 2015 Hyatt Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards expire this coming Monday, February 29, 2016.
Then Diamond members will be issued four more on March 1, 2016, which will be valid through February 28, 2017.
Anyway, it’s worth noting that you can redeem your 2015 upgrades for stays in the future, as long as you can confirm the upgrade before the expiration date. This is the last time this will be possible, as starting this year Diamond Suite Upgrades need to be used for stays by their expiration date.
In other words, the 2016 Diamond Suite Upgrades will need to be used for stays by February 28, 2017, rather than just need to be booked by that date.
If you have any Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards remaining, this is very much a “use it or lose it” situation. You’ll want to redeem your upgrades by Monday, or else they’ll expire.
In my case, I have one of my four Diamond upgrades remaining.
I plan on booking that and then using a Diamond Suite Upgrade Award to confirm an upgrade to an Andaz Suite, which would retail for $600+ per night.
This is your last chance to redeem your 2015 Hyatt Diamond Suite Upgrades, and perhaps even more significantly, it’s your last chance ever to redeem these upgrades for stays after their expiration date.
I plan on using my last 2015 Diamond Suite Upgrade at the Andaz Shanghai on a Points + Cash booking.
Do you have any Diamond Suite Upgrades remaining, and if so, how do you plan on redeeming them?