Hyatt 40 Night Milestone Reward: Which Is Best?

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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:

…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.

Bottom line

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?

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Comments
  1. Do you know an easy way to check if the egiftcard has been used? I recieved one last year and for the life of me can’t remember if I redeemed it or not. Also maybe for another article can you talk about how to redeem the egift card? Can you do it online, through phone, showing it to the hotel? Thank you

  2. Hyatt is offering 2 elite night credits for each 1 night of stay in December through Jan 4th. You can reach Globalist With only 30 elite nights.
    I’m Considering a mattress run in December

  3. I just hit 100 nights and always take points. I don’t want a $100 gift card because I would rather use my WoH card and earn additional points.

  4. Also, I find it pretty easy to redeem Hyatt points for 4-5 cents per point. Have multiple 4-5 cent stays coming up in the spring.

  5. I wish the eGCs were easier to use (i.e. a way to use online during booking). The last time I used them, it took a few hours to sort through.

  6. Quick question for anyone who may know the answer. With Hyatt stays the rest of the year counting towards 2021 status as well, how does this affect milestone awards? In other words, if I picks up 30 stays the rest of the year, and therefore start with 30 stays at the beginning of 2021, would I be eligible for the $100 GC/$5,000 point milestone after 10 new stays in 2021, and so on? Thanks.

  7. @Jerry: where did you find information that says Hyatt is offering 2x EQNs from December to Jan 4th? I can only find info that it’s rolling over to next year.

  8. @Jetiquette can you give us examples of those 4-5 cents per points? What properties? I usually find difficult to get way more than 2 cents a point. Thanks

  9. I think it is a toss-up between the points and e-giftcard. One thing to remember, if you are using the e-giftcard, you will be taxed on the hotel amount. With points you aren’t. And if you tend to stay at places with resort fees, there is that to consider too. I bet it comes out about the same. I went for the e-giftcard last year but from now on I’m going to go for the points. For me, it is easier.

  10. @Chris, I had to read Frequent Miler’s post twice. At first glance, I thought it was just rollover nights to 2021. See the Q&A for FM’s post entitled “Rocking Hyatt’s overlapping promos”.

    – For every Tier-Qualifying Night on stays completed during the Promotion Period, members will earn one Tier-Qualifying Night credit toward elite status the year in which they earn it, and one bonus Tier-Qualifying Night credit toward elite status in 2021.

    – What happens with stays that span December and January? For example, if I stay Dec 28 – Jan 4 (7 nights), how many tier qualifying nights would be awarded for 2020 and how many for 2021? Elite nights are earned based on the checkout date. So, in this example, the 7 night stay would earn a total of 14 elite nights in 2021 and zero nights for 2020.

  11. @somedude and @Theresa, thanks for the clearification! That seems like a great deal. At 5k a night, globalist would be 125k for anyone with the hyatt cc (like myself). I’m at 31 nights right now for this year and am thinking of doing the run this December; basically buying globalist for 125k – 2 vouchers (cat4, 15k, and cat7, 30k) = 80k. I think it’ll be worth it if I get to travel next year / if the pandemic gets better.

  12. ^ adding to my previous comment, the total out-of-pocket cost would be:

    125k – 31.25k (25% back) – 15k (cat 1-4) – 30k (cat 1-7) = 48.75k net points out of pocket, + 4 suite upgrades. Damn, very attractive indeed…

  13. @Theresa I agree on the gift card vs 5k points. I’ve never had a WOH redemption under 2 cents and saving taxes, resort fees, etc., on a points booking has value. I’ll take the points every time and not have to worry about keeping track of another GC.

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