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Hyatt gives their top-tier Diamond elite members four confirmable suite upgrades per year, and they expire on February 28th (Friday). They do not have to be attached to a reservation that occurs before that date, but they do have to be attached to some future reservation by February 28th or they will go poof. If you attach them to a reservation in the future and then cancel that reservation they will also go poof, but that is better in my book than not even trying to use them. Families, more than anyone else, benefit from the extra living space that a suite can provide, so I find these confirmable upgrades very valuable.
These upgrades actually just got even more valuable in January when cash and points reservations were announced since you can use these Diamond confirmed suite upgrades on those rates. In fact, that is how I am using several of mine, including at the Grand Hyatt Kauai this summer on a cash and points rate, which will be a tremendous value. Since we were both Hyatt Diamonds last year, my husband and I had eight upgrades to use between us, and still have one more we need to attach to something by Friday.
We won’t have the problem of “too many upgrades” next year since he didn’t re-qualify for Diamond for 2014 and I very likely won’t re-qualify for next year. In the meantime, we will be thinking hard about how to get some good use out of our remaining expiring upgrade by Friday, and I encourage you to do the same if you have any lingering in your Gold Passport account. Even if he just uses it to get a better room for himself on an upcoming business trip that is better than getting nothing for it (though hopefully we can think of something better than that).
I have seen many folks offer to give their Diamond suite upgrades away, but I’m not convinced that process works very well. Technically they are not transferable, and even when I tried to attach one of my husband’s upgrades to a reservation I had later this year, they insisted I had to change the reservation to entirely under his name to use the upgrade. That was okay since he will be there (though I wanted my Diamond benefits and his upgrade…greedy I know), but this wouldn’t have worked as well if he wasn’t going on the trip with me. So, it isn’t as easy to share these upgrades you can’t make good use of as it is the airline systemwide upgrades that also expire around this time of year.
Just so you don’t waste your time trying to upgrade at a property where it is not permitted, here is a list of hotels that do not allow Diamond confirmed suite upgrades to be used:
Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Hyatt Regency Paris-Madeleine, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, Park Hyatt Sydney, Hyatt Santa Barbara, Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa, Hyatt Regency Wichita, Hyatt Regency Tulsa, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House or Hyatt Residence Club properties or M life Resorts.
All other Hyatt properties should allow you to use the upgrades, space permitting. A new round of upgrades should post on March 1st for those that re-qualified for Diamond status.