7 strategies you can leverage to snag valuable Hyatt Globalist status in 2021
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With travelers evaluating everything from their upcoming vacations to their loyalty plans, the major hotel programs are competing fiercely to win short-term business and long-term customers. In addition to drastically reducing elite qualification requirements for this year, hotels and credit cards are running some of the most lucrative promotions we’ve seen.
But perhaps the most exciting elite status earning opportunities have been coming from World of Hyatt.
Hyatt cut its elite qualification thresholds in half for 2021, rolled over some tier-qualifying nights from last year and offered double tier-qualifying nights for a limited time under a Bonus Journeys promotion earlier this year. (Note, World of Hyatt is now running a new Bonus Journeys promotion that allows you to earn 3x bonus points on qualifying stays of two nights or more.)
Although some of those generous promotions have ended, there’s a new opportunity to earn double tier-qualifying nights with the World of Hyatt Credit Card. This new offer from Hyatt’s cobranded credit card makes earning top-tier Globalist status easier than ever this year.
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Hyatt Globalist status usually requires 60 qualifying nights spent in a Hyatt property per year, but with the reduced requirements for 2021, you can achieve it with 30 nights. That number drops to just 13 nights if you pick up the World of Hyatt card. And if you had nights roll over from last year, you could earn top-tier status even faster.
Globalist status is arguably the most valuable hotel elite status tier there is. When fully maximized, it could provide nearly $5,000 in value per year. Perks include waived resort and parking fees, free (full) breakfast for up to two adults and two children per room, lounge access, suite upgrades and more. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many travelers are going out of their way to take advantage of this fast-track opportunity.
Keep in mind it’s not just paid nights that earn elite night credits; award nights do, too. From staycations to mattress runs, status matches and more, here’s how TPG staff and readers are earning Globalist status for far less than normal.
Getting the World of Hyatt card
The easiest way to shortcut Globalist status right now is by picking up the World of Hyatt Credit Card.
In addition to the up to 60,000-point sign-up bonus (30,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first three months from account opening, plus up to 30,000 additional bonus points by earning 2 bonus points total per $1 spent in the first six months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 bonus point, on up to $15,000 spent), new cardholders can receive two tier-qualifying nights for stays through Dec. 31 (must apply and be approved for the card by Sept. 30 to be eligible for offer).
But it gets better than that.
You automatically get five tier-qualifying nights each year just by having the card. Then, you can earn two additional tier-qualifying night credits for every $5,000 you spend on the card. Put another way, if you plan on putting a decent amount of spending on the card anyway to hit the sign-up bonus, you’ll likely earn a couple of elite night credits that way.
If you assume you’ll earn at least seven qualifying nights by getting the card and putting at least $5,000 in spending on it this year, that leaves 23 nights to go to earn Globalist status. If you are starting from scratch, that means you’d need to spend 12 eligible nights in a Hyatt property. Those 12 nights would count for 24 nights given the double elite bonus you get from getting the card right now.
Other perks of the card include an annual free-night certificate at a Category 1-4 Hyatt property every account anniversary, automatic Discoverist status and more.
If what you want right now is some socially distanced wide-open spaces, then maybe a road trip is on your agenda.
Earlier this year, TPG’s Becca Manheimer went on a getaway to Vail, Colorado. On the way there, she road-tripped from El Paso, Texas, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and beyond — stopping at Category 1 Hyatt Place properties in each of the cities.
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Being a World of Hyatt cardholder, Becca already had five tier-qualifying nights under her belt. So she only needed 13 nights under the now-ended Bonus Journeys double nights promotion to unlock Globalist status at 30 nights in 2021. Since World of Hyatt award bookings earn elite credit just as paid nights do, she decided to book her stays on points. Category 1 hotels are the least expensive in Hyatt’s portfolio and cost just 5,000 points per night.
However, another perk of the now-ended Bonus Journeys promotion was that World of Hyatt cardholders got a 25% rebate on all redemptions. (The current Bonus Journeys promotion also offers cardholders a 25% rebate but only for Hyatt’s independent collection brands.) So, altogether, Becca earned Globalist status (and got to go on an awesome road trip) for just 48,750 World of Hyatt points, worth about $829 based on TPG valuations.
TPG reader Christopher Conard had a similar strategy but boosted his World of Hyatt balance by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
“5,000 points per night in Austin/Dallas. 13 nights needed for Globalist (five elite night credits from the Hyatt card). 25% rebate per promotion = 48,750 points. Even if I had to transfer from Chase UR this is only $731.25 worth in points (at $0.015 per point, absolute minimum valuation) for two weeks of hotel + Globalist.” — TPG reader Christopher Conard
With travel still on the back burner for some, you can take advantage of this opportunity without hitting the open road (or skies). Your easiest way to earn elite night credits may be to book a staycation. TPG’s Summer Hull and Victoria Walker, along with several TPG Lounge members, booked cheap stays close to home.
Summer, who is based in the Houston area, booked a Hyatt Place in Houston for about $60 per night plus taxes and fees, while NYC-based Victoria booked the Hyatt Place Times Square for about $67 per night before taxes and fees. Summer even wiped out the entire cost of her stay with fixed-value credit card points, so she paid no cash out of pocket.
While some people treat these stays as mini-getaways, others use the rooms as offices, enjoying the hotel’s amenities, such as a pool and gym. Just remember, Hyatt’s policy requires you to physically show up at a hotel at check-in — and complete the stay. Violating those rules can mean that Hyatt can forfeit your points and elite night earnings.
Additionally, a hotel may check you out early if they notice you’re not using the room. So — use the room.
“I have the Hyatt card, so I get additional incentives under Bonus Journeys, as well as five nights toward status. I carried over nights from 2020 accrued from Bonus Journeys and I am now booked at five properties before the end of February to hit globalist with double nights credits. We have a brand new Hyatt place close to home that is Category 1 (3,750 points with rebate) plus a higher-end Category 3 stay with points (to waive the parking) and a cash stay at a Category 2 close to home as well.” — TPG reader Chris Marburger
Booking an ‘office for the day’
If you aren’t planning to sleep in your room, an option to consider is booking an “office for the day.” As a part of its Work from Hyatt packages, now through at least Dec. 5, Hyatt is offering special Office for the Day rates at hundreds of hotels worldwide.
Rates start at $65 per day and give guests access to a standard guest room from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You get a dedicated workspace; complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi; a 50% discount on valet or self-parking; a 15% discount on food and beverage; complimentary in-room bottled water, coffee and tea; in-room wellness offerings including Headspace meditations through the World of Hyatt app; access to the hotel’s gym and pool where available; and no-charge cancellation up to 24 hours before arrival.
Guests receive all of the typical elite benefits they’re entitled to and, perhaps more importantly for these purposes, will earn points and tier-qualifying credit.
Securing lower rates
In addition to special rates like Office for the Day, you may be able to negotiate a special rate by contacting a property directly or looking for a price match.
“I was able to do a price match with the Hyatt for the Zilara Cap Cana.” — TPG reader Catherine Stevens
As a part of Hyatt’s guarantee, if you find a lower publicly available rate for the same stay within 24 hours of booking the stay directly with Hyatt, Hyatt will not only match the rate but give you either 20% off the rate you found or 5,000 bonus World of Hyatt points awarded 72 hours after checkout. So, even if the rate you find is only a couple of dollars cheaper per night, you could get an extra 20% discount this way.
To make a Hyatt best-rate guarantee claim, submit an online claim form or call 877-247-3909 within 24 hours after booking on hyatt.com. Unlike some other chains, Hyatt does permit best-rate claims using prices from websites that require a membership, so long as that membership is free.
Consider a status match
Hyatt tends to be on the conservative side with status matches and challenges. However, it does pretty consistently offer two fast-track opportunities.
First, if you’re an elite in M life Rewards, the loyalty program of MGM Resorts, you can match your status to World of Hyatt elite status. This is an outright match, so you won’t need to complete any nights with Hyatt to enjoy your status. Pearl status matches to World of Hyatt Discoverist and Gold, Platinum and Noir match to World of Hyatt Explorist.
Second, Hyatt sometimes has “fast track” offers for American Airlines AAdvantage elites, including right now. The challenge requirements may vary from one member to the next and are only available to AAdvantage Platinum or above members. American Airlines’ invitation-only Concierge Key members get automatic Hyatt Globalist status. To participate in the current promotion, you must register by Sept. 30 — and then complete the qualifying activity within three months.
As was mentioned, Hyatt rolled over some tier-qualifying nights from last year. So, you may already have a head start on status this year with stays from late last year.
TPG’s Chris Dong started 2021 already at 30 tier-qualifying nights from all of the rollover nights, so he was able to qualify for Globalist without any stays this year at all. He’s not the only one that earned it from 2020 stays either:
“Stayed 44 nights in Q4 2020 to get my Globalist in 2021. Can’t beat that amount.” — TPG reader Chris Leslie
“I already earned it from stays in 2020.” — TPG reader Dan Wolf
2021 may be the easiest year ever to achieve World of Hyatt Globalist status. Even if you aren’t traveling much to maximize the perks right now, Globalist status earned in 2021 is valid until February 2023.
This coveted status that was once only attainable by true road warriors logging 60 nights per year can now be earned on a single vacation and doesn’t have a spending requirement. Even if you don’t get much use of the extremely valuable status in the near future, you still have plenty of time to maximize benefits down the line.
And with the just-announced offer for new cardholders of the World of Hyatt Credit Card to earn double elite night credits on Hyatt stays through the end of the year, there’s now one more way to get to the Globalist finish line much faster than usual.
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