World of Hyatt Announces Two Positive Changes For 2018

The Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program became World of Hyatt greater than a year ago — I created this chart with which the features and benefits of both the old and new programs could be compared at a glance — but many frequent travelers were not happy about the changes for various reasons.

World of Hyatt Announces Two Positive Changes For 2018

People seemed like they were taken aback when two positive changes for 2018 were announced yesterday, Thursday, December 28, 2017 — especially during what is normally a slow week in the world of miles and points; and especially on such short notice.

Citing that “you deserve to be rewarded for your loyalty”, one change is that free night award nights now count toward elite tier status as of Monday, January 1, 2018 — which is a change that brings World of Hyatt closer in line with competitors. This means that at that time, you can earn elite level status, additional benefits and rewards faster.

Additionally, the validity dates for the free night awards listed below are being extended. Starting with awards issued as of Monday, January 1, 2018, you can use them up to 180 days from issuance instead of the current 120 nights.

  • Free night in a Category 1–4 Hyatt hotel or resort property when you stay 30 qualifying nights or earn 50,000 Base Points in a calendar year
  • Free night in a Category 1–7 Hyatt hotel or resort property when you stay 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 Base Points in a calendar year


If you are not a member of the World of Hyatt frequent guest loyalty program, you can join as a member free of charge to start earning rewards today. Keep in mind that the announced changes are subject to the terms and conditions of World of Hyatt, which will be updated to reflect these changes on Monday, January 1, 2018.

Although the announcement was released yesterday, I decided to write this article now so that it did not get flooded in the sea of articles which seem like they were released all at once.

I believe that Hyatt still has a way to go for its frequent guest loyalty program to meet or exceed many of its competitors — especially when the lodging company has a significantly smaller footprint of its portfolio of hotel and resort properties at which to stay — but any positive changes are steps in the right direction; and I hope that you benefit from them…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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