Requalifying Globalist 55 Nights Benefits
As I wrote about last week when discussing my journey this year towards re-qualifying, World of Hyatt has been mostly a win for top-tier members in my opinion. Under the new program it is more difficult to qualify (in most cases) and some perks have been taken away, but I find the addition of suite upgrades to far offset any negative changes.
One other thing the new program brought in was confusion. To qualify for top-tier Globalist status, one must stay 60 nights in Hyatt hotels in a given year, however to re-qualify in following years that same person only needs 55 nights.
Additionally, Hyatt gives other benefits listed for those who reach 60 nights. Specifically, members who reach 60 nights are given 4 guaranteed suite upgrade certificates and also a free night good at any Category 1-7 hotel.
Apparently the reason Hyatt decoupled the free night and suite upgrades from the status was to make sure anyone receiving a challenge wouldn’t receive them. This lead to many people to assert that Globalists who re-qualify with only 55 nights wouldn’t receive them. This is not true.
55 Nights or 60?
Last week when I wrote about my road to re-qualifying this year, some people questioned whether I would receive my suite upgrade and free night cert at only 55 nights. I have several friends who have received theirs, but given the doubt I thought I would settle this question once and for all.
A few days ago I hit my 55th night for the year and Hyatt was nice enough to send me a lovely email that gave me the warm and fuzzies.
When I received this lovely message, I immediately went into my account to check whether my certs had been added. I fully expected them to be there given other people’s experiences, but you never know. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.
Globalist Benefits Deposited
First I checked and saw my Category 1-7 free night. This easily has a value in the hundreds of dollars!
Then I made sure my new Suite Upgrade awards were nice and cozy in my account.
Also note the expiration date. Last year Suite Upgrade Awards expired one year from the date of issue, however now they expire at the end of the year they are earned plus 14 months. In other words, under the old system my awards would have expired mid-October, 2019, while now they expire at the end of February, 2020. Bravo to Hyatt for making this change.
The Terms Have Changed
While I have definitely proven that you will receive these items at 55 nights, Hyatt has also updated their terms to support this. Here are the terms on the World of Hyatt website regarding these items.
Upon achieving (or re-achieving) Globalist status by satisfying the Tier-Qualifying Night or Base Point accrual requirements detailed above, a Member will receive four (4) complimentary Room Upgrade Awards for suite accommodations (“Complimentary Suite Upgrade Awards”).
Upon achieving (or re-achieving) Globalist status by satisfying the Tier-Qualifying Night or Base Point accrual requirements detailed above, Member will be provided with one (1) standard-room Free Night Award redeemable at a category 1-7 Hyatt hotel or resort (“Category 1-7 Free Night Award”).
This language prevents those who are matched from getting the items, while assuring that those who qualify at 60 or 55 nights get them.
World of Hyatt launched with a number of confusing and/or frustrating things including short expiration dates for suite upgrades and vague language that lead to a lot of confusion. Thankfully many of these things have been corrected both in writing and in real world practice. I’m glad to have another year of Globalist status and happy they keep making it easier to qualify.