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Hyatt has reduced the qualification requirement for top tier Globalist status from 60 nights to 30 nights for 2021.
Folks who are approved for a new World of Hyatt Credit Card by December 31 get 10 elite nights both in 2020 and in 2021 (instead of the usual five). That means they need just 20 more in 2021 for Globalist status.
Earn the card’s initial bonus of up to 50,000 bonus points – 25,000 after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months and an additional 25,000 after you spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months – and you also earn 2 more elite nights, because the card earns 2 elite nights for every $5000 spend in a calendar year. That means you need just 18 more elite nights in 2021 for Globalist status.
- Hyatt is offering double elite nights for stays in January and February
- Award nights count
- Hyatt is giving a 25% rebate on award nights to co-brand cardholders for stays through February
Award nights start at 5000 points for a category 1 hotel night. Book 9 category 1 hotel nights for 45,000 points for January or February stays and you’ll earn the 18 elite nights you need for top tier status. And you’ll get 11,250 points back, meaning your net cost was 33,750 points for Globalist status. But you’ll have earned 50,000 points from the initial bonus on the Hyatt card, so your net cost is -16,250 points.
Reader Michael C. asks if it then makes sense to earn another 30 elite nights with 15 more category 1 award nights in January and February? That way you earn top tier status with 60 nights, and also receive:
- 5000 points or a $100 Hyatt gift card (after 40 qualifying nights)
- 4 confirmed suite upgrades (valid on stays up to 7 nights)
- Access to a My Hyatt Concierge
- A Category 1-7 free night award
15 more nights, after rebate, would cost 56,250 points. The category 1-7 free night award is worth up to 30,000 points. So yes – if you believe you’ll use that free night award to full effect, then going ‘all the way’ could be worthwhile.
There’s never been a better time to earn top tier Hyatt elite status that will last for the rest of 2021 and for all of 2022. And you can do it mostly virtually, with a single check-in to one category 1 redemption hotel.