The Easy Way to Get Hyatt Diamond Status (for up to 2 years) with Status Challenge

Updated on December 14, 2023

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There is an easy way to get the Hyatt's highest status, Diamond, for up to 2 years, which gets you lots of valuable perks.  Lucky recently did an excellent post on attaining Hyatt Diamond status through a status challenge.  The short version is:  you need to complete stay 12 eligible nights within a 60 day period.

What do I need to qualify for a Status Challenge?

What’s interesting is that you only need Gold status with Hilton or Marriott in order to qualify for a status challenge invite.

How do I get Gold status?

Gold status with Marriott is impossible for the average Joe, so I am not going there.  However, Gold status with Hilton is easily attained simply in one of two ways:

1) Being a cardholder of the Citi Hilton Reserve credit card.  If you do not have the Citi Hilton Reserve card, sign up here .  For a $95 annual fee, it comes with Gold Status, 2 free weekend nights at any Hilton in the world with a minimal spend requirement and also a bonus free weekend night on your card-member anniversary date after you spend $10,000 within the card-member year. 

2) Getting a premium membership at (currently sold out, but was $59 – see my post about this here)

Once you get Gold status with Hilton, email Hyatt ( to request for a Diamond challenge.  Clearly you should initiate the challenge prior to a big vacation coming up where you were planning to stay at a Hyatt property anyway.  For completing the 12 nights, you can either pay for the stay with cash OR pay using cash and points.  If you happen to be travelling for work for 12 nights during this 60 day period, you are all set.  Cash and points will generally be the better value since this is an eligible rate, meaning you can apply one of your four diamond suite upgrades and earn additional Hyatt points on the cash portion of your booking.

I dont have any Hyatt Points, now what?

Don’t have any Hyatt points? No sweat – Chase Ultimate Rewards transfers 1:1 to Hyatt.  If you don’t have any Chase cards that earn Ultimate Rewards, consider signing up for the Chase Ink Plus, Chase Bold, Chase Preferred cards.  Read my latest top 5 credit card post for current links and offers.

How can I get Diamond status for 2 years (through Feb 2016)?

If you really want to max out on this deal, you can initiate the Diamond challenge after April 2014, so that your Diamond status will be valid until Feb 2016!  If you initiate the Diamond challenge prior to May 2014, you will only get Diamond status until Feb 2015.  You run the risk of Hyatt potentially not offering the challenge after April 2014, but if history serves as proof, it’s a low risk.

According to comments on Lucky’s posts, one person forked out $550 for 12 nights at a hotel but didnt actually stay.  Hyatt Diamond status can be worth thousands (upgrades, 4 annual diamond suites nights awards, free breakfast & wifi, the elite rate (20% off the regular room rate), more points), especially if you get 2 years worth of status.  Lucky discusses these benefits in his post.


To summarize, here are the step by step instructions:

Step 1: Sign up for Citi Hilton Reserve – this will automatically give you Hilton Gold status (skip if you already have Hilton Gold status) – Link 

Step 2: Email Hyatt ( to initiate Diamond challenge – I recommend you do this step prior to an upcoming vacation where you were planning to stay at Hyatt anyway and after April 2014

Step 3: Complete 12 eligible nights within 60 days.  Cash and points are considered eligible nights and best bang for your buck.

Step 4: If you do not have any Hyatt points to use for ‘cash and points' redemptions, transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards at 1:1 ratio to Hyatt

Step 5: If you do not have Chase Ultimate Rewards, sign up for one of the Chase cards that have 40k-50k sign up bonuses


Thank you AA for this post.


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  1. If you want to be a real dirtbag… Say you have park Hyatt Paris coming up in march 2014. You can start the diamond challenge now. When you show up in Paris you get all the perks of the diamond member. Come April you simply lose your status, reaping the benefits of a diamond for the prior 60 day period.

  2. Well done to the person who found a Hyatt hotel for $45 per night for 12 nights.
    Can it be any hotel in the Hyatt family that counts towards one’s stays?
    Can you recommend the best website to use that checks all the Hyatt-brand of hotels in a location?

    • All Hyatt hotels count. MGM hotels do not even though website says MGM counts towards elite status. I’ll be soon writing about Hyatt corporate discount codes which may be of use to you.

    • In response to your last question, I would just use Hyatt’s website to find all the Hyatt brands. I also use Kayak – if you type “hyatt” in the hotel name search box it will give you an option “All Hyatt brands”.

  3. US people should have 100 nights or 50 qualified stays. You guys have rates that are 4 times lower then EU.

    • I hope not but I suspect many award programs, both airline and hotel, will be moving towards revenue based awards, following Delta’s footsteps.

      • It is not fair people staying in hyatt places for 80 bucks a night compared to a EU citizen staying at park, grand or andaz for 450 bucks a night. They should make it harder for those people.

  4. Are you going to post any updated information regarding Hyatt? This information is all for 2014

    Thank you and I do enjoy reading this information as well.

    Thank you
    Mary S.

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