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Hyatt Extends Benefits to Help Customers – Award Chart Changes Pushed Again, Expirations Moved, and More

Written by Charlie

Hyatt has made new adjustments to the coronavirus situation and this means extended benefits for customers. Find out about the details as well as hotels that are changing categories.

Hyatt has been excellent at responding to the changes needed due to the coronavirus situation. Travel has been drastically impacted this year and Hyatt knows that means people are not traveling as much as they would normally do. So, they keep adapting to this by extending measures to help their customers. Here are the latest changes.

Hyatt Extends Benefits Further Into 2021

Important Dates for Hyatt Points and Awards

Here are some of the important dates to remember in terms of Hyatt points and awards.

  • June 30, 2021 – Hyatt has now suspended the forfeiture of points through June 30 instead of December 31, 2020. This applies to points in accounts that had been inactive for 24 months
  • December 31, 2021 – All unused suite upgrade and club lounge access awards that were set to expire February 28, 2021 will now have an expiration date of December 31, 2021. This will also apply to any unused Free Night awards that were earned this year and set to expire in 2021.
  • December 31, 2021 – This was previously written about but all awards that had expiration dates between March 1 – and December 31, 2020 are now extended to December 31, 2021 as well.
    • Furthermore, all elite status levels and benefits will be extended from whatever your status was on March 31, 2020 until February 28, 2022.

Award Chart Updates

Hyatt had already postponed the off-peak and peak chart until March of 2021 (originally to have been March 22, 2020) but that will now be extended until July, 2021. All current rates will apply for redemptions until June, 2021.

Also, the normal announcement of hotels that are changing award categories will be suspended for 2021 with a few exceptions. There are 12 hotels that are going to lower levels as of October 29, 2020. This includes the following hotels:

  • Stonebridge Inn, A Destination Hotel from category 5 to 4
  • Wailea Grand Champions Villas, A Destination Residence from category 6 to 5
  • Wailea Ekolu Village, A Destination Residence from category 6 to 5
  • Wailea Ekahi Village, A Destination Residence from category 6 to 5
  • Lichenhearth, A Destination Residence from category 6 to 5
  • Parker New York from category 6 to 5
  • Grand Hyatt Vail from category 7 to 6
  • Mauna Lani Point, A Destination Residence from category 7 to 6
  • Wailea Elua Village, A Destination Residence from category 8 to 7
  • Kaanapali Alii, A Destination Residence from category 8 to 7
  • Vail Residences at Cascade Village, A Destination Residence from category 8 to 7
  • The Lodge at Spruce Peak, A Destination Hotel from category 8 to 7

On the other end, there are four hotels that will be going up in the award category list as of March, 2021.

  • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport from category 2 to 3
  • Hyatt House Nashville/Downtown-SoBro from category 4 to 5
  • Mar Monte Hotel part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt from category 4 to 5
  • Park Hyatt Aviara from category 5 to 6

Bottom Line

Do not forget to register for the best Hyatt promo in a while that will also help with earning elite status for next year. I like some of the unique moves Hyatt has made in response to the coronavirus situation and this latest one shows that they are watching developments carefully to make it work for their members.

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


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