Every year it’s the same difficult decision of what to do with World of Hyatt after having completed the Globalist requalification, which now requires the full 60 nights instead of the previous 55 (and 30 in 2021).
With the introduction of Milestone awards, Hyatt also decided to give Globalist members an additional 10,000 points or one suite upgrade every ten nights between 60-100.
The question remains is if that’s incentive enough to keep staying with World of Hyatt for the remainder of the year or instead work on another tier if the opportunity is there, rather than going all in with one brand.
Staying a volume of 60 or more actual nights at a hotel is quite difficult and costly under normal circumstances and adding another hotel membership to it is definitely a task unless one takes various credit card products to supplement the required elite nights.
This morning I got my annual requalification Email from Hyatt and that brought my thoughts back to this very same issue.
From now on, Hyatt will give me 10,000 points for every ten nights or one additional Suite Upgrade. I think I’ll take the points for sure. 4 Upgrade certificates are more than enough.
At the same time, I already have requalified for Marriott Titanium this week as well. The only leftover option for me would be to focus on Hilton Diamond for the remainder of the year. I’d only consider that because I’m already Diamond with Hilton. Someone who would get a status match or challenge with another program could also take this approach.
I have maintained my Hyatt top-tier level for over a decade now and don’t want to give it up. Whenever I need a really solid hotel where services such as a very early check-in are almost guaranteed, Hyatt always pulls through. Something I can’t say of any other big brand unless one is Marriott Ambassador or IHG Royal Ambassador and that’s hardly an achievable target for even the most frequent travelers.
I’m a big fan of the Milestones feature. The complimentary free night, gift card/points and upgrades were definitely worthwhile, and now with the 60th night and requalification, I got another Cat 1-7 certificate. Normally I always use it at Park Hyatt Tokyo, but who knows when Japan is finally going to open.
With the milestones up to 100 nights, Hyatt basically offers 1000 points per night extra on top of any potentially existing promotions such as double points. I don’t understand why Hyatt suddenly stops offering people anything extra post 100 nights. As if their money is suddenly taken for granted.
I wonder how many Globalist members there will be in 2023 when those memberships with 30-night qualifications expire in February.
Once a top tier status such as Hyatt Globalist is qualified or requalified (no difference in the number of nights anymore), then either one can stick with that hotel chain and keep enjoying the benefits of the top tier level or if the member feels there is not enough incentive then jump on another program.
It’s always a good idea to have at least two programs to be somewhat flexible when it comes to staying at hotels. One example is my upcoming trip to Italy. It’s pretty much impossible to stay in Rome or elsewhere for that matter with Hyatt points, though Marriott had some very good redemption options.