Last Minute Reminder: Use Your Upgrades and Free Nights Before They Expire!

by on February 28, 2013 · 9 comments

in American, Elite Status, Hyatt

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Many upgrade instruments expire tomorrow, so it is best to use them today before you lose them. I have a couple Hyatt suite upgrades to burn that I will use on future bookings (and hope I don’t have to cancel them). I also realized that my two free nights in a suite for getting the Chase Hyatt Visa expire at the end of March 2013- much sooner than I realized so I am all of the sudden scrambling to put together a solid redemption. To check your upgrades/ awards with Hyatt, login to -> My Awards

Sometimes it's hard to keep track of so many perks/upgrades/programs. #elitestatusproblems

Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of so many perks/upgrades/programs. #elitestatusproblems

I used all of my American Executive Platinum E-VIP Systemwide upgrades, but if you have any expiring, you might as well sponsor someone flying today. I’ve seen friends on Facebook offering to give away their upgrades, which I love to see because we all need a little travel karma. If you are looking for someone to gift an upgrade, check out the comments on my Expiring Elite Upgrade exchange from January. Help a fellow TPG reader out! While most upgrades need to be used by tomorrow, sometimes airlines and hotels will let you use them on a reservation in the future. It never hurts to ask.

Does anyone have any recent experiences extending the validity of an upgrade or being able to use it on a future flight/reservation? How do you keep track of all of your different upgrades/perks/free nights?

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  • Robert P

    How do you give them away?

  • CG
  • thepointsguy

    With AA you just call and sponsor whomever you’d like. Some upgrades are more transferable than others

  • Quali

    Does the stated expiration date mean we have to actually stay there by then (today) or does expiration mean we just have to be booked by then?

    I have the 4 suite upgrades and they expire today, I wasn’t planning on using them as I had no time to travel or go anywhere. However, if I can book now, to use them later, I’d gladly do that today before they do expire for good.

  • Shorty

    I’m flying on AA to Miami on Saturday. If anyone would love to be a travel angel, I’ll send you some beer. Thanks!
    shortyland at gmail dot com

  • The Travel Playbook

    I’m flying on United back from Hong Kong at the end of this month. If anyone wants to help a brother out, good karma comes forth to you!

  • Bobby8

    Hi PointsGuy,
    I have the same question. Does the stated expiration date mean we have to actually stay there by then or does expiration mean we just have to be booked by then?

    My 2 free nights are expiring on May 31. I have 2 suite upgrades as well expiring on May 31. I was wondering if I can book my stays for July? I was thinking of going to New York and staying at Andaz in July.

  • JD

    Flying AA tonight. Not sure if these upgrades work on award travel booked in biz (for an upgrade to first), but give me a shout please :) 832-282-9214

  • Bree0084

    For my DL SWU’s, they expired last night and I had them applied to a flight march 24

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