How to get top-tier Hyatt elite status for life

Jun 25, 2021

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional information. It was originally published on March 27, 2019.

World of Hyatt is one of the most popular hotel loyalty programs out there, thanks to reasonable redemption rates and a growing portfolio of high-end hotels worldwide. The acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality and the partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World have made the World of Hyatt program an even more compelling option for travelers. When you factor in accelerated milestone bonuses, more people may now be scrambling for Hyatt elite status.

The biggest drawback to elite status is its ephemeral nature. The minute you get your hands on perks like suite upgrades and bonus points, it seems like it’s already time to start requalifying for next year. That’s why Hyatt and several other major hotel chains offer a way to hop off this hamster wheel and lock in elite status for life.

Today we’ll take a look at how to earn lifetime elite status with World of Hyatt and what to expect once you have it.

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What doesn’t count towards Lifetime Globalist status

Before going into Lifetime Globalist status requirements, let’s start with what types of earnings do not count towards lifetime status. Elite bonus multipliers, credit card bonuses and point transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards do not count.

That’s unfortunate since that’s how most of us earn our points, but it’s understandable. After all, lifetime status is meant to be reserved only for those who spend the most money on hotel nights.

Related: Is it worth pursuing lifetime elite status?

Requirements for lifetime Hyatt elite status

It takes a lot to earn lifetime status with Hyatt and unlock perks at luxurious properties like the Park Hyatt Maldives. (Photo by Darren Murph/The Points Guy.)

Like Hilton Honors, World of Hyatt only offers the ability to earn top-tier status (Globalist) for life. In addition to only offering one tier of lifetime elite status, Hyatt only uses one metric to earn it, and it cuts right to the core of why hotels offer lifetime elite status in the first place:You need to accrue one million base points over the life of your account.

Hyatt members earn 5 base points per dollar spent on room rates, dining purchases, spa treatments and other eligible expenses (excluding taxes and fees) at participating hotels. Earnings are limited to room rates only if you’re staying at a Small Luxury Hotels of the World property.

You can also earn 10 base points per $1 on FIND experiences and certain Exhale spa purchases. However, given the limited options, I’ll assume you’re doing all of your spending on hotel rates.

The only way to earn additional base points is to spend more. Given the 5x earning rate noted above, you’ll need to spend $200,000 on eligible hotel charges to reach one million base points. At $10,000 in yearly spending, that will still take you two decades to reach.

Business travelers who frequent pricier cities or more luxurious brands like Park Hyatt might be able to hit this threshold relatively quickly. If, on the other hand, you’re a price-conscious award traveler who loves booking Category 1 Hyatt properties for as little as 5,000 points a night, this activity won’t help you earn lifetime Globalist status.

Related: The best ways to earn points with the World of Hyatt program

Lifetime elite benefits

TPG Editor Nick Ewen values Globalist status at just under $5,000 thanks to the suite upgrades, 30% points bonus, club lounge access, free breakfast and waived resort fees. Of course, that’s based on using the perks throughout the year, but it’s still quite a valuable level of status.

Suite at Grand Hyatt Kauai (image courtesy of hotel)
You’ll enjoy four suite night awards every year as a Lifetime Globalist, even if you don’t have any qualifying stays. (Photo courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Kauai.)

Hyatt Globalist status is normally earned by staying 60 nights in a year or earning 100,000 base points. With this activity comes the “standard” Globalist perks along with four suite upgrade awards, a free Category 1 to 7 certificate and access to a dedicated My Hyatt Concierge agent.

However, Lifetime Globalists can enjoy all of these perks every year regardless of their year-to-date activity. You can earn even more perks as a Lifetime Globalist by continuing to stay at Hyatt hotels each calendar year:

  • At 50 qualifying nights, you’ll earn another two suite upgrade awards.
  • At 60 qualifying nights (or 100,000 base points), you’ll earn another two suite upgrade awards and another Category 1-7 certificate.

In other words, a Lifetime Globalist member who completes 60 nights or earns 100,000 base points in a calendar year will receive a total of eight suite upgrade awards and two Category 1 to 7 free night certificates.

A single certificate redeemed at a top-tier property like the Park Hyatt New York or Park Hyatt Zurich could get you $600, $800 or even $1,000 worth of value. Talk about rewarding long-term loyalty!

Related: Your guide to maximizing redemptions with Hyatt

This is one area where Hyatt is much more generous than other programs. Hilton, for example, has added milestone bonuses for certain thresholds of activity in a year, but you must complete a lot of nights to qualify.

Meanwhile, Marriott offers Choice Benefits to Platinum and Titanium Elite members, but you must actually earn 50 and/or 75 nights in a year for those to apply.

With Hyatt, you’ll earn all of the perks every year as a Lifetime Globalist member. Plus, you’re given even more rewards for continuing to stay with the program.

(Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt Sydney)
If you can reach the massive spending requirements for Lifetime Globalist status, you’ve earned the perks that come with it. (Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt Sydney.)

How to check your progress towards lifetime Globalist status

Unfortunately, Hyatt doesn’t make it easy to check your progress towards lifetime Globalist status. The information is not available on your World of Hyatt account.

You can, however, check your status by contacting a World of Hyatt rep via phone or social media.

Related: Your guide to the World of Hyatt award chart

Bottom line

Hyatt keeps its lifetime elite status program short and to the point, offering only one tier of status. The program also makes it clear that it’s looking to reward valuable customers, not just loyal ones. That’s why the only metric used to qualify for lifetime status is a function of spending.

If your loyalty to Hyatt is built mostly on award stays and elite status earned from the World of Hyatt Credit Card, then lifetime status might not be in your future.

However, if your travel patterns afford you the ability to spend $200,000 with Hyatt over the lifetime of your account, you can look forward to a lifetime of Globalist status and annual milestone bonuses, regardless of your activity in that specific year.

Featured image of the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy

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