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I was never loyal to any hotel program until…

I, like many of those in this travel hacking game, found myself chasing the coveted Hyatt Globalist status. I’ve always been a lowly Hyatt Explorist…and nothing higher. For the longest time, I’ve said that I was not loyal to any hotel program, and then….

I’ve always loved Hyatt and didn’t even know it

Then I began reliving all of my Hyatt stays and came up with this list. I guess I’ve always loved Hyatt and didn’t even realize it. Which ones were my favorite? It’s tough. It’s like picking your favorite child. This is in the order of when we visited the property.
  • Park Hyatt Sydney – for its proximity to the Sydney Opera House, and breakfast with Justin Timberlake (who sat 30 ft away LOL)
  • Park Hyatt Vendome Paris – I mean, it’s Paris…that’s all
  • Park Hyatt New York – to have the view of Carnegie Hall from our room, and I’d never thought I’d be swimming in Manhattan on the 25th Floor
  • Grand Hyatt Washington – we were upgraded to a Presidential Suite + given a bonus regular room next to the suite + Club Access
  • Andaz Costa Rica at Papagayo – this was always on my bucket list, and we loved, loved our Bay View Suite. I’d go back here in a heartbeat
  • Miraval Austin – red carpet treatment, all-inclusive wellness resort, I’ve never been so tired, yet felt pampered at the same time
  • Alila Ventana Big Sur – this was my “breathe again” all-inclusive experience. So rich with being in tune with nature, I really felt removed from all the daily hustle and bustle
A short hike outside Ventana Big Sur

What’s so special about being a Hyatt Globalist

To those not so familiar with this status, it’s the creme de la creme of status with Hyatt:

  • Upgrades to available vacant suites upon check-in. This is not guaranteed, but a sweet surprise.
  • Free breakfast or club access at all Hyatt hotels. There are Hyatt hotels that charge up $50 for breakfast, so the benefit and its savings could add up.
  • Say goodbye to parking fees. I know of some Hyatt’s that charge $20+ fees per day.
  • Say goodbye to resort fees – another big plus in my books. Some of the Las Vegas Hyatt properties (or casinos) have a great deal per night, but what kills it for me is the additional resort fees.
  • Late checkout (4pm) – I love this option. There have been many stays where a late checkout in the afternoon could really help us with our trips
  • Earn a 30% bonus on your hotel stays. So a 12,000 points stay at a Hyatt property, this gives you a bonus of 3,600 points.
  • Guest of Honor privileges – you can sponsor or book for someone else, doesn’t have to be a household member or a relative. This is a great way of sharing with them your Hyatt benefits. These members could simply do a points transfer to you, and you book on their behalf, and they enjoy the Globalist benefit.

The list is long. For a complete list of Globalist benefits, click here.

What does it take to become Globalist?

In late 2020, news circulated how one could easily earn Globalist status.

  • 60 nights for Hyatt Globalist status
With this new requirement for 2021, you’ll only need:
  • 30 nights for Hyatt Globalist status (not 60 night)

Once earned, your Globalist status is good through February 2023.

Easy ways to become Globalist in 2021

  • This becomes even easier with Hyatt’s Bonus Journey promotion, aka double elite nights promo in 2021. As long as you book at least 15 nights (x 2 = gets you 30 qualifying nights)
  • This promo is good with checkout dates between January 1 and February 28, 2021, you will earn Globalist status.

But there are other ways to get the 30 qualifying nights

  • Those of you who got the  World of Hyatt Card by Dec. 31, 2020, you should get your 10 elite-qualifying nights in both 2020 and in 2021. That should help you get to the required 30 qualifying nights.
  • If you earned elite nights earned during your Hyatt stays between October 1 and December 31, 2020, good news!!! You also earn elite nights for 2021. In my case, I had 3 nights in November, so those 3 nights get counted for 2021.
  • You can do a “mattress run” – book multiple stays (cheap low end stays) for the sake of earning qualifying nights
  • You can use points or cash to book these stays.
The boys at Park Hyatt New York

Here’s how I achieved Globalist status (30 nights)

  • 5 – elite nights for having the old World of Hyatt Card 
  • 3 – elite nights credited from my Hyatt stays in Nov 2020
  • 11 – actual Hyatt stays in 2021 
  • 11 – Hyatt Bonus Journey nights 

Where did I stay in 2021 to achieve Globalist status

I needed 11 nights of hotel stays. I chose the following locations. I was able to work remotely, and in some cases, made a little staycation with the family. I also chose locations in California that were within my driving distance.

  • Hyatt Place Delano
  • Hyatt Place Glendale
  • Hyatt House Irvine – John Way Airport
  • Hyatt Regency Newport Beach/John Wayne Airport

How long did it take for the points to post, and for the status to change

Using my experience, I’ve seen a variation of the elite nights posting the next day, and the bonus journey nights posting between 4 days up to a week late. Using our last stay, we checked out on Sunday morning, and by Thursday night, everything had posted, including my Globalist status update.

If you didn’t join this promotion and still want to get Globalist

After this promotion that ends of February 28, 2021, if you don’t have the World of Hyatt credit card, and if you didn’t have any elite nights earned between Oct and Nov 2020, you can still earn Globalist status in 2021 by doing 30 nights of Hyatt stays. If you decide to apply for a new World of Hyatt card, you will get 10 qualifying nights, therefore, you’ll only need 20 more nights after that and you’ll make Globalist.

How about you? Did you take part in chasing Hyatt Globalist status? Let me know what you ended up doing.

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By Jason

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