Earning Globalist Status With Hyatt’s New Credit Card

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Yesterday The World of Hyatt Credit Card was introduced, which is Hyatt’s new co-branded credit card. The card has a $95 annual fee, and offers compelling benefits, including:

  • An anniversary free night certificate on your account anniversary every year, and another anniversary free night certificate when you spend $15,000 on the card in an account year
  • Five elite qualifying nights annually just for having the card, and an additional two elite qualifying nights for every $5,000 spent on the card

Those are the highlights of the card, though there are some other benefits as well.

One of the things that’s most interesting about The World of Hyatt Credit Card is that you can now earn top tier status exclusively through credit card spend.

How much do you need to spend to earn Globalist status?

Hyatt Globalist status ordinarily requires 60 elite qualifying nights in a year to earn, or if you’re requalifying (meaning you already have the status), it only requires 55 elite qualifying nights.

In both cases you’d receive five elite qualifying nights just for having the card, meaning that from scratch you’d need to spend:

  • $140,000 to earn Globalist status, assuming you don’t have the status already ($140,000 of spend gets you 56 elite qualifying nights, plus the five you get just for having the card)
  • $125,000 for requalifying for Globalist status ($125,000 of spend gets you 50 elite qualifying nights, plus the five you get just for having the card)

Let me of course acknowledge that for many people, spending six figures on a credit card annually isn’t possible. Obviously this isn’t for those people. However, I know a lot of readers have jobs where they can generate a lot of credit card spend through reimbursable expenses, and sometimes those people spend six or seven figures per year on credit cards.

This analysis is targeted more at those people.

Is spending your way to Globalist status worth it?

When I first heard about the new card I thought to myself that spending your way to Globalist status probably wasn’t a good deal, purely in terms of opportunity cost.

For example, if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card and Chase Freedom Unlimited®, you could be earning 1.5x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on base spend (it’s my favorite credit card duo). Meanwhile The World of Hyatt Credit Card offers one World of Hyatt point per dollar on base spend, so you’re potentially giving up 62,500-70,000 Ultimate Rewards points for that spend, which is quite an opportunity cost.

But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it really could make sense, because think of all the perks you’d rack up as you complete that spend and start earning elite status. Every year you’d earn:

  • A Category 1-4 free night certificate just for having the card
  • A Category 1-4 free night certificate for spending $15,000 on the card
  • A Category 1-4 free night certificate for earning Explorist status, which you’d get for spending $65,000 on the card
  • A Category 1-7 free night certificate for earning Globalist status
  • Four Globalist Suite Upgrades when you earn Globalist status, each of which can be used to confirm a suite upgrade for a booking of up to seven nights


Use your Category 1-7 free night at the Park Hyatt Sydney

Crunching the numbers

I’m not suggesting any of the above rewards should be valued at face value, but if they were, the three Category 1-4 free nights are worth 15,000 points each (for a total of 45,000 points), while the Category 1-7 free night is worth 30,000 points. That means the free night certificates alone are worth up to 75,000 points. That doesn’t even begin to factor in the value of the confirmed suite upgrades, not to mention all the other Globalist perks you get, like suite upgrades, waived resort fees, free parking on award stays, guaranteed late check-out, and much more.

I also think that realistically the math has to be adjusted a bit in terms of how much you need to spend to earn Globalist status. You only need to spend $125,000-140,000 if you don’t actually stay any nights at Hyatt at all. And if you don’t spend any nights at Hyatt, then there’s no reason to go for the status.

If you spend your way to Globalist status, you’re getting a minimum of four free night certificates per year, and when you redeem those, they count towards status. So that shaves at least $10,000 off the spend requirement, which is what would otherwise be needed to earn four elite qualifying nights.

Furthermore, you’ll get four confirmed suite upgrades, and at a minimum you’ll want to use those for stays of a few nights each. So even for someone who wasn’t previously a Hyatt loyalist, I think it would be fair to assume that going forward you’d maybe spend 20 nights per year with Hyatt.

After all, if you’re not going to spend any nights at Hyatt, then there’s really not any value in this. I see the value in this being for people who do want to stay at Hyatts a fair bit, but not enough to earn Globalist status.

Assuming you’re requalifying for status and that you usually spend 20 nights per year at Hyatt (including the free night certificates and using your Globalist suite upgrades), you’d only need 30 additional elite nights with The World of Hyatt Credit Card (this is after factoring in the five elite nights you get just for having the card). Earning those would require $75,000 of spend, which seems like a more manageable spend requirement.


I used one of my Globalist suite upgrades at the Park Hyatt Paris this year

Bottom line

I’m so impressed by the way that Hyatt and Chase designed this card, as it’s now actually worth spending money on if you’re a Hyatt enthusiast, regardless of whether you’re a non-elite or Globalist member.

Furthermore, they’ve created a realistic path through which big credit card spenders can earn Globalist status largely through spend, and it can be quite a good value, thanks to all the incremental rewards you’ll earn along the way. Given Hyatt’s small global footprint that seems smart to me, since previously Hyatt was an “all or nothing” program for many, given their weak mid-tier elite benefits.

Is anyone considering spending their way to Globalist status with The World of Hyatt Credit Card?

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Comments

  1. Lucky

    if you want to achieve Globalist by spending, when is the best time to complete spending requirement?

    thanks.

  2. In theory, you could spend ~$2,250 (not including the benefits) to maintain Globalist. Pay $125,000 income tax bill with your credit card with a 1.8% surcharge.

  3. @ sam — Since status is based on a calendar year, you’d get the most value by completing the spend as early in the year as possible. In other words, if you earned Globalist status in January it would be valid for the remainder, of that year, the entire following year, and until early in the year after that.

  4. Thanks Ben. Since I have the current Hyatt credit card, would you recommend to cancel that one and then applying for the new one for the sign up bonus even though I am within the 5/24? My last hyatt sign up bonus was over 24 months ago.

  5. I was a Diamond/Globalist for 2.5 years and had to let it go. Back then it was effectively 40 nights, because I got 10 from the card. Then they upped it to 55 and removed the ability to earn nights from the card — that just wasn’t possible for me.

    It was too bad, because Globalist is the only hotel status of any brand that is worth it to me. Traveling with my family, a confirmed suite upgrade is gold — otherwise we’d need two rooms — whereas a chance at a suite upgrade is not worth it. And we get a lot of mileage out of the free breakfast.

    Now that they brought back elite nights from the card, and made it way better, I think I’ll go back to Hyatt.

  6. I’ve always wondered this. Using your free category 1 to 4 certificates does the globalist get free parking? Of course I know that globalists’ get free parking on award stays.

  7. Not counting the signup bonus, by my math, I can pay for about 5 nights a year at low/mid range properties, spend about $40,000 annually on the card, and between the points earned and free night certificates, have enough points and certificates to pay for an additional 5 nights/year at Category 4 hotels. If someone wants to spend about 10 nights a year with Hyatt and can spend about $40,000 on this card for non-bonused spending, this is a pretty good return (more than 3% in most cases).

  8. @Ben – Can you help me understand how much spend is required for each qualifying night? For example, I already have 16 qualifying nights, how much would I need to spend on this card to reach 60 qualifying nights to get Globalist?

  9. @ gene — You get two elite nights for every $5,000 spent. So if you need 44 nights then you’d need to spend $110,000. However, you get five elite nights just for having the card, so you’d really only need to spend $100,000. Then requalifying in future years will take less, since you need five fewer nights.

  10. “It was too bad, because Globalist is the only hotel status of any brand that is worth it to me.”

    Glad the commenter made sure to include “worth it TO ME”, because TO ME the Globalist status is so expensive to attain on spend, that it goes against my primary rationale for playing the game: to minimize my out of pocket expenses on leisure travel.

    What does the Globalist status offer that other top elites do not get? The 4 “confirmed” suite upgrades that are also subject to availability, as determined by each property, and are no more ‘confirmed’ than are unlimited complimentary suite upgrades that elites in other programs have enjoyed for years, and I have consistently cleared and continue to clear as a HH Diamond? “Guaranteed” late checkout, which I have never been denied in 8 continuous years as HH Diamond, including being approved for checkouts as late as 6pm? The only reason a program would want or agree to ‘guarantee’ a perk is because they see it as way to restrict that perk. Guaranteed 4pm checkout means that a request for a 6m checkout can be easily denied (“Wanna check out at 6pm? No, sorry, the guarantee is only to 4pm”).

    After the demise of SPG and HGP, there is now a concerted effort by self-anointed travel gurus to promote programs that they feel should fill the void that those two programs left behind when they collapsed. A modest improvement in the Chase Hyatt visa is being touted as “the second coming”, and, suddenly, we are being promised that Marriott will be ” introducing a more robust suite upgrade benefit”, when there has really never been much of a difference among the various programs’ suite upgrade policies.

    So, don’t get fooled. Having ended up with eggs on their faces for pushing subpar programs that collapsed, self-anointed travel gurus have wiped the eggs off of their faces and are right back at it again, making up more standards. The truth is, loyalty programs are only as good as each person thinks his/her program is. The made up standards peddled by self-anointed travel gurus cannot be a substitute for each person’s standards, if only because what turns one person on could be a turn off for another person. In fact, most things that turn self-anointed travel gurus on (“guaranteed” perks or fluffs like “personal concierge”) turn me completely off… 😉

    G’day!

  11. Is It just me I can’t get that excited by the new Hyatt Credit card ??
    Other than year 1 with the acquisition sign up offer.That’s a no brainer
    Good sign up offer but not so sure I would want to continue
    I actually think the new IHG Visa credit card seems better with the 4th night free
    Granted IHGs basic program is a sad joke

    I’m a Lifetime Globalist/ Diamond and the thought of having to spend 140k to achieve status seems insane even with a high income and being a heavy spender even if I dint have lifetime status not a chance in H### unless I ran business expenses charged to the card
    Perhaps

    I Find it easy to hit 60 -70 nights in WOH especially now that reward nights & C&P count
    And though Hyatt gives me a number of free nights doing the business I hate that they expire and are inflexible about extending them even by 24 hours!!!!
    To spend more for the card to get 1 extra point per dollar and lose the ability to transfer with choice in Ultimate Rewards seems like a bad trade off

    With enormous discounts with Citi Prestige hotel bookings and American Express discounts in their special offers my actual Hyatt spend would be somewhat weak
    The 4 points per dollar equation seems of little value to me unless you have no other credit card relationship, don’t care and only stay Hyatt/WOH.
    Hyatt has been incredibly weak in promotions this year
    I’ve shockingly upped my spending with Hilton rolling in points with their lucrative offers

    The new Marriott Rewards Plat Premier lifetime status will have me earning a 75% elite bonus on points effective August even before I add my American Express card points using the SPG Amex Credit card to the equation
    I already get an enormous amount of benefits just being Globalist without the card
    Personally I am underwhelmed with the new Hyatt card despite the improvements
    I can see where it might work for some

    I’m actually gratified selfishly they have made Globalist unreachable @ 140K unlike Hilton who gives Diamond status to anyone with a beating pulse and their new credit card
    Except than Hyatt corporate gives Globalist away for 20 or less nights with a promotion as they did last year.Hopefully that damaging behavior against current Globalists won’t persist

  12. @ Ben, Would I be violating Hyatt’s policy by booking a 20 day stay at a category 1 with points just to earn the qualifying nights? Basically, just checking in leaving and checking out with app?

  13. Thanks @ Ben. Last question, If I qualify for Globalist in August of this year, how long will I have status till exactly?

  14. Hi – do you know if stays at MGM hotels (such as Aria) would get 4 points per dollar if paid with the new Hyatt card?

  15. The spend isn’t an issue, the only thing that I’m nervous about is 1) not getting approved for the card because I already have 5 Chase cards and ‘all the credit’ that they will grant me, although shifting credit for a new card may be a possibility and 2) an approval, then shutdown shortly after (from applying from too many cards over the past 2 years). I’ve applied for nearly every card over the sun in the past 4 years, and have stayed away from Chase cards for nearly a year after shutdown stories started popping up for various reasons. I have all the Chase cards that I need…with the exception this new card. Worried about a mousetrap…the cheese does smell good though

  16. Wow lots of new opportunities with hotel cards.
    do you offer fee based phone consultation?I need to make some pretty quick decisions about a trip im taking to Canada for five nights next in three weeks) as well as to prepare for all the changes coming up in August, and how to best position my status and use the programs most valuable to me, which credit card offers I should pursue, and whether or not I should drop some current cards now in order to apply for them. Rather than leave all my information here talk to you on the phone or by email. You offer the service to organize all my programs yes? Thanksyou.

  17. Hello Lucky
    What if I have the current Hyatt branded card? Will it automatically get switched over to the WOH card?
    Thanks

  18. Lucky – any chance you could add reviews of European credit cards to the itinerary as not all your readers are US based :). Thanks! Wolf

  19. I have a question… I have the Hyatt card and earn globalist status through spend. I typically only stay at Hyatt properties 20 or so nights a year but spend 20k at their hotels. I’ve been upgraded to a suite at every hotel I’ve ever been to except one. Its super worth it for me.
    Can my Hyatt card help me keep status?
    I spend maybe 50k a year on it.
    Some years it’s hard for me to keep earning status as I can’t always travel…
    Thanks!!!

  20. One last question… I have yet to see any free night certificates in my account or any 5 nights for having the card…
    Do I need to get a new card to get these benefits?
    If not, when should these benefits show up?

  21. Question: status earning is based on calendar year, but how are stays late in the year handled? Do they “post” immediately, or is there a lag? I have a 7-night vacation planned between Christmas and New Year’s 2018. I am reserving two rooms for 7 days using points which I believe would be 14 qualifying nights.

    I assume the stays will be credited in 2018 which would mean that I’d need around $105,000 worth of spending on the card from now until December to qualify for Globalist this year. But, if they don’t “post” until 2019, I’d have an excellent head-start on Globalist for next year.

    Does anyone know for sure if those stays will be credited in 2018 or 2019?

    Many thanks!

  22. @ Jim — With Hyatt you can only earn qualifying nights for a single room, so even if you booked two rooms you’d only get seven qualifying nights. However, assuming the stay is completed by the end of the year they’d count towards that year, even if they only post to your account early the next year.

  23. If I wanted to try for globalist and spend 140k, should I wait for Jan 1st and get the card to do that spend in 2019 for the calendar year?

  24. Great article! Especially that Hyatt has combined with Small Luxury hotels………this is going to be a new era in luxury hotel awards and Hyatt is on the cutting edge………thanks for your coverage…..most appreciated!

  25. great article – quick q: do I have 1y from account opening to complete the spend requirement, or do I have until the nearest December 31 to complete the requirement?

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