How do Hyatt nights credit when your stay starts in one year and ends in the next? The answer may surprise you …
Historically and continuing at least through this year, if you check out on January 1 or later, all nights of your stay will credit to the later year.
For example, our good friend JBTx had a 7-night Hyatt award stay beginning on December 28, 2018, and ending on January 4, 2019. He has confirmed that all 7 nights of his stay were credited to 2019. Yes, he already has 7 elite nights with World of Hyatt for 2019. (Only 53 more to go to reach Globalist!)
This answer seems counter-intuitive (and it’s inconsistent with how I’ve been credited with stays in other chains that started in one year and finished in another). But it’s consistent with the other data points we’ve seen. For example, Matthew of Live and Let’s Fly reported a similar result, checking out of the Hyatt Regency in Mainz, Germany, on January 1, 2019, and two commenters on his article reported consistent results.
How do we use this data point?
First, and most importantly, we need to store this data point away for the end of 2019/beginning of 2020. Do not expect any Hyatt nights from a late-2019 stay that runs over into 2020 to count toward 2019 elite status. If you run into a situation where you need late-2019 Hyatt nights in order to reach the next elite status threshold, be sure to check out on December 31!
Second, though, I wouldn’t count on Hyatt’s coding remaining so antiquated going forward. Surely they’ll fix this bug at some point, right? So I also wouldn’t be certain that the nights from a late-2019 Hyatt stay that spills over into 2020 will count toward 2020 status. But if you’ve already reached your best World of Hyatt elite level for 2019 and you want a head start on 2020, you might guess that this situation will stay the same and book yourself to check out on 1/1/2020 or later.
Ah, the crazy rules that we deal with in the travel world …
Hat Tip to JBTx and Live and Let’s Fly for their contributions to this article.
What are your experiences with this unusual Hyatt anomaly? Same as we’ve reported here? Please let us know in the Comments!
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