What Is Hyatt’s Mysterious Courtesy Card Status?

What Is Hyatt’s Mysterious Courtesy Card Status?

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World of Hyatt is my favorite hotel loyalty program, and Globalist status comes with some phenomenal benefits. What many people don’t realize is that there’s a secret status above Globalist, known as Courtesy Card.

Think of it as being along the lines of how American Airlines has Concierge Key and United Airlines has Global Services, except this Hyatt status is significantly more exclusive.

What is Hyatt Courtesy Card?

Hyatt Courtesy Card is an invitation only status level. Hyatt is tight-lipped about this status, both in terms of the requirements to earn it, as well as the benefits associated with it.

With that in mind, I wanted to share what I know about Courtesy Card, which is based on anecdotal reports from readers, and some sources who are in the know.

How do you earn Hyatt Courtesy Card?

As far as I know there are four ways to earn Courtesy Card (in order of the likelihood of earning it):

  • Own a Hyatt hotel
  • Be nominated by the general manager of a Hyatt property, and then the request will be reviewed by World of Hyatt
  • Spend a lot of money at Hyatt properties, and stay at a large number of Hyatt properties
  • Be responsible for large corporate travel accounts that bring a lot of business to Hyatt, ideally also mixed with one of the above

Again, this is purely based on anecdotal reports I’ve seen, so I can’t personally vouch for any of the above being a sure thing. In case you’re wondering how much spending is required to earn Courtesy Card through the third method above, think $50,000+ per year. To be clear, even $50,000 is far from a guarantee to get Courtesy Card, but if you don’t spend at least that much, expect that you have almost no shot.

Courtesy Card is Hyatt’s invitation only status

What are the benefits of Hyatt Courtesy Card?

As you might expect, for such a “secret” status level, there aren’t that many published benefits beyond World of Hyatt Globalist status. Rather Courtesy Card seems to be primarily about “soft” treatment and recognition at properties.

As I understand it, Courtesy Card perks include the following:

  • The best available suite at hotels, and overall priority for everything (including upgrades) ahead of other members
  • A welcome amenity
  • Special recognition throughout your stay, though the quality of that recognition varies by property
Receive the best available suite with Hyatt Courtesy Card

When does Hyatt send out Courtesy Card nominations?

Based on what I’ve heard, Hyatt historically sends our Courtesy Card nominations around late February or early March, around the same time that the previous year’s status ends. We’ll see if that’s the same in the coming year, since this sure is a strange time for the travel loyalty business.

Courtesy Card invitations are typically sent out early in the year

How many Hyatt Courtesy Card members are there?

This is anyone’s guess, really. Hyatt has around 1,000 hotels, and many hotels have the same owners. So I’d guess that there are under 1,000 people who have Courtesy Card through ownership of a Hyatt property.

As far as people invited to Courtesy Card through their own stay activity goes, I’ve heard that number is in the hundreds, or very low thousands at most.

If I had to guess, I’d say there are at most a few thousand Courtesy Card members out there, if that. We’re not talking about tens of thousands of members, as you might find with some other invitation only elite tiers.

There aren’t many Courtesy Card members out there

Bottom line

Courtesy Card is Hyatt’s invitation only status for hotel owners and other “important” guests, including those who spend a lot and those who control a lot of travel for others. Perks include upgrades to the best available rooms and overall great recognition. While most of us will never qualify for this elite tier, it’s always fun to know what’s out there.

Are any OMAAT readers Courtesy Card members? If so, what has your experience been, are there any benefits I missed, and how did you earn it (if you don’t mind sharing)?

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  1. Vladiator Guest

    I managed a celebrity who had this card. In our experience the benefits did not extend much beyond what Ben wrote: it was essentially Globalist (at the time, Diamond) with upgrades to the best suites. Upgrades to the Presidential Auite were common. Hyatt points were earned. There was one added benefit: the cardholder could gift Globalist statement to one person.

  2. Reno Joe Guest

    I'm skeptical about any hotel "status." Every year, I spend a multiple of the dollar figure Ben states and property owners still strive to deny benefits. And, ultimately, realization of status benefits happens (or doesn't happen) based on decisions by the individual property. Would this Courtesy Card status open up inventory -- upgrade or award -- that owners have nefariously removed? Would it open up any of the other benefits that owners have attempted to suppress?

    1. Super Gold

      When I was Diamond/Globalist with Hyatt, I had a concierge that would review all my stays as they were coming up and would sometimes proactively message me about them (confirmations if I was accidentally double-booked, etc.). I'd imagine you'd have some kind of powerful concierge tied to your CC that would automatically work with every hotel you book to get you into the best available suite and have a welcome amenity waiting for you. Kind...

      When I was Diamond/Globalist with Hyatt, I had a concierge that would review all my stays as they were coming up and would sometimes proactively message me about them (confirmations if I was accidentally double-booked, etc.). I'd imagine you'd have some kind of powerful concierge tied to your CC that would automatically work with every hotel you book to get you into the best available suite and have a welcome amenity waiting for you. Kind of like how SPG used to have ambassadors who would get you gifts and the like.

  3. Andrew Diamond

    My favorite thing about this article is that we have Ningbo, Sydney, Tokyo and Ubud Hyatt properties photographed. All places I can't travel as a US citizen.

    Status with Hyatt? Irrelevant.

    1. Andrew Diamond

      Sorry not Tokyo, Kyoto.

    2. Quo Vadis Guest

      @Andrew, I can vouch for Ventana Big Sur (northern California). That's a nice place to stay if you are restricting yourself to U.S./domestic properties.

    3. Andrew Diamond

      Oh, I hear you. Not stayed there yet, but on my to do list.

      My point was the selection of photos Ben used in this specific article. I later noticed the title image is from PH Guangzhou. None of his specific photos are available for travel.

    4. DD Guest

      You can go to Ubud. We have been in Bali for 5 weeks enjoying every Hyatt property one by one. It is a bit tedious to fly into Jakarta and quarantine there but it is quite possible. As globalists they are treating us incredibly well - At most properties the GM comes and finds us during our stay to thank us for being here.

  4. rt128 Guest

    I have heard that Courtesy Card holders do not earn WoH points.

    1. TNS Guest

      We earn 5 base points per eligible $1USD spent along with bonus points.

  5. Nate nate Guest

    Does Courtesy Card status get you an extension on your free night awards? Or does Hyatt not care if you live or die from the omnicron wave

    1. Another Lump Guest

      Considering that as of recently, only one person worldwide has died from the big scary omicron, your neuroticism isn't really Hyatt's problem to solve.

    2. Nate nate Guest

      Ah okay. So its fine for people to hold off to see the long-term effects of the vaccine, but concern about the long-term effects of being a Covid survivor isn't valid. Plus, to that person who died, does it really matter how many other people died from Omnicom?

      BTW, its one person in the US, not worldwide -- if you are going to mislead with statistics, at least get the statistics right.

  6. robert barker Guest

    ben, off topic a bit but would it be possible to mention the location of the photos in the text below them? i know the file names have their location but it's just more steps to view them. i'm always curious to know which gorgeous hotels are in the pics. i really like all of the hotels in the pics of this post. they are so low key. no bling.

    1. Steve Diamond

      Some blogs have them but yes a quick (Alila Ubud Bali) below a pic would be nice. In the meantime just:

      right click and select search Google for this image and nine times out of ten you get the right answer of where the picture is from.

    2. robert barker Guest

      thanks Steve. i am aware of google image search but actually you don't even always have to search. the name of the image file has the hotel in it. for example: Park-Hyatt-Kyoto-Suite.png. so i just right click and select open image in new tab and there it is in the URL.

  7. 787 New Member

    Not even owning a Hyatt guarantees Courtesy Card. My friend (very rich, shady and paranoid guy from Singapore) owns several Hyatts in southeast Asia and Australia, but he said he "never even heard of this status" let along having one on his wallet.

    1. 787 New Member

      *let alone having one in his wallet*

  8. Eskimo Guest

    I have the mythical 'Gold' Blockbuster Card.

    Get's me lots of free VHS, waived late fees, and early access to new release. The manager would go to Tower Records to buy extra copies.

    1. tuotuo Member

      Let's talk about the old good times

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robert barker Guest

ben, off topic a bit but would it be possible to mention the location of the photos in the text below them? i know the file names have their location but it's just more steps to view them. i'm always curious to know which gorgeous hotels are in the pics. i really like all of the hotels in the pics of this post. they are so low key. no bling.

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Another Lump Guest

Considering that as of recently, only one person worldwide has died from the big scary omicron, your neuroticism isn't really Hyatt's problem to solve.

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