Top tier elite confirmed upgrades are a terrible thing to waste. If you have some left with Hyatt Gold Passport or with American AAdvantage now is the last chance to use them. Here’s how you can still apply them even if you don’t have travel today or tomorrow.
Hyatt Diamond Suite Upgrades Expire Tomorrow — But You Can Apply Them to Future Stays
Hyatt Gold Passport has my absolute favorite hotel benefit: Diamond members get to confirm a suite at booking 4 times per year (up to 7 nights at a time). Instead of hoping for an upgrade close to arrival or at the check-in counter, you throw down one of your trump cards and your base-level room reservation confirms into a suite, provided that the hotel has base-level suites for sale.
Hyatt’s Diamond Suite Upgrades that will be awarded later this week will have to be used for stays completed by their expiration date. But existing Diamond Suite Upgrades which expire February 29 just have to be applied to a reservation by their February 29 expiration date and can be for stays into the future.
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
I have one of my four confirmed suite upgrades left. There’s no space for a future cash and points booking I have at the Andaz Maui. There’s no space even for a long-ish stay I’ve got at the Hyatt Arlington (where the suites are pretty ‘meh’). I have a one night stay coming up at a Hyatt Regency where I could use it, but I’m not going to. I’m staying alone, I’m really just sleeping there, and there’s a possibility someone else will want the suite so I’m not going to take it.
My last suite upgrade will probably just expire unless I can think of a last minute reservation I want to book by tomorrow where there turns out to be availability.
The key is that you need to apply expiring Suite Upgrades to a reservation where a suite is available before the certificates expire. So get booking now!
American Expiring Systemwide Upgrades May Still Be Usable as Well
American AAdvantage Executive Platinum members have historically gotten 8 confirmed systemwide upgrades, generally valid on any fare for one-way travel on American flights.
That’s changing for folks requalifying this year: Executive Platinums will receive 4 confirmed upgrades, and then an additional 2 at each of 150,000 and 200,000 qualifying miles (levels that will be easier to reach with new bonus qualifying miles for premium cabin fares).
These upgrades are supposed to be used for travel completed by their February expiration date. However in practice agents have been able to apply them to future travel as long as the upgrades were confirmed by the expiration date of the certificate.
Supposedly a system upgrade 18 months ago was supposed to close this loophole but seems not to have done so.
- I’ve often seen this loophole exist only for Executive Platinums who had requalified for status.
- That’s because agents know that you need to use systemwide upgrades for travel by their expiration date. So if you don’t have systemwides expiring into the future they may not be willing to apply your old ones to future-dated travel.
- However when they do apply systemwides American’s computer would simply deduct the one expiring soonest regardless of date of travel.
This is something of a ‘your mileage may vary’ situation but that I’ve successfully seen work in the past. And remember that even if you do not have any international flights coming up where there’s confirmed upgrade space available, you can apply an expiring systemwide upgrade to:
- Any American Airlines flight, even domestic flights. And outside of the premium transcon flights between New York JFK and Los Angeles or San Francisco, and Hawaii flights, confirmed upgrade seats are usually available.
- Anyone’s American Airlines flight, so you can gift these upgrades to friends or family or even strangers at the airport you’d like to surprise and delight (or strike up a conversation with!).
Hey, baby, want an upgrade?
American Airlines Boeing 787 Business Class