Miles Talk published a piece of brilliance that I wish I had seen right away yesterday: the short story is that if you are about to reach 70, 80, 90 nights or a higher milestone level with Hyatt, you should probably wait until 1/1 to make your choice.
En route to Globalist, Hyatt offers Milestone rewards. For many members, the most exciting milestone rewards are at 50 and 60 nights since each level awards 2 suite upgrades that can each be used to instantly confirm an upgrade to a suite (at the time of booking) for a stay of up to 7 nights, whether an award stay or paid stay. This can be massively valuable to those who want or need a suite.
I earned those milestone awards this year and my suite upgrades currently expire in February of 2023.
When you reach 70 nights and at each 10 night milestone thereafter, you get a choice between 10,000 additional points or an additional suite upgrade. If you want the points, this tip won’t matter to you. However, if you want the suite upgrade, you may want to hold off on selecting it.
That’s because Miles Talk reports that when you reach a 70+ night milestone benefit, you have 90 days to select the benefit. That means that if you have reached 70 nights (or another 10-night milestone thereafter) from October 2nd onwards, you can wait until 1/1/22 to select your benefit. The nice thing is that if you select a suite upgrade in January of 2022, it will be valid until February of 2024 according to MilesTalk.
I haven’t done this before, so I can’t vouch for the strategy working, but I see no harm in trying and it seems like it should work. The advantage here of course is that you would get an additional year to use the suite upgrade. Dave suggests that this might be especially useful if you aren’t sure that you’ll requalify for Globalist next year so that you could potentially use it to upgrade to a suite in 2023 when you otherwise wouldn’t be entitled to a standard suite as a tier benefit.
To that last point, I momentarily wondered whether it would be possible to upgrade with a suite upgrade award if you don’t have Globalist status, but then I realized that it has to be since 2 suite upgrades are a 50-night benefit, which in an ordinary year would come before you reach Globalist status.
Personally, I am kicking myself for not seeing this tip yesterday. I sit at 67 nights and would have gladly used 15K of the points I got for my club upgrades to book a three-night Category 1 stay if I had known that I could get a suite upgrade valid through February of 2024. I already have a few expiring in Feb 2023 and I wasn’t sure I needed another — but with another year to use them, I totally would have done this. Ouch!
If you have reached 70 nights since October 2nd or will in the coming couple of days, hold off on selecting your choice benefit until January 1st to buy yourself more time. See the post at MilesTalk for more.