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The World of Hyatt members can earn free night award certificates by using the World of Hyatt Credit Card.

It might be possible to get some bonus points if you exchange expired certificates for new ones. I wanted to tell you about my experience with this.

Hyatt may offer points for expired free night awards

The World of Hyatt gives out free night awards in two categories. The dates are determined by how they're issued. If you have an expired free night award, Hyatt may offer bonus points.

  • An expired Category 1-4 free night award may get you 10,000 bonus points; for context, a Category 4 property in peak season would cost you 18,000 points per night
  • An expired Category 1-7 free night award may get you 20,000 bonus points; for context, a Category 7 property in peak season would cost you 35,000 points per night

There are a few important points that need to be clarified.

  • This is not a published policy, but rather a courtesy, so you can’t count on this being offered
  • The certificate needs to expire before you can request the points; Hyatt almost never commits to offering points in advance, so you generally won’t even get an assurance that you’ll be offered this, meaning it’s a big gamble
  • When it comes to Category 1-4 free night awards, historically those issued through the Hyatt Milestone Rewards program are eligible for this courtesy, while those issued with a Hyatt credit card aren’t eligible for this courtesy
  • The points courtesy is generally only offered for expired free night awards, and not for expired club access awards or expired suite upgrade awards; in 2021 we saw some people issued points for those, but I haven’t otherwise seen many successful data points on that
Hyatt sometimes offers points for expired awards

My recent experience with an expired Hyatt award

I had an award that expired recently. I didn't have a good use for it after I realized that it was going to expire. I sent an email to my Hyatt Concierge after it expired. The following was written by me.

I had a Category 1-4 free night award expire recently, that I forgot to use. I know Hyatt isn’t doing extensions on these nowadays, but is there any way to get a points conversion offer? I’ve heard that has been possible in the past, but it’s not something I’ve ever requested. Thanks in advance if there’s anything you can do!

Someone replied in place of my usual representative within a few days.

The Terms and Conditions does not include any compensation for expired awards. However, as a Globalist we do value your membership and after reviewing the award and your account I have issued 10,000 World of Hyatt points in lieu of the award.

The points were posted to my account quickly. That's great!

It seems like this is still working for some. If you aren't part of the My Hyatt Concierge program but have an expired award, you can either call World of Hyatt customer service or use the live chat feature in the World of Hyatt app.

Score — I’ll take 10K bonus points!

Bottom line

The program at World of Hyatt offers bonus points for expired free night awards. This isn't a published policy, so don't count on it always working, but I figured I'd share my recent data point, for anyone else who may find themselves in a similar situation.

Only after the certificate has expired can you request to see if you can get points. If you could find a use for the certificate, that would be riskier.

Is it possible to get points for expired World of Hyatt awards.

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