Yes, if you have no activity on your account for 24 months your World of Hyatt points will expire. Per Hyatt’s terms and conditions page, all the points in your account will be forfeited after 24 months of inactivity.
World of Hyatt paused the expiration of points through December 31, 2021. But, point expiration resumed on January 1, 2022.
If your points expire, there is no way to have them reinstated. However, your account will stay open, and you will still be able to earn World of Hyatt points going forward.
How to Keep Your World of Hyatt Points from Expiring
Now, the important question is what activity will keep your World of Hyatt points alive?
Here are the types of account activity that will reset the 24-month clock and keep your hard-earned points safe for another two years.
- Earning Points – Reset your expiration by earning points for stays at Hyatt Hotels, at participating MGM Resorts, or for Avis Car Rentals. World of Hyatt elite members can also earn one bonus Hyatt point per dollar spent on American Airlines flights.
- Hold a Hyatt Credit Card – The World of Hyatt Credit Card will keep points from expiring. Not only that, for every $5,000 spent on the card, you’ll receive 2 elite-qualifying nights towards the next elite tier. That opens a fast-track to Explorist or Globalist status. Also, you will earn 4X points at Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide. Small-business owners can also keep their Hyatt accounts active with the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card.
- Purchase Points – Purchasing World of Hyatt points will count as activity and will keep your points alive. See our post about when to buy Hyatt points for information about discounts and promotions.
- Gifting Points – Gifting your World of Hyatt points to another member is considered eligible activity and will reset the 24-month activity clock. You can only gift points from your account to another member’s account to redeem for a particular award. You’ll need this form.
- Transfer Ultimate Rewards – Extend the validity of your World of Hyatt points for 24 months by transferring points from an Ultimate Rewards credit card—such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or the Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card.
- Convert Points to Miles – Converting some of your Hyatt Points into miles with one of Hyatt’s 26 partner airlines will keep your account active. The transfer rate isn’t great: 5,000 points transfer to just 2,000 miles for most airlines. Some programs offer a slightly better rate:
- 4,000 Aeromexico kilometers
- 4,000 LAN Airlines S.A. kilometers
- 3,200 Air China kilometers
- 3,200 China Eastern Airlines points
- 2,400 Qantas Airways points
- 2,400 Southwest Airlines points
- 3,000 Virgin Atlantic Airways miles
- Redeem Points — Use your points and redeem them for a free night at one of Hyatt’s properties. You can also redeem points for room upgrades and other amenities. If you don’t want a free night, you can redeem your points for dining and spa activities at many participating Hyatt locations around the world. You can also redeem 6,000 points for a one-day Avis Car rental.
Note: Hyatt’s terms explicitly note that award reservations that are cancelled or result in a no-show will not count towards account activity. If you aren’t sure you’ll be able to complete a stay, consider using one of the other methods highlighted in this post.
It’s easy to generate activity in your World of Hyatt account, so there is no excuse for letting your Hyatt points expire. If you’d like to learn more about this excellent loyalty program, check out our complete guide to World of Hyatt Rewards.