When do Hyatt points expire? Here’s what you need to know

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Do Hyatt points expire? Well, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hyatt has paused points expirations until June 30, 2021. But under normal circumstances, Hyatt points will expire after 24 months of no account activity. Two years is a long time, but if you’re managing multiple loyalty accounts, expiration dates can seemingly come out of nowhere.

Don’t be caught off guard and don’t let those hard-earned points go to waste. Take a look at a number of different ways to keep your Hyatt points from expiring.

You can redeem Hyatt points at fantastic locations around the world, including the beautiful Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa in Carlsbad, California. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

When do Hyatt points expire?

If you don’t have any activity on your account for 24 months, your Hyatt points will expire. And according to Hyatt, after 24 months of inactivity, your account will be closed and all of your points will be forfeited. Here are eight ways to keep that from happening!

How to keep Hyatt points from expiring

Stay at a Hyatt hotel

A stay at any Hyatt hotel (paid or award) will trigger account activity and extend the life of your points.  Remember, to earn Hyatt points, you must book directly through Hyatt and not a 3rd-party site like Orbitz.

Hyatt brands include:

  • Andaz
  • Grand Hyatt
  • Hyatt Centric
  • Hyatt House
  • Hyatt Place
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Hyatt Zalara
  • Hyatt Ziva
  • Miraval
  • Park Hyatt
  • The Unbound Collection

Hold a Hyatt credit card

With the World of Hyatt Credit Card, you can earn Hyatt points from everyday spending, meaning that as long as you use the card, you will continually be earning points and resetting your points expiration date.

Currently, you can earn up to 60,000 Hyatt points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements on the World of Hyatt Credit Card.  You’ll earn:

  • 30,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Up to 30,000 more bonus points by earning 2 bonus points total per $1 spend on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening.

Check out our full review of the World of Hyatt Credit card.

Earn Hyatt points with partners

Hyatt is a partner of Mlife, the loyalty program of MGM Resorts, and they’ve continued to expand their partnership with Small Luxury Hotels (SLH).

This is meaningful information for Hyatt enthusiasts because you’ll be able to earn points at stays with these hotels.  And that will extend the life of your Hyatt points.

Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt

You can earn Hyatt points indirectly by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt.

If you have one of these cards you can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio, in increments of 1,000 points:

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve®

You’ll usually get a better deal redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards points with airline partners, but Hyatt is the exception.  That’s because Hyatt has a generous award chart, and award rooms start at just 5,000 Hyatt points per night.  Some of the MMS team’s biggest travel awards have been for Hyatt stays.

Don’t have enough Hyatt points for a free night stay? Just transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to top off your account. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

Convert Hyatt points to airline miles

We don’t normally recommend this because you’ll get a better value for your points by using them for hotel stays, but if you’re in a bind this is an option.

You can convert Hyatt points to various types of airline miles, like Delta and United Airlines miles, with varying ratios.

Transfer Hyatt Points Between Members

Did you know you can transfer your Hyatt points between members without any fees? This is a great way to keep your points from expiring, especially if you need to combine points with a friend or loved one to have enough points for a specific trip.

Hyatt’s terms and conditions regarding transfers are:

  • You can only transfer points to another member “in order to have a sufficient number of points to redeem a particular award”
  • You can only combine points (regardless of whether you’re sending or receiving) once every 30 days

Rent a car

When you rent with Avis, you’ll receive 500 bonus Hyatt points per rental.  This is considered a qualifying activity and will extend the life of your entire Hyatt points balance.

To earn the bonus points you’ll need to book your Avis rental with discount code “K817700“, and enter your World of Hyatt membership number.

You can see the details here.

Buy Hyatt points

You can buy Hyatt points for 2.4 cents each, in increments of 1,000 points up to 55,000 points per calendar year. Purchasing Hyatt points will extend the life of your entire points balance, but we don’t normally recommend buying points unless you have a particular redemption in mind.

However, if you have points that are about to expire and don’t have any other qualifying activity coming up, this is an easy way to reset the clock.


Do Hyatt Free Nights expire?

Free night certificates earned through Hyatt credit cards expire one year from the date of issue. So, for example, if you earn the free night on Mar. 1, 2021, it will expire on Feb. 28, 2022. When using a certificate, the checkout date must be on or before the award expiration date.

What hotel points don’t expire?

Most all hotel points expire. For example, Hyatt points expire after 24 months of not earning or spending points, Hilton points expire after 12 months of not earning or spending points and Marriott points expire after 24 months of not earning or spending points. Of the major hotel chains, the only hotel points that don’t expire are Best Western Rewards points. 

Can you get Hyatt points back after they expire?

Unfortunately, no. You can’t get Hyatt points reinstated after they expire. So make sure to track the rewards you earn to ensure you don’t accidentally let your points expire! Any activity on your Hyatt account should keep your points from expiring. 

Meghan Hunter is an editor for Million Mile Secrets. She covers points, miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels and general travel. Her work has also appeared in The Points Guy.

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