The World of Hyatt program was introduced early last year, and initially it left a lot of Hyatt loyalists frustrated. The good news is that Hyatt has listened to members, as they’ve made several positive changes to the program since introducing it.
One of the primary complaints people had about Hyatt’s new program was that they made it more difficult to earn top tier status (which used to be known as Diamond status, but is now known as Globalist status). With the recent introduction of The World of Hyatt Credit Card, it’s easier than ever before to earn top tier Hyatt status.
You can earn Globalist status entirely through credit card spend if you’d like, though the most practical scenario is to earn status through a combination of credit card spend and actual stays. After all, if you’re not actually staying at Hyatts much, what’s the point of earning status?
Given that Globalist status is now more achievable than ever before, in this post I wanted to share why World of Hyatt Globalist has become my favorite top tier hotel status. But first I wanted to recap how having The World of Hyatt Credit Card can help you earn Globalist status, for those who may have previously thought the status was unachievable.
Earning Globalist status with The World of Hyatt Credit Card
It takes 60 elite nights to earn Globalist status, or 55 elite nights to requalify. Best of all, as of this year award stays even count towards status, so virtually any night booked directly with Hyatt qualifies.
This means that if you wanted to, you could spend your way all the way to Globalist status. You’d have to spend the following amounts:
- $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)
In reality I don’t recommend completely doing that, but rather some combination of credit card spend and actual stays can help you achieve Globalist status without too much effort.
If you’re requalifying, having The World of Hyatt Credit Card lowers your real stay requirement to 50 nights. If you spent $50,000 on the card in a year, you’d need only 30 nights. So while Hyatt isn’t giving away status in the same way Hilton is, they are making it easier than ever before.
With that out of the way, here are my favorite perks of Hyatt Globalist status:
Unlimited complimentary suite upgrades
World of Hyatt offers Globalist members unlimited suite upgrades subject to availability. The benefit actually isn’t worded in the strongest way, as it simply says “enjoy an upgraded room based on availability at check-in, up to standard suites.”
While that wording isn’t as strong as what Starwood used to have, I’ve found Hyatt to be pretty consistent in honoring an upgrade to the best available room, including standard suites.
I received a suite upgrade at the Hyatt Regency Dushanbe
Four confirmed suite upgrade certificates per year
The area where Hyatt’s upgrade policy really shines is with the Globalist confirmed suite upgrades. Just for being a Globalist member you receive four confirmed suite upgrades per year, each of which can be used to confirm a suite upgrade at the time of booking for a stay of up to seven consecutive nights.
The reason I love this benefit so much is because it allows me to upgrade those stays that matter the most to me, where I really value a suite. This year I’ve been able to lock in suite upgrades at the Park Hyatt Paris, Park Hyatt Milan, and Park Hyatt St. Kitts, and those are the three stays that matter most to me.
The suite upgrade I received at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome
The best status breakfast benefit of any hotel brand
As far as I’m concerned, Hyatt offers the best top tier elite breakfast benefit of any hotel group, given that they offer full breakfast at all hotels. Marriott has excluded hotels, Hilton offers continental breakfast, and IHG doesn’t offer any real breakfast benefit.
With Hyatt you get access to the club lounge when there is one. For those hotels without a club lounge you get a full, hot breakfast in the restaurant. The way this is executed varies by hotel. At some hotels you have access to the buffet, at other hotels you can get room service, and at other hotels you can order anything off the menu.
Amazing breakfast at the Park Hyatt Milan
Guaranteed 4PM check-out
Globalist members receive guaranteed 4PM check-out. This benefit is subject to availability at resorts, but it’s guaranteed at other hotels. A benefit is most valuable when guaranteed, so being able to stay 4-5 hours beyond the typical check-out time is great.
Guest of Honor bookings
Hyatt has what’s called the Guest of Honor benefit, where Globalist members can redeem points for a friend or family member, and when they do, that guest inherits Globalist benefits for that stay. This is such a great reward.
Anyone who spends a lot of time on the road wants their family to travel comfortably as well, which is why I love this perk so much.
Being able to extend elite perks to friends and family is pretty awesome
Waived resort fees on all stays
We’re increasingly seeing hotels add resort and destination fees, which are essentially just junk fees intended to boost revenue. Lately these have increasingly been added at city hotels. Hyatt Globalist members are always exempt from these, regardless of whether on a cash or points booking.
Globalist members receive waived resort fees at the Andaz Maui
Waived parking fees on award stays
For those cases where you do redeem points, Globalist members don’t have to pay for on-property parking. This even applies if you’re parking in New York or San Francisco, where it might otherwise cost $50+. While I don’t use this benefit much, when I do, it saves me a lot of money.
Two free night certificates
Every year for earning Globalist status you get a total of two free night certificates:
- You get a Category 1-4 free night certificate when you earn Explorist status
- You get a Category 1-7 free night certificate when you earn Globalist status
Stays at those hotels could cost up to 15,000 and 30,000 points, respectively, so that’s potentially a value of up to 45,000 points per year.
I used my free night certificate at the Park Hyatt Sydney earlier this year
The ability to easily transfer over points
Globalist status comes with so many great perks, but one of the issues is often that you wish you had more points you could redeem so you could enjoy these perks.
The good news is that World of Hyatt is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, so you have several additional ways of earning points.
What I don’t love about World of Hyatt
The above are nine reasons I love Hyatt Globalist status, though let me also share a couple of things I don’t love about the program:
- Actual points earning rates for hotels are pretty weak; as a Globalist member you earn 6.5x points per dollar spent, which isn’t that great
- Hyatt doesn’t offer very many global promotions nowadays to earn bonus points, especially compared to Hilton Honors, for example
- Hyatt’s hotel portfolio is pretty small compared to Hilton, IHG, and Marriott, and they’re expanding slowly; most of their expansion is with limited service hotels, where elite benefits are limited
When the World of Hyatt program was first introduced I wasn’t a fan of it, but Hyatt has made some significant improvements to the program since it was introduced, including the ability to earn elite nights with their credit card, earning elite credits on award stays, extending the expiration of suite upgrades, and more.
At this point I think World of Hyatt Globalist status is the single most valuable top tier hotel status, and The World of Hyatt Credit Card makes that easier than ever before. With Marriott having now taken over Starwood, I feel even more strongly about this being the best top tier status. Of course this assumes that Hyatt’s footprint largely matches your travels, since they don’t have hotels everywhere.
What do you consider to be the most valuable top tier hotel status?