Hyatt’s Gold Passport program is known to be one of the best loyalty recognition programs out there for hotel guests, and is the Kool Aid for miles and points bloggers such as yours truly. However, I’ve not held their Diamond Status for an extended period of time ever, largely because of my irregular stay patterns with respect to hotels. I’m not a lawyer or a consultant or a full-time blogger, so for me, I did not have a circumstance to do 25 stays or 50 nights to get the status.

Hyatt also has another generous offer to get you to Diamond status however. They will allow you to enrol in the Hyatt Diamond Challenge, which grants you the Diamond status by completing 12 nights within 60 days. You do need to present your top-tier credentials with another competing program to be able to sign up for the challenge. Diamond status is granted up-front to the end of the month where you are expected to complete the challenge, and you do get the upgrade certs in your account as well, which help you upgrade paid stays to suites.

I was on the fence about the status and its utility, however when Hyatt announced the 50% off sale in India, I realised it was a great time to be able to go for the status, at lower pricing than it would usually happen for. I had some stays in mind, and worse comes to worse, I could have quit the challenge mid-ways.

I started with my planned stay at the Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa which was planned for the long weekend in August along with friends. Here is my earlier reviewmy earlier review of this property. I will write another one of the past stay soon, and will update this post. PH Goa upgraded us to a junior suite on arrival. I always love coming back to this resort.

When in Pune, I decided to head to Hyatt Pune to explore the brand, and I loved the personalisation element. Here too, we were send to a junior suite without having to apply a Diamond upgrade cert.

Then, I hopped across to the Hyatt Regency Punethe Hyatt Regency Pune, where I was upgraded to their Club Room. I did not find this hotel very engaging with their customers, but by now I was 4 nights down.

Next, I was back from a long stressful trip, and decided to check into a hotel for the weekend to get my bearings straight. I first headed up to the Grand Hyatt Mumbai and then to Hyatt Regency Mumbai. Both of them upgraded me to the Club category rooms, and at the Hyatt Regency, this was not the best category of rooms ex-suites, so they further upgraded me to the Club Deluxe rooms.

In October, I was over to Kolkata, and I decided to stay at the Hyatt Regency Kolkata. A best rate guarantee helped me with the pricing on the hotel rooms, and the hotel upgraded us to a duplex suite. This was one great stay.

On my recent work trips, I stayed a couple of times at the Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport due to my quirky arrival and departure times. This helped me round up the requirements for the challenge.

However, I did throw in another stay at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, just to be sure about my stay requirements being met, and it was a very good stay, but something I’m still to write about.

After finishing the requirements, I went back to the Hyatt Gold Passport team, who promptly upgraded the status to last till February 2016. I also managed to pick up 10,000 GP points towards a promotion this quarter.

Conclusion: Hotel status is a great thing to have if you plan it strategically, and I am glad to be with the Hyatt Gold Passport program all the way till 2016, so next year I can work on getting in the status via the regular stay requirements maybe.

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A long weekend is an excuse to get out of town, and October 2-6 this year was one of those with a lot of holidays. With a lot of Bengali friends, I’ve heard great things about Kolkata during the Durga Puja season, and it was one of the things on my to do list. So, this year, it was a good time to make it happen.

When I started to look for hotels, I eventually narrowed it down to the ITC Sonar or the Hyatt Regency, which are two hotels I’ve been wanting to go to for a while. Luckily for me, I spotted a very good deal at the Hyatt Regency Kolkata during the Monsoon Flash sale they held a few weeks back. However, the hotel was also selling Club level rooms via Cleartrip for a much cheaper price than their own website, so I was able to make a best rate guarantee claim, and get myself booked into a Club Room for a rate cheaper than the Monsoon Flash Sale rate for base category rooms. As a Diamond member, I’d have anyways gotten upgraded to a Club room, but this was cheaper, so why not.

I wrote to the hotel ahead of the visit, informing them of my flight details. I also requested them for inputs on what to do for Puja season. The hotel confirmed that they would be able to send me a car for airport transfers free of cost. I arrived in Kolkata at about 10:30 AM, and the hotel crew was waiting with a sign of the hotel. He walked us to a Toyota Innova waiting for us, and we were on our way to the hotel. The hotel is situated in Salt Lake City, right next to the Salt Lake stadium.

After about 30 minutes of driving, we arrived at the hotel. The chauffeur informed the hotel about our arrival ahead, and we were met by a member of the front office at the reception. I was informed that they had organised to complete the check-in in the room itself and they led us to the room on the top floor of the hotel. Also, a member of the concierge team handed me over a big envelope with the details of some Pujas in town which we were must visit according to them, a gesture I appreciated. I was also handed out a card to select the Diamond Amenity I wanted to select, and this is one of those hotels which had a large list of items on offer as F&B amenity including wines and some nice salmon, rather than just cookies or something like that. However, two days later, at check-out, I handed them over the card and asked them to credit the 1000 Hyatt Gold Passport points to me, because I was not able to select over the two days what I wanted from the F&B amenities.

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I’ve been spending a lot of time away from home recently, and I just wanted to spend some downtime over the a weekend. However, that was not going to be possible if I decided to stay home because something or the other would have been tugging for my attention. Owing to this, I decided to spend a weekend in the hotels, and I spent one night at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai, and another at the Hyatt Regency Mumbai.

While I’d been to the Grand Hyatt Mumbai a lot of times, I’d never stayed there. So, after a long day at work, I headed straight to the hotel and arrived there about 6 PM. I landed up at the check-in desk in the lobby, where the front desk offered to send me across to the lounge for checking me in. Since there was not much to be done, I asked them to get me checked in the lobby itself. The lobby itself looked roomy and stunning with a massive window front to get in light.

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Like I mentioned in this post, I really needed to get out of my house and get some downtime over the last weekend. So, I decided to check out the Hyatt Regency and the Grand Hyatt Mumbai over the weekend. Hyatt Regency is an airport hotel, while the Grand Hyatt is the suburban hotel in […]

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File this under the section of rants. I’ve been in and out of work trips over the past couple of weeks, and I really needed a break from minding my own business, so I decided to check into the Hyatt hotels in Mumbai for some rest and recuperation. I’ve just checked out of the Grand […]

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After a nice stay at Hyatt Pune, I decided to hop across to Hyatt Regency Pune, the older and bigger brother in the Hyatt family in Pune, which is 1 kilometer away across the road for the second day of my Pune stay. As a Hyatt Diamond, they offer free airport transfers, and I asked […]

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A few weeks ago, Hyatt launched a Monsoon promotion in India, where they offered a flat 50% off on room rates. This forced me to do some advance planning for some of my future travel plans, and I gladly gave them away to Hyatt since it gave me an opportunity to try out properties at […]

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Hyatt Gold Passport is perhaps a very very good program, except I don’t always get to appreciate them because of their limited availability where I am present. Now, Hyatt is back with promotions for the September – November 2014 quarter, a time which is usually packed with business travel. This is a rehash of the […]

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We all live in an ever changing world, right? Plans change all the time, but usually for business travellers. Once upon a time I did not make it to NYC in time because I had a flat tire on my plane. I had to spend a few days after trying to convince the hotel about […]

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I recently found myself on an extra night layover in the Netherlands, and while I usually stay put at the Manhattan Hotel, Rotterdam, in this case, I decided to head to a hotel closer to the airport, since I had a very early morning flight to catch and I wasn’t sure if the railway service […]

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I’m torn here and this is not a good feeling. Sometimes I feel the golden criteria for being a blogger based on BoardingArea should be that you have Hyatt’s Diamond status. And I haven’t had that for most of the 3 years I’ve been around. See, here are the key benefits of being a Hyatt […]

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