How To Earn Lifetime World Of Hyatt Globalist Status

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Many airline and hotel frequent flyer programs offer lifetime status, whereby you can earn status for a “lifetime” (whether that’s your lifetime or the lifetime of the program is a different question). 😉

World of Hyatt Globalist is my favorite hotel status, and in this post I wanted to take a closer look at how you can earn lifetime Globalist status in the World of Hyatt program.

Earning World of Hyatt lifetime Globalist status

While the World of Hyatt program has three elite tiers — Discoverist, Explorist, and Globalist — the program only offers lifetime status for the Globalist tier. In order to earn lifetime Globalist status you need to earn one million base points:

  • With Hyatt you earn five base points per dollar spent, so that’s the equivalent of $200,000 worth of “qualifying” spending with Hyatt
  • The number of nights stayed is in no way considered for lifetime status
  • In the past you had to have status in the program for 10 years as well in order to qualify, but that’s no longer the case; in theory you could spend $200,000 on a single hotel stay and earn lifetime Globalist status that way

$200,000 in qualifying spending will earn you lifetime Globalist

What base points count towards lifetime status?

You earn five base points for each dollar of eligible spending with Hyatt:

  • This includes money spent on qualifying rates when booking directly through Hyatt (this includes Hyatt Privé rates), as well as incidental spending at Hyatt properties
  • Generally speaking taxes, service charges, gratuities, and third party charges for certain items won’t count as eligible spending for the purposes of earning base points
  • This doesn’t just include hotels managed directly by Hyatt, but it also includes everything from Small Luxury Hotels of the World stays, to Lindblad Expeditions

So yeah, if you were to book a $50,000 cruise to Antarctica through Lindblad Expeditions, that would qualify towards your lifetime Globalist status.

A Lindblad Expeditions cruise could count towards lifetime Globalist status

Can you earn lifetime Globalist with credit card spending?

While the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) is a phenomenal hotel credit card that can help you earn elite nights and status, the card can’t help you earn lifetime Globalist status:

  • The card does offer elite nights, but elite nights aren’t considered for Globalist status
  • Base points don’t include any points earned through credit card spending

How can you track your progress towards lifetime status?

Oddly the World of Hyatt website doesn’t actually show your qualifying lifetime base points (if anyone from Hyatt is reading this, I’d sure love to see that feature added), so there are two ways you can figure out your progress towards lifetime Globalist:

  • You can contact World of Hyatt by phone or through Twitter and ask
  • The monthly account summary that World of Hyatt sends out to members lists “lifetime base points” at the top right

Benefits of lifetime World of Hyatt Globalist status

World of Hyatt Globalist status comes with all kinds of great perks, so which of those perks do lifetime Globalist members receive? What can make the World of Hyatt program confusing is that there are perks associated with elite tiers, and then perks that are earned as Milestone Rewards, which you earn when passing certain elite night or base point thresholds.

World of Hyatt Globalist members receive the following “basic” perks:

  • Room upgrades at check-in, up to standard suites
  • Club lounge access and/or restaurant breakfast
  • Guaranteed 4PM check-out, except at resorts, where it’s subject to availability
  • A 30% points bonus
  • Waived resort fees on all eligible rates
  • Free parking on award stays
  • Access to the Guest of Honor program

On top of that, every single year lifetime Globalist members receive:

  • Four suite upgrade awards (each of which can be used to confirm a suite upgrade at the time of booking for up to seven nights)
  • A Category 1-7 free night certificate
  • Access to a dedicated My Hyatt Concierge agent

That’s some pretty incredible value.

Receive four suite upgrade awards annually as a lifetime Globalist

What happens if you also earn Globalist status annually?

What happens if a lifetime Globalist member also qualifies for Globalist status on an ongoing basis, by earning 60 elite nights or 100,000 base points in a calendar year?

Well, those members would still be able to pick Milestone Rewards and would receive standard Globalist benefits. All the lifetime Globalist perks are incremental, so you’d potentially receive eight suite upgrade awards, two Category 1-7 free night certificates, and more. That’s pretty awesome.

Potentially earn two Category 1-7 free night awards annually

Are lifetime Globalist members treated better than “regular” Globalist members?

While hotels can tell if you are a lifetime Globalist member or just a “regular” Globalist member, it’s my understanding that there’s not any official differentiated recognition.

This means that at least officially, it’s not that lifetime Globalist members are prioritized for upgrades over “regular” Globalist members. However, it all comes down to the individual hotel/employee, I suppose.

Is it worth trying to earn lifetime status?

The concept of earning lifetime status is always tricky. It obviously requires a significant amount of loyalty and huge investment, but there’s so much risk. While management of the World of Hyatt program has been extremely trustworthy, in my opinion, I don’t love the precedent set by other airline and hotel loyalty programs when it comes to lifetime perks. For example, we’ve seen:

  • Programs add higher elite tiers, so there’s nothing preventing Hyatt from adding a tier above Globalist in the future
  • While you are promised lifetime Globalist status, the specific perks offered aren’t guaranteed to stay the same forever
  • In many cases it can take a decade or more to earn lifetime status, so there’s a risk that eligibility requirements for lifetime status change at some point
  • In the event of a merger/takeover, we could see a new program with new elite tiers introduced

With that skepticism out of the way, let me note that lifetime Globalist status is the one lifetime loyalty program status I’d actually like to earn. Having lifetime Globalist status offers significant ongoing value even if you’d otherwise earn Globalist status, since you’re getting incremental, tangible perks.

I’m slowly inching my way towards it, though I’m certainly not just going to drop tens of thousands of dollars to earn it tomorrow.

You could earn two Category 1-7 free nights annually

Bottom line

I’d argue that Hyatt’s lifetime Globalist status is the most valuable lifetime hotel status out there. Not only do you get all the standard perks associated with Globalist status, but you also get a free night certificate annually, as well as four suite upgrade awards you can use to confirm an upgrade at the time of booking.

Add in the fact that these perks can be stacked with standard Milestone Rewards earned by Globalist members, and you could be earning eight suite upgrade awards per year, or possibly even more.

To Hyatt loyalists, what do you make of Hyatt’s lifetime Globalist status? Are there any questions about lifetime Globalist status you still have?

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  1. Do charges to the room at Hyatt count towards Lifetime Globalist? For instance, could someone buy Hyatt gift cards at the front desk, charge them to the room and receive credit towards Lifetime Globalist?

  2. If the gift cards don’t appear on the folio, they won’t count. And even if they did appear on the folio as a gift card, I still doubt they would count

  3. I think Hyatt FIND events credit 10 Points per dollar spent….so you could get there by spending a 100k 😉

  4. You just have to hope you don’t spend $200k getting lifetime globalist and then Marriott acquires Hyatt, promises to make the program better, then announces changes that could be seen to be considered better just long enough for positive articles to be written, then waits 6 months and creates new higher categories, then moves any hotel you like into higher categories, then tells you they aren’t washing your sheets anymore for the sake of the environment.

  5. I admit this pandemic has made me question “lifetime” value. If Hyatt goes under or merges with someone, I have concerns. I don’t think they would add another tier, but one change of management can alter that path.

    So I’ll keep pursuing Globalist, but not prioritizing lifetime like I used to.

  6. I never knew how to find out how close I was, and thought I had no chance. Turns out I have a slim chance (would be good without pandemic). I’m 2/3 of the way there. Can’t get there on personal travel , will have to see how much business travel returns.

    Great post, thanks!

  7. If you book an Lindblad Expeditions for 4 people including yourself, do you get the base points for all 4 tickets or just your own? If that is the case you can book for a group of friends to Antartica And it would almost get you lifetime globalist

  8. Rob – that’s very specific, and totally true. (RIP SPG.)

    I hope the Pritzker family doesn’t bail on Hyatt.

  9. I wish I could just ‘trade in’ my Marriott Lifetime Titanium for Hyatt Lifetime Globalist…

    Btw, several Park Hyatt properties do distinguish Lifetime Globalist from annual Globalist.

  10. Based on business trips I would have made it mid next year. Who knows when it will happen now.
    My own experience tells me that when you are a regular at a hotel (as a globalist), you are looked after so much better than other guests. I was homeless for a year and lived between grand Hyatt Mumbai and Melbourne. I got the room of my choosing of the time in Mumbai and almost all the time in Melbourne. In Melbourne if I arrived when the club lounge was closed they would give my keys to the bell desk and I would sign the check in papers the next day. In Mumbai someone would meet me at the hotel entry and take me straight to my room. After long flights when you do this every month those things were very welcome.

  11. I have been a Diamond / Globalist since 2001, so almost 20 years. I have about $125,000 spend so hope by about 2030 to hit Lifetime Globalist. However I am not that optimistic that the program will still recognize similar benefits or won’t change in some significant way. But hoping to enjoy some of the perks in my retirement years.

  12. If this was January I’d consider it, but the Pandemic has convinced me it’s all a farce. Lifetime is meaningless…..

  13. @ Timmy — You can earn points for up to three cabins, so that’s potentially a way to get good progress towards lifetime Globalist status:
    “A Member may earn Tier-Qualifying Night credit and points on Qualifying Lindblad Expeditions Spend (s)he pays for up to three (3) cabins per Qualifying Lindblad Expeditions Night (Member’s cabin and two (2) additional cabins) on the same Eligible Lindblad Expedition.(The Member must be a registered guest and occupy at least one of the cabins.)”

  14. @me I would love to have Marriott Lifetime Titanium 😉 My experience with Marriot is great. Maybe because I earned (platinum downgrade currently due to Covid very little travel possible) the status with actual hotel stays without credit cards being in Europe. Don’t know. My experience with Hyatt is not that great though (explorist).

  15. I got Lifetime Diamond about two years before the programme became World Of Hyatt, and at that time, I don’t think the qualifying criteria was published, nor was Lifetime an officially published tier to begin with, so I wasn’t working towards it nor was I aware how I attained it.

    Lifetime gets you some recognition in hotels you regularly visit, at the hotel’s discretion (an upgrade to a “premium suite”, by their current definition, is almost routine for me at the Grand Hyatt Taipei, for instance), but you are right that it usually doesn’t give you anything more than what non-lifetime Globalists get.

    I’m not sure if the mysterious by-invitation-only green Courtesy Card still exists, but I was surprised with it one year. Now, that comes with all sorts of perks and attention. I almost always got a premium suite, even the Presidential Suite, everywhere I went. And when they renewed it upon expiry, I thought I had this for life since I was travelling even more intensely than when I first received it! But alas, it wasn’t renewed after the second year, so that was that.

  16. If I book a room with points, and host a large meeting (i.e. a banquet for business clients) during my stay, are those considered “incidental charges?”

  17. I love being a Globalist. All my co-workers are elite members of Hilton or Marriott and think that it’s odd that I chose Hyatt. Being a smaller chain, I feel that I’m usually better taken care of at Hyatt so a Lifetime status would be something I would be interested in. In fact, I met a Lifetime Globalist recently but he only stays at House and sometimes Place. I do think that how you get treated at the property is entirely up to the individual concierge or the management. Most times beyond a friendly greeting and the complimentary breakfast, I don’t get much interaction with the employees. I recently visited a Grand Hyatt, saw a long check-in line, noticed the “Elite member check-in” sign at one of the desks, walked up to it and was told to wait in line. Some people in line were clearly annoyed at me because they booked through OTA and don’t know what elite member check-in priority is. It would be nice to be met separately at the lobby on arrival with my key so I don’t have to wait in line. Shouldn’t my loyalty afford me that much? I think that some properties just don’t train their employees in providing special attention to Globalists. Based on a discussion I had with a longtime hotel worker, that disconnect is between what Hyatt wants, and what the individual franchise property does or wants. Combine that with turnover in employees, and management who have worked with different hotel chains and don’t see Globalists like they should be seen.

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