Hyatt has sent out emails to their members welcoming (and reminding) them that the new World of Hyatt program is about to take off on March 1st 2017.
Most importantly the email also confirms that the complimentary night valid at all Hyatt Hotels (Cat 1-7) will be credited to re-qualified Globalist (Diamond) Members right away on March 1st.
Even though this benefit has been on the books since Hyatt published details of the new program people were uncertain if this perk would apply right away or only once you have qualified for Globalist Status under the new conditions, respectively with the “shortcut” of 25 Hyatt stays until February 28th 2017.
It’s a relief to see that Hyatt indeed decided to award this free night to all members who have an active Hyatt Globalist status on March 1st 2017.
You should check your email inbox to see your personal email. Unfortunately I can’t provide a link to the online version as it’s a personalized link including the account details of the recipient.
Here are the important details of this email for your review. Keep in mind this version was sent to Globalist only.
So to ease members entry into the first year of ‘World of Hyatt’ the company threw some special benefits and promotions out to their members.
- If you stay at 5 different Hyatt Brands after March 1st 2017 you get One Free Night (Cat 1-4)
- Globalist receive One Free Night (Cat 1-7) on March 1st 2017, valid for one year
- Globalist receive Four Suite Upgrades on March 1st 2017, valid for one year
- After 30 qualifying nights members earn One Free Night (Cat 1-4) [not included in the email]
Keep in mind that a qualifying night at a Hyatt means at least a Cash and Points award rate. They still won’t count any points-only stays which continues to set Hyatt apart from major competitors.
But don’t forget this one new essential perk:
- Enjoy an upgrade at check-in, up to standard suites
It also applies to entire free night awards bookings paid by points or certificates. If a Standard Suite is available (Park Suite/Grand Suite/Regency Suite etc) you are now entitled to this room.
This sounds fairly generous and don’t get me wrong, it somewhat is. But you have to remember that Hyatt also eliminates the 1W Welcome Amenity of 1,000 points per stay effective March 1st and that alone means a loss of a good amount of points per year to many former Diamonds, especially those who qualify on stays rather than nights.
The email also outlines another new perk, namely that you can qualify for Hyatt Status with meetings and total spend. 20 meetings and 100,000 Base points ($20,000 spend excl tax) would get you to Globalist.
Maybe that’s really worthwhile for meeting planners and big spenders especially if you can host customers. Keep in mind that you can also earn Base Points for Food&Beverage at all Hyatt Hotels while not staying there just by presenting your Gold Passport number. Alcohol is excluded in many cases though (some hotels issue credit for it and some don’t).
Overall this email is a positive surprise of what to expect in this first year of World of Hyatt as a Globalist. If you think it’s unlikely to re-qualify under the new rules (55 qualifying nights) then it’s certainly a promising outlook to “crash and burn” in the next 12 months of Hyatt.
Especially those who want to burn their Gold Passport (WOH) points during their presumingly last year as top tier will find it very useful that they’re now entitled to Suite Upgrades bases on availability.
Staying at 5 different brands is quite easy and there are actually many decent Hyatt hotels in Category 4 so that’s a nice extra bonus for just a little effort.
In my personal case I have quite a few Free Night Certificates to burn this year as I just opened a Hyatt Credit Card account so being able to access suites on those reservations is a tremendous benefit.