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Hyatt Extending Elite Status, Free Night Certificates, Suite Upgrades & Club Access Awards, Waiving Cancellation Fees

Regency Suite at Hyatt Regency Bali

Hyatt has come out of the blocks early and announced a set of incredibly customer-friendly policies. They’ll be extending your existing status for another year, while also extending the life of your free night certificates, suite upgrades and Club Access awards. They’re also ensuring your points don’t expire for now and waiving cancellation and change fees, even on non-refundable bookings. Here’s their official statement outlining these changes. Here’s a quick summary of their updated policies…

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Update: Hilton restores suite upgrade language for Diamond members

Update 3/31/20: Hilton reached out to let us know that this issue was a copy error. It has since been updated and the site once again reflects the program terms, stating that Diamond members can be upgraded up to a 1-bedroom suite (at the hotel’s discretion). It seems this was just a mistake that has been fixed. Loyalty Lobby notes a very interesting (albeit minor) change to the listed benefits for Hilton Diamond members in…

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Marriott Now Offering Up To 30 Elite Nights From Credit Cards (15 Personal + 15 Business)

The end of the world really must be nigh. Marriott has made a change to its loyalty program and – for once – it’s a positive change. That’s because you can now earn 30 elite night credits from their credit cards, making it significantly easier to earn Platinum or Titanium status for many people (COVID-19 notwithstanding). Marriott credit cards award 15 elite night credits per year. Up until a couple of years ago, it was…

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Nick predicts: Hyatt & Marriott’s elite status plan for 2020

Yesterday, we learned that Hilton will extend elite status to 2021 or even 2022 for some. Radisson announced the day before that they are extending elite status. IHG announced two weeks ago that they are reducing 2020 elite status requirements due to the current COVID-19 situation. What about Hyatt and Marriott? Will we see an extension of elite benefits? What are they waiting for in announcing it? We don’t yet know — and in my…

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Hilton extending status until 2022, pausing point expiration, flexible bookings

Hilton Honors has announced their plans to extend member status and pause points expiration and the news is very good: all members whose status was scheduled to be downgraded on March 31st will automatically receive an extension through March 31, 2021. Those who have 2020 status (i.e. those who earned status based on their 2019 stays) automatically receive an extension through March 31, 2022. New bookings — even those at reduced-price advance-purchase rates — will be flexible up…

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Radisson extending status to 2022 and certificate expiration to 2021

Radisson Rewards has announced that they are extending elite status for those whose status would have expired in February 2021 until February 2022. Furthermore, they are extending the expiration dates for points and free night certificates set to expire in the next few months. This is about as customer-friendly a move as one could want — let’s hope that other chains follow suit. From the announcement from Radisson: As COVID-19 affects travel plans around the world, we…

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Marriott downgrades status, maybe no soft landings after all

Marriott has updated member status for 2019 activity and many of those members whose 2019 activity did not meet status requirements are finding that their status has downgraded accordingly. While some have apparently gotten soft landings, many have not. It is thus far unclear as to whether or not this is intentional as status has been somewhat glitchy, with at least one of our readers reporting an inaccurate downgrade. It’s possible that there is some…

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IHG reduces elite status qualifications, extends Ambassador membership

For IHG enthusiasts who missed the detail in yesterday’s post about coronavirus cancellation policy, note that IHG has reduced elite status qualification requirements for earning status in 2020. While these requirements will still be out of reach for many who are (understandably) reducing travel at the moment, it is nonetheless good to see at least one program’s response to make status easier to obtain for those who are still traveling or will still travel down…

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On my mind: Coronavirus, points and miles

Last weekend, I presented at the Travel & Adventure Show in Washington DC and Nick presented at FTU (Frequent Traveler University).  Going into the weekend I was surprised that the show and the FTU conference hadn’t been cancelled.  After all, thanks to the Coronavirus, conferences were being cancelled left and right around the nation.  Even South by Southwest was cancelled. I figured that FTU would have decent attendance since people had paid up to $129,…

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