Hyatt Globalist Requalification
This is my fourth year as a top tier Hyatt member. I first earned Hyatt Global Passport Diamond status through a generous match and was hooked. Since then I have worked hard to keep the status, but it has been tough. Well, that is until this year. Thanks to a number of changes, it is possibly easier now than ever!
Qualifying For Status Over the Years
Back under Global Passport I qualified for my top tier Diamond status by completing exactly 25 stays. The trick I often used was switching hotels in the same city while staying only one night at each. A 3 night stay in a city for example would yield 3 stays in the program if I switched hotels.
Of course that all went out the window when World of Hyatt steamrolled onto the scene last year. Suddenly my 25 stays trick was gone and I needed 60 nights! I’m not quite sure how I did it last year, but I barely got there. Yes, I did have to do a couple of mLife Vegas mattress runs and thankfully I had a decent amount of business travel as well. It was tough though.
Tough No More
But thankfully those struggles seem to all be in the past. I re-qualified for my status each of the last three years in the final days of December, but now I am on the verge of re-qualifying for Globalist status in October. So what happened? Hyatt made it SO MUCH EASIER!
Award Nights Count
In previous years, full award stays didn’t count towards qualifying for status. This forced me to often stay on Points + Cash rates, but I always had a handful of all points stays that I never got credit for. This year has been fantastic since I have not had to spend cash and have been able to get credit for all of my award stays.
Reduced Re-Qualifying Requirement
While I needed 60 nights to qualify for Globalist status last year, I only need 55 nights this year. Everyone needs to hit 60 the first time they qualify, but in future years re-qualifying requires less. It’s a nice little break and one that is making life a bit easier this year.
World of Hyatt Credit Card
The final reason it has been so easy to re-qualify this year is because of the brand new Chase World of Hyatt credit card. This card has a 60K bonus and gives me 5 qualifying nights just for having it, but it gets even better than that. It also gives 2 elite qualifying nights for each $5K in spend, plus a free category 1-4 night at $15K in annual spend. Obviously I hit that $15K in spend and ended up with 11 nights from the credit card overall. So worth it!
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Did I Get Enough Value?
Each year I look at back at that past year’s Hyatt stays to make sure I have received enough value from the status to justify pursuing it again. For example, if I only stayed in limited service Hyatt Place hotels then it wouldn’t be worth it. Thankfully I have DEFINITELY received more than enough value this year. Here are some examples:
- Gorgeous Suite Upgrade & free breakfast for entire family at the Andaz Mayakoba
- Suite Upgrades & Free breakfast for the entire family in New York at the Park Hyatt & Andaz Wall Street
- Suite Upgrade and Lounge Access at the Grand Hyatt Taipei
- Suite Upgrade and free breakfast at the Park Hyatt Seoul & Grand Hyatt Incheon
- $1,500 per night Suite Upgrade and lounge access for entire family at the Hyatt Regency Maui
- $1,000 per night Suite Upgrade and lounge access for entire family at the Grand Hyatt Kauai
- Upgrades and free breakfast at the Andaz Scottsdale, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque & Hyatt Regency LAX.
- Huge suite and lounge access at the Hyatt Regency Orlando
While World of Hyatt made it more difficult to qualify, it also ushered in the era of suite upgrades. Yes, I still only get four confirmed suite upgrades per year, but most of the time I am upgraded to a suite even without using one. Add in the perks like lounge access or free breakfast plus early check-in and late checkout and it is sooooo worth it.
Should You Do It?
Obviously the answer as to whether or not you should pursue Hyatt Globalist status is going to vary based on your situation. For me, it makes sense since I travel enough nights to hit the threshold and I also earn a lot of Ultimate Rewards points from my various Chase cards. This means that I can enjoy the benefits, spend enough nights to re-qualify and most importantly have the currency to pay for those nights without denting my bank account.
If you are a huge Ultimate Rewards earner then I really think this is a no-brainer. If you have a lot of spend and value the perks of the status then using the World of Hyatt credit card is a easy way to get part of the way there. Yes, I think a lot of people who read this site should probably consider pursuing Globalist status but I think a lot of people probably shouldn’t.
While I still have one more night to go, I will re-qualify easily given the fact that I have a few nights planned through the end of the year. That means no last minute Excalibur or Luxor mattress runs. Yes!
I was admittedly skeptical about World of Hyatt in the beginning, but between the perks of Globalist status, the fact that award stays now count and the World of Hyatt credit card, I’m sitting pretty. Now let’s hope they don’t mess this all up and make things tougher again. 🙂