Hey 2017 – it’s not all doom and gloom after all. While most travel loyalty program news involves fretful changes and shifting finish lines, there’s a major win for travelers today in the hotel world. Hyatt has just announced sweeping changes to it’s World of Hyatt loyalty program – and they’re all positive. Yes – there’s good news.

Free Nights Count

Starting January 1st “all free night awards” will count towards World of Hyatt elite status. Yes, that means your stays using points, credit card free night certificates and other means will all count towards your yearly goal. This is an immediate boost for travelers who collect points, and especially those who collect Chase Ultimate Rewards Points and apply them toward stays. This has been directly communicated to God Save The Points from Hyatt HQ, so we assure you it’s accurate.

Extended Certificates

Free night certificates earned from staying 30 or 60 nights in a year will have their validity extended to 180 days after issuance. This applies to all certificates issued after January 1st, 2018. More time to use certificates, less problems. This is yet another positive change, allowing member flexibility.

Positive Moves

Hyatt’s Globalist status is a distant goal for many travelers, but one that’s far more possible now. 60 nights a year in Hyatt hotels, regardless of how the stays are booked shows incredible loyalty – and it’s wonderful to see a chain reflecting this loyalty. Without the fast tracks and status offers found from the likes of Marriott, SPG and Hilton, we don’t expect the loyalty ranks to get flooded anytime soon though. This is a win for everyone.

How do you feel about these new moves?

Featured image courtesy of the Andaz Tokyo, a wonderful place to stay.Β