GIVEAWAY: Top Tier Hyatt Status

World of Hyatt loyalty program changes start today.

Hyatt’s Top Elite Status Has Become Tougher to Get But More Valuable to Have

It’s harder to reach top tier elite status — no more qualifying on stays, no more credit towards top status via credit card spend, and 60 nights instead of 50 to qualify — for those who reach “Globalist” status it’s the most generous top tier in the industry among major programs.

And it’s even better on net than Hyatt’s Diamond status was before. While there are some tradeoffs (like breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children instead of 4 adults, and no more check-in amenity), there are real improvements:

  • My Hyatt Concierge – a dedicated agent to take care of all things related to Hyatt, similar to Starwood’s Ambassador (SPG requires 100 nights for this perk).

  • Upgrades at check-in now include standard suites.

  • Confirmed suite upgrades now valid on award nights, and you can earn more than 4 in a year — an additional suite upgrade or 10,000 points at 70, 80, 90, and 100 nights in a year.

  • A free night at any participating Hyatt property upon reaching 60 nights, waived resort fees, and free parking on award stays.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

I’m Giving Away Top Tier Hyatt Status to a Reader

Hyatt offered me a Globalist status to give away. I’m not going to do the usual ‘answer a question in the comments and I’ll pick at random’ method. Instead what I’d love is for you to share why or how you’ll benefit from Hyatt Globalist status, and we’ll pick one winner based on the comments.

I’ve got someone who is going to choose for me. I’d love for the Globalist status to go to someone who will get good use out of it and find it meaningful. Entries close Tuesday, March 7 at Noon eastern. All decisions are final and unappealable, you agree that I’ll have no liability for offering this contest. I’m just trying to help a reader here, so please don’t give me a hard time!

Club Lounge at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

What Gifted Globalist Will Get You — and What It Won’t

Gifted status doesn’t come with the perks that are earned based on night (or spend) thresholds. So it won’t come with the free night for reaching 60 nights, 4 confirmed suite upgrades, My Hyatt Concierge or reduced qualification requirements for the coming year (the need to stay 55 rather than 60 nights to keep status).

But you will receive:

  • Upgrades including suites subject to availability, as well as club lounge access
  • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant when no club lounge is available
  • Free parking on award stays, and no resort fees on paid stays
  • Guest of honor privileges, grant someone top tier status for their stay when you redeem your points for them
  • Priority early check-in and guaranteed 4pm check-out (doesn’t apply at resorts or casinos)
  • Daily bottle of water
  • Ability to match to MGM M life Rewards Gold status

Buffet in the club lounge, Grand Hyatt Bangkok

All in all not bad.

So Enter Already!

Why or how would you benefit from Hyatt Globalist status if you’re picked?

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. I’ve never had Hyatt elite status, but have racked up a number of points over the years (almost 200,000 – which for me is a lot). I’d like the opportunity to use these at a resort with the family. Our son is graduating high school this year and a end-of-year-trip with Globalist status before he moves out would be very meaningful.

  2. It would be great to treat some deserving good friends to a very nice experience at the Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok . This is already in our plans for next year . The Globalist status would make it even nicer . Thanks , either way .

  3. Would love to try out the top tier status, never had it with Hyatt although I have some stays coming up with family!

  4. My sister is retiring (a little early) in June and my gift to her for all those years if hard work, not to mention mentoring her little sis (me) for decades, is a trip a month for a year. Top tier Hyatt status would be the celebratory cherry on this ice cream sundae. From Calgary to Croatia, Malta to Patagonia, we would be thrilled to enjoy your largesse around the world!
    Thanks for offering this opportunity to your readers.

  5. Gary and Hyatt team – I would love to be able to gift Globalist status to family and friends, particularly for stays at the Park Hyatt Vendome (breakfast is amazing!). Personally, I would want to use it to take in the views of the harbour at the PH Sydney or to get lost in Tokyo!

  6. We enjoy traveling all over the world with our 5-year old, especially to make him discover wonderful places, new cultures, different people. He has already logged in close to 100,000 miles (according at least to “flight memory”). His (and our) favorite hotel so far was the Park Hyatt in Abu Dhabi. We would love to discover more Park Hyatt hotels the “right way” (= great buffet + larger room) and return to this one in Abu Dhabi. Thank you in advance for your consideration!

  7. Priority check in, free breakfast and club lounges will really come in handy on my work trips if I get the Globalist status.

  8. We are a small start-up non-profit and the upgrade would allow several of us to share a room more comfortably and the free breakfast would also help us keep expenses low.

  9. I would love to be able to stay somewhere more high end than what i could usually afford. Thanks for the chance

  10. I travel a lot around the world, and most of my fligths are redeye, so the late checkout at 4 pm would be very useful for me!

  11. I love staying at properties that offers free breakfast to their top tier members, so the Globalist status would be great in my upcoming vacations.

  12. After a year of broken sleep due to our first baby, it would be nice to enjoy some potential upgrades to nicer suites and hopefully get some good rest in the upcoming stays that I have already planned in various Hyatt properties this upcoming year!

  13. Our favorite hotels are Hyatts. I considered doing a mattress run for Globalist status, but the Hyatts where we live are still too expensive to justify mattress running. My family and I have been fortunate to experience amazing upgrades and free breakfasts over the years at many outstanding Hyatts and would love to do so again. We have several Hyatt stays planned in 2017 which would all be enhanced by Globalist status.

  14. I would love to finally be treated like royalty from a hotel chain. Sometimes, you’re just a number!
    I have a few ideas for some getaways and that status would come in handy!


  15. I think it would definitely be great for my parents for their 50th anniversary global trip in Europe and Asia. Hyatt properties in these area might be small in quantity but the quality is really on the top of the game.

  16. I have read a lot about how great Hyatt is, but with their small footprint I have not been able to try them very often. It seems the best experience with them is with the suite upgrades or lounge access. For me and my husband, the lounge is more important to us. With our travels last year and what is already booked this year, we have the opportunity to try some of their top properties and Globalist status would be the icing on the cake. My best experience with Hyatt last year was at the Hyatt Regency Chicago where I booked 4 rooms under mine and my husband’s accounts for coworkers at a conference. The front desk was able to upgrade one of my rooms to a suite. I was excited about that, but being the good employee I gave the suite to my boss, and took the standard room for me and my other coworkers. The front desk agent heard me give the suite away and asked me to wait a minute. She said that she was able to give me a second suite so I could enjoy it myself if I would agree to change rooms on the second night. Seeing how great their customer service can be makes me really want to try them more as a top tier. So far we have trips booked to Washington, DC, Sydney, and Hong Kong this year and it would be great to stay at Hyatt in each of those cities. Thank you for offering this giveaway opportunity!

  17. If I were gifted Globalist, I would put it to good use on my solo trip to Paris. Which I wouldn’t even be going on, if it wasn’t for your posts on the Airfare sale/war back in Nov 2016.

  18. Getting married in September and would be great to experience top-tier status at Hyatt hotels in France and Milan. I think would make our honeymoon that much more special.

    Also happening to go to Vegas a couple times in June and July. Wasn’t necessarily planning on staying at an MGM, but maybe I would with Gold status.

  19. Lingering question… how are you going choose from almost 500 Comments?

    With a couple of trips with Hyatt stays this summer i would definitely utilize breakfast..breakfast..breakfast!

  20. When traveling with the family, the rare upgrade to a suite makes all the difference when it comes to having extra space for kids and luggage. We currently have family stays planned at the new Andaz Mayakoba and the Hyatt Centric Park City, as well as a 20th anniversary trip with my wife at a Hyatt TBD. Globalist status would be a great benefit. Thanks for giving this away!

  21. Hi Gary,

    Three big reasons how and why I’d benefit from Hyatt Globalist, in increasing order of importance:

    1. Although Hyatt has a smaller footprint than some other hotel chains, what they offer aligns perfectly both with where my wife and I typically travel as well as what we love in service culture. We’ve just come off a year where my wife had Diamond (now expired) and loved the perks from business trips to Andaz 5th Avenue and Park Hyatt DC. But it’s Asia, our favorite region, where they really shine. We recently got back from an anniversary trip that included Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, where we had over the top “Happy Anniversary” signs, balloons and goodies, and Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok where we got an upgrade to a Spa Villa Suite! Last year we enjoyed Grand Hyatt Taipei, Hyatt on the Bund, and Grand Hyatt Beijing, all with great lounges, and adored the Andaz Tokyo. We find that Asian Hyatts in particular seem to have a service culture in their DNA that exceeds expectations.

    2. Family, family, family: From inviting our niece from DC to join us at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, to family trips with our two kids to Hyatt Regency Maui last summer, top tier Hyatt status has made possible some wonderful family memories. I just got back from a trip with my 15 year old son to Japan to visit our relatives. Our stay included the Grand Hyatt Tokyo where we were able to gift a Guest of Honor stay to my cousin and his wife who otherwise would never have been able to enjoy that level of hotel.Sharing special occasions with family at wonderful places, with wonderful service, make those memories even more special.

    3. And most important… it would make my wife so happy!! And as we know, happy wife = happy life!

    Thanks Gary!

  22. I come from an low income working immigrant family. I’d love to take my family away and show them a bit of luxury which they’ve never seen in their life.

  23. I really want to take my older mom and dad living in Morocco, North Africa on a short trip to Hyatt properties in Morocco, Asia and USA. They have not taken a vacation in years as they are retired.
    They have been trying to get a tourist visa to come to USA and finally got it. I also want to take them to Las Vegas, New York and maybe Hawaii if my miles will go that far. I am working now and also a full time student. Thanks to Gary I got two new cards with AA, a Ciiti card and an Aviator and I should be getting my miles soon, so I can book my parents to come here this summer.
    I also want to surprise my husband for his 50th birthday. Being a Globalist will mean so much and allow us the luxury that otherwise we can not afford and it will be a blessing. My parents are very simple, low maintenance people and they will be so thrilled.

    We will be so grateful, Thank you!


  24. I have a family trip coming up starting with taking my family up to Chicago. I have a stay booked at Park Hyatt. A Globalist status would really help with daily breakfast (2 adults and two children works perfectly for us) and room upgrade. Free parking for city hotel such as this would come in very handy.

    I also have around 200,000 Ultimate Rewards. A Globalist status would convince me to transfer them to Hyatt to be used for our future stays like at the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, Thailand, where I am going later this summer. They have a nice club lounge.

    I used United as an airline of choice quite often. The two complimentary United Club access passes would be great too.

    Sometimes I don’t have much time to plan ahead for weekend getaways. The ability to ensure a room availability within 48 hours of the stay is a big plus!

  25. One big mystery is my wife’s constant upstaging me with every credit card acceptance, bonus, and targeted offer. She’s definitely got the upper hand when it comes to the points in our family. Well, it would nice, for once, to take credit for an upgrade when we travel. We just finished celebrating our last Platinum Status experience at the Park Hyatt New York (on her!) and our upcoming trip to Europe would be nice with a few suite perks (on me!).

  26. Hopefully being upgraded to a suite would be awesome while travelling with my little son, since he likes to run around and explore everything – and the bigger the room, the more to explore!

  27. I’m travelling the world with my girlfriend and the Hyatt Globalist therefore would be really nice 🙂

  28. Gary, thank you so much for this great opportunity! Fallen in love with Hyatt from the very beginning of my travel activities, experiencing magical moments in Paris, I’d be so happy if you picked me as the lucky guy. Unfortunately, I had to stop travelling to fight the battle of my life and for my life for more than one year ago. Now, I am well again and with Hyatt’s Globalist status I’d celebrate being back in life! Now it is up to you to make my year… Best, Phil

  29. Being a business traveler and with two small kids I’d be able to benefit from suite upgrades and free breakfast for kids on personal or business trips. I’d basically be able to book Hyatt hotels solely for status and not price of hotel, which is basically the primary reason why loyalty programs exist! Thanks for the great articles.

  30. Hyatt has such a small footprint but I would like to try it out at their top tier level. I stayed at a few Andaz locations and like their style.

  31. Gary,

    I have been planning a long trip to Hawaii (and fine tuning the details) for the past 9 or 10 months, and have a number of award nights at Hyatt properties. Globalist status would be lovely, but especially meaningful as I intend to propose to my girlfriend during the course of our trip. While upgrades would be lovely, breakfast during the course of the trip and free parking (notably in Waikiki) would be extra bonuses.

    While we haven’t discussed it much, I anticipate we will likely have a short engagement, and I would love the opportunity to plan a honeymoon and be able to use Globalist status at some of Hyatt’s top-notch properties to make the experience that much more special.

    Aside from a few bigger trips such as these, it would be especially nice to extend the guest of honor privileges when we book award stays for our parents which we normally try to do a few times through the years; I’m sure they would love the opportunity as much as we would.

    Thanks again for running this giveaway!

  32. My fiancee and I are going on our honeymoon this summer with our time split between the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome & a week at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa (thanks Ultimate Rewards). We would love to have globalist for our trip (my first time to Europe and first time to the Maldives for both of us).

  33. My wife and I will benefit from World of Hyatt’s Globalist status because we have our eyes on a trip to the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica as well as to Quebec City and Europe within the next year or so. We would also love to visit another Hyatt resort such as the Park Hyatt Hadaha if possible.

    Breakfast at the resort properties is expensive so we would benefit greatly from globalist status over the course of a few week-long stays.

  34. Only recently started staying at Hyatts, but I’ve been impressed. My wife and I are avid travelers with two young children (one very new), so suite upgrades would make a huge difference in how we travel. We have a number of trips on the calendar already, but haven’t finalized plans for all of them and I’d love to surprise my wife with some of the outstanding properties that Hyatt has to offer. Anyone who gets picked will automatically have a better year for it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  35. I have an anniversary trip planned coming up in a few months and Hyatt is one of the chains we are looking to stay at this time around. All in all, we have the chance to stay at at least 5 different Hyatts this trip. If we could get the top tier status, that would make the trip even more enjoyable.

  36. Never had a serious status with Hyatt (or any other chain). But still love Hyatts! Enjoy them every time I stay and I’m trying my best to accomodate their hotels in my itinerary. Last year stayed in PH Vienna and Zurich and it was great! Have lots of plans for this year as well (HR London Churchill, HC Long Beach, HR Paris Etoile) and would tray to stay more. Thanks for the opportunity!

  37. I would benefit by getting upgraded rooms for my upcoming stays at PH Hadahaa this summer and at Hyatt Place State College this fall for football games!

  38. Free breakfast alone would be a great benefit when traveling with my family of four. Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Thanks for giving us this opportunity! When we checked out of The Churchill (HR London), in the usual rush to get to the airport, we left behind my then 4-year-old’s favorite teddy-bear and “blankie”. As soon as we realized, we contacted the hotel. Just two days later the FedEx arrived home with its precious cargo, and I’ve been a loyal Hyatt fan ever since.
    We’d love to re-visit The Churchill for my son’s upcoming 21st birthday celebration, and Globalist status would add great value. (Not to mention on the trips to Australia and Canada that we have scheduled in the summer).
    P.S. he still has the teddy-bear, now somewhat worn from all the intervening years of travel and love 🙂

  40. I’m a mom of 3 and we always choose Hyatt when we can, because the staff are consistently outstanding and they go the extra mile for the kiddos. Hyatt Globalist status would save us lots of money on trips with the free breakfast and lounge access, and the suite upgrades are perfect for traveling with the little ones. These perks would make our family trips that much easier. Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. As someone who travels with smalls kids who usually double up, sleep on a roll aways or sofas, it would greatly benefit having the extra space for them if upgraded to a suite. This will also help with our sanity while traveling with the small ones.

  42. I want to enter on behalf of my father, as he doesn’t read this blog but will be doing a lot of traveling this year. Last year I had Diamond status, and we went on a father-son trip together to Japan. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo and Hyatt Regency Kyoto, and he absolutely loved the status perks that came with our stay: the club lounge in Tokyo, and the room upgrade and free breakfast in Tokyo. So much so that now he got the CSR credit card and will get the Hyatt credit card this year for upcoming trips to Sydney and back to Japan, both with my mother. He wants to share the same great Hyatt experience with her, and I think him having status would make him feel like a superhero to my mom.

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