While those lucky MegaDO’ers have been working through their AA Executive Platinum challenges this month, I have been working on a Hyatt Diamond ‘Non-Challenge’ of my own . I did not qualify for Hyatt Diamond last year therefore my Diamond benefits are set to expire February 28th. As I blogged earlier this week, I am headed off to Japan and in particular the Park Hyatt Tokyo at the beginning of March, a few days after my Diamond status was set to expire. Something just didn’t feel right about flying across the world to experience the Park Hyatt Tokyo without those industry leading Hyatt Diamond benefits. As a result, I decided to create my own personal Hyatt Diamond ‘Non-Challenge’. Hyatt Diamond status is achieved through 25 stays in a calendar year, so I did just that…..in 8 weeks.
Two very good things happened during my Hyatt Non-Challenge.
- The discovery of closed club lounge properties in the DC Area through January and February.
- Hyatt launched their 2012 Q1 promotion starting February 1.
Hyatt Diamond Non-Challenge
As a result, My Hyatt Diamond ‘Non-Challenge’ turned into a Hyatt points-earning binger! The details are as awful as they sound. No tricks here. Just a good ole’ fashion daily check in, check out always after a long day of work. Rinse and Repeat for 2 months.
I officially met my target this week with an overachieving 26 stays just as I am headed off to Japan. Here are some highlights of my Non-Challenge.
The Non-Challenge in Numbers
- Duration: Jan 1 to Feb 23
- Stays: 26
- Nights: 26
- 2500 Point Closed Regency Club Bonuses: 17
- 1000 Point Diamond Amenities(Full Service Property): 9
- 1500 Point Diamond Retro Amenities (Full Service Property): 8
- 500 Point Diamond Amenities (Hyatt Place or similar): 6
- 750 Point Diamond Retro Amenities (Hyatt Place or similar): 3
- Q1 Promotion Status to Max Out: 12/16
- Promotion Points: 25000 (I have the Hyatt Visa)
- Status: Hyatt Diamond Status for 2012 and 2013
- Total Points collected: 125,000+
Thankfully the madness ends when I return from Japan. Come March 1st I will transition back to my longer (boring) 3 night Starwood stay strategy and give my new Starwood Ambassador a shot. I will, of course, complete 4 more nights at Hyatt at some point to polish off that lucrative Q1 Hyatt promotion.