All The Ways To Earn World of Hyatt Globalist On The Cheap Next Year
Today World of Hyatt made some big news with their new 2021 World of Hyatt elite status requirements. I won’t rehash those details since you can read it all here. But I did want to deep dive into earning Globalist status for 2021 as cheaply as possible. I will break it down for new World of Hyatt credit card holders, current cardholders and people without the credit card. Since each option plays out differently. Our goal is to get to the required 30 nights for Globalist status.
New World of Hyatt Cardholders
Until 12/31/20 Chase and Hyatt have a promotion where new World of Hyatt cardholders get 10 elite night credits on top of the 50,000 point welcome offer. That means we only need to get 20 more nights.
If you had some stays from October 1 – December 31st of this year then subtract 20 by that number. I am going to assume 0 nights for most people so we need to earn 20 more still.
With the extension of Bonus Journeys and double elite night credits till 2/28/21 you can earn two nights for every stay in the early part of 2021. If you booked 10 nights in January or February they would be doubled to 20, add that to the 10 from the welcome offer and you a newly minted Globalist.
You can earn this via cash stays or award stays. The other good news is the 25% back in points for cardholders on free night stays was extended as well. That means if you booked 10 nights at a category 1 property (5,000 points a night) that would be a total cost of 37,500 World of Hyatt points after the rebate. Remember that you could also transfer Ultimate Rewards to World of Hyatt. So that is like $7,500 in 5X spend on the Chase Freedom Flex of Chase Ink Cash card. Insane!
If you value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents (value of Ultimate Rewards via Pay Yourself Back) that is a cost of $562.50.
World of Hyatt cardholders can earn 2 elite night credits per $5,000 in spend. These will not be doubled and do no roll over from 2020. That means you would need to earn the full 20 nights in 2021. Those 20 nights would require $50,000 in spend. Resellers or big spenders may prefer this route versus burning points for status.
If you would have put that $50,000 in spend on a 2% card you would have earned $1,000. But that isn’t taking into account the 50,000 points you would get, at a minimum, or the $15K free night you would have earned. A break even number overall in my opinion.
Current World of Hyatt Cardholders
Current cardholders get a 5 elite night credit head start on status each year just for holding the card. That means we still need to earn 25 nights in 2021 to hit Globalist (minus any stays you have already rolling over from 2020).
If you are able to book the stays during the Bonus Journeys promotion dates (1/1-2/28) then you would need to book 13 nights. These would then be doubled to 26 and when added to the 5 nights from the credit card you are at 31 nights…hello Globalist!
If you booked the 13 nights at a tier one hotel (5,000 points per night) that would equal 65,000 points. Once you throw in the 25% rebate for cardholders you are looking at a 48,750 point investment in Globalist status. That is like putting $9,750 of 5X spend on the Chase Freedom Flex of Chase Ink Cash card.
If you value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents (value of Ultimate Rewards via Pay Yourself Back) that is a cost of $731.25.
World of Hyatt cardholders would need to spend $65,000 in 2021 to get the required 25 nights, after accounting for the 5 night head start. The $65K in spend would earn you 26 nights. When adding in the 5 night head start you are sitting on 31 nights.
If you would have put that $65,000 in spend on a 2% card you would have earned $1,300. But that isn’t taking into account the 65,000 points you would get, at a minimum, or the $15K free night you would have earned.
For anyone not holding a World of Hyatt credit card you would need to earn the full 30 nights. You would also only get 15% back in points on your free night stays. That makes this a much less lucrative offer and you would probably be better off just chasing it via regular stays throughout the entire calendar year.
Booking 30 nights at a tier one hotel would cost you 150,000 World of Hyatt points. After taking the 15% credit into account that is 127,500 points. That is like putting $25,500 of 5X spend on the Chase Freedom Flex of Chase Ink Cash card.
If you value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents (value of Ultimate Rewards via Pay Yourself Back) that is a cost of $1912.50.
Hopefully this makes the picture a little clearer for you. New World of Hyatt credit card holders definitely come out on top but current cardholders will also be sitting pretty with the 25% back promo. If you don’t have a card, and can’t get one, you are better off playing the long game here.
I will most likely chase this in January and February. I will even try to burn my 3 free night certificates, if it makes sense. That would bring my point totals down to 37,500 points needed at a category 1 hotel. With those 3 nights booked by certificate being doubled I would only need 10 more nights via points bookings. World of Hyatt Globalist status until 2/2023 is worth $500+ to me but it may not be to you. Be sure to crunch the numbers yourself and see what makes sense.
Some people will likely still chase the 60 nights and all the milestones that come with it, including the now much more valuable suite night awards.