Earlier in 2017, Hyatt completely revamped their loyalty program, even going so far to change the name from Gold Passport to World of Hyatt. One of my favorite benefits of the program, no matter your elite level, is the ability to earn a free night after staying at 5 unique Hyatt brands. Below, we’ll discuss some of the finer points of the Hyatt 5 Night Brand award.
How do I earn the Hyatt 5 Night Brand Award?
This part is pretty straightforward: when you have a qualifying stay at five unique Hyatt brands, you’ll earn your Hyatt 5 Night Brand award. Eligible Hyatt brands are:
- Park Hyatt
- Grand Hyatt
- Hyatt Regency
- Hyatt Centric
- The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
- Hyatt Place
- Hyatt House
- Hyatt Zilara
- Hyatt Ziva
- Hyatt Residence Club
All other brands are not eligible and do not count towards the award.
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Can I earn more than one award?
Yes! You earn a free night for every 5 unique brands you stay at, so theoretically, you could earn this award twice, as there are 13 eligible Hyatt brands listed above. Per the World of Hyatt terms and conditions:
Qualifying stays for a 5-Brand Free Night Award are measured over the life of a Member’s Program membership, beginning on March 1, 2017
How do I use my award?
You can book the award through your “My Awards” page or by calling the Global Contact Center. This Free Night Award is valid for 1 year from date of issuance and must be redeemed for a reservation with a checkout date before the award expiration date. The 5-Brand Free Night Award is redeemable only for Category 1 – 4 Hyatt hotels or resorts and is not valid at M life Resorts. This award is redeemable for 1 free night in a standard room, only when standard rooms are available at the Standard Rate at the selected hotel or resort.
Do Hyatt 5 Night Brand awards expire?
As you can see above, yes, they do expire. You have one year from the issuance of the Hyatt 5 Night Brand award to use it. Additionally, “the Free Night in a Category 1 – 4 hotel or resort award must be redeemed for reservations with a checkout date prior to the expiration date of the award. Awards not redeemed prior to the expiration date of the award will be forfeited.” So don’t put off using it until the last possible moment!
Hyatt 5 Night Brand Award Conclusion
Maybe it’s just me, but until recently, I had totally glossed over this part of the new World of Hyatt program. From my perspective, this is a great opportunity to earn a free night, especially if you stay at Hyatt properties regularly. This promotion becomes even more valuable if you’re able to “game” the system; stay at five “lower tier” properties and get a free night at a Category 4 location. If you want to see more, you can access Hyatt’s FAQ page here.
Did you know about this promotion within World of Hyatt? Where have you used your free night certificate?
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Are the five stays based on a calender year or what?
Short answer: no. Long answer, once you stay at 5 included brands, you’ll receive the award night. It’s not time bound. Note that you can only currently earn two of these awards right now, as there are 13 eligible brands.
I earned one already. I’m on 6 brands total. But some of the brands are like ridiculous. There aren’t many locations just called “Hyatt”. There are very few Hyatt Centrics. I’m not going to Mexico for Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva. Nor would I want to stay at Miraval. So basically, I would need to go out of my way to do “Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, and Residence Club” to get my second award night.
You get a 1-4 certificate. You would not earn a free night at “ANY” hotel. This is not worth going out of your way for
Any suggestions on getting an extension for the 1-4 certificate? Mine expires before I can use it.
They seem pretty adamant that there can be no extensions, but it never hurts to call them and ask nicely 🙂
I assume the five stays have to be paid?
Yes, David. Only money-paid stays count toward earning. Cash & Points stays probably do count, because they are Eligible Stays for other purposes, such as earning status.