EDIT: As of November 1st, 2014, this offer is no longer available.
As mentioned in my previous post outlining the Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program, the Platinum tier offers a variety of benefits over that for regular and non-members, most notably free upgrades and free 2pm late checkout. The normal method of qualifying requires the lesser of five paid stays or ten paid nights at a Hyatt hotel within a calendar year, but there are at least two ways to attain this status for free with no stays whatsoever.
If you have a good credit record and a residence in the United States, then your best option is to apply for the Hyatt Credit Card by Chase. There are a myriad of affiliate sites that describe the benefits in great deal, one of which is Platinum status for as long as you are a cardholder, but the best way to get the card is via the Hyatt website. To get the best offer, you must go to the website of a United States Hyatt and proceed to the booking phase of a mock reservation; it doesn’t matter what room you select; you will not actually book a reservation. Near the bottom of the Guest Information page, the page that comes up after you select a room and rate, but before you actually book the room, you will see the following link describing the special offer:
There is no annual fee for the first year, so in effect, Hyatt is actually paying you to attain Hyatt status, plus a host of other benefits.
If you don’t have a United States residence, or do not want or need another credit card, there is another option that is available to everybody in the world: the Hyatt Platinum Trial. Basically, all that you have to do is send an e-mail to email@example.com requesting enrollment, and within days they will make you a Platinum member for 60 days. If, within those 60 days, you are able to complete six nights worth of stays at any Hyatt worldwide, your Platinum status will become permanent until the end of February 2016. As a special bonus, you will also earn 1000 points for each of the six nights that you stay at a Hyatt hotel during the Platinum Trial.
The full terms and conditions of this offer are as follows:
To qualify for this promotion, new members must enroll in the Hyatt Gold Passport Trial Tier with Offer Code PLT14.
New and current members must contact Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service at 1800.304.9288 or submit a Trial Tier Enrollment Form to firstname.lastname@example.org between May 1, 2014, and October 31, 2014. Upon enrollment, member will receive a trial Platinum membership for 60 days.
To maintain Platinum membership through February 2016, member must complete six (6) eligible nights at any Hyatt worldwide within 60 days of enrollment. Member will also receive 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points on their first six (6) eligible nights within 60 days. Maximum 6,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points may be earned.
Platinum 15% point bonus will be awarded for all eligible stays during the 60-day trial membership period when member chooses points for their stay. If member completes the stay requirements, they will receive a new membership card, valid through February 2016, within 3-4 weeks of qualifying. Membership benefits will be available when member provides their Hyatt Gold Passport number at time of reservation and check-in.
A handy form for filling in the information required by Hyatt to process your application can be found here. It is a simple PDF form, so you will need to fill it in, save it locally, and attach to your e-mail to Hyatt.
As you may notice on this form, there is also a Hyatt Diamond Trial available to take you to the highest advertised tier of membership. This trial is slightly more difficult to achieve and complete, and requires proof of top level status and stays at certain competing hotel loyalty programs. In a future post, I will explain how to make this trial more accessible as well.