Hyatt Paid Me Points for My Expired Free Night Award Certificate!

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Expired Hyatt Free Night Award

Expired Hyatt Free Night Award

World of Hyatt is one of my favorite travel loyalty programs and the only program where I legitimately earn top-tier status just about every year. I find their top tier Globalist status to be highly rewarding when on the road and I appreciate the suite upgrades and lounge access as well.

One of the cool perks of racking up nights with Hyatt are the Milestone Rewards that give you little “gifts” along the way. The World of Hyatt Milestones are as follows:

  • 20 nights or 35K Base points – 2 Club Lounge Access Rewards
  • 30 nights or 50K base points – 1 Category 1-4 Free Night Award & 2 Club Lounge Access Awards
  • 40 nights or 65K base points – Choice of 5K Hyatt points, $100 Hyatt gift card or 10K points off a FIND experience
  • 50 nights or 80K base points – 2 Suite Upgrade Awards
  • 60 nights or 100K base points – 1 Category 1-7 Free Night Award and 2 Suite Upgrade Awards + access to My Hyatt Concierge
  • 70, 80, 90 & 100 nights – 10,000 bonus points or 1 Suite Upgrade Award

How I Re-Qualified for Hyatt Globalist Status in Just 2 1/2 Months & My Lower Value for Hyatt Points

I really love these milestones since you are earning more as you go. It’s nice to get something every 10 nights of the journey. There are a few catches though. For example, the free night certificates earned at 30 and 60 nights expire after 6 months. Thankfully, if you end up with an expired Hyatt free night award certificate you may still be able to get some value out of it.

How to Get Points for an Expired Hyatt Free Night Award

This year I traveled A LOT to start the year and ended up hitting my 60 night tier pretty early on. Time flew by after I earned my Category 1-7 certificate and I just didn’t find a great value use for it.

In the past Hyatt has been generous with some expired certs and allowing an exchange for points after the expiration date. I should say this isn’t part of their terms and is done as a courtesy (thus it isn’t guaranteed for everyone), but I was recently able to get points for my expired Hyatt free night award certificate.

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Success Getting Points for an Expired Hyatt Free Night Award

As a Globalist I have access to My Hyatt Concierge so that is where I started, however in the past the Hyatt Twitter team has provided similar help to me. To get the points for my expired Hyatt free night certificate I simply emailed my concierge and asked if there was anything she could do since I wasn’t able to use the certificate before it expired.

While admittedly I haven’t found the concierges to provide service much above what I could get from Twitter, my concierge did respond to my inquiry fairly quickly and offer 20K points for my certificate! That is the same offer I had heard of in the past and I quickly accepted. I value World of Hyatt points at about 1.5 cents each, meaning these points have a fairly substantial value.

Bottom Line

If you have an expiring or expired World of Hyatt free night award certificate and cannot use it, then it cannot hurt to ask for some points in exchange for it. This worked for me as of about a week ago and has worked for many other people I know. Hopefully Hyatt will continue to be generous with these expired certificates, since it is just another reason I feel their program is a cut above the rest.

Have you ever been able to get points for an expiring or expired Hyatt free night award certificate? Share your story in the comments!

Shawn Coomer
Since 2007 Shawn Coomer has been circling the globe with his family for pennies on the dollar. He uses that first-hand knowledge and experience to teach others how to achieve their travel dreams for the least amount of money possible.

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  1. Any luck with anyone getting points for your expired credit card free night…anyone…

    Debit, Toby F, you should follow the example and take your feud to twitter! (sits back & grabs bag o’ popcorn)

  2. I always found myself with forced stays to use the certificates. I was told no extensions and no point offers. I finally dropped the credit card and cut my Hyatt stays.

  3. Gee, debit got himself treated to worse customer service than everyone else. What a shocker. 🙂

    Shawn, I too have gotten points when I couldn’t use Hyatt free nights in time. It’s nice of them to do that, but I’d prefer they just go the route of Marriott and IHG and make those certificates last for 12 months.

    • I agree. I am glad they moved it up to 6 months from 3, but I totally agree it would be a lot more customer friendly to make these good for 12 months or until the end of the next elite year like with the suite upgrade awards.

  4. They are a bunch of assholes. My certificate expired back in september and i called multiple times. They said they have stopped giving it points for expired certificates. Obviously they were lying.

    They could have said we only give them out to globalists or whatever the eff policy they had. They lied. Multiple times.

    Hyatt you are a bunch of assholes.


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