Mlife to Hyatt Status Match Should Work One More Time
Yesterday I wrote about my Hyatt status dilemma. In the comments Bill at Point me to the Plane shared a nugget of wisdom that changed my thought process. He spoke with a Hyatt rep and they confirmed that we should be able to status match Mlife to Hyatt one more time from January 1-February 28, 2019. That should still trigger the lounge certificates. I had wondered if this would be the case, but since Hyatt status is a little wonky and runs until March 1st each year I wasn’t sure how it would play out. With Hyatt’s confirmation that changes things for me.
My Final Decision
With this news I am going to stand pat for the rest of 2018 and fall 4 nights short of earning Explorist status. I will status match on January 1st to maintain my Explorist status and get 4 more lounge certificates.
I will then need to earn 30 nights to keep the status for 2020. Because I earned the lounge certs via status match I would not get more when I hit the 20 and 30 nights threshold. I would still earn the category 1-4 free night when I hit 30 nights. Since I did not chase status in 2018 I can save 20,000 points that equate to a possible 4 nights in 2019.
This is big news and I thank Bill for letting me know and for reaching out to Hyatt to confirm this. Be sure to check out his article if you want any more details on the merger.
Does this change your plans for the rest of the year at all like it did mine?