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This guide will teach you everything you need to learn about Hyatt Globalist status & benefits. From how to earn Hyatt Globalist status, to the best benefits of the program to how it differs from Hilton’s and Marriott’s top tier elite status.
As someone who currently has Lifetime Marriott Titanium status, Hilton Diamond status and World of Hyatt Globalist status, I like to think I know a thing or two about hotel loyalty programs. Trust me. Hyatt Globalist is definitely the best. Here’s a summary of the program why I like it so much.
How to get Hyatt Globalist Status
Globalist status in the World of Hyatt program is achieved after either completing 60 Tier-Qualifying Nights or earning 100,000 Base Points or holding 20 qualifying meetings/events in a calendar year. Most people earn globalist via the 60 night option, so that is the focus of this guide.
Reduced Requirements for 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and impact on travel, Hyatt has adjusted the amount of nights needed for elite status in 2021.
This means that members will be able to qualify or re-qualify for elite status with half the Tier-Qualifying Nights or Base Points. With the 50% reduction in requirements:
- Discoverist status will require 5 Tier-Qualifying Nights or 12,500 Base Points
- Explorist status will require 15 Tier-Qualifying Nights or 25,000 Base Points
- Globalist status will require 30 Tier-Qualifying Nights or 50,000 Base Points
Earn Globalist through Staying at Hyatt
The main way to earn Globalist status is to “record” 60 nights in a calendar year.
According to Hyatt, Members who, in the course of one Calendar Year, record a minimum of 60 Tier-Qualifying Nights or earn 100,000 Base Points will receive Globalist status. This status will be in effect through February of the second Calendar Year following qualification.
Hyatt has a variety of ways to “record” a night, including:
- Staying at a Hyatt property and paying an eligible rate;
- Using Hyatt points for a award stay;
- Using a free night certificate for an award stay; or
- Earning “nights” through spending on a World of Hyatt Credit Card.
Earn Globalist through Credit Card Spending
World of Hyatt Credit Cardmembers receive 5 qualifying night credits every year the card is open and earn 2 qualifying night credits for every $5,000 in spend on the card.
I use a combination of qualifying night credits earned from the credit card and completed qualifying nights from hotel stays (both paid and from free award nights) to achieve Globalist status. I can’t always stay at a Hyatt property when I travel, so I wouldn’t be able to earn Globalist status without the credit card. Thank goodness for the card!
In addition to the night credits, cardmembers also receive a Free Night Award at any Category 1 – 4 hotel or resort each year after their cardmember anniversary. Plus, they have the ability to earn an additional Free Night Award at any Category 1-4 hotel or resort if they spend $15,000 during every cardmember anniversary year.
If you frequent Hyatt properties enough to earn Explorist status from hotel stays, then I would recommend getting the World of Hyatt card and put enough spend on it to bump you to Globalist. You won’t be disappointed.
The 5 Best Hyatt Globalist Benefits
In my opinion the 5 best benefits about being a Hyatt Globalist are:
- Guaranteed Suite Upgrades
- Complimentary Breakfast & Lounge Access
- Waived Resort Fees & Parking
- Guest of Honor Benefit
- Hyatt Concierge
Let’s look at each one in a little more detail.
One of the nice features of being a Hyatt Globalist is the ability to get an upgraded room at check-in, which includes suites. This is nice, but it’s not guaranteed, and isn’t that different from what Marriott Titanium and Hilton Diamond elites get. Although Hyatt is generally better about offering these up at Check-in.
What separates Hyatt Globalist status from the other programs, are the Complimentary Suite Upgrades that come with your milestone rewards as a result of earning status.
You’ll earn 2 Suite Night awards after staying (or earning) 50 nights, and another 2 after 60 nights. You will then have the ability to choose either an additional suite night award or 10,000 bonus points with each additional 10 nights, up to 100 nights in a calendar year. You could earn a maximum of 8 Suite Upgrades over the course of a year.
For me, this is the best feature of all. Knowing you’ll have a suite at the time of booking takes a huge burden off the check in process and makes me that much more excited about my upcoming stay.
However, it’s important to note that not all suites are eligible for the Suite Upgrade Award. The only Suite type that can be guaranteed at the time of booking is a “standard suite”. To find out what type of suite you are eligible for, go to the hotel property website and click on the “Rooms and Suites” tab. There you will see it clearly spelled out what suites are valid for booking with an upgrade award and what are not.
Here’s an example from the Park Hyatt Chicago
The following are Hyatt’s Terms and Conditions for Suite Upgrade Awards:
- Complimentary Suite Upgrade Awards are only valid for Standard Suites, defined as each participating hotel’s or resort’s introductory suite category, and are subject to availability.
- There are a limited number of Standard Suites available at each hotel and resort.
- Suite Upgrade Awards cannot be redeemed for any suite type other than Standard Suites, including Premium Suites, any Specialty, Premier, Presidential or Diplomatic Suites, or similar suite categories, each as designated by the applicable hotel or resort.
- Complimentary Suite Upgrade Awards are redeemable only where the designated suite to be reserved is available for the entire length of the Member’s stay.
- Suite Upgrade Awards are valid on nights for which the Member has paid an Eligible Rate or has redeemed points for a standard-room Free Night Award, a Club Free Night Award, or a standard-room Points + Cash Award, up to a maximum of seven (7) consecutive nights.
Complimentary Breakfast & Club Lounge Access
The Club Lounge and Breakfast benefit that come with Globalist Status are amazing. If the hotel has a Club Lounge, you’ll get access to the lounge and whatever food they are offering.
However, this benefit really shines when the hotel does not have a club lounge. And the reality is that most of Hyatt’s top tier hotels don’t have a lounge, so they offer a breakfast benefit instead.
The breakfast benefit is amazing and provides 2 adults and 2 children with a free breakfast. Depending on the property this benefit can be in the range of $60-$80 per day and includes the tip for your server!
The following are Hyatt’s Terms and Conditions for Club Lounge Access and the Breakfast Benefit:
- When staying at a participating hotel or resort that has a Club lounge, Globalists will receive access to the Club lounge.
- When staying at a participating hotel or resort that does not have a Club lounge (or if Club lounge is closed), Globalists will receive daily complimentary full breakfast (which includes one entrée or standard breakfast buffet, juice, and coffee, as well as tax, gratuity and service charges) for each registered guest in the room, up to a maximum of two (2) adults and two (2) children.
Waived Resort Fees & Free Parking
Resort fees at popular vacation destinations and Parking costs at big cities, like Chicago and NYC can add a big chunk to the cost of your daily room rate.
No need to worry if you are a Globalist, these fees will be waived for you!
Resort fees are waived for both free nights and paid stays. Free Parking is only waived when redeeming points for free nights. If you are paying for your stay, the parking fee will still apply.
Hyatt Guest of Honor
The Guest of Honor benefit allows Hyatt Globalist members to share their elite status benefits with family and friends on award stays. The best part is that the Globalist member doesn’t even have to be traveling with you to use the benefit.
Here are the terms of the program, as stated by Hyatt
- The Guest of Honor is the recipient of the gifted award and will receive Globalist services and benefits at participating Hyatt hotels or resorts worldwide on the nights of the Free Night Award.
- This means that the recipient will receive all In-hotel Benefits that would have been provided to the Globalist, had (s)he redeemed the award him- or herself at the applicable hotel or resort.
- Gifting of an award is subject to the limitations and restrictions set forth in the Gifting an Award section of these Terms
- To participate in the Guest of Honor benefit, Globalists must call (800) 944-9288 / (402) 593-8615 if in North America or contact a Hyatt Global Contact Center to gift eligible awards.
Hyatt Globalist Concierge
I love the concept of having a dedicated concierge at my disposal to assist with upcoming reservations and personalized service associated with my stays. However, I must admit that I’m not overwhelmed with what I have received from this benefit as of today.
I typically don’t get my dedicated concierge when I call, so I’m routed to another available concierge. And they haven’t provided me with any information that I was not able to obtain either via the property website or by calling the property direct.
I’m leaving this as a top benefit because of the potential it has to be a great feature and since I’ve heard other Globalist rave about the experience with their concierge. For me, the jury is still out, but I’m hopeful to get more out of this with future stays.
One thing to note about this though, is that it doesn’t necessarily come with Globalist status. You have to earn 60 nights before you will have access to this feature, so if you earned Globalist status without earning 60 nights, this will not be available to you.
Other Globalist Benefits
While the aforementioned Globalist benefits are what I feel are the best, they are by no means the only benefits you will receive with Hyatt Globalist Status. Here are some other benefits of Globalist
- 30% Points Earning Bonus – Globalists receive 30% Bonus Points on all eligible purchases.
- M Life Rewards – Receive Gold status with M life Rewards, the loyalty program of MGM Resorts International
- Premium Internet – Stay connected with complimentary premium internet where available
- Free Daily Bottle of Water
- Late Check out – Extend your stay upon request to 4:00 PM (subject to availability at some locations)
- Guaranteed Availability – Ensure a room is available at participating Hyatt hotels up to 48 hours in advance (black out dates apply)
Hyatt Milestone Rewards
Milestone Rewards are completely separate from elite status. They’re available to everyone and are based on the number of nights you stay in a calendar year. Rewards begin after 20 qualifying nights and continue for each 10 qualifying nights, up to 100 nights. By the time you earn Globalist status, you will have racked up quite a few of these milestone rewards.
Hyatt Lifetime Globalist
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’ll need to earn one million base points. It is totally based on the amount of money you have spent with Hyatt over the duration of your membership.
- With Hyatt you earn five base points per dollar spent, so you will need to have spent $200,000 worth of “qualifying” spend at Hyatt properties
- The number of nights stayed is not considered for lifetime status, nor is the number of years you have been a Globalist
- Previously you had to have status in the program for 10 years in order to qualify, but that’s no longer the case. Theoretically, you could spend $200,000 on a couple of very big hotel stays and earn lifetime Globalist status that way
Here are the key Terms of Hyatt Lifetime Globalist Status:
- Lifetime Globalist status will be granted to members in good standing who have earned 1 million Base Points during the duration of their membership.
- A member’s lifetime point earning will carry over from Hyatt Gold Passport to World of Hyatt as long as the member’s account remains active.
- For historical points earned under the Hyatt Gold Passport program, those points that a member earned by paying for eligible room rates, eligible incidental charges, or eligible non-stay charges will be considered Base Points for the purpose of calculating progress toward Lifetime Globalist status.
- Points earned or received by any other means, including any points awarded through point bonuses given to elite members, will not be considered Base Points.
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