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Hyatt Slashes Elite Status Requirements For 2021, Globalist In 10 Nights Is Possible!

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World of Hyatt Elite Status Requirements in 2021

World of Hyatt Elite Status Requirements in 2021

World of Hyatt has not been holding any punches this year.  They have been launching amazing promos, extending status, free nights and a whole bunch of other stuff in 2020. It makes sense for them to offer these things in 2020 since travel has grinded to a halt most of the year. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much to be offered in 2021 though.  Hyatt had other plans though. There are new World of Hyatt elite status requirements in 2021 and they are pretty amazing.

New World of Hyatt Elite Status Requirements in 2021 Details

For the 2021 calendar year, World of Hyatt will be reducing the Base Point and Tier-Qualifying Night requirements by 50 percent so members can achieve or requalify for status and enjoy elite benefits in half the time – either by staying half the number of nights or earning half the number of Base Points required in a calendar year. For example, a member can earn top-tier Globalist status in record time by staying 30 Tier-Qualifying Nights or earning 50,000 Base Points in 2021 and start enjoying exclusive benefits including 30% Bonus on eligible purchases, waived resort fees on eligible rates and free night awards, room upgrades including standard suites available at check-in, Club access or breakfast, Guest of Honor benefits and more.

Reduced 2021 World of Hyatt elite status qualifications include: 

  • Discoverist – Stay five Tier-Qualifying Nights or earn 12,500 Base Points
  • Explorist – Stay 15 Tier-Qualifying Nights or earn 25,000 Base Points
  • Globalist – Stay 30 Tier-Qualifying Nights or earn 50,000 Base Points

Even Better For World of Hyatt Credit Card Holders

If you are a World of Hyatt credit card holder you get a 5 night head start each year. That means you can get Globalist with only 25 tier-qualifying nights.

If you are not a current card holder, and under Chase 5/24, it gets even better. As a part of the limited time welcome offer, new cardmembers who apply and are approved for the card by December 31, 2020, will receive 10 Tier-Qualifying Night credits toward tier status in 2020 and 2021, making it possible to achieve Globalist status by staying as few as 20 qualifying nights. But it gets even better…that number drops to 10 nights with promo extensions…see below. LEARN MORE

World of Hyatt Elite Status Requirements in 2021

More Time to Enjoy Valuable World of Hyatt Promotions

World of Hyatt members will also have more time to enjoy exclusive and valuable offers to help boost their tier status and earn points even faster.

  • Bonus Journeys – Members globally have more time to take advantage of World of Hyatt’s most rewarding global promotion, providing members the ability to earn up to quadruple points on eligible spend at 1,000+ participation locations worldwide through February 28, 2021, if they register by January 15, 2021. Plus, members can earn double Tier-Qualifying Night credits – yet another way for members to accelerate toward earning tier status in 2021.
  • Free Nights on Sale – World of Hyatt members can receive 15% of their redeemed points back as Bonus Points, plus free parking, when they redeem points for free night stays, now through February 28, 2021. World of Hyatt and Hyatt Credit Cardmembers can receive an additional 10% of their redeemed points back as Bonus Points. Members can register here by January 15, 2021; Cardmembers can register here.
  • Dine Local, Earn Triple Points – World of Hyatt members can continue treating themselves when dining close to home by earning triple points on eligible spend for dine-in, takeout or delivery (when not staying the night) at participating outlets at Hyatt hotels and resorts through February 28, 2021.

World of Hyatt Elite Status Requirements in 2021

More Rewarding Offers

As guests, members and customers consider traveling, Hyatt is reimagining the guest experience with creativity and care in mind, to provide enhanced convenience, flexibility and wellbeing through the following special offers:

  • Work From Hyatt: Travelers can book this package at 90 hotels across North America and the Caribbean to enjoy work- and school-life balance with the comforts of a premium resort experience. Packages start at $139 + tax per night for a minimum 7-night stay. To learn more about participating properties, availability and pricing, visit
  • Hyatt Together Special Offer: Gatherings of 10 guests or more (where permitted) booked and held at participating Hyatt hotels by December 31, 2022, can enjoy several perks, booking flexibility, ability to earn World of Hyatt Bonus Points and the choice of up to 10 percent off the master bill or up to 10 percent in added-value upgrades such as complimentary guestrooms and enhanced food and beverage offerings. To learn more, visit .
  • 500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New – Members can explore new destinations and reward their spirit of adventure by earning 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at new Hyatt hotels around the world. To learn more, visit here.

World of Hyatt Elite Status Requirements in 2021

World of Hyatt Elite Status Requirements in 2021 Final Thoughts

This is pretty crazy news and something I think people will be pretty excited about.  New World of Hyatt cardmembers can get the best hotel elite status out there after only 10 nights in 2021. Even long term cardholders can hit it in just 13 nights as long as the stays are from 1/1/21-2/28/21.

That is because the Bonus Journeys double Tier-Qualifying Night credits were extended until 2/28/21.  So you would earn 10 nights for signing up for the card this year which would roll over to next year.  You would then need to book 10 nights during the promo dates that would double to 20 and get you to your 30 required nights.  For current cardholders you get 5 nights for holding the card and would need to book 13 nights before 2/28/21. Those would then double to 26 and push you past the 30 night mark in 2021. Hat tip Frequent Miler.

Throw in the fact that nights you are earning right now are already counting towards 2021 status and some people may be able to hit this before the calendar even strikes January 1st!

I have never chased Globalist status, I have always been pretty happy as an Explorist with the occasional Guest of Honor booking, but with this promo I will be chasing it for sure.

Long term Globalists may be upset about this promotion. Making something easier to earn often lessens the value that it offers. If there are a lot of Globalists out there upgrades etc. will be tougher.  While that is likely true, I think travel will still be depressed enough that it should even out some. I value the amazing breakfast benefit and lounge access the most and those shouldn’t be affected at all (assuming restaurants are open again). But I do understand the angst some will feel with this.

I will also note the Milestone rewards will be the same so you won’t get the free night for hitting Globalist or suite night awards etc. Those suite night awards will be key with the influx on new Globalist members.

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Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann
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  1. Don’t get too excited. I got the new World of Hyatt visa in December, then planned on going for Globalist with ten nights starting January 1st, but Chase is now saying I’ll only get five qualifying nights, not ten, because I didn’t apply via the Hyatt link. Give me a break, Chase.

    • Really? I have never heard of that before. I would reach out to Chase as well and see if they can work on your behalf.

  2. I was planning to get the Hilton Aspire card for the Diamond status and now I am trying to figure out if I should go for Globalist instead. I have the WOH card so I would need 13 stays that would cost about $930. Without the confirmed suite upgrades or the free cat 7 night for hitting Globalist I am thinking Hilton Diamond may be better for me. Any input appreciated.

    • I guess it depends on your travel patterns and if you normally stay enough at Hyatt hotels. This status would be good for 2 years (if earned early) so would you get more than that much value out of it? You could just work on it all year and chip away at the 30 days instead of mattress running. Maybe use spend on the card to dwindle it down some too.

      I think the Aspire is the better overall option because the card covers its cost each year so it is kind of like free status plus the welcome offer. You could get the Aspire and then play the long game on Hyatt and see if it works out throughout the year. I don’t think it has to be one or the other if you go that route. It would give you some time to decide at least.

      • Hi again Mark – quick question when you say “early enough” (to get status thru Feb. 2023)
        by when exactly should one try to earned status. By January 31st, or Feb 15th?
        Thanks again

  3. Mark – i have the Hyatt credit card and received a notice that it will soon be converted into my “new WOH credit card”. As I understand I can apply (and get the points etc) only if I don’t have my current card. I want to close my account and then apply for the WOH card (bonus points rather than them upgrading), and definitely after reading your post. Question- do you think it will be a problem to close one and open the other one within a week? What ahs been your experience. Appreciate any advice before I make the switch. Thank you!!

    • I think you should be fine doing that. I usually give it a few weeks but have heard of people making it work in a shorter time frame.

      • Thank you for your response Mark. Will give it a couple of weeks then. Love your blog! Just line you- will be chasing this promo me luck –
        thanks again.

  4. Mostly a good post but you should hit that last line a little harder. The Milestone rewards include in particular the GSUs…

  5. I read through the release and can’t tell….if moving via spend on elite nights ($5k/2 nights) will it only take 30 as well?


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