Hyatt is cutting elite status requirements in half for 2021. They are giving extra elite nights to people who get their credit card by the end of the year. They are running double elite qualifying nights for the first two months of 2021 (and stays at the end of 2020 will also earn an elite night for 2021). Spending points transferred from Chase or the initial bonus on their credit card on free nights count towards status and they’re even rebating points.
Taken together Hyatt status is going to be very easy to earn in 2021 for the rest of that year and all of 2022. However Hyatt has decoupled some elite benefits from status, and reserves those for people staying a specific number of nights. The nights requirements for ‘Milestone Rewards’ have not been reduced.
That means while you can qualify for top tier Globalist status with just 30 nights, doing so will not get you confirmed suite upgrades bookable in advance (you’ll still be eligible for suite upgrades if available at check-in), for a free category 1-7 night, or for a ‘My Hyatt Concierge’ dedicated to assisting you with all of your Hyatt needs.
Here are the benefits that are awarded every 10 nights in the World of Hyatt program:
|10||25k base points or 3 meetings||Discoverist|
|20||35k base points||2 club lounge access awards|
|30||50k base points or 10 meetings||Explorist, 2 club access awards, cat 1-4 free night|
|40||65k base points||5k points or $100 Hyatt gift card or 10k points off FIND experience|
|50||80k base points||2 confirmed suite upgrade awards|
|60||100k base points or 20 meetings||Globalist, 2 suite upgrade awards, cat 1-7 free night, concierge|
|70||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
|80||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
|90||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
|100||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
Park Hyatt Hadahaa Maldives
What’s notable to me here, and feels off, is that a Hyatt concierge doesn’t come with Globalist status, as it did prior to the introduction of Milestone Rewards.
At the time it made sense – comped or matched status wouldn’t receive all of the benefits of Globalist. But I’m not sure this makes sense in a world of extended status or reduced status requirements.
When Hyatt extended 2020 elite status for 2021, they extended access to Hyatt concierges as well. However people who earn status in 2021 based on reduced requirements will no longer have a concierge. That’s still reserved for people staying 60 nights. Existing Globalists whose travel is down because of the pandemic can still retain status, but unless they qualify under the old rules they have access to their concierge terminated.
As Hyatt explains,
Globalists who had a My Hyatt Concierge and were extended tier status through February of 2022 were also extended access to their My Hyatt Concierge through February 2022. Members will need to stay 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 Base Points in 2021 to qualify for My Hyatt Concierge beyond February 2022.
This may not matter for some people, and will matter a lot to others. I definitely prefer sending an email to my concierge for all of my requests, whether trying to combine a free night in the same reservation as paid or award nights or applying confirmed suite upgrades to a reservation. I ask my concierge to follow up on missing points and to get me missing hotel bills. Others prefer to call and do these things themselves.
If I lose access to my concierge in 2022, I suspect I’ll be direct messaging Hyatt on twitter more often for help.