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Towards the end of October Marriott announced that it would once again be extending the validity period of all free night certificates and upgrade certificates that were set to expire before 31 July 2021. True to its word, that's exactly what Marriott has now done.
Hilton Honors has announced that from next week it will be extending a "one-time opportunity" to its Diamond and Lifetime Diamond Elite status holders which will allow them to gift status for one year to a family member or friend.
Continuing the recent theme of Hyatt being the only major hotelier that's releasing any worthwhile news, we now have a new announcement from Hyatt to say that it has added a further 10 SLH properties to the World of Hyatt program. One of the properties is a little different.
Hyatt is hoping to encourage more people to take some time out to be mindful and to honor Hyatt's third annual Global Day of Gratitude by offering 500 World of Hyatt points to everyone who completes a guided meditation today. In addition, Hyatt is also offering special discounted rates for healthcare workers from around the world.
If you're about to burn an IHG Rewards Club free night certificate that's set to expire in a few weeks' time it may be worth holding off for a few more days as help may be around the corner. Katie Genter has reported that despite IHG's obvious reluctance to extend expiring certificates for a second time, the hotelier may be about to have a change of heart.
With Hyatt's recent announcement that it has reduced its elite qualification criteria for 2021 by half and with the discovery that this now means that World of Hyatt members can earn Hyatt Globalist status by spending as few as 10 nights in Hyatt properties worldwide, a lot of people seem to be considering doing a mattress run to earn that valuable top-tier status. I may take it one step further. I may mattress run to earn the suite upgrade awards too.
Accor's ALL loyalty program has launched an end of year promotion in which it's offering double points on one stay made through 10 January 2021. The promotion covers most Accor properties in Europe but members must register if they're to collect the bonus that's being offered.
At the time I was writing about yesterday's big Hyatt announcements, two things flashed through my mind. Firstly, I thought that the decision to reduce the elite qualifying criteria by 50% was incredibly generous. Secondly, it occurred to me that the combination of the reduced elite status targets and the extension of one of Hyatt's promotions may open up an incredible opportunity to earn Hyatt elite status with fewer nights than ever before.
Marriott has brought back a promotion that originally debuted back in June and which allows Bonvoy members to book most of the properties in Marriott's portfolio at off-peak award rates. This time around the promotion is a little more generous than the June promotion as the travel window is a month longer, but be aware that the booking window is still relatively short.