Hyatt has been a lone holdout in not counting award nights towards earning elite status.
Starwood started counting them over 6 years ago and other chains do as well.
It’s a day late and a dollar short. They massively devalued their program last year. They wound up practically paying me to get 2 years of top-tier status due to a loophole earlier this year, but the program is now ridiculously hard to reach top-tier status. But more people will be able to reach that bar thanks to this change, so better late than never I suppose.
Free night awards given out for making 30 or 60 hotel nights in a year will also be extended from 120 to 180 days of validity, though as a top-tier elite, I’ve been able to get 10K points credit for each expired tier 1-4 free night.
Will you try to obtain Hyatt elite status due to this change?