Late checkout privileges are some of the most valuable, but least appreciated perks, that you can receive from a hotel. When departing their destination in the afternoon or the evening, most guests must pack up and place their bags in storage in the morning of the last day of their stay.
But those who have late checkouts can continue to use their room to work, sleep or just use their room to store their belongings throughout the day before they depart in the afternoon. And if you know how to work the system, you can receive late checkouts nearly every time you stay at a hotel.
How I Receive Late Checkouts
4 p.m. late checkouts are a benefit of the World of Hyatt program for guests who have attained top-tier Globalist status. Having earned Globalist status for several years, this is one of the benefits I appreciate the most.
For example, I frequently enjoy staying at the Hyatt Place in Keystone, Colorado when I go skiing, and by 3 p.m., I’m usually ready to call it a day. But on the last day of my stay, I still have an hour to use my room to change out of my ski clothes and take a shower before checking out. That’s a lot more convenient than changing in a restroom, followed by going out to eat and driving home all sweaty.
I’ve used late checkout privileges in other Hyatt hotels to enjoy the pool or go for a workout, while still having the chance to relax and take a shower in the afternoon.
To earn Globalist status, you need to earn 60 night stay credits per year. However, in 2021, this requirement has been temporarily reduced to just 30 night stay credits.
You earn one night stay credit for each night spent at a Hyatt property. All nights, including award stays are eligible, so long as you book it through Hyatt at a qualifying rate. You can also receive five night-stay credits per year when you have the World of Hyatt credit card from Chase. Plus, you can receive another two night-stay credits for every $5,000 spent on the card.
I earn night stay credits mostly from award stays, but I also use the card just enough to earn any credits I’m missing.
But even if you can’t reach Globalist status, the World of Hyatt credit card automatically offers you entry level Discoverist status, which features a 2 p.m. late checkout.
Other Loyalty Programs That Offer Late Checkouts
The Marriott Bonvoy program offers Silver elites unspecified late checkouts, while Gold elites receive 2 p.m. late checkouts. Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador elites receive 4 p.m. checkouts. You receive Gold elite status from the Amex Platinum card, and all of the Marriott Bonvoy cards from American Express and Chase offer at least Silver status.
All Wyndham Rewards and Choice Privileges elite members with elite status also receive late checkouts.
Getting a Late Checkout by Using the Right Booking Platform
If you book your hotel rooms through a premium booking platform, late checkouts are often included.
For example, American Express Platinum cardholders can receive a guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout when they book through Fine Hotels and Resorts. Likewise, those who book with the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection can receive late checkouts, upon request, when available.
Also, the Mastercard Luxury Hotels and Resorts program features early check-ins and late checkouts.
Other Techniques for Enjoying a Late Checkout
When you know that a late checkout will be important to you, you can always request it directly with the hotel. The best time to do this will actually be before you make a reservation. And instead of contacting the corporate reservations number, reach out directly to the hotel and ask for a manager. Tell them you’re interested in making a reservation, but you need the hotel to include a late checkout. Depending on the their expected occupancy, a smart manager will agree to your request in order to win your business.
But if you didn’t work out a late checkout before booking, you can still contact the hotel in advance to make the request. Ask to speak with a manager, be nice and explain why a late checkout is important to you. If the manager agrees, ask for his or her name and request that they document it in their reservations system.
You can always request a late checkout at the property. You’ll have more luck with these requests during periods of low occupancy when the hotel knows it won’t need every room for the next day.
If you’ve experienced some sort of service failure during your stay, you can request a late checkout as a way to make it up to you. And if the hotel still won’t offer you a complimentary late checkout, but it’s essential, you may see if it would be willing to sell you the following night at a greatly reduced rate, with the understanding that you just need a late checkout during the previous day. When negotiating, always speak with a manager who has the authority to grant your request.
When you receive a late checkout, it can feel like getting a little extra part of your hotel stay for free. By using all of these tricks, you can have the chance to overstay your reservation without overstaying your welcome.