Hyatt Delays Award Chart Changes, Plus a New Bonus Journeys Promotion Now
Hyatt has announced some updates for World of Hyatt members and has also released a preview of an upcoming Bonus Journeys Promotion. Hyatt will delay the introduction of peak award pricing until later this year, extending the suspension on points forfeiture and beginning next month, members will have an opportunity to earn triple points. Let’s see the details.
Update: World of Hyatt members can register to start earning triple points on stays of two or more qualifying nights from July 20 through September 15, 2021, at over 1,000 locations worldwide. To register please visit hyatt.com/bonusjourneys. Also see more details below.
Award Chart Changes
World of Hyatt was set to make changes to it award chart last year and introduce peak and off-peak pricing. But plans were delayed because of the pandemic. The planned changes were as follows:
- Off-peak – Starting at 3,500 points per night – the best value when hotels are less busy
- Standard – Stays the same, starting at 5,000 points per night – the most common rate
- Peak – Starting at 6,500 points per night – when hotels are busiest
Hyatt told us that they are further postponing the introduction of Off-Peak and Peak point redemption until mid-October 2021. You will be able to book with the current award chart through March of next year. Starting mid-October, members will start to see Off-peak and Peak pricing for stays in March 2022 and beyond.
Hyatt is extending the suspension on points forfeiture. Previously suspended through June 30, 2021, Hyatt is further suspending the forfeiture of points through December 31, 2021.
As a reminder, the general policy is that points do not expire, but they will be forfeited if a member’s account is inactive for 24 months. As a result of the extensions, this means that any member without qualifying activity for 24 or more months as of December 31, 2021 will forfeit their points in January 2022.
Bonus Journeys Promotion
Hyatt is welcoming back guests with a new promotion that can earn you extra points for your stays. Beginning July 7, 2021, members can register for this promotion. Once registered, World of Hyatt members globally can earn triple points on every stay of two or more qualifying nights completed July 20 through September 15, 2021, at over 1,000 locations around the world, including;
- Participating Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide across 19 brands such as Thompson Hotels, Grand Hyatt hotels, Andaz hotels, JdV by Hyatt hotels, and Hyatt House hotels.
- Participating M life Rewards destinations, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) hotels and Lindblad Expeditions.
Members will receive more information on July 7 when registration launches.
- Members have more time to redeem their awards: All unused Suite Upgrade and Club Lounge Access awards that had February 28, 2021, expiration dates have been extended through December 31, 2021. In addition, all unused Free Night awards that were earned in 2020 with 2021 expiration dates have been extended to December 31, 2021. This gives members more time to take advantage of any unused awards before the end of year!
- Members can earn elite status twice as fast in 2021: Requirements for earning elite tiers in 2021 have been lowered by 50%. This means that members are able to qualify or requalify for elite status with half the Tier-Qualifying Nights or Base Points normally required.
- Up to 25% Discount or Free Night for Summer Stays