At midnight tonight Hyatt will kill one of the first hotel programmes that I ever joined, and one of the first where I earned elite status. Looking back over my years at Hyatt I find that I still have my first statement – from 1990, showing that my first ever stay was at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Fort Worth in April of that year.
The awards were pretty decent then – Hyatt awards, plus Airline awards, plus car awards and Cruise Line Partners. At the time all Hyatt hotels were in the same Band making it easier to cash in points. Of course, Hyatt had a much smaller number of hotels then too.
In 1992 I quickly became Platinum and Diamond. Back in those days you could earn airline miles AND Hyatt points. In addition Hyatt gave 300 Gold Passport points if you flew one of their airline partners, and 300 if you drove one of their partners too. Every stay was extra rewarding.
I have been Diamond every year since then.
In 1995 I did 32 stays in a year and crossed 250,000 points earned.
By 1999 I had crossed 500,000 lifetime points, not of course, base points which count towards lifetime status. (That offer didn’t exist then either!)
Fast forward to today, just as Gold Passport dies, Hyatt has just reminded me that I now have earned 925,227 base points – just 74,773 ($14,954) to go to the magic one million. One million is Lifetime
Diamond Globalist status.
Tomorrow sees the end of Gold Passport, the end of check-in bonuses (or a food and beverage amenity), and the end of Diamond and Platinum status. The new scheme, unless you can make 60 nights a year is a big step back.
I want to say ‘Thank You’ to all those members of Hyatt’s staff that have looked after me in the intervening 27 years. I’ll use my one year status as Globalist, matched from Diamond, and see if I get close to 60 nights. Unlikely. I need to wait to see what the Marriott/Starwood combined scheme looks like as I might well be jumping over there.
If you’re Hyatt Diamond now, what plan do you have for tomorrow.