Hyatt Award Stays to Count Towards Earning Status + More Good News

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If I were to make a 2018 miles and points wish list of things I hoped that would happen in the coming year, there is no question that a few of the wishes would relate to the World of Hyatt program. Earning top-tier Hyatt Globalist status now requires 60 eligible nights per year and their second-tier status, Explorist, still requires a relatively hefty 30 eligible nights but doesn’t offer nearly the number of perks as the top tier status. In other words, in 2017 Hyatt intentionally or otherwise locked many of us who travel to Hyatt properties regularly, but just not constantly, out of their best perks when the World of Hyatt program launched on March 1st.

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Award nights count towards earning Hyatt status

However, 2018 may look a little brighter for those who enjoy Hyatt as much as my family does, as beginning on January 1, 2018, all award nights count toward earning Hyatt status! This includes award nights paid with points, those with the credit card Category 1-4 certificates, and those with the Category 1-4 or 1-7 awards that come from hitting certain thresholds within the World of Hyatt program. They not only (finally) made award stays count towards status, but they did it in the best way possible without asterisks, strings, or confusing terms and conditions.

Stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek on points and still earn credit towards status

For those of us in the miles and points world, this is huge as I know many of our Hyatt stays are paid for using points and award nights. As I peek at my own 2018 planned Hyatt stays, all of them that are already booked from my account to places like Park Hyatt St. Kitts, Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica, Park Hyatt Vienna, and more are all booked on points. Josh travels a hefty amount for work, so we have a good number of paid Hyatt stays already booked for him in 2018, but being able to use points when we want to save cash without worrying about if we will then still hit the status thresholds is really helpful and does bring the various Hyatt elite status levels more within range.

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180 days to use Hyatt free night awards

Another really positive change that Hyatt is starting with the awards issued on January 1, 2018, the Category 1-4 free night awards you earn when you stay 30 qualifying nights or earn 50,000 base points in a calendar year and the Category 1-7 free night awards you earn when you stay 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 base points in a calendar year will no longer expire in just 120 days, but instead will be valid for 180 days!

For traveling families, having roughly 6 months instead of 4 months to use those awards does make them much more useful, in part because you are now guaranteed to have access to them during a big school break such as winter break, spring break, or summer break since you can’t go 6 months without overlapping with at least one big school break.

I recommend the Category 4 Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica!

Hyatt is making these two positive changes effective January 1st without also announcing some other new “gotchas” at the same time. These are just pure and simple program improvements that they are implementing after listening to customer feedback, so let’s cross our fingers that it is part of a tide of good things that Hyatt has in store for us in 2018.

How will these positive changes from Hyatt impact your family’s travel strategy?

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  1. BOOM! At the risk of sounding like a big ole dork(I am ) these changes are fabulous. Explorist is now a done deal with Globalist a real possibility. We balance our Hyatt stays with cash, p&c and of course pure points. Being able to aggregate ALL nights is a great dealio. As an aside we have over 20 nights booked already with all three methods. Nice to see that all 20 will count.
    This is excellent news. I’m guessing that WOH received a ton of negative feedback during ’17. These “enhancements”(which truly are!) a balance.
    Now if they could improve their footprint……

  2. They lost me when they changed all their beds from the Grand Bed I to the much firmer Grand Bed II. Please bring back the “I” !!!

  3. I’m very excited about these changes and am going to change some of my upcoming p&c reservations to all points. Yay for saving money! I would love to see them bring back stay credits with spending a certain amount on the Hyatt credit card.

  4. This is great news.
    I have two questions:
    1) For the guest of honor benefit- Who would get the credit? The one making the reservation or the person staying there?
    2) During WOH promotions, Paid and C & P nights were counted for elite status. Will all points nights be considered as an eligible night for status?

  5. What a fantastic change! Will this count on 2018 stays that were made in 2017? Last October, we booked a week at Hyatt Ziva Cancun for March 2018. Thanks!

  6. This is Good news. But a practical queation:

    Staying at Hyatt Ziva right now – 6 nights in a row. All on points. 4 separate reservations though, but all under my account. Checking out on Jan 3rd. Does that mean I get 6 nights credited toward elite status for 2018? Or will some go toward 2017?

    • Oh that 1/1 questions are always tricky. I would assume the ones that happen in 2018 count towards 2018, but I’m not 100%.

  7. In light of these changes, perhaps you can direct us to one of your previous posts on how to get into the Hyatt program and get your biggest bang for your buck (including cc sign ups). Thanks, as always for your excellent blog.

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