[News] Hyatt Will Count Award Stays Towards Status Starting in 2018!

 

Great news for Hyatt elite members! As of January 1, 2018, all free night awards will count towards elite status. All free night awards — whether full award nights on points, or free nights from the credit card, reaching an elite level, or collecting stays across their brands — will count towards status. Hyatt was the only major chain that didn’t count award nights as elite nights. With just about all of their competitors treating award stays the same as cash stays, it’s fantastic to see Hyatt catching up.

When the World of Hyatt program was introduced, the requirement for earning top tier status went from 25 stays or 50 nights, to 60 nights (55 if you’re requalifying). Top tier members often receive at least three free night certificates per year:

  • If you have Chase Hyatt Credit Card (click me), you get an annual Category 1 ~ 4 free night certificate.
  • For staying 30 qualifying nights or earning 50,000 base points per year, you get an annual Category 1 ~ 4 free night certificate.
  • For staying 60 qualifying nights or earning 100,000 base points per year, you get an annual Category 1 ~ 7 free night certificate.
  • World of Hyatt members get one Category 1 ~ 4 free night certificate after trying five different Hyatt brands, and another Category 1 ~ 4 certificate after trying another five Hyatt brands.

Also, the expiration dates of some certificates will also be extended from 120 days to 180 days. Here is the detail:

  • The Category 1 ~ 4 certificate for staying 30 qualifying nights (or earning 50,000 base points) per year will be valid for 180 days.
  • The Category 1 ~ 7 certificate for staying 60 qualifying nights (or earning 60,000 base points) per year will be valid for 180 days.

It now make sense to transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to your Hyatt account since you are able to re-qualify / earn elite status from award nights. I am so glad to see this change from Hyatt!

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