I’ve been a Hyatt Diamond for a while. At one point, I spent 1/6th of my year in a Hyatt.
Interestingly, the new Hyatt changes ask you to do just that to continue with top status on Hyatt.
It is now more difficult to qualify for top status (especially if you qualified on stay credits), but the benefits are a little better. I’m not going to go too much into it but read the post above for details.
In years where I didn’t travel as much as that time I spent 1/6th of my year in a Hyatt, I used stay credits to my advantage. I tended to stay in areas that have Hyatts clustered together–Chicago, Charleston, San Francisco–so I was able to use hopping hotels to my advantage.
I also maximized the budget for my company. I moved based on changing rates, and only moved if it was improving my situation.
Last year, I had multiple things happen (not so good things, unfortunately), that affected my travel. I canceled a lot of planned trips and did not volunteer for work travel until the end of the year.
So I came up very short for Hyatt status for the first time since I started staying at Hyatts. (I had done a status match with my status from another hotel chain, so I’ve actually never stayed at a Hyatt without status as an adult).
I considered going for it at the end of last year, especially since Hyatt had an especially generous points promo going on. I did a calculation, and when you consider the value of the points I’d be earning paired with a really great cash and points opportunity by my house, I would have broken pretty even. I had a long work stay at a Hyatt, so that already started me down the road towards this generous promo.
I would have hit Hyatt Globalist status for 2017.
But then, speaking candidly, my friend passed away, and that really took the wind out of my sails for a lot of things and made the game of chasing travel goals feel empty.
So I didn’t go for it.
But one blog post stayed in the back of my mind–Mommy Point’s story called The Last Great Mattress Run.
In fact, her method gets you both status for 2017 (if you didn’t qualify for it already) and status for 2018–all with 25 stays.
It’s a little bit crazy. Okay, okay, it’s a lotta bit crazy. But it’s a relatively simple way to get top Hyatt status for two years.
Mommy Points does the math as to whether or not it is worth it in her post. I’ll be honest. I didn’t do the math.
I’m doing the run for a different reason. I’m not necessarily looking to come definitely ahead financially. I’m motivated by a few things.
- I’d like to experience this status in practice (and unless work travel goes up again, it’s probably my only chance).
- Planning it out and going for it seems like a fun game.
- I think it’ll put the wind back in my sails.
I think #3 is my biggest motivator.
I’m going to go through all 25 stays, blogging along as I do. And let’s see if I make it.
I think I will. And I can’t wait to see what Globalist is like. Even if it makes me crazy.