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Mindblown by Hyatt's policy (No retroactive on challenge dates)

Mindblown by Hyatt's policy (No retroactive on challenge dates)

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Old Jul 10, 14, 7:01 pm
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Mindblown by Hyatt's policy (No retroactive on challenge dates)

So I recently just found out Hyatt could do the status match and gives you 60 days of a "trial period".

Little did I know, the 7 nights I was staying at one location was actually really critical to completing the 12 night challenge. Not to mention have a suite upgrade of 7 nights would have been nice

I contacted Gold Passport and they said the status challenge will only start after you intitate it and cannot have it count for the nights you already stayed prior to the initiation.

So if I started the status match on 5/28 , I would only have to book 3 dummy nights locally by 7/28 to get Hyatt Diamond.

But Hyatt said no and is not willing to allow it.

Any suggestions? (Other than take my business elsewhere of course
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Old Jul 10, 14, 7:19 pm
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Never heard of a retroactive challenge. So not surprised that Hyatt doesn't permit this.
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Old Jul 10, 14, 7:58 pm
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If anything, Hyatt's policy is extremely generous as it gives you the status AND the upgrades at the start of the challenge before you complete any of the nights. Technically it is a "trial", not a "challenge."

Lesson learned: If you plan to stay at a hotel for an extended period, look up its loyalty program before you check-in.
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Old Jul 10, 14, 8:16 pm
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They were really stingy about my challenge as well. Can't much blame them though
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Old Jul 10, 14, 8:56 pm
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I think a lot of people are mindblown with the generosity of Hyatt's challenge/trial program (especially compared to other challenge/trial programs).
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Old Jul 10, 14, 9:08 pm
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I think a lot of people are mindblown with the generosity of Hyatt's challenge/trial program (especially compared to other challenge/trial programs).
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Old Jul 10, 14, 10:07 pm
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So since I barely stay at hotels annually other than a full week at HKG every summer, which program should I look into?

I received Marriott gold for being UA Plat.

Hyatt's 20% Elite rate and Price guarantee is a + because I'm able to find a better rate on an external website 80% of the time.

I wouldn't ever be able to even make it to the 25 or 50 qualifying stays a year but am a high CC spender (so I get a bit of perks)
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Old Jul 10, 14, 10:31 pm
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Old Jul 10, 14, 10:38 pm
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So I just completed the challenge, did I screw up by finishing it in June instead of July?
My Diamond status extends only till 2/2015.
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Old Jul 11, 14, 2:29 am
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Doesn't anybody do research before they start these things anymore?

You can repeat it next year.

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Old Jul 11, 14, 3:08 am
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Originally Posted by LIH Prem View Post
Doesn't anybody do research before they start these things anymore?

You can repeat it next year.

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Aren't these a one time offer?

If you can do it every year why would anyone ever need 50 nights?
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Old Jul 11, 14, 8:08 am
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Originally Posted by srodr View Post
Aren't these a one time offer?

If you can do it every year why would anyone ever need 50 nights?
For now Hyatt challenge is annually - obviously may change in the future.
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Old Jul 11, 14, 8:12 am
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Originally Posted by TennisNoob View Post
I wouldn't ever be able to even make it to the 25 or 50 qualifying stays a year but am a high CC spender (so I get a bit of perks)
I haven't looked in a while, but I think the Hilton credit card gives you diamond status if you spend over $40K in a year. If you want top status for the few times a year when you do travel that wouldn't be a bad choice.
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Old Jul 11, 14, 8:23 am
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If anything, it's mindblowing that you expect Hyatt to do this when you didn't look into it yourself. Hyatt already has a very generous policy and HGP are some of the best around.

Try waiting until next year if you aren't going to be staying anywhere until next summer in HKG.
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Old Jul 11, 14, 10:21 am
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Originally Posted by TennisNoob View Post
Any suggestions? (Other than take my business elsewhere of course
Suggestion is to consider why they would even offer a challenge... I'm just guessing here, but cheap freeloaders like you probably aren't the target audience.

Mindblowing that someone would even consider complaining about such a generous offer that hardly requires a thing to qualify for.
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