(EXPIRED) FoundersCard: Get Hyatt Globalist status with 20 nights in 90 days with status fast-track

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If you missed out on the Hyatt Globalist status fast-track promotion offered by Bilt back in April, there’s some potentially great news. FoundersCard is offering a similar promotion, but it’ll be more costly as you’ll have to pay for a FoundersCard membership which costs almost $700 for the first year.

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The Deal

  • Get Hyatt Explorist status for 90 days with FoundersCard. Maintain that status through February 2025 by staying 10 nights within 90 days, then stay additional 10 nights within those 90 days to earn Hyatt Globalist status.
  • Direct link to offer.

Key Terms

  • To qualify for this offer, qualifying World of Hyatt members must register by November 16, 2023.
  • Limit one offer per member.
  • Members eligible for this offer are limited to those members who receive this offer directly from Hyatt and who are employees of an eligible account. Hyatt reserves the right to remove any ineligible individuals from this offer and rescind any benefits provided in connection with it (in addition to any other remedy Hyatt deems appropriate).
  • Members may only register for a trial tier offer from Hyatt Sales Force once every three (3) years.
  • Only Qualifying Nights on stays completed within the first ninety (90) days following registration for this offer (“Qualification Period”) will count toward this offer. Nights completed before prior to the start of or after the end of their Qualification Period will not count towards this offer (even if any night stayed otherwise qualifies as a “Tier-Qualifying Night” for purposes of the World of Hyatt program and was during the Qualification Period).
  • To earn credit toward this offer, member must check out of a reservation during their Qualification Period.
  • If member checks into a reservation during their Qualification Period but does not check out until after their Qualification Period has ended, they will not earn credit towards this offer for any nights stayed as part of that reservation.
  • Each member’s Qualification Period begins at their registration and may not be extended.
  • For the purpose of this offer, a qualifying night is any night where a member is paying an Eligible Rate or redeems a free night award.
  • Only the room occupied by the member will count toward this offer.
  • Members must provide their World of Hyatt membership number at the time of check-in for each stay.
  • Offer may not be valid with other offers, promotions or discounts and is non-transferable.
  • If members earn a new elite status through this offer, their new status will be applied within 7 business days of checkout of the stay during which they complete the applicable requirement.
  • Explorist Trial: Upon registration, World of Hyatt members with Member or Discoverist status will receive a trial upgrade to Explorist status for their Qualification Period. The trial will provide the member with the benefits of Explorist status, as set forth in the World of Hyatt program terms, for 90 days, provided that the member will not receive any Explorist Club Lounge Access Awards (as defined in the World of Hyatt program terms) or be eligible to tier match into Gold status with MGM Rewards, the loyalty program of MGM Resorts International, as part of the trial.To maintain Explorist status through February 2025, member must complete at least ten (10) Tier-Qualifying Nights (as defined in the World of Hyatt program terms) at any participating Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide, participating MGM Rewards destinations, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (“SLH”) properties, or Lindblad Expeditions on stays completed during their Qualification Period.
  • Globalist Quick-Qualify for Current Explorists: Upon registration, World of Hyatt members with Explorist status will have the opportunity to earn Globalist status through February 2025 by completing at least twenty (20) Tier-Qualifying Nights at any participating Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide, participating MGM Rewards destinations, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (“SLH”) properties, or Lindblad Expeditions on stays completed during their Qualification Period. If members satisfy the above requirements during their Qualification Period, they will receive Globalist membership through February 2025. The offer will provide the member with the benefits of Globalist membership, provided that the member will not receive Complimentary Suite Upgrade Awards, a Category 1-7 Free Night Award or My Hyatt Concierge (as defined in the World of Hyatt program terms).

Quick Thoughts

It’s awesome that there’s this new opportunity to earn Hyatt Globalist status after staying only 20 nights within 90 days of registration, but it does come at a steep price. A standard FoundersCard membership costs $595 with a $95 initiation fee on top, so you’re looking at paying almost $700 as the entry fee for this offer. You then have the cost of 20 nights to account for too which won’t be a problem if you were already planning on staying at Hyatt properties for 20 nights within three months of registration, but which gets even more costly if you need to mattress run any of those nights. If you would need to mattress run in order to earn Globalist status, see this analysis from Nick which related to the similar promo via Bilt, but take into account the additional $690 cost of a FoundersCard membership in the first year if you don’t already have a membership.

One of the great things about Hyatt status fast-track challenges such as these is that both paid nights and award stays count. That can make the 20 nights far more achievable than if only paid nights were eligible which is how status challenges often work with other hotel chains. However, be aware that you’ll only get Globalist status after those 20 nights. If you want any of the Milestone Rewards that normally come along the way to earning that status organically like free night certificates, Suite Upgrade Awards, etc., you’ll have to stay the requisite number of nights.

While that $690 initial cost is high, it might still be worth it if you can get value from other FoundersCard benefits. For example, it gives you Caesars Rewards Diamond status through January 31, 2024, up to 16% off United airfare and lower discounts on airfare with other airlines like Alaska, Qantas, British Airways and more. If you own a small business, you can get fee-free payments with Square and Stripe, along with savings on Google Workspace, Slack and many more business services.

FoundersCard makes it hard to see all their benefits as the only link on their home page is to inquire about membership, but you can view all its benefits here.

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