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In the miles and points world we’re so used to devaluations, I feel like we don’t even know what to do when a brand gives us GOOD news.  What is the opposite of devaluation?  Anti-devaluation? Envaluation?  Revaluation? Just plain old Valuation? 😛

2 positive changes from Hyatt

  • Hyatt announced yesterday that starting January 1, 2018, all nights on free night awards (award stays, credit card free nights, and free nights from stays) will count toward tier status.
  • Also the validity dates for the following free night awards are being extended. Starting with those issued January 1, 2018, you can use them up to 180 days for issuance.  This applies to both
    • 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

When I interviewed Jeff Zidell, the (then) VP of Loyalty at Hyatt back in December 2016, he mentioned that they were going to continue looking for changes / enhancements to the World of Hyatt program and one thing that they specifically mentioned was award nights counting towards tier status.  He specifically mentioned that

I think award nights counting toward tier (status) is a good thing

He also said that they had been looking at that even before the introduction of World of Hyatt but weren’t able to make it happen at the launch time.  I guess now’s the time! 😀

The negative spin

Of course if you want to be negative about it, you could point out that this doesn’t put you too much further ahead than before the change from Hyatt Gold Passport to World of Hyatt, since now you need 60 nights or top-tier Globalist status instead of 30 for Hyatt Diamond.

Still, I view this as a pretty positive change from Hyatt – what about you?


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