My contact at Hyatt sent out a short note this morning that Gold Passport will be temporarily suspending its fast track offer to earn Diamond status with only 12 qualifying nights in 60 days. When originally announced it was to be available through April 30, 2016. I don’t think there’s been a change in plans, but apparently some of the IT upgrades being planned will require interrupting the program after July 31. If you were thinking of applying, then do it soon.
We are in the process of upgrading our loyalty management system, and because of this, we are ending registration for the Elite Tier Offer on July 31, 2015. Members can still register for the Elite Tier Offer by July 31, 2015 and will have 60 days to complete stays by September 30, 2015.
Here are the details of the current Diamond Fast Track:
- No competing status from another program is required to qualify for the Diamond Fast Track.
- Gold Passport members must complete 12 qualifying nights within a 60-day period in order to receive Diamond status. If status is granted, it will be valid through February 28, 2017.
- Gold Passport members who fail to achieve 12 qualifying nights but do achieve 6 nights will receive Platinum status.
- If you already have Platinum status, you are still eligible to attempt the Diamond Fast Track, but you don’t get a lower threshold. It’s still 12 qualifying nights.
- Only qualifying nights count. These are typically booked through Hyatt, not an online travel agency, and do not include award nights. Stays at MGM hotels do not count.
I’ve found that my Diamond status is very valuable, not least because I tend to stay at luxury hotels where elite recognition is better, schedule my trips around upgrade availability, and prioritize a substantial breakfast. But there are other people who just want someplace cheap to stay and can do with coffee and a bagel. To the latter group, top tier status may not be necessary.
Also, keep in mind that earning status through this fast track offer is meant to expedite the process for someone who would eventually earn and keep it anyway. If you want status for one upcoming vacation, I’m not sure it’s so practical. You’d have to book 12 paid nights in the next two months just to earn it. Couldn’t you use that money to buy an upgrade that comes with a better room or club access? You can read my thoughts when the program was re-announced before you rush to apply by Friday.