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Yesterday, Hyatt made the surprising announcement that it was reducing the number of nights and base points needed to earn World of Hyatt status by 50% for the 2021 qualification year and, in tandem, Hyatt also announced that it was extending a number of promotions that are already running.
At the time I was writing about yesterday’s big Hyatt announcements, two things flashed through my mind. Firstly, I thought that the decision to reduce the elite qualifying criteria by 50% was incredibly generous. Secondly, it occurred to me that the combination of the reduced elite status targets and the extension of one of Hyatt’s promotions may open up an incredible opportunity to earn Hyatt elite status with fewer nights than ever before.
The excitable part of my personality wanted to shout about this opportunity from the rooftops (it really is an amazing opportunity), but the more pragmatic part of my nature told me that this could easily be too good to be true, so I decided not to write about it until I had confirmed my thoughts with Hyatt directly.
Well, I’ve now had clarification/confirmation from Hyatt and the opportunity open to all World of Hyatt members really is as incredible as I thought it may be (and as some have already written), so it will genuinely be possible to earn top-tier Globalist status in 2021 with as few as 10 nights spent at World of Hyatt properties around the world.
Earn Hyatt Status Easily
The key to earning World of Hyatt elite status incredibly easily lies with Hyatt’s Bonus Journeys promotion. At the outset it was offering double 2021 elite night credits for all stays with checkout dates between 1 – 4 January 2021 and now, with the Bonus Journeys promotion having been extended to 28 February 2021, World of Hyatt members will earn double elite night credits for stays with checkout dates between 1 January and 28 February 2021.
As my Hyatt contact confirmed:
“[I]f you are registered for Bonus Journeys and stay 15 qualifying nights between January and February 28, 2021 (checking out on or before February 28, 2021), you will earn 15 Tier-Qualifying Nights for your stay and 15 Tier-Qualifying bonus nights for a total of 30 Tier-Qualifying Nights. These 30 Tier-Qualifying Nights would qualify you for Globalist status in 2021, which is valid through February 28, 2023.”
Essentially, for stays with checkout dates between 1 January and 28 February 2021, these are the number of nights you’ll need to stay to earn Hyatt elite status:
- Discoverist – 3 nights
- Explorist – 8 nights
- Globalist – 15 nights
For those of us fortunate enough to have access to the World of Hyatt credit card things are even easier.
If you have held the World of Hyatt credit card since before 16 October 2020, you’ll be receiving 5 elite night credits into your account at the beginning of January (as part of your card’s annual benefits) so the total number of elite night credits that you’ll need to lock-in Globalist status will be 25. This means that just 13 qualifying nights with checkout dates between 1 January and 28 February would see you qualify for top-tier Globalist status through February 2023.
If you have successfully applied for the World of Hyatt credit card since the new welcome offer was launched on 16 October (or if you successfully apply for the card between now and 31 December), you’ll be receiving 10 elite night credits into your account at the beginning of January (5 as part of your card’s annual benefits and 5 as part of the current limited-time promotion) so the total number of elite night credits that you’ll need to lock-in Globalist status will be 20. This means that just 10 qualifying nights with checkout dates between 1 January and 28 February would see you qualify for top-tier Globalist status through February 2023.
Because a number of the World of Hyatt’s better benefits are now linked to its Milestone Rewards (for which the earning criteria have not been changed), there’s not much reason to go out of your way just to earn Explorist status (aside from a few extra bonus points it doesn’t really offer much more than Discoverist status), but there’s every reason to do your best to earn Globalist status.
Among other things, Hyatt Globalist status offers the following:
- 30% bonus points on all spending with Hyatt
- Waived resort fees on eligible cash rates and award nights
- A match to M-Life Gold status
- Upgrades to standard suites at check-in (based on room availability)
- 4:00 PM late check-out
- Access to executive lounges or free breakfast on all stays
- Free parking on award nights
That’s a range of benefits that well worth having and which can genuinely both improve the quality of a stay as well as reduce a guest’s costs. Yes, it would be nice if the 4 suite upgrades were thrown in too, but I don’t think anyone can accuse Hyatt of being miserly for not offering those as well 🙂
World of Hyatt members can earn double elite night credits for the 2021 qualification year for all stays with checkout dates between 1 January and 28 February 2021. This means that all World of Hyatt members have the opportunity to lock-in top-tier Globalist status by spending just 15 nights at Hyatt properties in the first two months of the year, and World of Hyatt credit card holders can earn Globaisit status with just 10 or 13 nights (depending on when they successfully applied for their card) during the same period.
I think it’s safe to say that we’re unlikely to see a better opportunity to earn top-tier Hyatt elite status than this one.