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My Crazy Hyatt Diamond Shortfall
The other day I was emailing with a couple of friends who were talking about last minute mileage runs they need to do in order to re-qualify for American Airlines Executive Platinum status. If you read the exchange it would sound crazy to an outsider, but for many of us it is all part of the game. I think we do it partly for the pursuit, but the more we experience the sweeter side of travel that elite status brings, the more we want it.
While my AAdvantage Executive Platinum status is secured for 2016 thanks to the Elite Status fast track and my mileage run to Panama, my Hyatt Diamond status is not. As of now I have only completed 21 out of the 25 required stays to re-qualify. I had three more stays planned that fell through, so now I must make up four stays instead of just one.
Las Vegas to the Rescue
I live in Sin City and thus have a plethora of options for completing these four stays thanks to Hyatt’s Mlife partnership. The weeks before Christmas also happen to be among the slowest all year which mean prices fall through the floor. Of course, I can’t stay in one hotel for the four nights, so it involves a little bit of work, but here is my tentative plan.
- Night 1: Excalibur $56 including tax & resort fee
- Night 2: ?? Maybe Mirage at $80 including tax & resort fee (or Luxor see below)
- Night 3: Excalibur $56 including tax & resort fee
- Night 4: Luxor $62 including tax & resort fee
The rates for Excalibur are less than $22 per night and the Luxor is $26. Of course the $30 resort fee is the real killer, but it still averages out to about $60 per night for the two. I may sneak the Mirage in one of the nights, since I have never stayed and I actually only plan to sleep in these hotels one of the four nights.
I used to live close to the Strip and thus popping over for a check-in and check-out was quite easy, but now it is a bit further away so I will stay one night to make things easier. I don’t know about you, but sleeping in the Mirage is preferable to the Excalibur or Luxor, although I found the Luxor perfectly fine during my stay there earlier this year.
The Points Earned
Assuming I forego the Mirage option and do an Excalibur, Luxor, Excalibur, Luxor combination, I will earn over 1,200 Hyatt Gold Passport points and will also earn 2,400 Southwest Rapid Rewards points (600 per stay.) That adds back about $50 worth of value, so I would say my net spend is going to be $186. Of course I will get to review the Excalibur, so there is that.
Our Crazy Pursuits
When I first started in this hobby, I used to look at people who did crazy mattress or mileage runs and would tell myself that it would never be me. For awhile I held out, but eventually a previous elite fast track took me to Paraguay and instant AAdvantage Platinum. Then of course the Hyatt Diamond challenge gave me a taste of that status and now my pursuit all year has been to re-qualify. A slippery slope indeed.
One thing I don’t do in life is blindly pursue things. I genuinely value and enjoy (something without monetary value) the elite benefits I get when traveling. As I prepare for these four nights on the Strip, I have looked back and determined that it has been worth it to qualify for Hyatt Diamond again. Perhaps I’ll feel differently at the end of next year, but I’m comfortable with this plan and the position I am in.
I had originally planned to do these Mlife stays this week, but the flu prevented that from happening. (I am all better now thankfully!) As of now my current plan is to stay Sunday through Thursday and to add a date night with the wife for the night I’ll actually be spending in a hotel. So a little fun, a little wasted time and another year of Hyatt Diamond. It is worth it for me, but then again I am crazy.
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