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Hyatt Doing Status Matches on Twitter! (11/19/15)

Hyatt Doing Status Matches on Twitter! (11/19/15)

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On Thursday, November 19 at 12:43 PM EST, @HyattConcierge sent the following tweet via the Twitter social media platform:

"Looking for a new loyalty program? DM us and letís talk."

12:43 PM EST - https://twitter.com/HyattConcierge/s...97894987767808
2:55 PM EST - https://twitter.com/HyattConcierge/s...31140815450112

Q: What was offered by Hyatt Gold Passport?
A: Hyatt Gold Passport offered a status match for qualifying elite status in qualifying hotel loyalty programs to Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond. This status level remains valid through the end of February 2017.

Q: Which hotel loyalty programs? Which elite status level?
A: As of Friday, November 20 at 12:00 PM EST, it appears that requests with proof of elite status with almost any hotel loyalty program were matched to Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond. It has been reported that Marriott Rewards Gold, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Gold, Hilton HHonors Gold, and others were matched to Hyatt Diamond.

After Friday, November 20 at 12:00 PM EST, it appears that only some top-tier elite status level in some hotel loyalty programs were being matched, for example Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Platinum. There is no supporting evidence that any sort of cut-off date/time was implemented in actual denials. However, this is most likely due to the fact that requests made after the cut-off date/time have not yet been processed (refer to the "How long will it take" question below).

There are a number of reports that indicate being told by Hyatt representatives that there was a cut-off date/time and that the current status match is for SPG Platinum members only.

It seems there have been varied reports around what elite status and hotel loyalty program qualified, which ones didn't qualify, which level of Hyatt Gold Password was matched to, etc. More information should be available on November 24 when it is expected that the cut-off date/time is processed and the wiki will be updated as we have some additional reports roll in.

As always, YMMV.

Q: How does this differ from the previous Diamond Status Challenge or Diamond Fast Track offers?
A: The requirements for the current status match were: 1) proof of elite status with a qualifying hotel loyalty program and 2) proof of ONE stay during this calendar year. This is an outright status match not a status challenge.

Q: How long will it take for the status match to be applied?
A: As of November 24 at 1:30 AM EST, it appears that they have reviewed requests made up to around November 20 at 11:30 AM EST. The initial response was "within 48 hours," but that has since been extended to "within 14 days." Based on reports, it appears that requests are being processed on the weekends and late into the evenings (author note: my status match was processed at 1:30 AM EST).

Q: If I am matched to Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond level, will I receive the Diamond Suite Upgrade awards?
A: Yes. As with any Diamond member, you will receive four DSU awards within one to two business days. These will expire at the end of February 2016. You can attach these to future reservations - past February 2016 - as long as they are used prior to their expiration - changes to the reservation may result in the loss of the expired DSU though. You will receive an additional four DSU awards next year for use by early March 2016 which will expire February 28, 2017. This is no different than any other Diamond member.

Q: If I currently have Diamond status, will Hyatt extend my status an additional year?
A: No. Hyatt is not offering extensions on existing Diamond status. Once again, this is based on reports from the community, so YMMV. Anything is possible if you ask; nothing is possible if you do not ask.

Q: If I previously attained Diamond level status through a Diamond Status Challenge or Diamond Fast Track offer, am I eligible for the current status match offer?
A: As long as you are not currently a Diamond member and meet the other qualifications, it appears you will be eligible for this offer. Previous status challenges should not affect this offer.

Q: Why would Hyatt make this kind of offer?
A: While the reasons can only be discussed as hypothetical situations, the recently announced acquisition of Starwood Hotels by Marriott Hotels and the subsequent disgruntled reaction from many SPG elite members most likely played a role. However, this is unconfirmed and merely speculation.

Q: I missed this promotion before. Is this promotion still active? If so, how do I request a status match?
A: At this time, there is no evidence to suggest the promotion has ended. To request the status match, email [email protected] with a screenshot of 1) proof of your current elite status level with a competing hotel loyalty program AND 2) proof of at least one stay during the current calendar year AND 3) your Hyatt GP membership number.

NOTE: It appears that only new requests from SPG Platinum members will receive the Diamond status match. This does not mean you should not try if you have some other type of status, but you should expect the request to be declined. Again, "YMMV" applies.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 6:15 pm
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Hyatt Doing Status Matches on Twitter! (11/19/15)

A few hours ago @HyattConcierge tweeted to DM them if you're looking for a new loyalty program.

When you do, they offer to match your status with existing program.

Not sure what the official terms are, but probably a good idea to hurry and reach out to them if you're interested in switching.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 6:34 pm
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If you don't have Twitter, you might be able to do by sending mail to [email protected] with screenshot of current competitor status (requires proof of at least one stay)
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Old Nov 19, 15, 6:42 pm
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Sample of message received:

Please email [email protected] a screenshot of your tier status (with at least 1 eligible stay this year) and we will match accordingly (within two business days). Please dm if you require any further assistance. Welcome back to Hyatt!
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Old Nov 19, 15, 8:06 pm
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How are they matching? They have 2 elite tiers, Marriott has 3, so what's the correlation?
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Old Nov 19, 15, 8:50 pm
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I was one of the people that replied quickly - I received the same email - however also a tweet saying they would offer me diamond until feb 2017.

I have sent off my Holtin Gold / Accor Plat today.

Will let you know how this pans out.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:24 pm
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Waiting for Marriott to respond by offering Platinum status to all Hyatt Diamonds...
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:36 pm
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Oh well... this will generate gazillion diamonds that might affect in every way to existing diamonds...
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:46 pm
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Originally Posted by andante81 View Post
Oh well... this will generate gazillion diamonds that might affect in every way to existing diamonds...
Exactly. They need to be clear about how they are doing this out in the open, not via DM's explaining what they will offer in private.

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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:58 pm
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You can see the influx of request now that it has appeared on multiple blogs.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 10:15 pm
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I just sent them a DM I'm currently Hyatt Platinum (via the UA Chase Club CC) and Hilton Diamond. Might switch over some business next year if they agree to match it.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 10:20 pm
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They will probably have 5,000 emails by the morning and likely pull the plug. They have been pretty vague about the what and how ... meaning they can easily change their mind without any bad blood.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 10:23 pm
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What a stupid idea.....and almost insulting to current Hyatt elites who have earned their status.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 10:27 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
What a stupid idea.....and almost insulting to current Hyatt elites who have earned their status.
How is making an offer to bring in new business "stupid"? I don't disagree with the second part but opening yourself up to new customers is a fundamental part of staying competitive. I'm sure they've done the math and calculated that few people, if any, will leave because others got status matches.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 10:33 pm
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What a stupid idea.....and almost insulting to current Hyatt elites who have earned their status.
I think they meant well here. They probably thought they can get their hands on a few dozen ticked off SPG/Marriott clients who spend a lot of money. They probably didn't realize that the blogs will spread their tweet within hours. They will be overwhelmed with DMs and emails by the time they open up shop tomorrow morning.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 10:44 pm
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No problem with them bringing top level elites as long as those levels offer similar benefits, however, being cryptic about it via DM's in twitter is not the right way to do this. On the other hand, most of us probably got diamond via a challenge and then decided to continue keeping diamond the conventional way. A straight up match is a bit of a slap to multi-year diamonds.
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