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Summary of Changes Coming January 1, 2018
There are two changes that take effect January 1, 2018
- Free night awards will count towards the 10, 30, and 60 nights required for Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist status. *Globalist status can requalify at 55 nights in subsequent years.
- Free nights earned for 30 and 60 qualifying nights/year will be valid for 180 days from issuance instead of 120 days.
Hyatt is catching up with other major hotel programs, where award nights count towards elite status. Given Hyatt's comparatively small footprint, this makes obtaining elite status with Hyatt significantly more viable.
The 120 to a 180-day extension on free night awards is a welcome improvement; however, we'd still prefer to have these be valid for 365 days.
It is rare that we get an update that includes all improvements in policy. Typically we get a give and take, but this is all give from Hyatt, and honestly, it is needed.
Source: World of Hyatt
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