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Update 1/1/2022: If your Hyatt awards expired on December 31, 2021, it's still worth checking with Hyatt if you can get points for these awards.
World of Hyatt is checking off another reason for people to love the program. This time Hyatt is helping Globalists by extending awards and/or offering points for expiring awards. While this isn’t a proactive move, a little effort on your part could help you save awards in your account. You may be able to extend them or exchange them for points, rather than making a last-minute “burn it” type of booking.
Eligible Hyatt Awards
Hyatt hasn’t made any official statement on this, but data points abound. See the reports at Traveling Well for Less, One Mile At A Time, and Miles to Memories, to name a few. These blogs — and the comments on them — show that Hyatt is extending awards for some and offering points in exchange to other members.
This applies to the following awards:
- Club access awards expiring December 31, 2021 — eligible World of Hyatt members are receiving anywhere from 500 to 3,000 points per award.
- Suite upgrade awards expiring December 31, 2021 or February 28, 2022 — eligible members are receiving extensions of six months to a year. Note that the extensions will only apply to the awards expiring soon; if you have awards expiring in March 2022 or later, don’t expect those to be extended with your near-deadline awards.
- Free night awards expiring December 31, 2021 — these members can contact Hyatt after the awards expire and exchange them for points. Typically, Hyatt will offer 10,000 points for a category 1-4 award and 20,000 points for a category 1-7 award.
From recent redemption data at AwardWallet, World of Hyatt points are worth 2.22¢ on average. Thus, 10,000 points can be worth $222, and 20,000 points average around $444 in value!
How to Request Extensions or Points
Since this isn’t an official policy, results aren’t guaranteed. Note the huge range of points and range of months on these extensions and exchanges from World of Hyatt. If you are a Globalist and have a My Hyatt Concierge, reach out to them. For others, contact Hyatt by phone or via DM on their Twitter account. There’s also a chat feature in the World of Hyatt app.
Ask (don’t demand) for extensions on your expiring awards. See what you can get to save your awards from an untimely death.
Note that the data points come from top-tier Globalists. The Points Guy reports that non-Globalists aren’t having luck with extensions or exchanging awards for points.
It would be simpler if Hyatt would just do this proactively, but it’s nice that they are extending awards or exchanging for points when people ask. Brands like Marriott and Hilton are doing this automatically — and doing it for members of all status levels. It looks like Hyatt is taking care of its Globalists, but others may be out of luck. Given that many of these awards are expiring very soon, you shouldn't wait to take action.
Have you asked Hyatt to extend any of your awards or exchange for points? What were the results?
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