Last year I completed the Hyatt Diamond Challenge, and have been thoroughly enjoying my Hyatt Diamond benefits ever since. This year, I’ve been slowly working on Hyatt Diamond requalification… and by slowly, I mean that I should really pick things up if requalification is going to happen.
Let’s look at the paid and points and cash stays I’ve already had this year:
One night at each of
- Grand Hyatt Singapore
- Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh
- Hyatt Place New York/Midtown
- Hyatt House Denver Airport
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Hyatt Place Phoenix
- Hyatt Place PHX Airport
- Hyatt Place Detroit/Auburn Hills
Two nights at
- Hyatt Regency Osaka
Nine stays, 10 nights so far this year. I need 25 stays or 50 nights to requalify, and based on my stay pattern so far this year, I will most likely be requalifying on stays… if I do at all.
As of now, it looks like I have a good number of Hyatt stays coming up for the rest of the year.
- 3 separate stays in LA
- 1 stay in Jamaica
- 2 potential stays in New York
- 2 potential stays in India
- 1 potential stay in Honduras
So, I have four stays that are pretty much certain, and another five that are less so. With the four certain ones, that brings my stay count to 13, and with the 5 less certain ones up to 18. Even if all of the potential stays work out I am still looking at being seven stays short for the year.
I am lucky that I live in Michigan where we have an abundance of category 1 Hyatt Places, so I could easily mattress run seven stays. The cost to mattress run seven stays at category 1 hotels would be 17,500 Hyatt points + ~$385 (including taxes). Considering the benefits of Hyatt Diamond status, for that cost I would likely do it. I value the four suite upgrades at $100-$200 each ($100 per night), and the breakfast and lounge access at about $50 per night.
Have you ever gone mattress running for status? What is your threshold for it being worth it?
I’ve mattress run in December but typically I try to push all of my travel to just 2 hotel chains. For example two years ago I had 9 Marriott nights, as Hilton had the majority of my business that year. So in December I planned New Years Eve at the JW Seoul to get that Silver status. Not thAt it’s that valuable, but even silver used in Asia will get you the opportunity to get free breakfasts or other nice upgrades.
That Hyatt Place in Auburn Hills is awful. I’m also from that area and stayed there recently…only the Crowne Plaza across the street is a worse example of hotel management.
I actually just stayed at both of those hotels two weekends ago. I didn’t have problems with either one of them. My stay at the Crowne Plaza was really quite pleasant. I was given free breakfast as a platinum on an award stay, and I thought their pool area was pretty nice compared to other hotels in the area.