Diamond Posts

The True Value of Elite Status - A Chance at Redemption

Being Stuck in a Bad Situation
If you have followed the previous posts (start at the beginning) about the mishaps and mistakes I made during a recent trip to Peru, you will know that I was stuck in a bad position.  My wife was very upset, I had friends that would be waiting for us at the ...

Hyatt Diamond Challenge is Back and Open to Everyone

My favorite hotel chain has been Hyatt for several years now.  Service at the Park properties are fantastic but even the Hyatt House stays can offer really exceptional rooms.  As seen on Flyertalk.com, a revamped promo has been announced.
Old Status Challenge
Hyatt took away ...

New Reasons to Visit an Old Favorite - Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin

You can see all of my previous posts about the Sha Tin here. Hong Kong is clearly one of my favorite cities in the world.  There is so much to love there, it’s Chinese, it’s British, it’s something completely unique and all it’s own - it’s Hong Kong.  There ...

BREAKING: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Opening Delayed

With an opening slated for May 1st, it looks like Hyatt will have to push the opening of their Bahamas property, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.  There is currently no updated time frame for when the property will open for guests, though a quick check showed that the booking engine at Hyatt.com was not ...

Return Stay: Conrad Algarve - beating itself as the best!

I had the pleasure to return to my all time favorite hotel, the Conrad Algarve in Portugal. My second stay was better then my first back in February! I cannot put into words how great the service is at this hotel! I have to say that I have been a guest at off peak times for this resort in ...

BREAKING - No more Hyatt Diamond Challenges

I have been able to confirm with Hyatt that as of 10/31/14 they no longer offer Diamond Status challenges or status matches. That's not to say that they absolutely won't match again in the future or re-introduce a challenge, but in it's current format, the Diamond Challenge is no more.   ...

Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort - A Review

Hyatt Regency Phuket is a 5 star resort recently built (partially re-built) on a hillside of Kamala, overlooking Rayee Beach which is south of the main Kamala beach. This 199 room resort offers wonderful sea views from almost every room and balcony. 

I was lucky to spend my ...

Good news about Curio – A Collection by Hilton

So looks like good news about the new Curio – A Collection by Hilton, for VIP members, the perks at these new hotels will be just like at a Hilton branded hotel. This means free Breakfast, free internet, upgrades and lounge access at the hotels under the Curio brand. 
Here are ...

Hilton Sorrento Palace (Italy) a review

This hotel impressed for sure, I have become a fan of “off season” travel, getting great rates at hotels that are packed during peak times. This hotel is a great example of how an off-season experience can prove to be impressive.
We arrive by car and parked in the hotels gated ...
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Waldorf Astoria Hotels to Offer Hilton VIP's More benefits?

A source at Hilton tells me that some changes are coming once again to the Hilton loyalty program. My first reaction was “Oh Great!” as over the past few years any changes that Hilton has given us has been less then great, no matter how they would try to spin it. This source who also ...

Great Hotel - Hilton Copenhagen Airport - A review

The Hilton Copenhagen Airport hotel is truly a part of the airport, and is owned by the airport. The location of the hotel is just a few steps away from baggage claim (T3) and also right next to the Metro to the city center. If you are a Hilton Honors member this is your only option in Copenhagen ...
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The Airport hotel to stay away from at BWI - The Hilton BWI

Normally I try to highlight the hotels around the world that treat loyal guest right, but from time to time you run into hotels that just fail on so many levels. As a loyal Hilton Diamond for over 8 years I have become accustom to the standards of Hilton Hotels.
The Hilton BWI airport is a ...

Hilton changes VIP requirements to qualify for elite status.

As of January 1, 2013, Hilton will adjust the requirements to qualify for elite status.

To qualify for Gold status: 20 stays, 40 nights, or attain 75,000 Base Points within the calendar year. (it was 16 stays, 36 nights or 60,000 HHonors Base Points)

To qualify for Diamond status:  30 stays, 60 nights, or attain 120,000 Base Points. (it was 28 stays, 60 nights or 100,000 HHonors Base Points)

All other tier level qualifications, as well as elite status received through Hilton HHonors credit cards and partners, will remain the same.



Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki - A Review of a fantastic Hotel

Impressed is all I can say about this hotel. I have always been impressed with Hyatt hotel’s around the world but for some reason the Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki was one that I will remember more then the rest. I think the main reason for this is the staff, it was clear everyone working at ...

Hilton HHonors Hope Diamond Members Enjoyed the Ride.

Once again I get to write about how Hilton has taken diamond members and bent them over the check in desk for a good screwing. It shocks me how year after year more and more benefits are taken from Hilton’s top tier of loyal guest. To make matters worse Hilton has also added things to the Gold ...