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Why I’m Going All In With Hyatt This Year To Retain Globalist Status

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I will tell anyone who will listen how much I treasure my top-tier World of Hyatt Globalist elite status. 

In addition to its expanding global footprint, Hyatt just knows how to show its appreciation for its most loyal customers by offering benefits such as free night awards, suite upgrades, complimentary breakfast, and an exceptionally generous loyalty program.

There are several reasons why I am fully dedicated to earning Globalist status (again!) in 2024 so that I can continue to enjoy the benefits of this valuable elite status until early 2026, at least.

Here’s why I am committed to earning and keeping Globalist status with Hyatt this year and in the future.

5 Reasons Why I Plan To Keep My World of Hyatt Globalist Status

1. Complimentary Breakfast

World of Hyatt top-tier Globalists are eligible for a complimentary breakfast when staying at a hotel. Sure, 1 complimentary breakfast is great for me when I’m traveling alone, but when my family is joining me on a Hyatt stay, that’s 5 people enjoying a complimentary breakfast (our toddler eats from what we order).

Since all Hyatt hotels, minus those with a club lounge, offer a full breakfast (tax and tip included), you can start your day off with a full belly. Hyatt has the most generous breakfast benefit for its top elite members of any major hotel chain. Globalists can enjoy a full, hot breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, which usually includes an extensive buffet, and the total bill is waived at the end of my stay.

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The breakfast buffet spread at the Grand Hyatt São Paulo. Image Credit: Chris Hassan

I recently had the opportunity to stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa and Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort with my family, 2 highly sought-after and luxurious World of Hyatt properties in Hawaii. Although the Grand Hyatt Kauai did offer a club lounge where we could enjoy a continental breakfast, the Andaz Maui went above and beyond with a lavish buffet that included made-to-order eggs and delicious local food.

Considering the high cost of Hawaii, I was able to save over $1,000 on breakfast alone during my 8-night stay thanks to my World of Hyatt Globalist status.

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2. Suite Upgrades

When traveling with kids, many people find themselves having to squeeze into a single hotel room or pay extra for an additional room or an expensive suite. Hyatt’s suite upgrades policy for Globalist members is where the brand truly excels.

World of Hyatt Globalist members have the opportunity to choose from a variety of perks as part of the World of Hyatt Milestone Rewards program, with options available in increments of 10 nights. For example, Globalist members who earn 60 elite nights per year can choose 5 suite upgrade awards.

Park Hyatt Dubai Presidential Suite Living Room
Presidential Suite upgrade was a BIG surprise when we checked in for our 1-night stay at the Park Hyatt Dubai. Image Credit: Juan Ruiz

These awards can be earned at different milestones throughout the year, such as 1 at 40 nights, 2 at 50 nights, and an additional 2 suite upgrades at 60 nights. The suite upgrade award allows you to secure a suite upgrade when making a reservation for a stay of up to 7 consecutive nights.

That means you have the option to book a standard room and then, during the booking process, apply a suite upgrade award to your reservation, effectively doubling (or even tripling!) your room size in most cases.

This perk is perfect for families with children who would love the extra space a suite offers compared to a standard room. No other major hotel loyalty program provides suite upgrades with such minimal restrictions at the time of booking.

3. Guest of Honor Awards

As the old adage goes, it’s better to give than to receive. As a World of Hyatt Globalist, I agree, especially in the context of Guest of Honor awards.

Guest of Honor awards allow a Globalist to share their perks with others. By gifting an award to another member, that member can enjoy stay benefits such as a suite upgrade (if available), complimentary breakfast, and late checkout, all of which greatly enhance their overall experience.

I’ve shared this amazing perk with my family and friends, and they were able to experience the incredible benefits of Globalist status during their stay at a Hyatt hotel.

Hyatt Regency Nairobi EAT breakfast side seating
Globalist Guest of Honor award recipients get to enjoy a full breakfast during a Hyatt stay. Hyatt Regency Nairobi Westlands. Image Credit: Keri Stooksbury

The good thing about this thoughtful gift from a Globalist to a loved one is that Hyatt awards the Globalist with 1 elite night for each Guest of Honor award shared with someone else. Once the recipient has completed their stay, the Globalist receives the elite night, which helps in their quest to qualify for Globalist again.

This benefit is mutually beneficial and brings me joy when sharing it with others.

4. Guaranteed Checkout at 4 p.m.

Typically, most of my stays at Hyatt are short weekend stays, with only a few exceptions. For Globalist members, having a guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout at a hotel is a wonderful perk, especially when you’re on a short weekend stay. This benefit is subject to availability and is not guaranteed at Hyatt Resorts. However, I have had great experiences with this perk being honored at hotels.

Guests can enjoy a delightful lunch by the pool or take a well-deserved afternoon nap before their return evening flight, making the most of their stay at the property.

During a short trip to Dubai, my wife and I indulged in a stay at the luxurious Park Hyatt Dubai. The hotel graciously allowed us to extend our late checkout time Globalist benefit from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., which was a pleasant surprise considering our very early 3 a.m. flight back to the U.S. the next day.

Park Hyatt Dubai Pool
We got to enjoy an afternoon by the pool at the Park Hyatt Dubai, thanks to the late checkout benefit for Globalists. Image Credit: Juan Ruiz

Thanks to the late checkout perk, we could fully enjoy the Park Hyatt’s stunning pools and have a leisurely dinner on the property. It was the perfect way to unwind before our late-night flight back home.

5. Waived Resort and Parking Fees

These days, most full-service hotels have begun charging resort fees, which can be irritating and significantly increase the cost of your stay, especially if you’re staying for an extended period. These resort fees, along with the steep parking and valet fees, can greatly impact your budget and detract from your overall experience at the hotel.

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Resort fees often involve perks like bike rentals, which you may never use but must still pay for. Alila Manggis Bali. Image Credit: Ryan Smith

Hyatt Globalist members can rest easy knowing that resort fees are not a concern, whether you’re paying with cash or redeeming points. Globalist members also receive complimentary valet parking when booking with points, though they must pay for parking when booking a cash stay.

Knowing that I can arrive at a hotel, hand the valet my keys, and proceed to check in without worrying about any surprise fees is a highly underappreciated benefit that I value greatly. This Globalist perk not only saves me money when staying at Hyatt hotels but also gives me peace of mind.

Final Thoughts

The World of Hyatt program is widely regarded as the most generous loyalty program for its most devoted customers in the world of loyalty and those who invest in it.

Because of the suite upgrades, complimentary breakfast, and other valuable benefits offered to Hyatt Globalists, I continue to strive to maintain top-tier status with Hyatt year after year.

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About Juan Ruiz

Juan has extensive experience in writing and editing content related to credit cards, loyalty programs, and travel. He has been honing his expertise in this field for over a decade. His work has been featured in various prestigious publications, such as USA Today, CNN Underscored, Forbes and The Points Guy. Juan is the visionary behind JetBetter, a premier award booking concierge service.

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