World of Hyatt’s Globalist status is probably the most sought after status of any of the main hotel chains thanks to its generous benefits that can do much to enhance your stays.
Somewhat ironically, its most unique benefit is one that you don’t get to enjoy yourself. That’s because the Guest of Honor benefit is one you can use to confer your other Globalist benefits on others, so your friends and family can get perks like free breakfast, suite upgrades and more when booking award stays.
There are some quirks and restrictions for how this benefit can be used, so here’s a guide showing how to use Hyatt’s Guest of Honor benefit.
Can The Guest Of Honor Benefit Be Used On Both Paid And Award Stays?
No, the benefit can’t be used for paid stays – only award stays, or what Hyatt refers to as “Free Night Awards”.
Free Night Awards include stays using points and free night certificates (such as the certificates that come when renewing Hyatt credit cards), but not Points + Cash reservations.
Whose Account Does The Stay Need To Be Booked From?
The Guest of Honor stay needs to be booked by the World of Hyatt member with the Globalist status, although the person benefiting from the stay needs a World of Hyatt account of their own.
How To Transfer Hyatt Points Between Accounts
In most cases, this benefit will be used when booking award stays using points rather than free night certificates. If you’re particularly generous, this can be done using your own points.
The person you’re booking for can indirectly redeem their own points for the stay though. To do that, they can transfer points from their account to yours. One of the nice features of the World of Hyatt program is that it allows free points transfers between accounts, unlike some other hotel loyalty programs that charge a fee for doing that.
To transfer points between Hyatt accounts, you need to download this form from Hyatt’s website. The Globalist member’s details go in the ‘Member #2’ section, with ‘Member #1’ being the person transferring the points and who’ll benefit from the Guest of Honor benefits during the stay. The form can then be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to World of Hyatt Customer Service, PO Box 27089, Omaha, NE 68127-0089 in the US.
Hyatt doesn’t give a specific timeline for how quickly they’ll process points transfers, but in my personal experience the transfers have been processed within 24 hours or so.
Note that you can only transfer points in or out of an account once every 30 days, so you’ll want to ensure the correct number of points is transferred.
How To Book A Guest Of Honor Stay
There are a few ways that you can book a Guest of Honor stay:
- Concierge – Another Globalist benefit is access to a concierge. You can email them and have them book the stay. This is the method I’ve always used as it’s quick and easy to do.
- Call – If you prefer, you can book over the phone. Check this page for the World of Hyatt contact number for your region.
Twitter – I haven’t used this method myself, but my understanding is that you can book Guest of Honor stays by contacting Hyatt Concierge on Twitter via Direct Message.Update: The Twitter route is sadly no longer an option.
Here’s an example of an email I’d send to my concierge when wanting to book a Guest of Honor stay:
I hope you’re having a good week so far. Would you mind making a Guest of Honor reservation for me?
Here are the details:
Award Price & Total Points:
Number Of Adults/Children:
Guest’s World of Hyatt Account Number:
Guest’s Phone Number:
Guest’s Email Address:
My World of Hyatt Account Number:
Email Address Associated With My Account:
n.b. The reason I mention the email address associated with my account is because it’s slightly different from the one I email my concierge from.
After sending the email, I’ve usually received a reply within 24 hours confirming that they’ve booked the stay. The booking confirmation itself is then sent to the friend or family member who’ll actually be staying.
Who Receives Elite Night Credits On Guest Of Honor Stays?
The person staying receives the elite night credits, not the Globalist member who’s conferring their benefits.
What Benefits Do People Receive On Guest Of Honor Stays?
The following Globalist benefits can be enjoyed by the non-Globalist member during the stay:
- Room upgrades (including eligibility for suite upgrades)
- 4pm late checkout
- Club Access or breakfast
- Free parking
- Bottled water
- Premium internet
Can Suite Upgrade Awards Be Used For Guest Of Honor Stays?
Globalist members used to receive four Suite Upgrade Awards when earning the status. That changed somewhat with the introduction of Milestone Rewards in 2019; you now receive two Suite Upgrade Awards after reaching 50 elite nights, with a further two Suite Upgrade Awards being earned after reaching 60 elite nights.
One disappointing aspect of the Guest of Honor benefit is that the member with Globalist status can’t redeem these awards when booking a Guest of Honor stay. The person staying is still eligible for suite upgrades when checking in – they just can’t lock in a standard suite ahead of time unless you specifically book a suite using points.
How Frequently Can You Use The Guest Of Honor Benefit?
World of Hyatt doesn’t specify a limit on how frequently you can use this benefit. As mentioned earlier though, points transfers are limited to one every 30 days. That therefore places a default limitation if you’re relying on points transferred in from your friends or family members to book the stays.
What Brands Can The Benefit Be Used At?
Guest of Honor stays can be booked at the following Hyatt brands:
- Park Hyatt
- Grand Hyatt
- Hyatt Regency
- Hyatt Centric
- The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
- Thompson Hotels
- Alila (some locations only)
- Joie de Vivre (some locations only)
- Destination (both participating Destination Hotels and participating Destination Residences locations, but only once the applicable location begins participating in the Program)
- Hyatt Place
- Hyatt House
- Hyatt Ziva or Hyatt Zilara hotel or resort.
The benefit can’t be used at Hyatt Residence Club resorts.
Does The Globalist Member Have To Stay At The Same Time?
The Guest of Honor benefit is flexible in that it can be used whether or not the Globalist member is staying at the same time as the person receiving the benefits.
Does The Guest Earn The 30% Bonus Points Globalists Earn On Spending Charged To The Room?
One of the benefits of Globalist status is that you earn a 30% bonus on base points. Guest of Honor stays are booked using points or free night certificates, so there aren’t any bonus points to be earned on the room rate.
If you charge anything to your room during your stay, you can still earn points though. Unfortunately, as per Morgan’s confirmation in the comments below, the guest won’t earn a 30% bonus on those base points.