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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 email@example.com 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!