My fellow BoardingArea blogger Gary from A View from the Wing has posted that Hyatt is possibly offering instant Diamond status for those who want it via twitter and can prove at least one stay and top status with programs like SPG.
This is huge and an amazing shot across the bow to the other chains and my guess is it will grab a ton of elites since the programs (SPG & Hyatt) are rather similar in requirements and in perks (not 1:1 but many similarities at least).
Plus, since Hyatt partners with Chase card and with some rather large spend (40k) they will give you 5 stay credits and that means you only would need 20 stays to keep your status after 2016 Diamond match year. That is a very enticing offer and I am in.
I reached out and got the ball rolling as I have very little confidence that Marriott will do anything but destroy all that we love with SPG including many of the amazing perks with Delta and AMEX. I hope I am flat out wrong in this but I doubt I am. I expect nothing but pain from Marriott when they slowly, or quickly, dismantle all we love from SPG. I am not waiting as I have been around long enough to see the writing on the wall. I will now wait to see how Hyatt responds.
Almost every blogger and reader I know who is loyal to Hyatt has nothing but amazing things to say about them. I guess, if Hyatt does match me, it is time to find out! Are you, as an SPG loyalist ready to give another hotel chain a try? – René
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