A few days before the new year, World of Hyatt announced some fantastic program changes. One of these changes was that starting in 2018, World of Hyatt free night stays count towards earning status. That means that when you redeem a free night certificate or points for a stay, that night will count towards the requirement for Discoverist, Explorist, and Globalist status.
This was really a case of Hyatt playing catch up with their competitors, as Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, etc., all offer elite credit on award stays. With Hyatt’s smaller global footprint (meaning that it takes more effort to be loyal to Hyatt), it was long overdue that they made this change.
This policy only formally kicked in as of January 1, 2018, though Hyatt is doing something really classy. World of Hyatt members are reporting that they’re getting emails indicating that award nights are being counted retroactively, for 2017.
Specifically, Hyatt has tier awards above Globalist status — when you stay 70, 80, 90, or 100 qualifying nights in a year, at each milestone you can choose whether you want an additional 10,000 points or an additional confirmed suite upgrade.
Those who would have reached an additional milestone if award nights counted are reporting receiving an email along these lines:
Thank you for letting World of Hyatt be part of your travels and the unforgettable memories you’ve created.
We understand every night matters. That’s why we recently announced nights on free night awards will now count as tier-qualifying nights. Plus, they will count toward achieving more rewards when you complete 70, 80, 90 or 100 qualifying nights in a calendar year.
In appreciation of your loyalty, your nights on free night awards in 2017 will count toward more rewards. With your free night award nights and your other eligible nights in 2017, we’re excited to let you know you achieved one of these milestones. You will soon receive an email to choose your reward–a suite upgrade award or 10,000 Bonus Points.
Note that this isn’t a published policy, so there’s no guarantee everyone who would be eligible will receive an email. This also seems to be helping those who would have earned or requalified for status if award nights had counted, so I’m seeing reports of people being upgraded from Discoverist to Explorist, from Explorist to Globalist, etc.
Well done, Hyatt! I’m very impressed by what they’ve been doing with the program the past few weeks. This is a lovely gesture of goodwill.
Did you benefit from Hyatt retroactively crediting elite nights for 2017 awards?