Since Hyatt Gold Passport became World of Hyatt, it has left bad taste in my mouth to the point that I literally gave up idea of staying with Hyatt properties. 

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It just didn’t make any sense for me to try to maintain status with them as things I value the most were not guaranteed called Breakfast and would be charged separately. If I am paying top value and then you ask me for more money for breakfast while I am spending over 50 nights at your property. It doesn’t look good to me. 

World of Hyatt will start counting award stays towards status

As of January 1, 2018, all free night awards will count towards elite status. Up until this point, only cash bookings as well as Points + Cash bookings have counted towards status, while outright free night redemptions haven’t. In the past, Hyatt has claimed that this was due to a technological limitation, though I’m not sure that’s the only reason they didn’t have such a policy.

With just about all of their competitors treating award stays the same as cash stays, it’s fantastic to see Hyatt catching up.

Keep in mind that when the World of Hyatt program was introduced, the requirement for earning top-tier status went from 25 stays or 50 nights, to 60 nights (55 if you’re requalifying). Top tier members often receive at least three free night certificates per year:

Hyatt is extending the expiration of some free night certificates

Not only will all free night certificates count towards status, but the expiration dates of some certificates will also be extended from 120 days to 180 days. Specifically:

  • The Category 1-4 certificate for staying 30 qualifying nights on earning 50,000 base points per year will be valid for 180 days
  • The Category 1-7 certificate for staying 60 qualifying nights or earning 60,000 base points per year will be valid for 180 days

For what it is worth – Hyatt will definitely get 1 stay from me this year. 

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