So last year I tested out Hyatt a few times when I got in on the free Diamond Match when they decided to go after SPG elites and convince them to change their loyalty to the much much much smaller footprint of hotels worldwide. I had a number of stays and everything was either fine or even a bit better than fine. Then things got nasty.
As everyone knows (or should know) Hyatt decided to decimate the program. I mean, gut it to the point of worthlessness EVEN for those who are top elites. They are trying to sell you on the fact that it has become something wiz-bang-special and much more than “just” an elite program. For most, the high point of the program is this:
Yep! As anyone but a top tier elite stupidly called Globalist you can basically look forward to a bottle of high quality H20 as your perk. That is why in a rather blistering talk at the recent FTU my friend, @laptoptravl coined the term #WorldOfH20 or even the much harsher #WaterBoardist level to mean anyone under what was once simply called Diamond.
Basically all the things you cherished before as a Diamond will cost you a HUGE fortune to get as a Globalist. Even then, forget about being able to pick points as your reward for your stay. And breakfast is reduced even for top elites and club access for me as a WaterBoardist, sorry, Explorist is limited per year. Thanks Hyatt. You are soooooo driving me to want to live my life at your hotels.
The really funny part, after all these horrid changes and devaluations, they have the nerve to send out the above to me asking me to vote for Hyatt for the Freddie Awards. Here is a hint Hyatt, those awards go to those who reward loyalty not those who crush it!
It was a harsh day to see my cherished #SPGlife status drop from Platinum to Gold this week, then again it will soon be absorbed into Marriott that I care not about so I am really fine with it. My IHG Platinum is now short of another equally stupid name of “Spire” elite that I need to get into clubs at most hotels even though the CHASE mailer promised it to me (ruh roh, legal department).
Ya know hotels are chasing airlines down the destroy loyalty toilet more and more and free agency is what has resulted for me for my hotel stays. If Delta is not careful soon that will also be my plan for flying and my latest AA 1st class flight was really not half bad. More about that in a post later this week! – René