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Hyatt is Offering Straight Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond Status Matches to Starwood SPG Elite Members!

Expiration Date – February 29, 2016

Late in 2015, Hyatt made an informal announcement via Twitter offering Hyatt Gold Passport Elite status to those who had Elite status with another competing hotel company. 

The demand was overwhelming and the results were inconsistent leaving many disappointed. Some of the lucky were matched to Diamond in the first few days of the offer. For the rest of 2015, Starwood SPG Elite members were granted either Platinum or Diamond Hyatt Gold Passport status and some, but not all, with Hilton, Marriott or IHG Elite status were offered only Gold Passport Platinum status even if they were top tier with a competitor.

Hyatt has formalized their status match offer, which now only applies to Starwood SPG Gold and Platinum Elite members. Hyatt is offering straight status matches to Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond Elite status through February 28, 2017.


In the past, Hyatt has offered Diamond status match challenges requiring a certain number of qualified nights to achieve Elite status (typically 12 qualified nights in 60 days). In fact, that is how I got my Diamond Elite status with Hyatt and it has been incredibly rewarding.

A straight status match not requiring any Hyatt stays is generous and unusual so it’s a great time to consider a switch to Hyatt if you currently hold SPG Elite status.

Here are the Hyatt Gold Passport enrollment requirements:

  • If you are SPG Gold with at least 1 qualified SPG stay from January 1, 2015, through February 29, 2016, you will enjoy Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum

  • If you are SPG Platinum with at least 1 qualified SPG stay from January 1, 2015, through February 29, 2016, you should enjoy Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond (most applying are receiving Diamond with at least 1 stay but the latest offer mentions a 20-stay requirement to be matched to Diamond)

  • Until February 29, 2016, you have the opportunity to either call your favorite Hyatt hotel’s sales department to request to have your SPG status matched or may alternatively try emailing to make the request

  • You will be asked to provide a copy of your SPG statement that clearly reflects your current SPG status and number of stays in 2015 and 2016

Platinum with Hyatt Gold Passport usually requires five eligible stays or 15 eligible nights and rewards you with perks very similar to SPG Gold status. Alternatively, if you have the Chase Hyatt Visa card you will be granted Platinum status for as long as you hold the card.

Gold Passport Diamond status on the other hand is incredibly rewarding and more challenging to achieve usually requiring 25 eligible stays or 50 eligible nights in a calendar year, so this status match is a very generous offer.

If you are successful in your match to Diamond status, you will be rewarded with immediate Gold Passport Diamond status and benefits valid through February 28, 2017, plus four suite upgrades.

Diamond status includes these benefits:

  • 4 additional suite upgrades awarded on March 1, 2016

  • A 30% bonus on Gold Passport base points earned

  • An upgrade to the best room available upon arrival, excluding suites

  • Access to the Regency Club or Grand Club lounge and in hotels without a club, enjoy daily complimentary breakfast for up to 4 registered guests per room

  • Complimentary premium Internet access where available

  • 4 p.m. check-out when available

  • Bonus points or a food and beverage amenity at check-in

  • 2 complimentary one-time-use United Club passes each year

  • And for the rest of 2016, Diamond benefits can now be extended to your friends and loved ones when you book them a room using your Gold Passport points with Hyatt’s Guest of Honor

The Wrap-Up:

If you have either Starwood SPG Gold or Platinum Elite status, you have nothing to lose by making an attempt to go for Hyatt Gold Passport Elite status with this very generous offer!

And since Hyatt has been known to reward Platinum status pretty easily, if you hold Elite status with Marriott, Hilton or IHG, it doesn't hurt to ask for a status match to Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum if you are interested. 

If you are awarded Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond status, go ahead and tell us all about it with a nice note on Facebook and Twitter!

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Remember, you must either reach out to your favorite Hyatt hotel’s sales department to request to have your status matched or may alternatively try emailing to make the request. 

Since no offer page exists for this offer, we have linked you to the Gold Passport page listing the benefit at each Elite status level.