Hyatt 40 Night Milestone Reward: Which Is Best?

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World of Hyatt Globalist is my favorite hotel status, and in my quest to requalify, I’ve just passed 40 elite nights for the year. Hyatt introduced Milestone Rewards as of this year, 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 spend)
  • Explorist status: 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points (equivalent to $10,000 of spend)
  • Globalist status: 60 qualifying nights or 100,000 base points (equivalent to $20,000 of spend)

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. Not bad, especially when you consider that this was a reward that Globalist members didn’t previously earn.

$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.

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 Hyatt stay that I’m checking out of this week. I just 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

…and more! You can learn all about the World of Hyatt Card here, and see this post for the best credit cards for earning Hyatt points.

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Comments
  1. That was a no brainer. The real question is the higher options. 10,000 points or a suite upgrade. I’ve chosen a suite upgrade everytime but may have too many now (3 left this year and already 5 for next). Would you pay $150 to upgrade a room to a guaranteed suite? The answer is always, it depends on the hotel.

  2. I redeemed my 40 night award for 5000 points. Which I promptly used for a room on a Thursday night at a Hyatt Place in the Atlanta suburbs. Instead of a rate of 122 + tax, or $144 which is closer to 2.9 cents per point.

    I suppose I could have used the give card so that I would have only paid $ 44 for the room. But since $44 is more than free…YMMV

  3. I must be the only person who is points all the way.

    First, for Globalists I really wish Hyatt would allow something other than Club lounge access. The 8 I have are burning a hole on my phone – I’ve been able to use 1 or 2 to help friends, but for us it doesn’t help.

    For 40 nights and soon to hit 70, I’m all about the 10k in points. I’m at a slightly higher value for points (~1.6 to ~1.7) and won’t book with points unless over that. It’s helped to rack up points. I’m saving them for some of the bigger property redemption (2 nights at Park Hyatt NYC, 2 Nights at Kameela resort in Phuket and as yet to book nights in Japan next October/November) I feel these points are getting me closer to the goals.

    For example, my wife and I are flying home from Paris. We stayed 4 nights at the Regency Etoile. I love that area and forces me to walk to the Arc and museums. The base rate this weekend was 325€ (without lounge and view rooms) for me I used 3 certs and 15k in points and paid 30€ for the bar and 10€ for tax. I would say the over 2 cents per point was well worth the hoarding of points.

  4. Still just 55 nights to qualify for Globalist this year, I believe. I take the points over suite upgrades any day as it is only on holidays that I value a suite….on business, where I spend 8-10 hours max in a room, most of it sleeping, it is irrelevant. Living in Asia I took the points at 40 nights…just got 2 suite upgrades for 50 nights…

  5. I hit 44 nights about 2 weeks ago and still haven’t received an email. How long did it take you guys to get the pick award email?

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