Hilton was the first major hotel chain (of major interest) to extend their elite status benefits and now Hyatt has followed suit as well with status and benefits being extended for one year.
Hyatt Extending Elite Status – Now Good Until 2022
I have been hearing from people about being anxious about their Hyatt status and I have told them – and believed it myself – that there was not cause to worry. We are just now in the second quarter of the year and Hyatt has been at the front of helping customers since the coronvirus breakout first began. There was plenty of time to make adjustments and Hyatt had assured me that they would make the move when it was time.
Hyatt is Extending World of Hyatt Loyalty Program Benefits
Well, now it is time. Hyatt is announcing that they are not only extending elite status but also extending the expiration fo points and awards. This is all great news for Hyatt fans as it now means that there is no pressure at all to either use those free nights or awards as soon as travel resumes or to worry about elite status. Here is what we know from Hyatt:
We are closely listening to our World of Hyatt members and using feedback to continually evaluate ways to flex the program. To advance care and give members one less thing to worry about during this incredibly challenging time, World of Hyatt benefits will be extended in the following ways for all members globally:
- More time to use points: We are suspending the forfeiture of points through December 31, 2020. As a reminder, our general policy is that points do not expire, but they will be forfeited if a member’s account is inactive for 24 months.
- More time to use earned awards: All unused Free Night, Suite Upgrade or Club Lounge Access awards with expiration dates between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 will be extended to December 31, 2021. This includes existing awards and awards that may be earned throughout this year with a 2020 expiration date. The award extension will be generated by World of Hyatt – members do not need to take action. Awards that expired between March 1 and March 31, 2020 will be replaced with new awards on April 20, 2020. All other qualifying, unused awards will be updated by the 20th day of the month in which the award would have originally expired.
- More time for elite members to enjoy their status and benefits: Status and benefits will be extended for all existing elite members without having to re-qualify. This means that whatever your status was as of March 31, 2020 – whether Discoverist, Explorist or Globalist – it will be automatically updated to reflect a February 28, 2022 expiration date. All elite tier extensions should be reflected in members’ accounts no later than April 15, 2020.
Members will not need to take any action on these issues – they will be updated by April 15 – 20. So, stay home and safe and remember companies like Hyatt and Hilton when it is safe to travel again!