This morning I posted options for getting top tier Hyatt elite benefits without having status. The best of these options is for a top-tier friend to book your stay as a Guest of Honor stay. The second option I posted was to have your top-tier friend book a regular stay in their own name and add you as a second guest. I mentioned in the post that Hyatt does not sanction this, but I also reported that it usually works out. In response to this, I’ve heard from many readers that Hyatt has recently been aggressively cracking down on this behavior. Some have received phone calls, but most have received emails as follows:
We appreciate your continued loyalty as a World of Hyatt member. However, we recently became aware of reservations credited to your account, for which you were not present. Please note, members may only earn stay and point credit, including bonuses earned with any promotion, if they pay an eligible room rate and are the registered guest. See https://help.hyatt.com/en/hyatt-terms/world-of-hyatt-terms.html.
At this time, your account is active. However, please be advised that any continuation of this prohibited behavior will result in an account closure and forfeiture of all accumulated points and awards.
Obviously it’s not worth risking your Hyatt account to book rooms for others except via the completely sanctioned Guest of Honor approach. I’ve updated the original post accordingly.