In March 2017 World of Hyatt replaced Hyatt Gold Passport. Nothing changed about earning or redeeming points, this was entirely a change to Hyatt’s elite program.
Top tier elites got concierges, suite upgrades confirmable in advance on awards, and waived resort fees on paid stays (and free parking on award nights). Meanwhile free nights earned after 30 and 60 elite qualifying nights replaced the check-in amenity, and guaranteed turndown service was dropped as a benefit.
For many though they felt ‘fired’ as Hyatt customers, since the new program upped the ante for top tier status from 25 stays or 50 nights to 60 elite nights. People making the former Diamond status on stays, hotel hopping, and mattress runs were told their business wasn’t actually that valuable.
Joe Brancatelli, in his excellent paid newsletter, suggested that Hyatt’s cutting elite qualification requirements in half for 2021 was effectively rolling back the clock to Hyatt Gold Passport.
With the rollback of Globalist to 30 nights and just 25 with a credit card, Hyatt has essentially restored the old, beloved Diamond elite level of its former Gold Passport program. When World of Hyatt launched in 2017, the more than doubling of the stay requirement for its top tier (25 nights for Diamond, 60 for Globalist) was one of the most vociferously criticized changes.
Hyatt will require 30 nights in 2021 for top tier status, 5 of which can be earned via credit card (and new applicants approved by December 31 can earn 10 elite nights), leaving 25 nights required for top tier – just like a 25 stay/night Diamond would have done in the old days.
In fact it’s even easier than that next year. Get the card by December 31, earn the full initial bonus via spending in early 2021, and you’ll earn 12 elite nights (10 for getting the card by December 31, plus 2 more for spending over $5000 on the card). Then you need just 18 more elite nights, and they’re offering double elite nights in January and February meaning you’d need to stay at Hyatts just 9 nights for top tier status for the rest of 2021 and all of 2022.
And by the way those 9 nights don’t even have to be overnight, booking an office for the day which might cost you as little as $60 counts.
That doesn’t really roll back World of Hyatt to Hyatt Gold Passport, though, because two years ago Hyatt decoupled some of their elite benefits from top tier status and earning confirmed suite upgrades and a concierge is based on number of nights stayed and not status earned. A 9-night ‘Globalist’ won’t receive confirmed suite upgrades, but will still be eligible for upgrades to suites at check-in if available (as well as breakfast or lounge access, 4 p.m. late check-out, etc.).