How To Earn Lifetime World of Hyatt Globalist Status

How To Earn Lifetime World of Hyatt Globalist Status

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Many airline and hotel frequent flyer programs offer lifetime status, whereby you can earn status for a “lifetime” (whether that’s your lifetime or the lifetime of the program is a different question). 😉

World of Hyatt Globalist is my favorite hotel status, and in this post I wanted to take a closer look at how you can earn lifetime Globalist status in the World of Hyatt program.

Earning World of Hyatt lifetime Globalist status

While the World of Hyatt program has three elite tiers — Discoverist, Explorist, and Globalist — the program only offers lifetime status for the top Globalist tier. In order to earn lifetime Globalist status you need to earn one million base points:

  • With Hyatt you earn five base points per dollar spent, so that’s the equivalent of $200,000 worth of “qualifying” spending with Hyatt
  • The number of nights stayed is in no way considered for lifetime status, so it doesn’t matter if you reach that threshold after 20 nights or 2,000 nights
  • In the past you had to have status in the program for 10 years as well in order to qualify, but that’s no longer the case; in theory you could spend $200,000 on a single hotel stay and earn lifetime Globalist status that way
$200,000 in qualifying spending will earn you lifetime Globalist

What base points count towards lifetime status?

You earn five base points for each dollar of eligible spending with Hyatt:

So yeah, if you were to book a $50,000 cruise to Antarctica through Lindblad Expeditions, that would qualify towards your lifetime Globalist status.

A Lindblad Expeditions cruise could count towards lifetime Globalist status

Can you earn lifetime Globalist with credit card spending?

While the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card (review) are useful hotel credit cards that can help you earn elite nights and status, the cards can’t help you earn lifetime Globalist status:

  • The cards do offer elite nights, but elite nights aren’t considered for lifetime Globalist status
  • Base points don’t include any points earned through credit card spending

How can you track your progress towards lifetime status?

Oddly the World of Hyatt website doesn’t actually show your qualifying lifetime base points (if anyone from Hyatt is reading this, I’d sure love to see that feature added), so there are two ways you can figure out your progress towards lifetime Globalist:

  • You can contact World of Hyatt by phone or through Twitter and ask
  • The monthly account summary that World of Hyatt sends out to members lists “lifetime base points” at the top right

Benefits of lifetime World of Hyatt Globalist status

World of Hyatt Globalist status comes with all kinds of great perks, so which of those perks do lifetime Globalist members receive? What can make the World of Hyatt program confusing is that there are perks associated with elite tiers, and then perks that are earned as Milestone Rewards, which you earn when passing certain elite night or base point thresholds.

World of Hyatt Globalist members receive the following “basic” perks:

  • Room upgrades at check-in, up to standard suites
  • Club lounge access and/or restaurant breakfast
  • Guaranteed 4PM check-out, except at resorts, where it’s subject to availability
  • A 30% points bonus
  • Waived resort fees on all eligible rates
  • Free parking on award stays
  • Access to the Guest of Honor program

On top of that, every single year lifetime Globalist members receive:

That’s some pretty incredible value.

Receive four suite upgrade awards annually as a lifetime Globalist

What happens if you also earn Globalist status annually?

What happens if a lifetime Globalist member also qualifies for Globalist status on an ongoing basis, by earning 60 elite nights or 100,000 base points in a calendar year?

Well, those members would still be able to pick Milestone Rewards and would receive standard Globalist benefits. All the lifetime Globalist perks are incremental, so you’d potentially receive eight suite upgrade awards, two Category 1-7 free night certificates, and more. That’s pretty awesome.

Potentially earn two Category 1-7 free night awards annually

Are lifetime Globalist members treated better than “regular” Globalist members?

While hotels can tell if you are a lifetime Globalist member or just a “regular” Globalist member, it’s my understanding that there’s not any official differentiated recognition.

This means that at least officially, it’s not that lifetime Globalist members are prioritized for upgrades over “regular” Globalist members. However, it all comes down to the individual hotel and employee, I suppose.

Is it worth trying to earn World of Hyatt lifetime status?

The concept of earning lifetime status is always tricky. It obviously requires a significant amount of loyalty and a huge investment, but there’s so much risk. While management of the World of Hyatt program has been extremely trustworthy, in my opinion, I don’t love the precedent set by other airline and hotel loyalty programs when it comes to lifetime perks. For example, we’ve seen:

  • Programs add higher elite tiers, so there’s nothing preventing Hyatt from adding a tier above Globalist in the future
  • While you are promised lifetime Globalist status, the specific perks offered aren’t guaranteed to stay the same forever; it’s no guarantee that suite upgrade awards, free night certificates, etc., will be program perks in the future
  • In many cases it can take a decade or more to earn lifetime status, so there’s a risk that eligibility requirements for lifetime status change at some point
  • In the event of a merger or takeover, we could see a new program with new elite tiers introduced

With that skepticism out of the way, let me note that lifetime Globalist status is the one lifetime loyalty program status I’d actually like to earn. Having lifetime Globalist status offers significant ongoing value even if you’d otherwise earn Globalist status, since you’re getting incremental, tangible perks.

I’ve been a loyal Hyatt customer for a long time, and I’m hoping to earn lifetime Globalist status within the next year.

You could earn two Category 1-7 free nights annually

How does Hyatt compare to other hotel programs for lifetime status?

To compare World of Hyatt’s lifetime status to the lifetime status perks of competing programs:

  • Hilton Honors offers lifetime Diamond status when you have maintained Diamond status for 10 years, plus have stayed a total of at least 1,000 nights or have accumulated at least two million base points since joining the program
  • Marriott Bonvoy offers lifetime Silver, Gold, and Platinum status based on a combination of lifetime nights and years of status; earn Silver after 250 lifetime nights and five years of status, earn Gold after 400 lifetime nights and seven years of status (minimum Gold), and earn Platinum after 600 lifetime nights and 10 years of status (minimum Platinum)

I’d argue that Marriott Bonvoy lifetime status is easiest to earn, given that credit card elite nights count towards lifetime status. To compare Hilton Honors and World of Hyatt lifetime status, it really depends on your stay patterns. With Hilton you could earn lifetime status based primarily on award stays, while with Hyatt only paid stays count. To Hyatt’s credit, there’s no minimum number of years of status.

Marriott Bonvoy lifetime status is the easiest to earn

Bottom line

I’d argue that Hyatt’s lifetime Globalist status is the most valuable lifetime hotel status out there. Not only do you get all the standard perks associated with Globalist status, but you also get a free night certificate annually, as well as four suite upgrade awards you can use to confirm an upgrade at the time of booking.

Add in the fact that these perks can be stacked with standard Milestone Rewards earned by Globalist members, and you could be earning eight suite upgrade awards per year, or possibly even more.

To Hyatt loyalists, what do you make of Hyatt’s lifetime Globalist status? Are there any questions about lifetime Globalist status you still have?

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  1. Maa Guest

    I have been a Diamond member with Hyatt since 1998 and the status was later converted to a Globalist. I have a never missed achieving the Globalist status until last year due to the pandemic travel restrictions and said that, I am still about 150,000 points away from achieving the lifelong Globalist Status. It is extremely difficult to achieve the lifetime status at Hyatt and in my opinion, it is not worth trying to achieve...

    I have been a Diamond member with Hyatt since 1998 and the status was later converted to a Globalist. I have a never missed achieving the Globalist status until last year due to the pandemic travel restrictions and said that, I am still about 150,000 points away from achieving the lifelong Globalist Status. It is extremely difficult to achieve the lifetime status at Hyatt and in my opinion, it is not worth trying to achieve the this status as Hyatt has less number of properties when compared to Marriott / Hilton. I reached out to Hyatt customer service multiple times to see if their management is considering to be competitive when compared to other hotel chains and never got any positive feedback from them

  2. Bo E Guest

    I’ve been at globalist status for a number of years by staying 100+ nights. However my base point total falls far behind my annual stay total. I had a recent career change with will prevent my continued 100 nights/year stays and I will never achieve Lifetime Globalist status.
    I will stay at the Hyatt but transition to staying at the most cost efficient quality hotel and end my 20 year Hyatt Chase card spending...

    I’ve been at globalist status for a number of years by staying 100+ nights. However my base point total falls far behind my annual stay total. I had a recent career change with will prevent my continued 100 nights/year stays and I will never achieve Lifetime Globalist status.
    I will stay at the Hyatt but transition to staying at the most cost efficient quality hotel and end my 20 year Hyatt Chase card spending as well by closing my CC account.
    In the end, Hyatt will lose out as there are many options when it comes to hotel selection.

  3. Ethan Guest

    For people staying hotels as self employed and out of pocket, Marriott Lifetime Platinum is the only meaningful lifetime status out there. And I definitely hate discrimination about award nights.
    If they’re smart, they should count Hyatt card spending on lifetime base points.
    Oh and, hotels in Asia definitely care about Lifetime Globalist, feel like similar level as Bonvoy Ambassador.

  4. Scott Guest

    I used to book conferences and paid with a credit card for our costs- $50k a year and, while I got points for our spend, it didn't count towards lifetime status. Very disappointing. After spending $500k over the years for that and being a globalist and diamond for many years, I am still nowhere near $200K.

    1. Stuart Guest

      @Scott. I’m not sure if this is correct. As I experienced, my meeting costs were one of the factors that got me to Lifetime so quickly. Maybe it’s changed? Did you make sure that the meeting room planners specifically added your account to the event folio? I could be wrong though and just assumed it went to the Lifetime tally.

    2. Eskimo Guest

      I think there was some additional rules about conferences. If I'm correct it's $1 = 1 point rather than 5 points as a stay.

  5. Stuart Guest

    My two thoughts on being both Lifetime and Annual Globalist:

    I am always recognized as a Lifetime Globalist. But I can't tell you that it ever meant much in difference to my also being an annual Globalist. Other than at check-in when I am acknowledged as a Lifetime (vs regular) there is nothing to differentiate in anything else I get in perks etc. Maybe there is and I just don't know it. Priority list for...

    My two thoughts on being both Lifetime and Annual Globalist:

    I am always recognized as a Lifetime Globalist. But I can't tell you that it ever meant much in difference to my also being an annual Globalist. Other than at check-in when I am acknowledged as a Lifetime (vs regular) there is nothing to differentiate in anything else I get in perks etc. Maybe there is and I just don't know it. Priority list for suite upgrades?

    With that, selfishly, I fully support that Hyatt does create a next level tier for Lifetime Globalists that also meet standard Globalist requirements each year, or more. It's a win-win in that I have far more incentive to not just ride my Lifetime status (one day should my travel lessen) and continue to make an effort.

    I'm at 100 nights this year with Hyatt. Head on bed. And still going. But I also have Ambassador with Marriott. If Hyatt created a next level up I would absolutely have moved some stays over from Bonvoy to reach that one.

    1. Eskimo Guest

      So I'm assuming you stay 200+ nights per year.

      Given how much Ambassador or Bonvoy has gone down, I'd move my business away from Marriott after 75 nights.

      I might suggest looking into IC Royal Ambassador if their locations match your stay. While IHG itself isn't worth blogging about, having RA benefit is. If you stay at enough IC to get invited, the recognition and benefit there is a lot better than being Globalist or Ambassador.

    2. Stuart Guest

      I’m actually just about to reach 250 nights this year total. But I really have no desire for IHG. Few properties I am interested in for redemptions, and the program itself is meh. Also, probably half my travel is to mid market cities and I have just no desire to stay at a Holiday Inn. Ambassador is pretty worthless, I agree, but the sheer footprint and occasional recognition I get works as a second for me to Hyatt.

  6. Jaa Guest

    Agree globalist is by far the best, but I wish there was an easier way to hit lifetime status aside from very high spend. Hyatt's great points value makes it very difficult want to pay cash rates. I've been staying at Hyatt properties almost exclusively on points for last 5 years around the world and I'm not even 2% to lifetime status.

  7. Francisco Guest

    The elite years in Marriott have to be consecutive. Or if i was elite, lose my status and earnead it again, the previous run counts?

    1. Elizabeth Guest

      They don’t have to be consecutive.

  8. Stephen Guest

    A decade of Marriot Ambassador status also costs at least $200,000.

    No for life at this Titanium (anymore) only mid pack Platinum

  9. Globo Guest

    When WoH changes lifetime Globalist requirement to 1000 nights and/or 10 years of Globalist status, I am in. Currently this is useful only to "new money" youngsters. Spend 200k in a year or less and that is it, for the rest of the life.

  10. Andrew Diamond

    IMO, there’s more risk to it than that. Hyatt has closed many lounges for nearly 20 months in properties, decided that 500 points was a fair trade for the properties that elected to forgo breakfast benefits, and even now places like Centric Waikiki still operate without promised benefits.

    Add to that the ever-shrinking proportion of properties that accept suite upgrades, and my math is that loyalty isn’t rewarded the way Hyatt would like to...

    IMO, there’s more risk to it than that. Hyatt has closed many lounges for nearly 20 months in properties, decided that 500 points was a fair trade for the properties that elected to forgo breakfast benefits, and even now places like Centric Waikiki still operate without promised benefits.

    Add to that the ever-shrinking proportion of properties that accept suite upgrades, and my math is that loyalty isn’t rewarded the way Hyatt would like to believe. Lifetime with this program is no longer a goal of mine.

  11. Dominik Guest

    Small correction - current requirement for Marriott Lifetime Platinum is 600 nights.

  12. Eric Guest

    What is this "monthly account summary that World of Hyatt sends out to members" you speak of? I've never received one of these.

    1. JoeSchmo Guest

      Same here. I see in my account profile that I've elected to receive it, but I haven't gotten anything.

    2. Andrew Diamond

      I was missing it for ages, I called Hyatt support and they did something to resubscribe me.

    3. MDA Guest

      Login to your account. Go to Personal Profile & Preferences. Then select the "Communication Preferences" tab. From there you select on whether you want to be contacted or not. Obviously you also need to check your email address is valid.

    4. Tom Guest

      I have opted into both of the checkboxes on the Communication Preferences tab, and nothing for me. I actually even used the login via email option, so my email address definitely is valid. I'm a Globalist, and just stayed at a Hyatt-family property (a Thompson) around the week of Thanksgiving.

      I'll follow Andrew's example and contact Hyatt support - there must be something else that needs to be setup for this email to fire.

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Maa Guest

I have been a Diamond member with Hyatt since 1998 and the status was later converted to a Globalist. I have a never missed achieving the Globalist status until last year due to the pandemic travel restrictions and said that, I am still about 150,000 points away from achieving the lifelong Globalist Status. It is extremely difficult to achieve the lifetime status at Hyatt and in my opinion, it is not worth trying to achieve the this status as Hyatt has less number of properties when compared to Marriott / Hilton. I reached out to Hyatt customer service multiple times to see if their management is considering to be competitive when compared to other hotel chains and never got any positive feedback from them

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Elizabeth Guest

They don’t have to be consecutive.

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Eskimo Guest

I think there was some additional rules about conferences. If I'm correct it's $1 = 1 point rather than 5 points as a stay.

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