Various other hotel groups (such as SPG) permit award stays to count toward elite status. Despite vehement pleas, World of Hyatt has never allowed free night awards to count.
UNTIL NOW that is –
World of Hyatt has announced that:
starting January 1, 2018, all nights on free night awards will count toward tier status. You can now earn elite status and additional benefits faster
This is great news, and maybe . . . just maybe, I’ll be able to retain Globalist status after February 2019!
It’s time to start booking some more award stays!
In other news . . .
World of Hyatt has also announced that they are extending the validity dates for the following free night awards – – starting with those issued January 1, 2018, you can use them up to 180 days for issuance.
These free nights are as follows:
- Free night in Cat 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort when you stay 30 qualifying nights or earn 50,000 Base Points in a calendar year
- Free night in Cat 1-7 Hyatt hotel or resort when you stay 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 Base Points in a calendar year
Thank you Hyatt and Happy New Year!