Back in September I decided to do the Hyatt Diamond Challenge. I had some stays coming up that I thought were going to be at Hyatts, and Diamond status would be a nice thing to have. I also realized that by planning some other stays carefully I might even be able to complete the challenge with few or no mattress runs. As it turns out, I did have to mattress run two of the twelve nights of the challenge, but that really wasn’t a huge deal to me, since the cost of that night ended up being just over $100 and 3,600 points [net].
Some nights I was traveling with friends, so I was able to split the cash part of the cost, and that was a nice way to keep my costs a little lower. I also was able to reimburse about 25% of the total dollar costs on my Barclay Arrival Card, so my costs were really even lower than what is displayed below. And my first two nights were at an art show I was exhibiting my photography at… so the cost of that stay will be deductible on my taxes. Granted, a lot of these stays were not the cheapest possible, but considering that 10 of the 12 nights I actually needed to stay in a hotel, it is a pretty practical look at the costs of the challenge.
Here are the practical costs of a Hyatt Diamond Challenge.
|Nights||Hotel||Dollar Cost||Points Cost||Points Earned||Points Net||Notes|
|2||Hyatt Place Detroit/Auburn Hills||$282.52||4427||4427||Tax Deductable (Work)|
|1||Hyatt House Miami Airport||$58.31||2421||2421||Split Cost ($116.61)|
|1||Hyatt Regency McCormick Place||$25.00||6000||4046||-1954||Split Cost ($50)|
|1||Park Hyatt Toronto||$74.59||7500||2798||-4702||Split Cost ($149.18)|
|2||Grand Hyatt Seoul||$116.25||15000||3262||-11738||Split Cost ($232.49)|
|2||Hyatt Place Detroit/Novi||$109.50||5000||1400||-3600||Mattress Run|
|3||Hyatt Place Chicago/Itasca||237.09||1388||1388||Chicago Seminars|
Thanks for sharing this – I find it very informative learning the actual costs of things like this (or mileage running for status). The Hyatt Diamond challenge is something that intrigues me, but I probably wont’ end up ever pulling the trigger on it unless we have several planned stays where I could take advantage of it, just because I don’t think that we travel enough to really reap the benefits
I really enjoy looking at the cost of things as well. Glad you found it informative! It’s definitely worth it if you have a few Hyatt stays coming up even if you don’t complete the challenge just to get the 4 suite upgrades too.
how did you get one of the stay at the regency for $25 ?
It was a Cash + Points rate, and I was traveling with a friend. I covered the points portion and split the cash portion with my friend. For some reason they charged us $50 as the cash portion instead of $75… I’m not really sure why.
Great post. Thanks!