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I first became a Hyatt Diamond member the same year I started this site, in good old 2011. At that time I signed up for my first MegaDo frequent flyer junkie trip and dove head-first not only into the miles and points and blogging worlds, but also into the world of elite status perks. I had achieved some lower level elite statuses before that, but this was my first time to sit at the top of the elite benefits pecking order. To the best of my recollection, think my first Hyatt Diamond status came as a very generous by-product of staying at all of the Hyatt host hotels on that particular MegaDo trip.
Very quickly after putting those Hyatt Diamond perks into action I was hooked and I had to have more. I earned Diamond status the old fashioned way the following year with 25 eligible stays. My husband then did the same, so he would have the perks on his work trips without me. We very quickly became a full-fledged Hyatt family thanks to the comfortable, fun, and well thought out properties, the full included Diamond breakfasts (often available via room service!), the club lounges, the bonus points promotions, the confirmed Diamond suite upgrades, and more.
Hyatt is great all by itself. Hyatt Diamond status took the whole experience well over-the-top. I may not have gotten in during the “Faster Free Nights” era when you could quickly rack up award nights, but I was more than happy with what the program had to offer my family and me for the past several years.
So on this last day of the Hyatt Gold Passport program, allow me to join some others who beat me to it (here and here) by reliving some of my favorite Hyatt Diamond moments made possible by the Hyatt Gold Passport program. There may be some other hotel points worth a bit more, or promotions that are a bit more lucrative, but there is no loyalty program that has consistently treated us better than Hyatt Gold Passport.
The every-bit-as-good-as-the-hype Park Hyatt Paris Vendome room service breakfast that would have cost an astronomical 100 Euros for two, but for us didn’t cost a dime.
The traditional Japanese breakfast at the Park Hyatt Tokyo.
The complimentary nightly Diamond drink in the Park Hyatt Tokyo “New York Bar” that is indeed Lost in Translation brought to life.
The slope side room service breakfast at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.
The over-the-top buffet breakfast and juices at the Andaz Maui (especially the first year or so the property was open).
Our confirmed suite upgrades at the Andaz Fifth Avenue in the Splash Suite with the huge bathtub that my daughter was drawn to both as a two year old, and again as an almost-seven-year-old. Seeing her literally grow up through the years in photos captured at various Hyatt properties is pretty special to us as Hyatts have served as a backdrop for a large part of her traveling story.
Speaking of suite upgrades, I can’t leave out our confirmed two story suite at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun. That suite was great by itself, but extra special as that trip couldn’t have turned out better or come at a better time for our family.
I also loved the “double-wins” when a Regency Club was closed so you received not only 2,500 Gold Passport points for the inconvenience, but also full service sit-down breakfast. Hyatt Lost Pines during the off-season did well very well for us in this regard.
We saved a bushel on breakfasts, snacks, drinks, and even light suppers thanks to Regency Club access. We have saved so much money at Hyatt properties with Club lounges such as Hyatt Lost Pines, Grand Hyatt Washington DC, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Grand Hyatt Kauai (I swear everyone in that lounge was there thanks to points!), Hyatt Regency Maui, Grand Hyatt New York, Hyatt Regency Churchill, Hyatt Regency Aruba and many, many more.
The valuable 1,000 check-in Diamond amenity bonus points or the food and beverage amenity that was sometimes pretty unique and valuable. For example, the Diamond cabana amenity at the Grand Hyatt Kauai was absolutely worth going for instead the the usual 1,000 points as it was valued at about $50 and will certainly be missed on our next visit!
The “surprise and delight” Diamond moments like getting 10,000 bonus points when we reached 50 unique properties, surprise suite upgrades such as my recent one at Hyatt Centric Park City, or the milk and cookies sent to my kids at bedtime at the Grand Hyatt Washington. It wasn’t always the big things either, but little things like being told at a Hyatt Place to just grab a bottled drink or snack for free since we were “Diamond members”. Hyatt knows how to make you feel special, even when it is totally unnecessary and undeserved.
To me Hyatt has never been just a place to stay, and as such Hyatt Diamond status was never just something to have and forget about. Hyatt properties have been vacation destinations to us all by themselves and Hyatt employees have gone above and beyond just because that is who they are and what they do. The Hyatt Gold Passport program and Hyatt Diamond status has made all of that even better, sweeter, and more rewarding.
As of tonight the Hyatt Gold Passport program is no more, and tomorrow morning the World of Hyatt will have arrived. I don’t particularly love change, but I trust Hyatt to keep things just as special as before, albeit with some different requirements and benefits along the way. Some things I loved will go away such as the Diamond check-in amenities and the bonuses for closed clubs, but some perks will be enhanced. Some of these enhancements for Globalists will include an increased number of waived resort and parking fees and potentially even more space available suite upgrades.
Thanks for the memories Hyatt Gold Passport, and for truly spoiling us along the journey!
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