Hyatt Globalist status is the indisputable best hotel elite status for anyone whose travel patterns take them to places where Hyatt hotels can fit their needs. Ask any Hyatt Globalist and they probably have a story about the amazing customer service they got one time or another. If you’ve ever wanted to join those ranks and pick up a story or two of your own, the bar is not likely to get lower than it is set right now. But we showed this week that you can easily book premium suites or club lounge rooms in a variety of ways, no status required. So should you go for it? Which benefits are worth it? When does it not make sense? This week on Frequent Miler on the Air, we talk about why we’re excited and who should be going after it. We also chat about Radisson craziness, the best cash back credit card that’s never been on your radar, and more.
Watch or listen or read on for more this week about managing your multi-player household’s rewards accounts, a $100 credit card benefit that isn’t your best option, and more.
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This week at Frequent Miler
In hotel benefits & booking
If you have grown to regret missing out on the ludicrously easy path to Hyatt elite status that existed early this year, you’re in luck: an easy path to top-tier World of Hyatt Globalist status is back. The path of least resistance includes a new credit card, a little spend, and just 10 nights at a hotel. The bar isn’t likely to ever get lower for highly-valuable top-tier elite status. This week on the podcast, we talked about whether or not it makes sense to go after this and who should do it. If you’ll stay at a couple of mid to top-tier Hyatt hotels next year, this can easily be well worth the effort.
One reason not to go after Hyatt Globalist status is because you don’t need it to book some amazing suites. You probably know that you can use points to book premium suites, but did you know that in some cases you can pay less than two hundred bucks and use 9,000 points per night to upgrade to a 1500-square-foot-suite? If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone: this week I had a heck of a time finding someone at Hyatt who knew how this worked. This post was really meant as a reminder not to assume that the first (or second or third or fourth) customer service answer is the right one. Unsurprisingly, Hyatt went above and beyond in fixing this once I finally got to someone who knew what I was talking about.
If you have a Ritz-Carlton or Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card, one of the benefits is the ability to get a $100 hotel credit when you book a stay of 2 nights or more. It sounds nice and I hadn’t realized that Marriott has made this rate bookable online, but you can do better. It is only in a very narrow set of circumstances where this benefit might be worth using — and even then, I don’t think I’d cross my fingers and hope that portal cash posted rather than booking with a preferred partner program.
In managing your rewards
Are you Player 1 in a household where you need to manage all of the credit cards and loyalty accounts? Do you have a partner who never checks their email or isn’t home when you need to get a text message verification code? Do you need to know which programs easily allow you to combine points? Greg has become a master of multi-player mode and in this post he gives you the tips you need to worker smarter, not harder. I have personally picked up a number of these tips from him over the years of working here and slowly implemented them to make my life easier. Having all of those tips in one place makes for a great resource.
We’re not the only blog that now has a list of how long it takes for points to transfer to hotel programs, but the fact that we were able to tap into Award Wallet’s data from balance tracker requests means that we will hopefully continue to have up-to-date data if and when transfer times change or partners are added.
That’s it for this week at Frequent Miler. Keep your eye on this week’s last chance deals.