Hyatt Diamond Challenge – Hyatt Regency Irvine Mattress Runs

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Chasing Hyatt Diamond – Enrolling in Hyatt Diamond Challenge
Chasing Hyatt Diamond – Is it Worth it?
Chasing Hyatt Diamond – My Stay Details and Mini Reviews:
Hyatt Santa Barbara – Nights #1-3
Hyatt Regency Monterey Nights #4 & #5
Hyatt Santa Barbara – Night #6
Hyatt Manchester San Diego – #7
Hyatt Huntington Beach Resort – #8
Hyatt Escala Lodge Park City – #9 & #10
Hyatt Regency Irvine – #11 & #12
Hyatt Regency Irvine - Not as pretty as the picture, but I earned lots of points and Diamond status for the year.

Hyatt Regency Irvine – Not as pretty as the picture, but I earned lots of points and Diamond status for the year.

For the last two days of my Hyatt Diamond challenge, I did two mattress runs to finish the 11th and 12th night.  For those who don’t know, a mattress run is staying somewhere for the purpose of obtaining points or hotel status.  We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Irvine on two separate nights.

Why stay at this particular hotel?  This hotel is one of the best hotels for a mattress run because rates are usually low and they have a closed Regency Club on the weekends.  A closed Regency Club means 2,500 Hyatt points! See here for a list of hotels with closed Regency clubs.

For both nights during my Hyatt Regency Irvine mattress runs, I received free parking for being a Diamond member, 1,000 point amenity, and free breakfast at the restaurant.  I paid about $89 each night, which I consider a good deal because I received 3,500 points valued at 1.5 cents a point and free breakfast for two valued at about $40.  Therefore, the total value I received initially was $82.50 for each night.  Wait, there’s more!

One of my nights, I received the wrong bed type from the reservation.  I did not request to change rooms because it was too much of an inconvenience.  Also, during this night the internet was not working at all.   After my stay, I decided to email to tell them that the internet did not work and also received the wrong bed type.  To my surprise, Hyatt was very understanding and gave me 5,000 points!  Valued at 1.5 cents, that is $75.  Afterwards, I read this on Hyatt’s website:

 If the hotel is unable to honor the bed type at check-in, members will receive 5000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points and their room will be changed the next day for the requested bed type.

Therefore, for two nights total I received 12,000 points for Diamond amenity, closed Regency Club, and 5,000 point bed type preference bonus.  In addition, I received the base points at the Diamond status 30% level, points for using Hyatt credit card, and 12,000 point bonus for the promotion at the time for completing 12 nights.  Overall, I would say it was worth it to do these Hyatt Regency Irvine mattress runs.  Read my overall points haul for completing the Hyatt Diamond Challenge here.

Mission completed: Hyatt Diamond Status for a full year.  Started in February 2012 – Status ends in March 2013.  It required some work to require status, but it was fun and challenging.  We were able to redeem all the points for 2 free nights at Grand Hyatt Kauai, and 3 free nights at Hyatt Paris Vendome.  Good luck to all!


8 comments for “Hyatt Diamond Challenge – Hyatt Regency Irvine Mattress Runs

  1. cyclotron
    February 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I have a four night paid stay coming up at the Hyatt. If I sign up for the diamond challenge but do not complete the 12 night requirement in 60 days then can I sign up for it again later? How long will I have to wait between this time and the next time I can sign up for a challenge?

    • February 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      It’s a once per lifetime chance. You might be able to create a new account though.

  2. MaryE
    September 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Rom, Thanks again for the information. Now that I am a Diamond I think I’ll do the following three Sat nights at the HR Irvine. I am also booking through Pointshound to gather further bonuses. So, one night at the HR Irivine –
    closed Regency -2,500. free breakfast, free parking, 1,000 bonus point, base points, and 4 more nights to go for the stay 5 get 5,000 promotion. Oh, and I get with
    150 American AAdvantage Miles – First booking bonus.
    1000 American AAdvantage Miles – Early Adopter Booking Bonus!
    300 American AAdvantage Miles – American AAdvantage Miles

    Not bad for a 109.00 night, huh?

    • September 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Sounds like a great deal at a great rate. Pretty much getting a free stay and more :).

  3. Alex
    May 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    do you have to stay at the hotel for the mattress run to complete the challenge or just checkin and out?

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