Hyatt Qualifying Nights Include Free Night Awards

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Hyatt qualifying nights include free night awards, which means earning World of Hyatt Explorist and World of Hyatt Globalist status should be easier. As of January 1, 2018, free night awards including those using World of Hyatt points in addition to the free night awards after staying 30 or 60 nights a year, will now count toward status.

Hyatt Qualifying Nights Include Free Night Awards
  • 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.
  • We’re 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.
    • 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

Hyatt Qualifying Nights Include Free Night Awards

With this change, all nights count toward World of Hyatt elite status, meaning those booked with cash, Points + Cash, and now World Of Hyatt Free Night awards (both those using points, as well as specific Free Night awards earned).

As a reminder, you can earn World of Hyatt elite status by the following:

  • Explorist: Achieve status after completing 30 qualifying nights or earning 50,000 Base Points or holding 10 qualifying meetings/events per calendar year.
  • Globalist: Achieve status after completing 60 qualifying nights or earning 100,000 Base Points or holding 20 qualifying meetings/events per calendar year.

As a reminder, Hyatt is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio, meaning if you were to transfer over your Chase points and book Hyatt awards, these would then qualifying for status.

If you really want to earn World of Hyatt Globalist status, you could potentially redeem 60 nights at Category 1 hotels for a total of 300,000 World of Hyatt points, and earn their top-tier status without paying for a single night at Hyatt.

Overall, this is a positive change for World of Hyatt members, as qualifying for elite status just got a whole lot easier. For comparison, most of the other chains allow for free night stays on points to count towards elite status, so it’s nice to see Hyatt implement this as well.

Feel free to share your thoughts below about this latest benefit change from Hyatt.


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