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

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

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.

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.

Spending Your Way to Globalist

Park Hyatt Maldives
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. 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.

Annual Spend on CardElite Nights Earned from Annual SpendStay Nights Needed (2021 reduced qualification)Stay Nights Needed

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

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

There are a number of ways to earn lots of Hyatt World of Hyatt points, but 3 primary ways should be on your radar:

Bottom Line: Putting your spend on the Hyatt Credit Card and Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards, 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

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort
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

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
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 — 30,000 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.

Frequently asked questions

Who issues the Hyatt Credit Card?

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

What is the Hyatt Credit Card login?

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

How can I get the Hyatt Credit Card?

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

What are the benefits of the World of Hyatt Credit Card vs. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Card?

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.

When do Hyatt Credit Card points expire?

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

Is there a foreign transaction fee?

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

What other credit cards can you use to earn World of Hyatt points?

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.

How do I join the World of Hyatt? Is there a fee to join?

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

What are the World of Hyatt elite status levels?

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

What are the different Hyatt brands?

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.

How do I contact World of Hyatt?

The World of Hyatt program can be reached by email [email protected] or you can call them at 888-344-9288.

Can World of Hyatt points be transferred?

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

Can you book club rooms or suites with World of Hyatt points?

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

Michael McHugh

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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  1. 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,
    “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?


    • 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.


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


  2. 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?


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