Hyatt is a Chicago-based company with more than 700 properties in 50+ countries. As mentioned in the World of Hyatt loyalty program overview, the company has many brands that range from full-service to timeshares.
Hyatt is primarily known for its customer service and loyalty program. The latter continues to provide its members with great value with the ability to receive more than 2 cents per point on award hotel bookings.
Hyatt is often criticized for its lack of a global footprint. With its acquisitions of Alila, Destination by Hyatt, Thompson Hotels, and JdV by Hyatt, Hyatt is clearly making an effort to address this complaint.
All in all, the World of Hyatt program is one that makes sense for many travelers. The ability to receive value while at the same time knowing you’ll receive good customer service is a reason why there’s a premium put on holding elite status in the program.
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World of Hyatt Credit Card Review
The Hyatt Credit Card is Hyatt’s own hotel rewards card. Hyatt structured the credit card in a way that not only incentivizes you to keep the card but also incentivizes you to put a significant amount of spend on the card.
The card comes with a nice welcome bonus, respectable earning rates in valuable categories, and benefits that are great if you stay at Hyatt properties.
Cardmembers earn 4x points at Hyatt hotels and 2x points for dining out, airfare purchased directly from airlines, local transit, commuting, and fitness clubs/gym memberships.
Cardmembers also earn 1 night at a Category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel every calendar year after your cardmember anniversary plus 1 extra free night at any Category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 during the calendar year.
Spending Your Way to Globalist
Globalist is the highest status in the World of Hyatt program. Normally, you can earn Globalist by staying 60 nights, earning 100,000 base points, or holding 20 qualifying meetings/events in a calendar year. However, World of Hyatt unveiled some reductions in elite status requirements for 2021.
For 2021, World of Hyatt has cut elite status requirements in half, which means you can earn top-tier Globalist status with just 30 nights, instead of 60 nights.
However, it gets even better because if you have the Hyatt Credit Card, you get 5 elite nights towards status every year.
When you earn Globalist, you’ll have a Category 1 to 7 free night, a Category 1 to 4 free night, 4 suite upgrades, and 4 club lounge passes.
You can also earn Globalist through your Hyatt Credit Card spend. Among the many benefits of the credit card is the fact that you earn 2 elite night credits for every $5,000 that you spend. For heavy spenders, this is a great way to earn top tier Hyatt status.
Even if you stay 0 nights at Hyatt, you’ll need to spend $140,000 on the Hyatt Credit Card to earn the 60 elite nights to hit Globalist. Remember, you receive 5 elite nights just by having the Hyatt Credit Card. The more nights you actually stay at a Hyatt property, the less spend you’ll need to put on your Hyatt Credit Card to earn Globalist.
If you’re starting from scratch in 2021, you’d need to earn just 30 elite nights to hit Globalist. Since you receive 5 to 10 elite nights just by holding the Hyatt Credit Card (10 if you opened the card at the end of 2020), you could get Globalist by earning another 20 to 25 elite nights. This could be done through an extra $50,000 to $65,000 of spending in 2021.
If you wanted to reach Globalist through a combination of nights and card spend, here’s a handy table showing you what you would need to spend and stay to reach status.
As mentioned above, you earn 5 elite nights just by having the Hyatt Credit Card.
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Best Ways to Earn World of Hyatt Points
There are a number of ways to earn lots of Hyatt World of Hyatt points, but 3 primary ways should be on your radar:
- Hyatt Credit Card welcome offer
- Staying at Hyatt properties
- Put your spend on a flexible point credit card
Best Ways to Earn a Hyatt Category 1 to 4 Certificate
Hyatt is unique among hotels in that it incentivizes its members to earn free night certificates. There are 4 primary ways to earn a free night certificate:
- Staying at 5 different Hyatt brands
- Staying 30 qualifying nights or earning 50,000 base points
- Staying 60 qualifying nights or earning 100,000 base points (you’ll actually earn a Category 1 to 7 certificate)
- Being a Hyatt Credit Cardmember
Hot Tip: When you have a trip in mind, consider using your free night certificate in the U.S. and Canada, and Asia regions. As noted in the best ways to use a Hyatt Category 1 to 4 free night certificate article, the points required relative to the cost are low. This ensures you’ll receive value with your certificate.
Best Ways to Redeem World of Hyatt Points
One of the best aspects of the World of Hyatt program is the value you receive with your points. Hyatt has 8 hotel categories that range from 5,000 to 40,000 points per night for a standard room.
If you’re looking to redeem your points for a free night, there are tons of opportunities across the world. Consider using points for a free night at any of these hotels:
- Park Hyatt Mendoza — 12,000 points per night
- Park Hyatt Siem Reap — 12,000 points per night
- Thompson Chicago — 15,000 points per night
- Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort — 20,000 points per night
- Park Hyatt Maldives — 30,000 points per night
- Park Hyatt Sydney — 30,000 points per night
Program devaluations are the news of the day, but the 1 continuing bright spot is the World of Hyatt program. The company has rolled out the ability to book JdV by Hyatt and Thompson Hotels, as well as Alila and Destination by Hyatt hotel properties, using points.
Hyatt is showing it’s focused on addressing one of its biggest criticisms in lacking a domestic and global footprint. When you go to book your next hotel, you will be pleasantly surprised at how many options Hyatt now has for booking throughout the U.S. and around the world.