Many of you know that my husband obtained Hyatt Diamond status in 2015 with the help of yours truly (via simple match, no stays required). It was a total fluke which is unlikely to ever be repeated again. We’ve spent a good bit of money/points on Hyatt stays due to this interesting development, but I have no regrets. It’s been fun!
And even though we didn’t get a chance to stay at the fanciest Hyatt properties, I’ve helped one of my readers to do so via “Hyatt guest of honor” benefit. I won’t go into details, you can view them here But here is what you can expect if you have a friend with Diamond status, who is willing to book your stay from his/her account:
- The best room available upon arrival, excluding suites
- A special welcome amenity
- Exclusive access to the Regency Club® or Grand Club® lounge, including complimentary breakfast
- An upgrade to premium Wi-Fi where available
- 4 p.m. late checkout
To me, the highlighted benefits are the most valuable ones, especially the free food. Hyatt breakfasts are magnificent, and you will be forever ruined for Holiday Inn Express, I guarantee it.
Are you a serial killer?
So, few months ago one of my readers emailed me and asked if I could possibly use my husband’s Diamond status so he could treat his wife and infant son to a 1-night stay at Park Hyatt Sydney This is one of the most expensive properties in Hyatt portfolio and one I’ve been drooling over ever since Hyatt credit card started offering 2 free nights as a sign-up bonus.
Alas, we won’t be going there anytime soon, but this would be the next best thing. In order to book his stay, my reader had to first transfer 30,000 Hyatt points to my husband’s account. There was one problem. They needed to stay in Hyatt just 10 days from the time I got the email, so there wasn’t any time to waste.
There was another issue. I had to fill out points combining request form with our address and personal information and forward it to the reader. Hmm… I asked him if he was a serial killer and he told me he is not. That was good enough for me. People tend to be extremely honest on the internet. In all seriousness, this reader and I had regular communication over the last year or so, and I had no reason to believe that he was grooming me to be his next victim. 🙂
Besides, he gave me the option of filling out all the information without him seeing any of it. If you gift “guest of honor” perk, you will also have to add your credit card number to the reservation unless your friend gives you his/hers. So my point is, be aware of the implications if you choose to go this route.
We sent the transfer request and the points were in my husband’s account 4 days later. I went ahead and called to book the stay and to my surprise, I was told that my husband would have to do it since it’s his account. Say what? I did HUCA (hang up call again), and the next Hyatt rep had no issue with booking the award stay. All set! I asked the reader to send me some photos of his stay and he was kind enough to do it. Apparently, Park Hyatt Sydney is magnificent.
Living it up in Sydney
My reader said it was an amazing stay and totally worth 30,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points he transferred to Hyatt. I’m inclined to agree. The regular rooms at this hotel go for around $1000 per night or more, and that doesn’t even include the perks he got from Diamond status.
Even though they would never pay that kind of money, parting with $300 (cash equivalent of 30,000 UR points) is doable even for a family on a budget. And these guys definitely don’t fall into “one-percenter” category. Honestly, I would do the same thing. I’m very much a cheapskate, but I also believe in splurging now and again. And if you are gonna splurge, this is the place to do it. Just look at the photos:
An upgraded City Harbour Deluxe room with the view (and what a view!)
Hmm, is it a room or a suite?
The baby won’t remember any of it, but parents will
Complimentary toy is a nice touch
Happy wife = happy life
This reader thanked me profusely for using our Diamond status to book his stay, but I feel like I’m the one who should be thanking him. No, really! I got to live vicariously through his adventure, so in a way, it was a treat for me as well.
How you can stay at Park Hyatt Sydney or any other fancy Hyatt property
First of all, be aware that the rooms at this hotel have a maximum occupancy of 3. So if you have a large family, the juice may not be worth the squeeze. The least “painful” way to get two nights at this property is via signing up for Hyatt co-branded credit card. Here is direct non-affiliate application link.
You will have to swallow $75 annual fee, but it’s definitely worth it to save 60,000 Hyatt points. Apply in your spouse’s name, and you will have 4 nights at a property where rooms go for $1,000 per night. Can’t beat that. You are not eligible for the sign-up bonus if you’ve previously received it within the last 24 months. This card is NOT subject to 5/24 rule (for now).
If for whatever reason you can’t apply for Hyatt credit card, your best options are: Chase Sapphire Reserve (apply in branch in order to get 100K points if you are under 5/24), Chase Ink Business Preferred or Chase Sapphire Preferred. These offers are subject to 5/24 rule. You can use Ultimate Rewards points from the sign-up bonus for transfer to Hyatt program on 1:1 basis. All these cards (except CSR) pay us commission. Thanks in advance if you choose to support the blog!
Upcoming changes to Hyatt program and a possible match opportunity
Starting March 1st, Hyatt Gold Passport will become World of Hyatt (cue ridiculous status tier names). Many blogs have covered the changes already, so I won’t repeat them. My husband’s Diamond status will expire at the end of the month, and we made no attempts to re-qualify via stays.
Doing mattress runs didn’t even enter my mind. While Diamond status has been very good to us, the math just doesn’t make sense. Fortunately, due to upcoming changes, it looks like we will have 4 Club Lounge upgrade certificates that will expire in February of 2018. I plan to use at least one of those certificates at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa
I like the food they serve at the lounge, and the savings on even a two-night stay can be substantial. This resort isn’t cheap on points, but my whole family loves it, and getting free breakfast and dinner (plus snacks and evening desserts) makes it much more palatable for our budget.
There is an opportunity for those of you who currently have Hyatt Platinum status (comes with co-branded Chase Hyatt credit card). According to a post on Viewfromthewing, it may be possible to match to MLife Gold status right now, and then match back to Hyatt Explorist after March 1st. We don’t yet know if this will work, but you won’t lose anything by giving it a shot. Matching to MLife Gold doesn’t cost you a cent. View this page for instructions This is yet another reason to consider signing up for Chase Hyatt credit card right now.
Few months ago I matched my husband to MLife Platinum just for the heck of it (thanks to his current Hyatt Diamond status). We have no use for it, but you never know if it may come in handy in the future. So my advice is to just go ahead and do it while you still can. Who knows, you may get those 4 Club Lounge certificates after all. Winning?
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.