Last Chance: Redeem Your 2015 Hyatt Diamond Suite Upgrades

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.

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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.

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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.

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What am I planning on doing with it? I have an upcoming trip to Shanghai, and the Andaz Shanghai has Points + Cash availability.

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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.

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Bottom line

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?

Comments

  1. Any chance we can speculatively book a confirmed suite and then move the dates on that booking? Or will a date change de-activate the suite upgrade?

  2. Would also recommend confirming any suite upgrades you may have reserved already. Found out one of my upgrades was taken out of my account, but not applied as it should have been. Glad it was discovered before the deadline or it likely would have been lost.

  3. Hi there,

    I know that a DSU applies to both full rate along with cash + points.

    About a month back, I was at the Grand Hyatt New York and I was hoping to book 7 nights in early Aug 2016 using the DSU. They were showing cash + points availability and when I spoke to the hotel’s front office manager (in person), they confirmed that their suite availability for DSU was wide open in Aug. When I rang Gold Passport, they advised that while cash + points rooms were available, there was no availability of suite to apply to cash+points. This was quite odd as the hotel had told me themselves that they were wide open.

    The question I have:
    – Is the inventory for DSU fully paid rate different to the inventory available for a ‘cash + point’ rate?

    Any insights very much appreciated.

  4. Hi Ben,

    I was status-matched to Diamond last November (through February 2017)…. Today, no new DSU were issued to me. Is this how it has been in the past or is it a new thing that recently-matched Diamonds do not get the other 4 DSUs come March 1st. Either way I was just trying to figure out whether or now I’ll be getting any DSUs…

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