It’s the day of the year frequent travelers fear the most: January 1st when the counters for elite qualifying miles and points are reset to zero and we have to start fresh to requalify for our status levels.
It really looks like a big mountain to climb to fill up all these credits again, especially when the various loyalty programs are pulling the screws tighter and tighter for their customers to reach top tier status and obtain related benefits.
One program where I made my qualifying stay of 2016 very close to the end of the year Is Hyatt Gold Passport which announced that the program will be pretty much massacred on March 1st 2017 when it’s being transformed into World of Hyatt.
I stayed on December 28th at the Andaz Shanghai and got the stay credit yesterday on the 31st with the associated Re-Qualification Email arriving in my inbox last night, New Years Eve.
Not sure if I will go for Hyatt Diamond again unless I want to do senseless check-ins in the next 8 weeks because I’m sure I won’t reach 55 nights with Hyatt. This year ended for me with 25 stays and 35 nights, last year it was 31 stays and 42 nights.
I will personally continue to collect with SPG as my primary hotel loyalty program as long as it still exists. Not sure how it will turn out once transformed into Marriott Rewards (stay tuned for an article related to Marriott Rewards disastrous website and customer service in the next few days).
Have you made up your mind yet where you will collect your stays and points in 2017?