Earning Hyatt Globalist Status, How Much Did It Cost Me?
I have written quite a bit about earning Hyatt Globalist status over the past few months. I first wrote all of the ways you could earn the status on the cheap and then showed you how you could earn it with one credit card sign up. During those posts I said I would probably do a hybrid of the options I presented. The only reason I chased the status is because the requirements are essentially 1/4 of what they normally are. Hyatt reduced the required nights from 60 to 30 and then offered double elite nights in January and February, which meant I could earn it in as little as 15 stays. How could I resist a deal like that!? Let’s take a look at what earning Hyatt Globalist status actually cost me.
What Do You Get With Globalist Status
Before I get into my breakdown I should probably go over the highlights of Globalist status and why I am chasing it. Here are some of the perks you get (in no particular order):
- Free breakfast or club access (up to 2 adults and 2 children)
- 30% bonus on Hyatt points earning (6.5 total per $1).
- Resort fees waived on paid and award stays (eligible rates).
- Room upgrades, standard suites when they are available at check in.
- 4 p.m. late check out, if available.
- Free parking on award stays (just charge the parking to your room). This will even sometimes include valet parking if self parking is not available.
- 48 hour guarantee availability
- Guest of honor bookings – give the gift of your status to others on award bookings.
There are some other perks as well but the one I am most excited about is breakfast. Whenever there isn’t a club lounge available is when this really shines. You get upwards of $125 to spend on breakfast per day, which is insane. It will often include your tips as well! This is especially when you are talking about some of the high end restaurants you get to enjoy like Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt in Washington D.C. The Blue Duck Tavern was a Michelin Star restaurant for years and you get to experience it “for free”.
Room upgrades are nice a pretty nice as well, especially with kids. Extra space is always a plus. Free parking on award stays meant more before everyone gets it during the pandemic but that can save you hundreds during one trip at some locations. Those are the things I am most excited about.
Crunching the Numbers
Okay, so now that we know why I am interested let’s take a look at what earning Hyatt Globalist status cost me. I need to hit the 30 night level to get there. Some people will go for the full 60 in order to get a concierge and all of the milestones but I wasn’t interested in that.
- 5 nights for holding the World of Hyatt credit card.
- 16 nights – booked 8 nights at $55 plus tax which were doubled with the current promo.
- Total cost for the room $501.68
- I used the $60 off $300 Amex Offer to save myself some money
- I earned 7,040 World of Hyatt points for the stay.
- Total out of pocket $441.68 and earned 7,040 World of Hyatt points.
- 2 nights – used a free night certificate at Hyatt Regency Sarasota for my dad’s birthday which was doubled to 2.
- 8 nights – booked 4 nights at category 1 hotel for 5,000 points per night which was doubled to 8.
- The cost was 20,000 points for the booking.
- I got 25% (5,000) of those points back with the current cardholder promotion
- Total cost 15,000 World of Hyatt points
Once all of my nights double over the next week or two I should be a newly minted Globalist member. The total out of pocket cost was:
- 7,960 World of Hyatt points (15,000 used – the 7,040 I earned)
- $441.68 in cash
I didn’t include the cost of the free night certificate since I will earn one for hitting 30 nights as well. So it will essentially be replaced. If you value the points at around 1.5 cents that is another $119.40 in cost or a total cost of $561.08.
For $561.08 in value I will get two years of World of Hyatt Globalist status. If I value the status at $50 per night at full service hotels (on the low end) that is about 11 nights I need to stay to break even. If you value it at $100 per night that is only 6 nights I would need to stay to earn back my cost. Needless to say that I will be coming out ahead on this endeavor since I normally spend 30-40 nights at Hyatt per year.
Earning Hyatt Globalist Status – Final Thoughts
I used a hybrid method of points and cash to make my Globalist dreams come true. If I had not already earned my $15K free night from the World of Hyatt card I would have probably snagged 6 nights that way (2 elite night credits per $5,000 in spend) and saved myself some cash or points. I could have also waited a bit and incorporated more regular stays throughout the year but wanted to take advantage of all of the promotions while I could.
So, how much did earning Hyatt Globalist cost? It cost me 7,960 World of Hyatt points and $441.68 in cash. Was it worth it? It will be for me but it may not be for you.
If you are chasing Globalist status share how much it cost you and how you did it in the comments below.