Why Hyatt Globalist Is My Favorite Top Tier Hotel Status

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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.

With The World of Hyatt Credit Card you receive five elite nights towards status annually just for having the card, plus an additional two elite nights for every $5,000 you spend on the card.

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.

As you might expect, at the Andaz Maui or Grand Hyatt New York you may have trouble scoring a space available suite upgrade, while at other properties it’s a near sure bet.


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.

Earn World of Hyatt 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

Bottom line

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?

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Comments

  1. Maybe it’s just me but if Hyatt actually gets any traction with their year-end deal with Fine Hotel group(many of which are very expensive) Globalist(and likely Explorist) should(repeat, should) become much more valuable.
    Guess we will have to wait to see what hotels actually step up the plate and participate.

  2. Was this post seriously necesssry ?? We all know all the bloggers are in Hyatt’s pocket, and even with the recent changes to their credit card Hyatt still has a Napoleon complex and thinks (incorrectly) that they can compete with the big boys/girls.

  3. Best balance is:

    5 nights from just having WOH credit card
    6 nights from spending $15K on WOH credit card
    1 free night Cat4 from spending $15K on WOH credit card
    1 free night Cat4 on anniversary just for having WOH credit card
    1 free night Cat4 at 30 nights
    1 free night Cat7 at 55 nights
    40 other nights using points, point+cash, Citi 4th stays, etc

    *parking free only on free night awards (you section title says all stays)

  4. Hyatt only works for bloggers. Sorry but if you have a normal business life it is almost impossible to achieve top elite status with Hyatt due to their small footprint of properties. I stay probably 100 nights/year at hotels and there is no way I could achieve top status with Hyatt. Although I love their properties it does not work for my needs.

  5. I know what you mean Santastico… though I recall even some bloggers writing having to do mattress runs at Hyatt House just to get Globalist status again.

  6. even in the major business destinations like Shanghai, their coverage absolutely pales on the luxury front :

    Hyatt (4) – 1 x PH, 1 x Andaz, 1x GH, 1x Hyatt-on-the-Bund (not sure if I could lump the last one here because the ADR of that property isn’t in the same class as the rest)

    Marriott (10) – 2 x RitzC, 1 x St.R, 1 x W, 2 x LuxC, 1x Design, 1x EDITION, 2 x JW

    Marriott-haters (like most of the losers on Flyertalk) kept yapping about how Marriott is all about limited-service junk like Fairfield Inn blah blah blah, but truth of matter is, even when just comparing luxury class, Marriott-Starwood wins by a mile.

    and this is already a metro where Hyatt group has decent coverage. The difference at locales like HKG is even more stark when the there’s only a single Grand Hyatt in the luxury class to talk about.

  7. Couldn’t agree more with each of your points. And yes- I like posts that confirm I’m still making smart travel decisions!!

  8. Are you sure a re-qualifying Globalist gets the free night at 55 nights? The way the rules read it seems you qualify for Globalist at 55 but still need 60 for the free night. Have you verified the free night at 55?

  9. Looking at $140k spend on the card to get Globalist in year 1. Say I want to achieve by paying my taxes, at a cost of 2%, for a total cost of $2,800 (let’s ignore the opportunity cost of putting that same spend on a different card, and just see what I would get for that).

    First, I get at least 140,000 points for the spend. Then from the free night certificates I get the equivalent of another 75,000 points (1 Cat4 for having the card, 1 Cat4 for $15k spend, 1 Cat4 at 30 nights, and 1 Cat7 at 55 nights). Assuming a value of 1.5cpp, that is $3,225.

    Doesn’t this strategy pay for itself, even before any of the other benefits of Globalist? Am I missing something? (of course, you have to have $140k in taxes to utilize this strategy).

  10. @ listen – GREAT breakdown!! (Free nights counting is assuming they are used that year I take it.)

    @ Lucky – I have Explorist status thru company travel site promo and Globalist if I stay 20 nights in the next 90 days and have it all next year. They do have a small foot print, but their international locations are great – Sydney, Paris, etc. Domestically their Hyatt Place in Asheville, NC is frequently $200+/night (especially in the fall), but last time I looked a great redemption rate at points. I want to say 5,000 points and I love a lot of their Hyatts in Florida.

  11. Agree with you, Lucky, a 100%! It’s good to see they have responded to feedback to better their services and features of the program.

  12. Stop writing about Hyatt, we don’t want any of the SPG fan boys coming over. I agree with you Ben 100%.

  13. The small footprint for Hyatt is only part of the issue. Traveling for business even where they do have a decent choice I often find them to be in less-than-ideal locations. In Beijing the Park Hyatt is on the wrong side of the road from the CBD/WTC (and the Grand Hyatt is even farther away). In Shanghai the Park Hyatt and the Grand Hyatt next to it may be a good location for some, but I need to be closer to Tomorrow Square. In Rio, the Grand Hyatt is just in a terrible location for business travelers. There are a few exceptions (Grand Hyatt New York and Park Hyatt Hyderabad come to mind).

  14. @Lucky not sure if you’ll ready this, but this is an honest question. I read a lot on here and TPG about suites and getting suite upgrades as a top tier elite, and how lovely they are, etc. Are they really valuable as a solo traveler, or even as a couple? I spend literally zero time in hotel rooms besides sleeping, showering, and maybe a little TV right before sleeping. I’m out in town either working (for a business trip) or sightseeing/beach (if I’m on vacation). What value do you get out of a huge suite other than it looks really nice? I can see the value of privacy and space if I bring my kids or friends with me, but I rarely do.

  15. Thanks for the great post Lucky. Chase is the glue that binds this all together, only decent place to earn hotel points from a broad array of credit card spend… if they lost that I would probably drop Hyatt status.

  16. Lucky, I couldn’t agree with you more. No other program comes even close to the World of Hyatt. My only complaint is the world’s ugliest logo that looks like a child made it 🙂
    If things work out well with SLH, it will be almost too good to be true.

  17. @Jay while you are correct that nobody really needs a giant suite when traveling solo (I often ask them to downgrade me to a smaller room), the status helps me get bigger rooms when traveling with friends and family, get better rooms (ocean view, balcony, etc). Add free breakfast and guaranteed availability and, in my opinion, it’s totally worth it.

  18. I realize that everyone has different priorities, but as a solo, self employed business traveler, I agree with @Jay. If suite upgrades (highly over rated IMO) were the only reason I was pursuing status with this hotel chain, it would seem rather a waste of credit card spend and/or hotel spend given that other cards and hotels offer a better return on spend. I spend only 80 nights per year in hotels and top tier hotel loyalty is almost impossible to achieve given my travel patterns but even more crazy to pursue, given the loss of bonus spend I get from other card products.

  19. It is only a few weeks since you wrote about this. Gets old very fast. The trip reports are interesting, but the proportion of posts promoting credit cards is now simply stupidly high.

  20. Hmmmm…..here is a parade that deserves to be rained on.

    — The WoH Gloablist status is too tough to achieve for most, considering the program’s tiny footprint. Not only that, but maybe worse, it costs an arm and a leg to achieve, which makes achieving the status a ‘Pyrrhic victory”: you get it but spend so much in the process that it nullifies the primary rationale for playing the mile/point game, which, for most, is to lower the costs of leisure travel .

    — Unless the rules changed very recently, WoH globalists do not get the absolute top perk (better than suite upgrades) in my book: 5th award night free, whose effect is to substantively to dramatically lower the costs or increase the redemption value of award travel.

    All the other perks can be argued as YMMV. E.g., “Best Breakfast”; it’s offered only to Globalists in a 3-tiered program, which means that it is cheaper to offer more stuff with it. But as one who travels primarily internationally to countries where breakfast for HH elites (golds and diamonds) can be had in the restaurant EVEN WHEN THERE IS A CLUB LOUNGE, I often have free breakfast that is nothing short of a royal feast. So, as great as it maybe, the fact that no other elite level in the program can enjoy free breakfast speaks to the overall weakness of the program. “Point transfers”? Hilton took that to a new level with “point pooling” …

    I could go on but that should put a good chink in the armor… Oh, did I mention the small footprint 😉

  21. I capitalized “EVEN WHEN THERE IS A CLUB LOUNGE” in the previous comment but did not elaborate because I was not sure I was interpreting correctly the WoH policy on free breakfast, which I just looked at carefully for the first time. Here is what it says:

    “Relax in the Club lounge with continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres daily. Or, enjoy complimentary full breakfast daily for each registered guest (up to 2 adults and 2 children) at Hyatt hotels and resorts without a Club lounge.”

    A clear “either/or” clause?

    Correct me if I am wrong but that sounds to me like WoH Globalists are “entitled” to continental breakfast at properties that have a Club lounge, but can be “upgraded” to have complimentary full breakfast in a restaurant ONLY at properties that do not have a Club lounge. If I am reading that correctly than you can see that the consequence would be dramatically lower the claimed overall “value” of that much-touted perk. When you have the coveted Club lounge, you do not get the “greatest” full breakfast and when you get the “greatest” full breakfast there is no Club lounge. How many Hyatt properties do not have a Club lounge, anyway?

    G’day

  22. I believe all Park Hyatts do not have a club lounge; at least none that I have been to and I have stayed at over a dozen. At some you even have the option of a room service breakfast. At Park Hyatt Tokyo you can get a free room service coffee service in the morning and still go to the restaurant for breakfast. Grand Hyatts and Hyatt Regencies are more varied, but in my experience more often than not have a lounge. Sometimes I like that better than a restaurant if the lounge is good. With a lounge you can access it all day long for water, soft drinks, and snacks. I love the benefit of free breakfast or lounge access. Also, the no resort fees. One area that could be improved is to offer something extra at Hyatt Places; all you get now is a free daily bottle of water.

  23. Re: the club lounge. No, Hyatts, Park Hyatts, Grand Hyatts or Hyatt Regencys are not required to have one. I stayed in a Hyatt Regency just this week that had no Regency Club.

    @Jay, as a solo traveler, no, I do not think the suite upgrades are worth it. I have been top tier for years, and I never get to use my suite upgrades, the properties make them so hard to use.

    @Gene I agree about the SPG fanboys. They are all over FT these days bemoaning the loss of their precious Starwood. (I am top tier in both programs.) As far as on property treatment, I agree Starwood is the best, but Starwood customer service and IT is way, way behind Hyatt, so overall I think Hyatt is the best. However, the name “globalist” still HAS to go!

    @Ben I think it is absolute BS that you push this card w/o mentioning the gigantic amount of spending it would take to achieve Globalist status via CC spending.

  24. @Joseph N sez: “@Ben I think it is absolute BS that you push this card w/o mentioning the gigantic amount of spending it would take to achieve Globalist status via CC spending.”

    But, come on, let’s be fair! @Lucky did mention the amounts that make the WoH Globalist status “easier than ever before to earn”!

    Setting aside the fact that many who play the game do not even make these amounts a whole year, one simply needs to spend, and I quote from post above:

    — $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).
    ____________

    Now get this, for $450 in annual fee to get and hold onto an unmentionable credit card, one earns a compelling top elite status that offers (please really review these perks on your own):

    — a ‘yuge’ footprint
    — guaranteed free continental breakfast on the ‘continent’, FULL free breakfast almost everywhere else
    — guarantee Executive or Club lounge access where there is one
    — guaranteed upgrade to the Executive floor where there is one
    — unlimited complimentary suite upgrades when available
    — a $250 resort credit
    — a $250 airline credit,
    — “Diamond Force” when the chips are down
    — 5th award night free
    — a free night certificate for use at ANY category hotel
    — an additional free night certificate for use at ANY category hotel after spending $60K
    — 10K bonus points after reaching 40 nights, and award nights count!
    — 10K bonus points every 10 nights after reaching 40 nights with NO CAP
    — 30K additional bonus points when one reaches 60 nights
    — ability to gift Gold status at 60 nights and Diamond at 100 nights
    — ability to pool points with up to ten (10!) people makes it unnecessary to transfer points.
    — Priority Pass lounge access.
    — Whopping and industry-leading 14X for on-property spend paid with the unmentionable CC.
    — and more.

    And, do you know what? We are to believe that the status that one gets for “just” $450 (nt $125K or $140K) and offers the long list of truly compelling perks just provided has “weak” benefits. Yeah, right, ONLY in the “Twilight Zone” that is travel blogosphere and its ‘priesthood’ of self-anointed travel gurus!

    G’day!

  25. And yet Lucky had a nervous breakdown when Hyatt announced a shortcut to the globalist status last year.

  26. @DCS

    Yeah, the more I think about it the more I really like my Hilton Aspire card. I just booked my free night certificate for a Saturday night stay at The London NYC, which was “sold out,” but the agent found me a room because I’m Diamond. That’s a ~$500 room otherwise.

  27. I understand that Hyatt treats their top tier guys very nicely. I think multiple posts by other bloggers cement that but the footprint is a real issue. Their primary growth is in China which for most people doesn’t do any good.

    Unless your travels take you to places like NYC and LA, I think Hyatt’s footprint requires one to be loyal. You almost need to go out of your way to stay there on purpose. Even then, they might have only 1 hotel in that city and if it’s crazy pricing that time of year, you can’t justify that when you are traveling on business.

    Toronto for example has 1 Hyatt. They had 2 but the Park Hyatt was so outdated they finally closed it to fully renovate it. If I go during the winter months which I often do, downtown pricing can be >$400CA a night which makes it a tough sell to stay there. Wheres with Marriott/SPG, I have 10 choices so I can always find something.

    To make matters worse, Hyatt’s growth seems to be with limited service hotels where the benefits are muted.

    I can see why Hyatt offers the benefits they do because you have to really push it to be loyal but for the average business traveler and consumer who wants options to use their points, Hyatt makes that very tough. You almost need to plan your vacation around where a Hyatt is rather than pick a spot and know you’ll be guaranteed an option from your chosen hotel group.

  28. @DCS

    For most of us that have had Hilton Diamond status, we all know how weakly they treat their Diamond guests. There were many times i wasn’t even recognized. When you are willing to effectively give away the status for $450 annual fee, you are basically adding a ton of elites to the pool which dilute the real benefits. I tried Hilton as a Diamond for several years but after frustratingly dealing with them and not ever really seeing much of a benefit, I switched my backup program to SPG and while I had to fight for some benefits (suites primarily), the level of treatment I got was astonishingly different. Is the Hilton card good? yes but if you are willing to basically dilute the benefits down by given away your top tier for $450, then what does that say to your guests who actually work to stay loyal to the brand? The 100 night road warrior? It says we don’t value you.

  29. @Jay – Right on, that’s what I am talkin’ ’bout!

    Glad that you believed your own lyin’ eyes and avoided predicating your satisfaction with Hilton Honors with any of the usual obligatory but bogus caveats (e.g., awards require too many points!), because in the real world and especially with the new ASPIRE card, the program is by far the most compelling hotel loyalty program out there, by any OBJECTIVE measure.

    Another aspect of the program that sets it apart from all the others, which I did not get into above, is the fact that it’s the only program that has continued to offer compelling promos, consistently. For example, my last stay a month ago was a 5-night revenue stay in Honolulu at the “Grand Islander by Hilton Grant Vacations (HGV)”, where I earned lots points despite the fact that HGV has been a separate company from Hilton Worldwide since January (but still participates in HHonors). The following posted:

    — MYWAY PREFERENCES BONUS OPTION – The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations: 2000
    — DIAMOND ELITE 100% BONUS – The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations: 20409
    — Base Points – The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations: 20409
    — 2018 HH2 JULY AMEX BONUS OFFER – The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations: 20409
    — 2018 HH2 DOUBLE POINTS OFFER – The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations: 20409

    You can see that the last two entries are from stackable promos that offer 2X each or a total of 4X , before I even included the points from the Aspire totaling 1.4 * base! I earned ~100K points for the stay…

    …and, yet, just the other day, self-anointed ‘thought leader in travel’ had this great insight to offer in claiming that “hotel promotions are on life support”:

    “Hotel occupancy and rates are up year-over-year and last year was a record ***don’t expect good hotel promotions soon.***”

    Yeah, right.

    Cue in the “Twilight Zone” theme music!

    G’day.

  30. @Shiloah — I cannot help you if you were not able to make the most of your Hilton Honors status, despite the great perks that require not “special treatment”. The perks are there for those who can take advantage of them to enjoy. I suspect that after being brain-washed with how Hilton Honors was a “weak program”, you simply failed to see, appreciate and seize the many opportunity that program offered you. It is called the “power of negative thinking.”

    Since SPG, your best program is now dead and buried (demise of the strongest?), I guess you will argue that it makes sense to spend $125K or $140K per year to earn top status in a program, WoH, that offers much less than a status that would cost just $450 in a much-maligned but very much alive and thriving program. BTW, did you know that SPG was, when it was being touted as the best program, the most expensive program to patronize? I didn’t think so, but…

    …YMMV!

  31. @shane — Your language is straight out of a random travel blog, word for word.

    Now, look above at the list of benefits offered by Hilton Honors, set it side by side with benefits that you believe WoH offers that make the program as compelling you have been convinced it it, and then call me in the morning after finally smelling the coffee 😉

  32. I remember very recently that the bloggers were still decrying Hyatt devaluation disguised as WoH enhancements. Why the change of heart all of the sudden? The Globalist benefits are great but they went from essentially 25 nights (stays) to 60 – a 240% increase (or devaluation of qualification) on top of their small print. No matter how nice “the enhancements” are, the value proposition is not there. Some properties were still oblivious about the corporate intention and kept on playing games with benefits, including Globalist benefits.

    Still, the Points+Cash value at certain properties remains the best in the industry. However, this is the last year I am maintaining Globalist due to cost/benefit analysis mentioned by DCS. We burned all our Hyatt points on stays in Bangkok, Vancouver, La Jolla, San Diego, and Huntington Beach. Next year, I’m WoH Zilch! 😉

    In summation, it is much more valuable (cheaper) to get the $450 AF AMEX Aspire with its HH Diamond status than playing games with Hyatt.

  33. No, Hyatt does NOT work for the majority of people outside the US. The much-touted/pushed/unrelentingly flogged credit card is NOT available in most countries. Hyatt remains US-centric, has a very poor footprint and for many people it’s just not worth the hassle. Hyatt might be tinkering around the edges, but ,so long as that involves a credit card not widely available, they won’t be getting a cent of my money ( as a former long-term GP Diamond).

  34. For a while I was thinking of switching to SPG, but Hyatt has made Globalist more attainable with the inclusion of award nights and the new credit card. Overall I find Hyatts generally of high quality, especially in Asia, and the benefits are attractive. I feel more valued as a globalist than I did in the past with SPG as a top tier. The recent changes have definitely made World of Hyatt more attractive to me.

  35. I love that it’s tougher to get, so it means more. I love that you can just spend 20k at one of their resorts to earn it outright. For the spend, you get a few hundred thousand award points plus more if you use the Hyatt card. Between that and the perks, it’s worth a lot. One 8-10 night stay in the presidential suite at the Grand Hyatt Kauai and I’m good to be treated well at every other Hyatt stay. For the non-business large family traveler that wants suites, the program is a huge win.

  36. @Kalboz – Amen, my friend! [BTW, I agree with you WoH offers the best redemption value on C+P awards, which is why I purchase the maximum number of WoH points allowed/year, usually when they are discounted 30-40%. It pays for itself several times over].

    @Paolo – Unless you believe ANY loyalty program’s top elite status is worth spending $125K or $140 on a CC to achieve, you are not missing out for not having the US-centric WoH CC. The ‘opportunity cost’ of putting so much spend on a hotel card to earn points in a non-transferable points currency alone, IMHO, makes the whole idea prohibitively expensive.

    G’day!

  37. @Hepworth asks and then answers own question: “Doesn’t this strategy pay for itself, even before any of the other benefits of Globalist? Am I missing something? (of course, you have to have $140k in taxes to utilize this strategy).”

    Yup. Anyone with a tax bill of $140K would not need to nickel and dime by playing the game. The strategy is great as a fantasy game. It would work perfectly and pay for itself several times over if your tax bill were even larger, like $1M 😉

  38. @DCS – most successful people carefully manage their money, rather than be careless with it. They get the same benefits, just have more opportunities to utilize them. Suite upgrades may not matter much to the road warrior, but they do to the family of three or four, as it puts the kids in a separate room for no extra cost.

  39. @Hepworth — You get no argument from me on anything you just said above, except that the converse can also be true,. Some people do not manage their money carefully because fall for every hyped claim that they come across. As a result, they will go for hyped credits that they do not need, get to 5/24 in no time and then be unable to take advantage of more compelling CC offers that come along, like when the CSR was introduced; or they would believe that it makes sense to part with $125K to earn a hotel elite status because the associated program is hyped to offer superlative benefits that, in reality, are just of the garden variety.

    BTW, I rank suite upgrades very high on my list of top perks, even though I travel solo, because my stays tend to be relatively long so that the extra space is needed to avoid claustrophobia.

  40. Absolutely love Hyatt, Lucky I must have been following your footsteps I have been to all the Park Hyatt’s except St. Kitts. The Vendome actually saved my son’s wedding reception by providing a huge amount of ice to ice down the wine and champagne during a heat wave in Paris in May. The Park Hyatt Sydney went above and beyond for our 20th anniversary. I think the customer service across Hyatt’s is second to none, and when they do make a mistake they are usually wonderful about correcting it.

  41. If Hyatt could a acquire or partner to expand their footprint, and if they can make their Globalist concierge benefit worth while, then it would hands down be the best program.

    A weakness for frequent business travelers not commonly raised is that their additional (tier) benefits stop altogether at 100 nights. I’m there now and I’ll be moving my business elsewhere because they will stop providing the added incentive.

  42. I hope you do a comprehensive post on Hyatt Prive one of these days. Is booking through this program available for points? for cash only? can TSUs be applied? etc.

  43. @Theresa, I had the same question, but now I also have the answer: I recently requalified for Globalist at 55 nights and received the category 1-7 free night award and the four CSUAs almost immediately. So, no, one doesn’t need to reach 60 nights in order to receive those benefits (at least if my experience this year is any indication).

  44. @ Fellow Traveler,

    Thank you for taking the time to answer, and congrats on requalifying!

    Theresa

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