Free breakfast, free suite upgrades, early check-in, and late checkout, what’s not to like? You can shortcut your way to all these perks as a World of Hyatt Globalist after only 9 nights. But here’s why you shouldn’t.
Reader, Sagy, texted me to ask about the World of Hyatt Globalist shortcut.
“I got approved for the World of Hyatt credit card. I’m going for Globalist. Does this mean that I now only need 20 nights since in 2021 they give Globalist at 30?”
World of Hyatt has reduced the elite status requirements for 2021. You can earn Globalist status after only 30 nights.
Pro-tip: New World of Hyatt cardholders earn 10 tier qualifying nights their first year.
As such, with the reduced elite requirement for next year, you would only need 20 hotel stays to qualify for Globalist status.
Pro-tip: You can shorten that to 9 nights with the bonus journeys promotion.
Three years ago Hyatt offered a previous Globalist fast track offer after 20 nights for Hyatt cardholders. In that post I detailed who should do the shortcut and whom shouldn’t.
World of Hyatt Globalist Benefits
Globalist is World of Hyatt’s top elite status that you can earn after 60 hotel stays and/or spending on the World of Hyatt card.
Pro-tip: You earn 2 elite qualifying nights after every $5,000 in spending on the World of Hyatt card.
As a Globalist you get:
- Free upgrades to the best available room including suites!
- Complimentary breakfast
- Club lounge access
- Free premium Wi-Fi
- One free bottle of water each day (some hotels give two bottles)
- Dedicated Globalist check-in area (Hyatt House and Hyatt Place excluded)
- Late check-out (4 pm)
- Waived resort fees
- No charge for parking
- Gold status with Mlife
- Guest of Honor benefits
- American Airlines miles
- Private reservation number
- 30% bonus points
Pro-tip: The free breakfast perk applies to 2 guests only.
When you stay 60 nights or earn 100,000 base points a year you also get:
- A free Category 1 to 7 award night valid at any Hyatt hotel or resort
- 4 Suite upgrade awards (2 at 50 nights and 2 at 60 nights)
- MHC: My Hyatt Concierge agent
What You Give Up
But when you fast track or do a World of Hyatt Globalist shortcut you lose out because you give up some perks: free Category 1 to 7 award night, confirmed suite upgrades, and MHC.
For many Globalists these are some of the best perks.
If you earn Globalist status with less than 60 nights, you’re a Globalist lite and you won’t earn these benefits.
Free Night at Any Hyatt Hotel
One of the milestone awards at 60 nights is a free Category 1 to 7 award night that gives you a free night at any Hyatt hotel.
There are no blackout dates nor excluded hotels. You can use it at any Hyatt hotel in the world, including the Park Hyatt Maldives.
A Category 7 Hyatt hotel costs 30,000 points. If you were to buy Hyatt points you’d pay $780 for 30k points.
Confirmed Suite Upgrades
Yes, you can still get upgraded to a suite as a Globalist lite. But it is based on availability. If you’re staying more than a few nights, your chances of a suite upgrade are reduced because it’s not profitable for the hotel to put you in a suite for free when they could sell it.
Whereas with the confirmed suite upgrades you are guaranteed a suite for the duration of your stay, up to 7 nights.
MHC: My Hyatt Concierge
One of the most perks of World of Hyatt Globalist status earned at 60 nights is an MHC: My Hyatt Concierge.
Your MHC is your personal concierge. Personal in the sense that she/he is assigned to you and can handle any of your World of Hyatt hotel needs.
However, there are only a certain amount of MHCs and they handle all the Globalists. So your MHC may have 100 or more Globalists.
Who Should Take the Hyatt Globalist Shortcut?
It makes sense to take the Hyatt Globalist shortcut if you’re a business traveler or you have long vacation plans for next year.
As a business traveler, especially one whose employer pays for their room, it’s worth earning Globalist status after 30 nights.
The free upgrades will give you a larger room to work in and ensures that the rest of your stays for the year will be more comfortable.
It also makes sense to fast track Globalist status if you have long vacation plans for next year and will stay at Hyatt hotels that have full service restaurants and suites so that you can enjoy your free breakfast and suite upgrades.
Pro-tip: With the current travel situation and restrictions, your travel plans may not happen and you may only get to take one or two trips. Do the math to see if it’s worth the cost to earn Globalist status if you won’t be able to use it as often as you hoped.
Who Shouldn’t Take the Globalist Shortcut
The biggest losers in the shortcut to Globalist status are current Globalists, infrequent travelers, and frugal travelers.
If you’re a current Globalist, you’ll lose those four confirmed upgrades. With so many more Globalists you’ll have less chance of a space-available upgrade.
Say goodbye to that free night award. You’ll have to pay points or cash for that stay you would have gotten for free.
If you’ve benefited from having an MHC, that benefit goes away too.
Your 2023 travel year won’t be as great because in March 2023, you’ll lose your Globalist status and drop down to Explorist.
If you’re an infrequent traveler or frugal traveler, it may cost you more money and vacation time to shortcut to Globalist status than the value of the benefits you receive.
Especially if you stay at hotels that give everyone free breakfast like Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels and may not have suites.
Pro-tip: Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels with suites do not have to give free upgrades to Globalists. They can and often do but they aren’t required to do so.
But always do the math to check.
You can take a Hyatt Globalist shortcut and earn status after 9 nights but if you want all the benefits you shouldn’t.
Instead you should earn Globalist status after 60 nights and not 30 nights.
The extra perks you get from earning Globalist status with 60 nights outweighs the benefits of Globalist lite.
But as always, do the math for your personal situation to see which works out better for you.
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