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How to Earn Globalist Status With World of Hyatt Credit Card Spend

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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.

World of Hyatt Credit Card Review

Redeem your points to stay at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts with this incredible view! Image Credit: EQRoy via Shutterstock

The World of 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.

Bottom Line: In short, the Hyatt Credit Card is a must-have for Hyatt loyalists. The earning structure and card benefits make it a no-brainer if you value the perks offered by Hyatt.

World of Hyatt Business Credit Card

The World of Hyatt Business card is a newly launched card to tempt in small businesses. The card comes with a high welcome bonus and some great perks that aren’t available on the consumer version.

One of these perks is an enhanced ability to earn tier qualifying nights: for every $10,000 you spend on the card, you’ll earn 5 night credits. This is one additional night more than the consumer card — which we’ll discuss below.

You’ll also receive a 10% rebate on redeemed points after having spent $50,000 in a year, as well as $100 in Hyatt credits each anniversary year.

Spending Your Way to Globalist

Use World of Hyatt points to stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives. Image Credit: Hyatt

Globalist is the highest status in the World of Hyatt program. You can earn Globalist by staying 60 nights, earning 100,000 base points, or holding 20 qualifying meetings/events in a calendar year. 

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 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.

Annual Spend on CardElite Nights Earned from Annual SpendStay Nights Needed
$12,000550
$24,0001045
$36,0001441
$48,0001936
$60,0002431
$72,0002926
$84,0003421
$96,0003817
$108,0004312
$120,000487
$132,000532

Bottom Line: The more nights you stay, the lower the spending threshold that you’ll need to hit Globalist status. Hyatt provides you with an avenue to earn top-tier status solely from credit card spend, which is great. For those who aren’t on the road a ton, this can be a fantastic way to earn elite status.

Best Ways to Earn World of Hyatt Points

Stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney during your trip to Australia. Image Credit: James Larounis

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

Bottom Line: Putting your spend on the Hyatt Credit Card and Chase credit cards that earn Ultimate Rewards, in addition to staying at Hyatt properties, will ensure you have a constant flow of World of Hyatt points at your disposal.

Best Ways to Earn a Hyatt Category 1 to 4 Certificate

Relax at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort during your Costa Rica trip. Image Credit: Hyatt

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

Use World of Hyatt points to stay at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. Image Credit: Hyatt

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 — 40,000 points per night

Bottom Line: The Hyatt hotel footprint is smaller than other hotel brands, but it’s more than big enough for you to find a property that works for you on your next trip. Before you book your night trip, check out this guide to the best ways to redeem World of Hyatt points for maximum value. 

Final Thoughts

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Chase bank is the co-branded credit card partner of Hyatt.

Head to the Chase login page where you’ll be able to access your Hyatt Credit Card information.

Apply for the Hyatt Credit Card directly through the Chase website.

Each card is catered to the hotel brand where you are loyal. For those looking to receive value in the Hyatt program, apply for the Hyatt Credit Card.

World of Hyatt points do not expire; however, your points will be forfeited if there’s no account activity in 24 months.

The Hyatt Credit Card doesn’t have a foreign transaction fee.

Any Chase Ultimate Rewards credit card or pair the Chase Freedom Flex℠ Credit Card, Chase Freedom® card, Chase Freedom Unlimited® card, Ink Business Cash® Credit Card, and Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card with an Ultimate Rewards credit card earns you World of Hyatt points via direct transfers.

The World of Hyatt loyalty program is free to join by completing a membership application.

Hyatt has 3 elite levels: Discoverist, Explorist, and Globalist. Globalist is the highest tier, while Discoverist is the basic non-general member tier.

With Hyatt’s recent acquisitions, the brands in the portfolio are Park Hyatt, Miraval, Exhale, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Andaz, Hyatt Centric, The Unbound Collection, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Residence Club, Alila, Destination by Hyatt, Thompson Hotels, and JdV by Hyatt.

The World of Hyatt program can be reached by email worldofhyatt@hyatt.com or you can call them at 888-344-9288.

You can transfer your World of Hyatt points to another person in the program by filling out a Hyatt Points transfer form.

Yes! Hyatt lets its members book club rooms and suites with Hyatt points.

About Michael McHugh

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn’t travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since.

Michael first caught wind of the points and miles game in 2014 while at a bar in Washington, DC where the conversation amongst friends was quickly derailed because of an alert on a friend’s phone about a mistake fare.  That’s where the love affair with points and miles began.

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15 comments

SH

October 01, 2020

In your post, “You can also earn Globalist through your Hyatt credit card spend.” however,
Chase stated in World of Hyatt status link through the Hyatt credit card link, https://www.chase.com/personal/credit-cards/hyatt/earn/earn-maintain
that,
“Spending in excess of $50,000 USD in a calendar year will not earn any additional benefit or elite status upgrade”

Which is the most updated info?

Jarrod West

October 01, 2020

Hi SH,

The Hyatt Credit Card is the older version of the card that is no longer available to new applicants. The newer World of Hyatt card allows you to spend your way to elite status by giving you two elite night credits for every $5,000 spent on the card.

SH

October 02, 2020

Thanks for your reply and the clarification.
I thought I was on the World of Hyatt Credit Card page on Chase website.

Joe Luma

March 10, 2021

My explorist level expires February 2022. If I reach the 30 qualifying nights for globalist before the 2021 year-end, does Globalist kick in right away or after Explorist expires in February 2022?

Jarrod West

March 10, 2021

Hi Joe,

Your Globalist status will kick in as soon as you qualify for it. Thanks for reading!

Tracey

October 04, 2021

I was approved for the Hyatt visa card on 10/02/2021. Is it still possible for me to earn Globalist status by the end of 2021? How many night stays and/or how much would I have to spend?

Jarrod West

October 04, 2021

Hi Tracey,

Hyatt has lowered the number of nights needed to 30 to qualify for Globalist this year. Your card automatically comes with 5, meaning you’d need to stay 25 nights between now and the end of the year. However, the card also earns 2 elite nights for every $5,000 spent on the card. So if you were to spend $65,000 on your card between now and the end of the year you would have enough elite nights to qualify for Globalist status.

Jeff Weber

October 20, 2021

There are two points categories for Hyatt: Base Points and Bonus Points. Hyatt website states only base points count toward globalist status. When Chase Rewards Points are transferred to Hyatt via Chase website, are these points converted to Base Points or Bonus Points? So, can I simply transfer 100k chase rewards into Hyatt and automatically get Globalist status? I would guess not, but would love if that were the case!

Jarrod West

October 20, 2021

Hi Jeff,

When you transfer your points from Chase to Hyatt they are received as redeemable Bonus Points that you can use to book award nights, not Base Points. So you would not be able to qualify for Globalist this way.

Pat Goeddel

March 22, 2023

If I currently have 98,000 points , will I qualify for globalist at 100,000 points or are stays required?

Jarrod West

March 22, 2023

Hi Pat,

Have you earned 98,000 base points? Or do you have 98,000 redeemable points in your account? You can view your base points balance in your account section on the Hyatt app or website, and they should be right next to your Qualifying Nights.

John

May 21, 2023

Reading through the card info on chase site now shows: “Earn 5 Tier-Qualifying night credits toward status and Milestone rewards for every $10,000 you spend in a calendar year.*”

So it looks like it is even easier than before with having to spend $5k for 2 tier qualifying nights.

Or am I reading that wrong?

Jarrod West

May 22, 2023

Hi John,

Earning 5 nights per $10k in spend is for the business version of the card.

Matt

September 17, 2023

If I spend the 100k+ on business card to earn Globalist and the corporation is a 50:50 partnership with 2 partners who earns the status? Only the person whose name was used when signing up for the card or do both partners equally get the status? Thanks!

Keri Stooksbury

September 18, 2023

Hi Matt – The status would go to the cardholder. Thanks for reading!

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