Stay Challenges Replace Elite Matches for Starwood and Hyatt

A change in policy discontinues elite status matches for Starwood Preferred Guest effective April 1. The policy to match comparable top elite levels from competing frequent guest programs like Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport and Marriott Rewards is replaced by a SPG Stay Challenge.

Members seeking a fast-track to SPG Gold (normally 10 stays or 25 nights in calendar year) or SPG Platinum status (normally stays or 50 nights in a calendar year) need to email a request for consideration of a “Stay Challenge” to platinum.liaison@starwoodhotels .

The SPG Platinum “Stay Challenge” criteria reported by several members indicate 15 nights in 90 days to earn SPG Platinum elite. Earning Platinum elite status in 2011 through a Stay Challenge or normal stays/nights qualification will provide elite benefits through February 2013.

I haven’t seen any information yet on the criteria for SPG Gold elite challenge.

Source: FlyerTalk – Starwood policy change related to Status Match Requests Beginning April 1, 2011


Hyatt Trial Diamond elite Offer

Hyatt gave away Gold Passport instant Platinum elite and Diamond elite status for most of 2009 and through mid-May 2010 to anyone who signed up in a series of elite promotions or asked for a status match from a competitor hotel loyalty program.

Hyatt eliminated its fast-track elite status promotion in May 2010, seven months earlier than posted for the promotion end-date. In November 2010 Hyatt stopped elite status matches from other programs.

Now Hyatt Gold Passport offers Hyatt Trial Diamond for members with mid-tier to upper-tier elite in Hilton (Gold/Diamond), Marriott (Gold/Platinum), Starwood (Platinum) and Priority Club (Platinum).

Hyatt Gold Passport requires 12 nights in 60 days after starting the Diamond Trial Challenge to maintain Diamond elite beyond the trial period. Normal qualification criteria for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond is 25 stays or 50 nights in a calendar year.

The main difference with Hyatt’s challenge compared to Starwood’s Platinum Challenge is your status is bumped up to Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond elite during the 60 days of the trial offer and includes all the benefits and bonuses of Diamond membership.

Complete the 12 nights in 60 days and your Diamond elite membership qualification is met for 2011 and you will have Diamond elite status for all 2012 and through February 28, 2013. Members report receiving the four confirmed suite upgrades for Gold Passport Diamond elites during the Trial Diamond period.

An additional perk of the Diamond Trial offer is 1,000 bonus points per night on your first six nights of the Hyatt Diamond challenge.

Suite upgrades certainly make 12 paid nights at Hyatt Hotels more enjoyable while working to extend your Diamond membership beyond the trial 60 days.

Contact Hyatt Gold Passport customer service to request Gold Passport Diamond trial offer.

Related Links:

FlyerTalk – Hyatt Tier (Status) Matching Information

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. If I accept the Hyatt Diamond match and successfully complete it will I get 4 suite upgrades in 2011, another 4 in 2012 and another 4 in 2013?

    Or is it 4 suite upgrades for the entire period upto Feb 2013?

  2. I think you will get 4 Diamond suite upgrades for 2011. Not positive though. Others report on FlyerTalk they got the upgrades from past month.

    You will get 4 Diamond member suite upgrades in early 2012 if you meet the 12 nights in 60 days requirement for Diamond elite.

    You will get 2013 suite upgrade certificates if you requalify for Diamond in 2012 calendar year.

  3. Hey Ric,

    Thanks again for the great heads up about the Starwood and Hyatt programs. Quick question: Do you know if you can double dip the spring Hyatt promotion with this Hyatt 60 day diamond challenge?

    I’ll be able to hit the 12 nights over a variety of hotel rooms in the next two months, but I wanted to be sure that I would be receiving the 10,000 point- 5 nights, 5000 points – every 2 nights after for the Spring challenge as well as the 1000 points for the first 6 nights of the challenge together.

  4. @Hans – Confirmed suite upgrades are only applicable to paid stays.

    The question I have though is the fact that Hyatt Diamond members get complimentary confirmed suite upgrades on the two free nights with card membership.

    I see possibility to get Diamond elite trial offer and then enroll in Hyatt Visa and get confirmed suite upgrade on the two free nights offered with card membership.

    chubbuni13 – I see no reason why the double dip would not work since they are two completely separate offers.

  5. Are the Diamond suite upgrades valid for only 1 year? So if I get them in 2011 by when do I have to use them?

  6. The Diamond Welcome Amenity @Hyatt is only valid at properties in the US – not internationally. So that advantage goes out of the window if you are not US-based.

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