World of Hyatt Globalist is my favorite hotel status out there, and in 2021 it’s easier than ever before to earn that status. There are so many different promotions right now that it seems to be causing confusion among some members.
In this post I wanted to recap the promotions that make it easy to earn World of Hyatt status, and then talk about some of the best strategies for getting to Globalist status. I first wrote about this a month ago, but wanted to update that post to reflect what has changed since then.
World of Hyatt’s incredible promotions
There are a few reasons that World of Hyatt Globalist status is particularly easy to earn in 2021 (status earned in 2021 is valid through February 2023). On the most basic level, elite requirements for 2021 have been reduced by half — earning Globalist status in 2021 requires 30 qualifying elite nights, rather than the usual 60 nights.
But it gets better than that:
- Through World of Hyatt’s Bonus Journeys promotion, elite nights earned through stays between October 1 and December 31, 2020, also earn you an equivalent number of elite nights for 2021; in other words, if you stayed 10 nights during the promotion period in 2020, you’d get 10 nights towards status for 2021 (most of these bonus elite nights have already posted)
- World of Hyatt’s Bonus Journeys promotion has been extended, so all eligible stays between January 1 and February 28, 2021, earn double elite nights towards 2021 status
- Hyatt has introduced “Office for the Day” rates, whereby you can get elite credits when booking a hotel room for the day; in many cases these are more affordable than overnight rates
- Those with the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) can get five elite nights towards status annually just for having the card; those who applied for the card between October 16 and December 31, 2020, received 10 elite nights towards status for both 2020 and 2021, but that promotion isn’t valid for new cardmembers anymore
Stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives as a Globalist member
Best strategies for earning Globalist status
With World of Hyatt requiring just 30 elite nights to earn Globalist status in 2021, I figured I’d share the different pathways you could take to earning the status. Think of it like CNN’s “Magic Wall” on Election
Night Week, where they constantly shared the different pathways to 270 electoral votes (except in this case we’re talking about elite nights rather than electoral votes).
Let’s start with the two extremes (Globalist exclusively through credit card spending, and Globalist exclusively through stays), and then we’ll address some options that incorporate both stays and Hyatt’s co-branded credit card. Note that all of these options assume that you register for Hyatt’s current Bonus Journeys promotion by January 15, and none of this factors in any rollover nights from 2020 (which make status even easier to earn).
Globalist exclusively through stays
I think this is pretty self explanatory — a stay of 15 nights where you’re checking out between January 1 and February 28, 2021, would earn you Globalist status. That’s because elite nights are doubled.
A single 15 night stay could earn you Globalist status
Globalist exclusively through credit cards
The World of Hyatt Credit Card makes it easier to earn elite status:
- Members get five elite nights towards status per calendar year (these aren’t doubled as part of the Bonus Journeys promotion)
- Members get two bonus elite nights for every $5,000 spent (these aren’t doubled as part of the Bonus Journeys promotion)
If you have the World of Hyatt Card:
- You’d start 2021 with five elite nights, so you’d only need 25 more elite nights
- Spending $65,000 would earn you 26 additional elite nights, which is more than enough for Globalist
- You can reduce those numbers a bit if you applied between October 16 and December 31, 2020, since you’d get 10 elite nights rather than five
You can earn Globalist status exclusively through credit card spending
Hybrid approaches for World of Hyatt Card members
If you have the World of Hyatt Credit Card or apply now, you’ll get five elite nights in 2021 just for having the card. Then there are two best pathways to Globalist status, in my opinion:
- You could earn the remaining 25 elite nights by staying 13 nights in the first two months of 2021
- You could spend $15,000 on the World of Hyatt Card, so you earn a second Category 1-4 free night certificate, plus six more elite nights; then you’d only need to stay 10 nights in the first two months of 2021 to earn Globalist status
If you applied for the card between October 16 and December 31, 2020, that math would look slightly different:
- You would get 10 elite nights in 2021 just for being approved for the card
- You could spend a total of $6,000 to earn the 50,000 point welcome bonus, and that would earn you a further two elite nights (since you get two elite nights for every $5,000 spent)
- Personally I’d try to spend a total of $15,000 on the card (which is the sweet spot on this card), because you then earn a second Category 1-4 free night certificate, and you’d also receive a total of six elite nights for having spent $15,000
In other words, if you applied for the card in late 2020 and spent $15,000, you’d have a total of 16 elite nights. Then you’d need to earn just 14 more elite nights, which could be knocked out with a seven night stay in the first two months of 2021.
Easy enough, eh?
Earn Globalist status with both your credit card and stays
Earn Globalist status through award stays
There are lots of reasonably priced hotels right now, and Hyatt’s promotion in general is phenomenal (as you can earn triple or quadruple points on stays). But there’s also a way you can earn Globalist status with almost no cash out of pocket.
Keep in mind that with World of Hyatt, even award stays count towards status, and also qualify for the double elite nights promotion.
Hyatt’s cheapest Category 1 properties cost 5,000 points per night. However, currently all members can get a 15% rebate on awards, while those with the World of Hyatt Credit Card can get a 25% rebate on awards.
In other words, with a 25% rebate, you’re really only going to be paying 3,750 points per night at many properties. If you’re a new cardmember and complete the minimum spending on the card, you’ll be at seven elite nights, so you only need 23 more elite nights, which translates to 12 actual nights stayed in the first two months of 2021.
You could book 12 nights at a property costing 3,750 points per night, so you’d be “paying” 45,000 points for Globalist. Keep in mind Hyatt is transfer partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards, so there are lots of ways to come by those points.
You could earn Globalist status exclusively through award stays
Earn Globalist status through “office for the day” rates
Hyatt recently introduced “office for the day” rates, whereby you can essentially book Hyatt hotel rooms in the Americas from 7AM until 7PM. The intent is that you can use the room as your office.
What makes this unique from a points and status perspective is that you earn elite nights and points just as you would for overnight stays, while the rates are often less expensive. For example, I see some Hyatt Place properties that have day rates starting at just $50.
The catch is that when you book an overnight stay you only have to check in once, while if you book an office stay, you have to check in and out every day. So this could be especially useful for someone who actually wants to work from a Hyatt, rather than just someone looking to make a mattress run.
For those who don’t mind working from a Hyatt, this is probably the most affordable way to earn Globalist status while paying cash.
Is Globalist status even worth it, though?
There are a couple of questions people will likely have, which I’d like to address:
- “Do you get all the Globalist benefits if you earn the status this way?”
- “Isn’t everyone going to be Globalist now?”
Do you get all the Globalist benefits?
If you qualify for Globalist status with 30 elite nights, you’ll get most of the standard Globalist benefits, like suite upgrades subject to availability, complimentary breakfast, etc.
One important thing to keep in mind is that while 30 elite nights gets you Globalist status, it doesn’t get you all the Milestone Rewards, which are still tied to the regular number of elite nights required. These include the following:
- For passing 40 elite nights, you can choose 5,000 bonus points or a $100 Hyatt gift card
- For passing 50 elite nights, you receive two Globalist Suite Upgrade Awards
- For passing 60 elite nights, you receive two more Globalist Suite Upgrade Awards, plus a Category 1-7 free night certificate, plus access to My Hyatt Concierge
You wouldn’t get the confirmed suite upgrades unless you passed 50 or 60 elite nights.
You won’t receive confirmed suite upgrade awards unless you pass 50 & 60 elite nights
Isn’t everyone going to be Globalist now?
Over the years, World of Hyatt has offered all kinds of promotions to make it easier to earn status, and there have always been people claiming it’s not fair. Will everyone suddenly be Globalist, and therefore the status will be worth less? I would think absolutely not, personally:
- Business travel is way, way down, and historically that’s how most people earn Globalist status
- For many Globalist benefits (like free breakfast and late check-out), you’re not actually “competing” with anyone else for those benefits
- There’s so much uncertainty right now, and loyalty program executives are doing their best to anticipate how demand will recover; I’d be willing to bet World of Hyatt management isn’t looking to swell ranks significantly
I think one major reason to take advantage of this opportunity is if you’re someone who has been considering switching to Hyatt for a long time, but there was no easy pathway to doing so. It’s always easier and more pleasant to stay with a brand if you have status, so this is a fantastic time to make the switch.
I don’t think we’re going to see elite ranks swell too much
World of Hyatt has made it extremely easy to earn Globalist status in 2021. This is a top notch status that I value highly, and for anyone comfortable staying at a hotel, this is an opportunity I would consider. Having the World of Hyatt Credit Card makes it even easier to earn status.
Anyone planning on earn Globalist status with these promotions? Any other questions I can answer?