Is Hyatt Globalist Status Worth It?
Hyatt, how dare you raise your rates, introduce peak pricing and bump a whole bunch of great properties to the next level. You torpedoed the value of free night certificates along the way too, just for good measure. I’ll show you Hyatt, time to ditch my Globalist status! Time to move all my stays to Hilton. I say all of this in jest of course, although there is a kernel of truth in everything above. The reason I am moving on from top tier elite status is because I asked myself the question, is Hyatt Globalist status worth it? And, I came to the conclusion that it is not, not for me at least.
What Does World of Hyatt Globalist Get You?
Since we are discussing the value of World of Hyatt Globalist status I should show you what it provides. Here are the more valuable perks of the program:
- 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.
Free breakfast, waived resort fees and free parking can add up to some huge savings on your travels. Especially if you are spending enough nights in hotels to earn the status in the first place. But, what if you aren’t? What if you do a mattress run, book cheap cash rates or spend a ton on the World of Hyatt credit card to earn the status every year? Is it still worth it then?
Why I Chased World of Hyatt Globalist Status Last Year
For the last several years I have been a World of Hyatt Explorist member. I consistently ended up with around 40 nights each year organically. The nights would mostly come from stays, but, would also include ones earned from my World of Hyatt credit card. You could call it a 75% stays, 25% credit card split.
Last year Hyatt created some amazing opportunities early in the year. They slashed the required nights from Globalist status from 60 nights to 30 nights. World of Hyatt also kicked off the year offering double elite nights for every stay. That essentially cut down earning Globalist status to as little as 10 nights, if you played it right at least. The opportunity was just too good to pass up.
The deal was so good that I even threw some money at it using a deal an MtM Diamond member had worked out with a property. A low cost room with no required check in or check out. Overall, I threw $400 in cold hard cash at it.
I was willing to spend the money for a few reasons. First, I new earning the status last year would give me Globalist status until February of 2023. That was more than enough time, over two years worth, to get back $400 in value from the status. Even if used it sparingly I should be able to hit that. Another reason was because it was the height of the pandemic and I was a bit bored to be honest. I missed travel and this was something to look forward too. Lastly, I wanted to see how the other side lived. Yeah, I had experienced Globalist status via Guest of Honor but I wanted to be the headliner for once. All of those wrapped into one made it worth it to me.
This is all similar to why I went after Delta status last year too.
Is Hyatt Globalist Status Worth It? Not For Me
It is the beginning of 2022 and the beginning of the year is the time to decide if you are getting back up on that elite status hamster wheel or not. After a long look in the mirror I decided I was not a willing participant. That isn’t to say Hyatt Globalist isn’t a valuable status, it is, but it just isn’t as useful to me. My travel patterns don’t match up with it well to be honest. And, that is a point I really want to hammer home here. Just because a status is valuable, or the best out there, which both things are true here, it doesn’t mean that it will be a good fit for you. Here are the reasons Hyatt Globalist status isn’t worth it for me.
I Love Hyatt Place
Hyatt Place is probably my favorite hotel brand, mainly because it is the best hotel for a family of four in my opinion. You have two beds and a pull out couch, and that couch makes all the difference when you have a growing boy that kicks all night. I always struggle to sleep in a hotel room but it gets even worse when you have four people sharing two beds. That, and I kind of like the consistency of Hyatt Place hotels. For those reasons a good portion of our stays are at Hyatt Place or Hyatt House where top tier status is pretty much worthless.
I love Category 1 & 2 Hotels
One of my favorite things about the World of Hyatt program are their affordable award nights. No 130,000 night rooms here! I especially love category 1 and 2 hotel stays. Nothing like knowing this night was created free by one Staples gift card run. Thanks Ultimate Rewards! Category 1 and 2 hotels, at least in the US, are rarely full service properties. And that is where status makes a difference.
Category 4 Free Night Certs Devalued
Going back to my tongue in cheek opening lines there is some truth to free night certs getting nuked a bit. Over the last few years Hyatt has moved most of the domestic resorts out of the Category 3 and 4 levels where credit card certificates can be used. My latest favorite use of them, the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay is getting kicked up to category 5. Major cities are usually tough sledding here too and Hyatt took away Gild Hall from us NYC lovers as well. With less true resorts in the category 4 section that means less outsized value from my Hyatt Globalist status.
I Don’t Always Eat Breakfast
If you read my Hilton breakfast piece then you realize that I often skip breakfast. I actually like the property credit you get from Hilton because of it’s flexibility. I just used it on dessert this weekend when I knew we would be leaving early and couldn’t grab breakfast. How awesome would it be if you got a $100 property credit at Hyatt instead of breakfast credit? Think about it Hyatt!
Free breakfast is by far the most valuable perk of Gloablist status and if you aren’t maximizing it then the value of top tier Hyatt status wanes a bit. Plus, if I am staying at a lot of Hyatt House and Hyatt Place hotels breakfast is already included for all. The times I need breakfast, and am with my family, that is when I can use some of my lounge access certificates as an Explorist.
Guest Of Honor Still An Option
There are of course times when the hotel doesn’t have a lounge and breakfast is extremely expensive everywhere. Think Hawaii etc. That is when Guest of Honor could come in handy. Guest of Honor is a really cool program where a Globalist member can book an award stay for you and gift you their status. With Hyatt being very generous about points sharing this is fairly easy to pull off. One thing I have a lot of in my life is friends who are Globalists. So I can always make this work the few times Globalist status is needed each year.
I Don’t Rent Cars
Lastly, I should point out that I rarely rent cars while traveling. This limits the value of free parking, which can be a massive savings sometimes. I do plan on taking advantage of this in Chicago this summer while checking out the baseball stadiums though. For some reason Chicagoland likes to sometimes charge more for parking than for their rooms…it is crazy! Any time I could really use this perk Guest of Honor would of course come into play too.
Is Hyatt Globalist Status Worth It? Final Thoughts
So, is Hyatt Globlist status worth it? The answer to the million dollar question is of course, it depends. Do you mostly stay at full service properties where World of Hyatt Globalist status pays off in spades? If yes, then go for it. But, if you travel like me the calculations could be a bit different. If you don’t maximize the status or stay at hotels where it truly shines then is it really worth it? Always remember that just because something is the best there is, it doesn’t mean it is the best there is for you!
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