Easy path to top tier Hyatt Status

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Update 9/29/21: Just a quick reminder that you have to apply for the World of Hyatt credit card by September 30 if you want to be able to take advantage of the double elite nights earning opportunity through the end of the year.

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If you missed the ludicrously easy path to Hyatt Globalist elite status early this year and you can qualify for a new Hyatt credit card, then you’re in luck — it’s not too late!  By combining the latest credit card offer, card spend, and Hyatt’s lower 2021 elite requirements, you can still get to top tier status easily.  That status will then last through February 2023.

Hyatt’s latest credit card promotion makes new cardholders eligible for double tier qualifying nights on stays this year.

What are tier qualifying nights?
Tier qualifying nights are often referred to as “elite nights”. With many hotel chains, you can earn elite status by acquiring a number of tier qualifying elite nights each year. For example, Hyatt usually requires earning 30 elite nights per year to achieve mid-tier Explorist status, or 60 elite nights for top-tier Globalist status, but they’ve cut those numbers in half for 2021. Additionally, Hyatt offers “Milestone Rewards” which are perks like free lounge access, free nights, bonus points, etc. Milestone Rewards are earned within a calendar year when you achieve 20 elite nights, and every 10 elite nights after that up to 100. Read more about Hyatt elite status and Milestone Rewards in our World of Hyatt Complete Guide.

Easy path to Globalist with $15K spend

When combined with other card features and the fact that Hyatt requires only 30 elite nights this year instead of 60 to reach top tier status, the path to top tier is relatively easy:

  1. Sign up for the World of Hyatt card by 9/30/21: Get 5 elite nights automatically & qualify for double elite nights on stays in 2021.
  2. Spend $15,000 on the card before the end of the year: Earn 60,000 total points (thanks to the current welcome bonus); 6 elite nights from spend; and a category 1-4 free night certificate.
  3. Spend 10 nights at Hyatt hotels this year (including free nights booked with points or certificates): Earn 20 elite nights.
  4. With the 31 elite nights earned (as listed above): Get Globalist elite status for the rest of this year, all of 2022, and through February 2023.  Also get the 30 night Milestone reward (A category 1-4 free night certificate & 2 club access awards).

Path to Globalist with $5K spend

If you can’t spend $15K on the Hyatt credit card by the end of the year, here’s another option:

  1. Sign up for the World of Hyatt card by 9/30/21: Get 5 elite nights automatically & qualify for double elite nights on stays in 2021.
  2. Spend $5,000 on the card before the end of the year: Earn 40,000 total points (thanks to the current welcome bonus); and 2 elite nights from spend.
  3. Spend 12 nights at Hyatt hotels this year (including free nights booked with points or certificates): Earn 24 elite nights.
  4. With the 31 elite nights earned (as listed above): Get Globalist elite status for the rest of this year, all of 2022, and through February 2023. Also get the 30 night Milestone reward (A category 1-4 free night certificate & 2 club access awards).

Top tier Hyatt status: Why chase Globalist?

Breakfast at the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht. Breakfast is free for Hyatt Globalist members.

In my opinion, Hyatt offers the best top-tier elite perks of any hotel chain.  Top tier Globalist elites get free upgrades including standard suiteswaived resort fees on paid nights (resort fees are waived on award nights for all members), free breakfast or club accessfree parking on award nights, and more.  Mid-tier Explorist status, meanwhile, offers very few meaningful perks.  In my opinion, Globalist status is worth a lot.  Explorist status is worth very little.

Room service breakfast at the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris.  A number of top Hyatt properties offer free room-service breakfast as an option for Hyatt Globalists.
Hyatt lounges typically include a full breakfast, afternoon canapés, and evening dessert.  Often free wine and beer is available during set hours as well.  Shown here is the outdoor deck of the Grand Club at the Grand Hyatt NYC. Hyatt club access is always free for top tier Globalist elites. Those with club access awards can also get in free on points or cash stays, but not when a free night certificate is used.

Elite status requirements cut in half

For those seeking to earn Hyatt elite status in 2021, Hyatt has cut in half the requirements. Here are the 2021 requirements for each elite level:

Membership Level Elite Nights Usually Required Elite Nights Required in 2021 Key Benefits
Discoverist 10 5 2PM late check-out; Earn Hyatt points w/ AA spend
Explorist 30 15 Match to M life Gold; Room Upgrade
Globalist 60 30 Waived resort fees on all stays; Suite upgrades, 4PM late check-out; Club access or free breakfast; Free parking on award stays; Guest of Honor bookings

For those who earn status through spend at Hyatt properties, the requirements for earning status through base points has also been cut in half.  For example, in 2021 you can earn Globalist status by earning 50K base points instead of the usual 100K.  This would require $10K calendar year spend at Hyatt.  Most people will do better earning status through stays.

Double elite nights via Hyatt credit card promo

The latest World of Hyatt credit card offer includes the ability to earn 2 Tier-Qualifying Night Credits for each night you stay from 8/16/21 through 12/31/21.  The ability to earn double elite nights does not apply to those who got the World of Hyatt card before the current offer (shown below) was introduced.  It also doesn’t apply to those who sign up through alternate channels such as when an offer shows up while making a Hyatt booking.  Double elite nights does apply to this offer:

Card Offer and Details
Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card
45K points
Up to 45K: 30K after $3K spend plus 1 extra point per dollar for non-bonused spend, up to $15K spend in 6 months.

$95 Annual Fee

This card is subject to Chase's 5/24 rule.

Recent better offer: 60K: 40K after $3K in 3 months + 20K after $6K total in 6 months (Expired 1/9/19)

FM Mini Review: Great card for signup bonus and annual free night. Might be worth using regularly for additional free night and as a path to status.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Dine
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 2X restaurants / cafes / coffee shops, airlines, local transit, fitness clubs and gym memberships ⚬ 4X Hyatt

Big spend bonus: One free Cat 1-4 night certificate after $15K spend in a calendar year. ⚬ Get 2 elite qualifying night credits every time you spend $5K in purchases

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Free category 1-4 night every year upon renewal ⚬ Additional free category 1-4 night after $15K spend in cardmember year ⚬ Discoverist elite status ⚬ 5 elite qualifying nights

Elite nights from Hyatt credit card & card spend

All World of Hyatt cardholders automatically earn 5 elite nights each year.  Plus, the card offers 2 elite nights with each $5K of spend.

Milestone rewards

It’s important to understand that some of the perks that people associate with Hyatt Globalist status are actually earned with Milestone Rewards.  These are rewards that are earned when you hit different milestones of elite nights.  Suite Upgrade Awards, a free night category 1-7 certificate, and access to My Hyatt Concierge are Milestone benefits, not elite benefits.  Therefore if you earn elite status with only 30 elite nights, you won’t earn those perks.

This chart shows the details:

Completely separate from elite status, Milestone Rewards are available to everyone and are based on the number of nights you stay in a calendar year. Club Lounge Access Awards and Suite Upgrade Awards are valid for the rest of the current calendar year and 14 months beyond. Free night awards are valid for 180 days from the date issued. FIND Experience discount must be used within 6 months of issuance.

More details about Milestone Rewards, including value estimates, can be found here.

 

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