World of Hyatt Globalist is my favorite hotel status. While Hyatt is extending everyone’s status this year, I’ve still just passed 40 elite nights, primarily thanks to a combination of credit card spending, and quite a few nights at the beginning of the year.
Last year Hyatt introduced Milestone Rewards, and with passing 40 elite nights I also have the choice of a new Milestone Reward. In this post I wanted to share my thought process in selecting one.
What are Hyatt Milestone Rewards?
Hyatt’s elite tier thresholds are as follows:
- Discoverist status: 10 qualifying nights or 25,000 base points (equivalent to $5,000 of spending)
- Explorist status: 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points (equivalent to $10,000 of spending)
- Globalist status: 60 qualifying nights or 100,000 base points (equivalent to $20,000 of spending)
Then members earn Milestone Rewards for every 10 qualifying nights (or some number of base points), all the way up to 100 qualifying nights. Here are the details of that:
- 10 qualifying nights or 25,000 base points — earn Discoverist status
- 20 qualifying nights or 35,000 base points — earn 2 club lounge access awards
- 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points — earn Explorist status, plus earn 2 club lounge access awards, plus a Category 1-4 free night award
- 40 qualifying nights or 65,000 base points — earn 5,000 bonus points, a $100 Hyatt gift card, or 10,000 points off a FIND experience
- 50 qualifying nights or 80,000 base points — 2 suite upgrade awards
- 60 qualifying nights or 100,000 base points — earn Globalist status, plus 2 suite upgrade awards, plus a Category 1-7 free night award
- 70 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award
- 80 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award
- 90 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award
- 100 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award
For passing 10, 20, and 30 nights there were no choices, so now that I’ve passed 40 nights, I was finally given my first choice of rewards.
Hyatt’s 40 night Milestone Rewards
As soon as my 40th elite night for the year posted, I received an email from Hyatt offering me a Milestone Reward.
I had the following three choices:
- 5,000 World of Hyatt points
- A $100 Hyatt e-gift card
- 10,000 World of Hyatt points off a FIND experience
Which of these three options represents the best deal? Let’s take a look at how each of these works — note that you have to select your reward within 90 days.
5,000 World of Hyatt points
Selecting 5,000 World of Hyatt points is the most straightforward option. I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, so to me this reward is worth about $75. That’s not bad, especially when you consider that this was a reward that Globalist members didn’t earn prior to last year.
$100 Hyatt gift card
If you select this option, Hyatt will instantly send you a $100 e-gift card when you make your selection. The e-gift card doesn’t expire, and can be redeemed at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts in the Americas (though they’re not accepted at locations outside the Americas). Here’s a full list of participating locations.
10,000 World of Hyatt points off a FIND experience
If you select this option you’ll receive 10,000 World of Hyatt points off of any FIND experience booked using points through experiences.worldofhyatt.com. This will come in the form of an electronic code redeemable by the member within six months of issuance.
For those of you not familiar with this, FIND is Hyatt’s experiences marketplace. As a general rule of thumb, you can redeem points towards experiences at the rate of about 1.4 cents per point.
That means a 10,000 point discount will get you about a $140 experience, which isn’t bad at all.
The catch here is that you’re limited to the experiences offered by Hyatt, and you have to redeem within six months. So while this has the potential to be the highest value option, it’s also the riskiest to redeem, so I’d only select this if you have a specific experience in mind, and you’ve decided that represents a good deal.
Especially in these times, this option seems riskier than before to select.
Which Milestone Reward did I select?
For me the choice was obvious.
- I didn’t want the lack of flexibility offered by the FIND experience
- Since I don’t value World of Hyatt points at more than two cents each, I decided to choose the $100 e-gift card
The process was super easy, and I was instantly emailed the gift card, which I can use for a future Hyatt stay. You simply have to provide the gift card number at check-out.
How to earn Hyatt elite nights
On the most basic level you earn one elite night for every night you stay at Hyatt when booking directly through Hyatt channels (this includes both award and revenue nights). On top of that, the World Of Hyatt Credit Card can earn you elite nights as well:
- You receive five elite nights annually just for having the card
- You receive two elite nights for every $5,000 you spend on the card
Those are only some of the perks offered by this incredible card, as the card also offers:
- A Category 1-4 free night certificate on your account anniversary every year
- A second Category 1-4 free night certificate when you spend $15,000 on the card in a cardmember year
- Discoverist status for as long as you have the card
I love Hyatt’s Milestone Rewards system. All the way up to the 60 night Globalist qualification there aren’t any choices that have to be made, other than at the 40 night level. You can’t go wrong with either 5,000 points or a $100 Hyatt gift card, though personally I think the gift card wins out if you stay at Hyatts in the Americas with any frequency.
Which Hyatt 40 night Milestone Reward do you consider to be more worthwhile?