Hello, newly-minted Globalist status


Update 1/8/21: I can confirm that I received the additional 30 bonus elite night credits from Bonus Journeys and now have 60 elite nights and all of the associated milestone benefits (free night certificates and suite upgrades) in my account as shown in the screen shot below. It’s awesome that Hyatt has got this posting so quickly!

Hyatt Globalist status is the hands-down best hotel elite status there is, so I was very excited this morning when I received the email welcoming me to Hyatt Globalist status based on my recent 30-night stay (from which I checked out yesterday). As expected, all 30 nights from the stay that began in December 2020 and ended January 3rd. 2021 have posted as 2021 elite qualifying nights. I still expect to receive credit for 30 more nights thanks to Hyatt Bonus Journeys, but I’m happy to report that the 30-night stay spanning the new year posted as we expected it would.

Keep in mind that Hyatt has reduced the requirement for Globalist status to just 30 elite nights in 2021. This means that the ludicrously easy path to Hyatt top-tier Globalist status only requires you to stay fifteen nights in January or February 2021 provided you have registered for Hyatt Bonus Journeys by January 15th, which will give you an additional elite night credit for each night you stay.

However, I had previously noted that I still intended to earn 60 total elite nights in 2021 because I want all of the milestone benefits that come with staying 60 nights. While you get 4 club lounge access awards at 20 nights and a Category 1-4 free night certificate at 30 nights, the best milestone benefits come at 50 and 60 nights: at 50 nights, you pick up 2 suite upgrade awards (good for confirmed upgrade to a suite at the time of booking on a stay of up to 7 nights each); at 60 nights, you receive a Cat 1-7 free night certificate and 2 more suite upgrade awards.

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.

For that reason, I stuck with a 30-night reservation that began in December and checked out on January 3rd. As we had previously reported, Hyatt had confirmed with us that elite nights are earned based on the year of the check-out date, so even though most of my nights occurred during 2020, the fact that I checked out in early 2021 meant that I received elite night credit for all 30 nights toward 2021 qualification requirements. As expected, the 30 elite nights earned for my stay posted to my account today (the day after checkout) and as such I now have Hyatt Globalist status through February 28, 2023.

However, I have only earned the 20-night and 30-night milestone benefits thus far. That’s because the additional 2021 elite night credits from the Bonus Journeys promotion have not yet posted. The terms of that promotion indicate that the bonus nights (the next batch of 30 elite nights for this stay) will not post until after the promotion ends (i.e. within 2-3 weeks after February 28th). We don’t yet know whether it will actually work that way, so there is a possibility that I won’t receive the additional milestone benefits for a couple of months. That’s not a big deal to me as I don’t have any travel planned in the interim, but for folks who were planning a 15-night stay this month and hoping to have Globalist status in January or February, it could spell bad news in the short-term.

It is entirely possible that we won’t see the double-up until March. If that happens, it will be disappointing for some. I’d nonetheless argue that this is still a great deal: even if your Globalist status isn’t minted until March, you’ll still have nearly two years of top-tier Hyatt Globalist status and a Cat 1-4 free night certificate for the cost of 15 nights.  That’s still a hot deal. I’d also note that one benefit if it happens that way is that your Cat 1-4 free night certificate won’t be issued until March 1st. The milestone free night certs are only valid for 6 months, so the one that I earned expires July 3rd. If you don’t achieve Globalist until March, your certificate will be valid into September. I’d certainly not be unhappy to get all summer to use it.

On the other hand, just as I said in my recent post titled Relax: Your elite stuff will post, we often see things that post ahead of promotion terms. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the additional nights from Bonus Journeys post sooner than expected. If they do, it will be a nice bonus indeed.

Overall, I’m very happy with how this promotion worked out and thrilled to report that my elite nights posted in 2021 exactly as we expected. That’s a good piece of knowledge to keep in mind for future years as well: if you need an end-of-the-year stay to count for the current membership year, be sure you check out by New Year’s Eve — otherwise those nights will count in the new year.

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also got the bonus 26 nights, 52 nights total, still waiting for the 25% back on points.


I had a stay Jan 2-3 and first received the stay credit and then yesterday (1/7) received the bonus night credit.


Hi Nick, Can you share the expire date for the free night/suite upgrade certificate from milestone rewards? I saw some people say Hyatt extends them from 180 days to 1 year. Thanks!


Upon hearing that the Chase Hyatt card would be product switched to WOH card I cancelled the card and applied for WOH card. I’m glad to read that the card nights count double as well, my path just turned into 7 stays:

2 nights $5k card spend (to meet the new card bonus)
2 nights for my 2020 cat 1-4 card night
2 nights for my 2021 cat 1-4 card night
10 nights from the new card (already posted)
7 nights remain for stays (26,250 total points for awards after 25% back)

Globalist for 26,250 points, can’t beat that! (assuming my math is right:)


Not sure if it was answered somewhere else but can you do concurrent stays to get to 30 nights? I already started a 13 night one that ends on the 15th but after reading this thinking to add up to 30 to get the suite awards.


I think the milestone award nights are good until the end of December 2021. If I recall, Hyatt’s updated terms and FAQs state that the six month expiration dates will be updated in the month prior to expiration to reflect that they’re good through the end of December. This should allow you to use it this summer without a problem. (But please double check, I wouldn’t want to mislead you.)


Hi Nick, so are the milestone benefits night levels reduced as well. For example normally at 20 nights you would get 2 lounge passes. Is that cut 10 ten thus only needing 5 stays? Or would you still need 20 actually nights or 10 stays with current bonus going?

Thanks Sean


In reality, with those nights (and suite night awards) under your belt in January and assuming that travel comes back in some semblance of normalcy in the summer, you’ll probably make 70 or 80 nights (and another couple of suite night awards) in 2021.

Jack S

I had a 5 night stay with a checkout of 12/31. It was to put me at 50 nights in 2020. How will I know when that will post for the initial nights (not the bonus nights)? I haven’t received an email about the 50 night milestone and when I log on now I just see the 5 nights in 2021 from the Hyatt credit card.


OMAAT reporting Hyatt will post bonus nights biweekly


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I’m sure they’re sick of calls, Tweets, etc.


I had an 8 night stay with checkout on Jan 1 and am still waiting on the initial 8 nights. You got yours in 24 hours?


Nick – do you know if Stay 2, get 3rd night free get elite nights for all 3 nights or just the 2 nights ?


Turns out a stay which started in Dec 2020 which ended on Jan 1 (Jan1 checkout) doesn’t appear to qualify for the double elite nights. Anyone else has this experience?


Ah, that makes sense. Thank you!


You need to add Terms & Conditions just above the “Add Comment” section: “Commenter avers that they have read the entire post before commenting.”


Careful, some Hyatt reps are saying nights in 2020 won’t count for double elite nights in 2021 even though they post in 2021. They may give 1 for 2020 and 1 for 2021 even though it posted in 2021. It seems to be that’s a loophole they didn’t intend for and may try not to let you take advantage of. The rep I spoke with last night said she is waiting for more guidance and her supervisor was even unsure.


I put my $ with Nick, or any of the big 3 (Gary, Ben, FM). They know tons more than airline & hotel support.

Yusuf Hakim

Welcome to the world of hyatt globalist. If you have the option request katina belt as your concierge. Sitting in a huge 1k + square foot suite at hyatt regency orlando currently thanks to it.

Fig Fig

Shhhhhh you’ll give away the best secret at Hyatt!


Would you get your concierge at Globalist (30 nights) or at the 60 night milestone?

Yusuf Hakim

60 night


Is requesting a specific concierge an actual thing?


How much did you pay for those 30 nights?


Wouldn’t we all like to know. I think in previous podcasts they mentioned around $1000-1500.


What were your total costs for this ? And do you mind sharing which hotel/type stay ? Looking for a cheap 9 nights …


I heard most of the great deals got eaten up right away. Still with the up to 25% rebate on points, cat 1 stats are a great deal.


Our bonus nights haven’t posted yet. Blogger preferential treatment!


His bonus nights didn’t post either. Read the post again.


Ha. Nailed me for laziness! 🙂