Hyatt was an early mover in creating COVID friendly policies in 2020, but of late the chain continues their attempt to bring things back to the old normal.
While Hilton, Marriott, and IHG won’t expire points until at least 1/1/23, Hyatt plans on expiring points on 1/1/22 for accounts that haven’t had activity in the past 24 months. That means if someone didn’t earn or redeem points in 2020 or 2021, they will lose their points later this week.
Luckily, Hyatt is very generous in what is considered qualifying activity to extend points.
“If a Member’s account is inactive for twenty-four (24) consecutive months, all points in that Member’s account will be forfeited at that time, but the Member’s account will remain open (with the ability to earn new points thereafter) unless the Member’s account is otherwise terminated in accordance with these Terms. Under no circumstances will forfeited points be reinstated. Active Members can remain active in the Program by (i) receiving points via authorized means, (ii) receiving credits with a partner in the Program for a stay at a Hyatt hotel or resort, (iii) redeeming points (and, if applicable, completing any reservation for which such points were redeemed), (iv) gifting a Program award (in accordance with these Terms), (v) converting points to Partner Loyalty Points (as defined in Appendix B), (vi) purchasing or combining points, or (vii) having a valid Hyatt co-branded credit card, including the World of Hyatt Credit Card and/or World of Hyatt Business Credit Card (collectively, “Hyatt-branded Credit Card”) associated with the Member’s Program account. If a Member redeems points for an Award Reservation and either cancels that reservation or does not actually check-in on the appointed date (i.e., no-shows), that reservation will not count as a redemption of points pursuant to subsection (iii) of the preceding sentence and will not toll the measurement of that Member’s Program inactivity.”
Otherwise you can send over 1,000 points from a Chase card to Hyatt. Hyatt points are quite valuable, so that’s not a painful transfer at all.
But perhaps the least costly way to keep points active is to just send over a few points to another member via the Hyatt points combination form. Just have both members fill out the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to transfer points between any Hyatt accounts for free. Be sure that all of the information on the form matches the information on Hyatt.com or else the transfer will be rejected.
Transferring points will count as qualifying activity to keep both accounts points alive for another 24 months!