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Late Thursday night and into early Friday morning, Hyatt apparently started giving out Hyatt Diamond status to anyone with any kind of hotel status.  At some point, the rules must have changed (once some Hyatt executives got together and realized how many people were applying), it looks like only those with SPG Platinum status were being matched to Hyatt Diamond – everyone else was being matched to Hyatt Platinum)

There are NUMEROUS reports of people being matched to Hyatt Diamond from SPG Gold or other mid-tier status, but others being only matched to Hyatt Platinum

Personally, I got my message late Saturday night …. I didn’t get my Hyatt Diamond status 🙁

The Hyatt Diamond whiners

You might have thought that my reference to Hyatt Diamond “whiners” was to people in the same situation as myself – people who applied but for whatever reason were not given Hyatt Diamond status.

But actually, I haven’t found many people in that situation acting inappropriately.  I think that most people are just confused at the seemingly arbitrary way that things are being handled, and mildly disappointed, the way that anyone would be if they thought they had been given something only to see it “taken” away (while many of their friends in similar situations got it anyways)

Here’s an example of the arbitrary responses from Hyatt – from the reddit thread

I submitted mine first – spg, marriott and hilton gold. Submitted my husband’s maybe 20 mins later. He’s the same but also ihg spire elite. They replied to him first, matching to diamond. Replied to me a few hours later saying they were matching Marriott gold to Hyatt plat. Who knows!

Here's one of the 7 places I will NOT be going since I didn't get Diamond status

Here’s one of the 7 places I will NOT be going since I didn’t get Diamond status

Personally, I am not outraged – I’m just mildly disappointed.  I had already written about the 7 places I’m going with my new Hyatt Diamond status (which was probably definitely pretty silly)

No, it’s the OTHER Hyatt Diamond whiners

whiningActually, the people that I have found more annoying are the OTHER Hyatt Diamond whiners – those people who already have / had Hyatt Diamond status and are annoyed at tons of people getting things that you had to work hard to get.

Which is not to say that ALL current Hyatt Diamond members are being whiny.  It’s totally fine and understandable that current Hyatt Diamonds are a little annoyed!

I liked Miles to Memories’ (a current Hyatt Diamond member) take on the subject – Is Hyatt’s Instant Diamond Match Disloyal to Current Members & Was it a Good Move for the Company?  His take:

Then of course I think back to all of the statuses I hold. I personally hold SPG Gold, Club Carlson Gold, IHG Platinum, Best Western Diamond and HHonors Gold in addition to my Hyatt Diamond. How about all of the people who earned those statuses the old fashioned way? I simply got mine through credit cards and status matches. In other words, I would be a huge hypocrite for being too mad at Hyatt for this

Personally, I think that the effects of adding an undetermined number of Hyatt Diamonds to the rolls is bound to have next to little impact, but that’s just an educated guess on my part.  But I’ve been amazed at some of the vitriol – Here are some comments, either from reddit or from some of my blog posts

Gotta love how so many are upset when their mid level status attained by CC purchase didn’t translate into top tier Diamond! Everyone is so entitled these days. DO the time honestly and then you are entitled!

I’m glad they shut off the fountain. As someone who earns Diamond by staying it’s annoying that they give it out for free. I feel the same way about airline matches. If you want the benefits, do the nights or miles.

Spare us the fake outrage. You likely are SPG Gold and IHG Spire elite because of credit card sign-ups, hardly demonstrating loyalty to any one brand or brands. I would go so far to venture to say that you probably have less than 5 paid stays in either program — combined. Oh, I now see that you “claim” in another thread that you had a combined 11 stays with SPG. Hardly a resounding display of “loyalty” befitting a status match.’Nuff said

So my message to these Hyatt Diamond “whiners” is that you know that if the shoe was on the other foot, you’d totally be doing the same thing!  So stop yelling at people that are doing something that you know you would totally do too!

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