I knew that my January was going to be brutal on the road. It performed as advertised and I’m exhausted. There’s still 10 days left and I still have another business trip. Sandwiched in between I’ll need to find time to build two Pinewood Derby cars and help plan a birthday party for my soon-to-be 6-year old son. Here’s hoping February slows down a bit.
To that end, I’m running way behind on laying out hotel and airline elite status plans for 2017. I’m still working on my flight activity for 2016, but today’s topic is hotel elite status in 2017. I went back to review my goals for 2016 (you can see them, too). The plan was to push as much paid hotel stays towards Hyatt as possible, working towards finishing up lifetime Diamond status. I hit lifetime Platinum status with Starwood early in the year as planned.
Hyatt Gold Passport:
I easily re-qualified for Hyatt Diamond status with 55 stays and 84 eligible nights in 2016. I stayed at the following new Hyatt hotels:
- Hyatt Regency Calgary
- Park Hyatt New York
- Hyatt Place Flushing/Laguardia Airport
- Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown
- Hyatt Place Fort Wayne
- Hyatt Place Pittsburgh Airport
- Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-South Side
- Haytt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield
- Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa
- Hyatt Regency Tulsa
- Hyatt Place Tulsa-South
- Hyatt Place Oklahoma City Airport
- Hyatt Place Santa Fe
- Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
- Hyatt Centric Park City
- Hyatt Place Lincoln, NE
- Hyatt Place Omaha
- Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch
- Hyatt Place St. Louis/Chesterfield
- Park Hyatt Toronto
- Hyatt Regency Toronto
- Hyatt House Pleasant Hill, NJ
- Hyatt Regency North Dallas
- Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center
- Hyatt Regency Vancouver
- Park Hyatt Sydney (wow, what a property!)
- Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
- Hyatt Place Indianapolis Airport
- Park Hyatt Vienna
- Hyatt Regency LAX
- Hyatt Place Asheville
- Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
- Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
- Hyatt Regency Columbus
- Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU
- Hyatt Place Columbus/Worthington
- Hyatt Regency Wichita
- Hyatt Regency Jersey City
- Hyatt Place Yonkers
Wow. That’s one heck of a list. I had a lot of travel to new cities because of the Results Junkies North American Tech Tour. It was a whirlwind. I don’t expect to visit some of these cities again soon, so I did a bit of hotel hopping to add a few unique Hyatts here and there. I’m happy to answer questions about any of these hotels. I obviously did a really bad job reviewing them for you last year. I’ll try to get better at that in 2017.
I should cross the finish line for lifetime Hyatt Diamond early in 2017. I’m expecting that will mean lifetime Hyatt Globalist, but with the new changes I can’t be 100% sure. Stay tuned!
Starwood Preferred Guest:
I honestly have no idea how I hit 100 nights in 2016. I mean, I did it, so it’s real. But, wow. If you do the math between Hyatt and SPG, you’d think I was never home (my wife would agree with you). But, I had a number of SPG stays where I booked more than one room for family travel. SPG elite members get credit for up to 3 rooms in their name each night. Plus, I had a 10-night head start because I hold both the personal and business versions of the SPG AMEX card. It’s absolutely one of my favorite credit cards as a business traveler. Notable new SPG properties in 2016 included:
- Le Meridien Indianapolis
- La Posada de Santa Fe
- SLS Las Vegas
What About 2017?
I should have lifetime status with Hyatt locked up early in 2017. I have Marriott Platinum status by virtue of the Marriott/SPG merger and my lifetime SPG Platinum status. The first thing a status junkie would say, “Which new program should I start focusing on?”
I think the answer is none. It’s possible that I have Hilton Diamond again in 2017. I’ve contemplated whether it’s worth making a run towards lifetime status there, but I don’t really think I have the motivation to do so. Lee from Bald Thoughts has me considering a run at Kimpton status.
Here’s the thing, though. I love Hyatt. The new changes are good for me. Top elites will be rewarded more handsomely than before. And, they just deliver on benefits. I never have to ask for a late check-out. I’m upgraded way more than I should be. The hotels are, by and large, very nice.
As a backup, I have SPG Platinum status and at least one more year with my SPG Ambassador, who our family adores. I’ve got a post coming up on that, but suffice it to say he’s already started 2017 out great for us.
So, why would I pursue more status? I don’t think I will. I may be a bit more of a free agent this year, but likely not in the pursuit of more elite status. I still have enough business travel that our leisure travel will use the points I’m earning for free rooms. Stay tuned for better efforts to provide timely reviews on hotels we’re visiting.
What Are Your Hotel Elite Status Plans For 2017?