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The World Of Hyatt Credit Card is offering an unprecedented opportunity to lock in top-tier Globalist status for nearly two years. Thanks to some amazing Hyatt promotions through February 2021, it’s going to be easier for everyone to earn Hyatt status in 2021.
But if you don’t have the World of Hyatt Card card already, you should seriously consider opening an account before December 31. If you get your application in by this deadline, you’ll earn 10 elite qualifying nights for 2021. Hyatt has cut the requirements for earning elite status in half for 2021. So, these 10 qualifying nights is enough to get you 33% of the way to top-tier status.
Today, I’ll walk you through my plan to reach 30 qualifying nights and become a Hyatt Globalist with the help of the World of Hyatt Card, two perfectly timed promotions, and a handful of points.
- Earn 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total within 6 months of account opening.
- Free nights start at 5,000 points
- Receive 1 free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort after your Cardmember anniversary
- Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
- Get automatic World of Hyatt Elite status and 5 qualifying night credits every year as long as your account is open
- Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status everytime you spend $5,000 on your card
- Earn 9 points total for Hyatt stays - 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
- Earn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airlines tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
- 9X points total per $1 spent at Hyatt - 4X points per $1 when you use your card at Hyatt hotels & 5X points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
- 2X points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airlines tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
- 1X point per $1 everywhere else
Why I Want Hyatt Globalist Status
Personally, I've never made any effort to qualify for hotel status. In fact, I’ve never even held hotel status that doesn’t come automatically with a rewards credit card. But this offer was simply too good to ignore.
I expect to earn Globalist sometime by February or March 2021. While it’s possible to do it faster, I don’t expect to take any big trips until this spring. And I’ll get to hang on to my Globalist benefits through February 2023. With all the points I’ve stacked up during COVID-19, I know I’ll be able to put my new status to maximum use.
I’ve always wanted to experience top-tier status, and Hyatt is way ahead of the competition when it comes to elite benefits. You can check out the full list of benefits here. But my decision to go for Globalist this year really came down to three elite perks:
- Room upgrades including standard suites
- Club access or free breakfast for up to two adults and two kids
- Guest of Honor — let others enjoy your elite benefits even when you’re not staying with them
Last January, I stayed with my mom at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and it was incredible! I can only imagine what it would have been like to be upgraded to a suite and enjoy free breakfast every day on the patio.
The Guest of Honor benefit is also a huge factor in my decision. My mom was beside herself with glee at our luxurious stay in Buenos Aires. With a Guest of Honor booking, I can share all my Globalist benefits with her and other friends and family—even when I can't join them.
How to Earn Hyatt Globalist
The World of Hyatt Card’s offer of 10 elite night credits is part of a trifecta of well-timed promotions. I’ve had my eye on the card for some time because I know I’ll easily get more value from the annual free night certificate than the $95 annual fee. This ultra-cheap path to Globalist status was the perfect excuse to apply.
After I share my strategy using the new cardmember offer that ends December 31, I’ll cover the alternatives if you can’t get the card. In short, it’s still easier (and cheaper) than ever before to earn Globalist in 2021.
Here’s my plan in four simple steps:
- Open a new World of Hyatt Card by December 31
- Register for two promotions by January 15, 2021
- Book 7 nights in January for 26,250 Hyatt points or Chase Ultimate Rewards.
- Earn 6 elite nights by using my World of Hyatt Card for everyday purchases.
Apply for the World of Hyatt Card by December 31, 2020
The most urgent deadline is getting the World of Hyatt Card before the end of the year. If I do that, I’ll get 10 elite night credits instead of the usual 5.
This 10-night offer is restricted to new cardmembers. However, anyone who already has the card will still get 5 elite night credits for 2021. Having the card also makes the second promotion covered below more rewarding.
Register for Promotions by January 15, 2021
Bonus Journeys gets you 3X points on every qualifying stay through February 28, 2021. That’s a great bonus if you decide to pay cash for stays in pursuit of Globalist status. However, the critical benefit for my purposes is double elite nights part of the promotion. Each night I stay with Hyatt through February 28 will count twice towards elite status. This applies to both paid and award stays.
I’ve decided to earn my elite nights through award stays—in large part due to the second promotion listed above. All World of Hyatt members who register for this promo will get a 15% rebate on points redeemed. If you hold the World of Hyatt Card, you’ll get a 25% rebate instead.
Book 7 Nights for 26,250 Hyatt Points
Hyatt charges only 5,000 points for their category 1 hotels. As it happens, the Hyatt Place near the Austin International Airport is one of those properties.
I’ll need 14 elite nights from stays to earn Globalist after the elite nights I'll earn through spending on the World of Hyatt Card (more on that below). Thanks to the double elite night promotion, that will only require seven nights.
I’ll need 35,000 Hyatt points (most of which I’ll transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards) to make that booking. But after I get 8,750 back thanks to the 25% rebate, my net cost is just 26,250 points.
Earn Six Elite Nights from Credit Card Spending
The World of Hyatt Card earns two elite nights for every $5,000 spent on the card. If I were in a rush to earn Globalist as fast as possible, I could simply book 3 more award nights in January or February during the double nights' promo. But there is another big reason I want to spend $15,000 on this card.
The World of Hyatt Card earns a free night certificate (good for one night at a category 1-4 hotel) every year I remain a cardmember. This is an automatic benefit just for being a cardmember, and a big reason I know this card is a good long-term value for me. But I can also earn a second free night certificate—just like the first one—each year I spend $15,000 on my card.
I know I’ll be spending at least $6,000 over the first six months to earn the full 50,000-point welcome bonus. So, it’s an easy decision to commit to an additional $9,000 in spending to lock in the second free night certificate. By switching most of my spending to the World of Hyatt Card and paying rent for a few months this way via Plastiq, I should be able to hit this target pretty quickly.
Doing the Math
Here's what I'll come away with from signing up and spending $15,000 on the World of Hyatt Card:
- 50,000 Hyatt Points — from the sign-up bonus
- 15,000+ Hyatt Points — from spending $15,000
- 2 Free Night Certificates — one for hitting $15,000 spend in a year and one at my cardholder anniversary
In 2019, Hyatt introduced Milestone Rewards. These are extra perks that are awarded at increments of ten elite nights as you make progress towards earning status. Since I'll need 30 qualifying nights to reach Globalist, I'll also earn two of these Milestone Rewards along the way.
- 2 Club Lounge Certificates — upon reaching 20 nights
- 1 Category 1-4 Free Night Award and 2 Club Lounge Access Awards — upon reaching 30 nights
In total, I'll get three free-night awards at a category 1-4 Hyatt property, 65,000+ Hyatt points, and a pair of Club Lounge Certificates. Plus, I'll get all of the benefits of Globalist for nearly two years.
I think I can probably get $175 worth of value out of each free-night award (value: $525) and at least 1.5 cents per point out of the 65,000 points I'll earn from the signup bonus and $15,000 in spending (value: $975). That means about $1,500 in value, plus all the perks from holding Globalist status until early 2023.
- You can spend cash instead of points on nights in January and February 2021.
- You can spend only $6,000 on your card (the minimum to earn the full signup bonus) and stay two extra nights to make up the elite night credits I’m earning from spending.
- If you don’t have the card, you’ll need 15 nights in January and February 2021. Through the Bonus Journeys promotion, this will net you 30 qualifying nights.
- If you already have the card, you’ll need to spend 13 nights in January and February 2021. This will earn you 26 qualifying nights, plus you’ll get 5 qualifying night credits for being a cardmember.
Who is Eligible for the World of Hyatt Card?
In addition to the 5/24 rule, you won't be approved if you are a current cardholder or if you have received a signup bonus for this card in the previous 24 months.
I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to get a new credit card. The World of Hyatt Card is—without question—a long-term keeper for me. I've been waiting for the right bonus to come along for quite a while, and the chance to test drive Hyatt Globalist status is the perfect opportunity.
It's a pretty safe bet that we'll never see another chance to earn Globalist with only 30 nights per year. Combined with the double elite nights promotion through February 2021, you can effectively earn Globalist by earning 25% of the standard requirements.
I've been biding my time and accumulating as many points as possible. When travel opens up again, I'll be rescheduling a lot of the trips that had to be postponed. And that's going to be a lot more fun as a Hyatt Globalist.
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