Using the World of Hyatt Card to Earn Top Status Until 2023

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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.

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Points - 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend a total of $6,000 on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.
  • 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:

  1. Open a new World of Hyatt Card by December 31
  2. Register for two promotions by January 15, 2021
  3. Book 7 nights in January for 26,250 Hyatt points or Chase Ultimate Rewards.
  4. 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

Next, I need to register for Bonus Journeys (registration link) and a 25% rebate on award bookings (registration link).

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.

Alternative Paths

  • 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?

Like all Chase cards, the World of Hyatt Card is subject to Chase's 5/24 policy. If you've opened 5 or more new credit cards in the previous 24 months, you won't be approved for this 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.

Final Thoughts

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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    So they give 25 percent back in points when you book a stay. So when do you get points back or is it immediate?

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    Really enjoyed this article! However, I already have the WOH card, a Visa card, which is not usable in Plastiq for mortgage payments (I own, not rent). I do have quarterly life insurance payments to make in 2021 that will total $15,210 for the entire year that I’m contemplating paying with Plastiq. These payments are allowed with a Visa card.

    Looking for some advice/feedback on whether this would make sense, given the 2.85% fee Plastiq charges.

    Here’s the math.

    $15,210 * 2.85% = $433.48 in fees charged by Plastiq.

    For that, I would, …
    * Earn 6 qualifying elite tier nights (three times @ 2 nights per $5K spend)
    * Earn one free night certificate in a Cat 1-4 hotel ($15K spend)
    * Have an additional 15,210 WOH points at ~$1.7 cents per point or ~$258.57 estimated valuation

    So, if I can find a Hyatt hotel room for ~$175 ($433-$258) that would be “a wash” alone for the one-night certificate.

    Would have a total of 11 qualifying elite tier nights, so it might be tough to come up with 19 more nights, especially now, during COVID (10 nights with double nights) to reach Globalist; Explorist might be possible at 15 nights. (Would require four more nights, or a 2-night stay)

    If Plastiq were to extend their “Holiday Deals” promotion ($125 FFDs per $1,000 spent) into January or beyond, then this would be better for subsequent payments.

    Am I missing/overlooking anything here?

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      I’m not really familiar enough with Hyatt valuations to feel confident enough to confirm your math, but I did want to say thanks for introducing me to the option of Plastiq. Had no idea such a service existed. Look forward to running my own math to decide if it makes sense in a few cases.

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    If I book a 7 consecutive night stay, will this be automatically credited as a 7 separate night stay or just one stay for that one booking. Wondering if I have to check in and out everyday to get the daily credit stay or must I reserve 7 separate booking nights? always been curious about how this works.

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    Samuel Rhoades says:

    Good article. But I don’t know that it’ll convince me to do a mattress run.

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    Hyatt, here I come!

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    Globalist is great; but I’m cool sitting tight with Explorist, for now.

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    One of clearest and easiest to follow & implement posts I have ever seen with reward traveling! Not having to take a deep dive into comments to get a clearer picture, is so refreshing. I love step-by-step posts, as I am still in the hand holding phase of learning to reward travel! (I’m still making too many “duh” mistakes, ha ha!)

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    Hyatt points have more values than other chains like Marriott or Hilton.

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    This is definitely a good oppurtunity to get top status at Hyatt if thy is what you want to achieve. Hopefully you would be able to use it after the pandemic.

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    The “Guest of Honor” benefit is certainly unique. I am really impressed.

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    Great post! I did not know getting globalist status only required half the nights. I’m going to look further into it to see if will work for us. I’d love the suite upgrade!

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    I have the legacy card and will get rid of it after my free night posts at the beginning of the year. No need for it anymore!

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    If I am able to earn the status by February 2021 when would it expire ?

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      February 28, 2023! Status earned during 2021 is for the 2022 program year, which runs from March 1 2022 to February 2023. But you get the elite status as soon as it’s earned as well.

      Hyatt addresses this exact question here:
      8. If I earn tier status with the reduced criteria in 2021, when will that status expire?
      Tier status earned in 2021 is valid through February 28, 2023.

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    I’m going to go for the full 60 nights so I can get some suite upgrades. I’m looking to mattress run 40 or so nights during the Bonus Journeys promo, half cheap paid stays in Vegas and half Category 1 points stays. I’ll get 5 from having the card and another 5 or so with actual stays early in the year. I’m hoping for more stays from actual travel after the vaccines become widely available. If not, I’ll get the remainder through credit card spend near the end of year so I have more time to use them in 2022 and beyond. Who’s with me?! 🙂

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    I’ve just gotten the WoH card for this reason, but the physical card won’t arrive for a couple of weeks — probably longer due to the challenges faced by USPS.

    Is it required to USE the WoH card at least once in 2020 to get the 10 nights credit in 2021?

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      Not as far as we see. The T&C just say that you “must apply for the World of Hyatt Credit Card by December 31, 2020:
      “World of Hyatt Tier-Qualifying Night Credits Each Calendar Year: To be eligible for this offer you must apply for the World of Hyatt Credit Card by December 31, 2020. You, as the primary cardmember, will receive 10 World of Hyatt Tier-Qualifying Night credits for 2020 in your World of Hyatt account within 8 weeks of your World of Hyatt Credit Card account open date and again for 2021 within 8 weeks of January 1, 2021.

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    Hope the freshly minted Globalist lites appreciate what so many have worked so hard to maintain.

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    I assume you have to actually physically check-in at one of these properties you’re booking for 7-nights (even if you don’t plan to actually sleep in the room)? I live in CA and there is only one 5,000 point hotel in the entire state (hundreds of miles away from me). If so, then this is dead on arrival for me. Disappointing, since this sounded like a fun angle to get Globalist status.

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      Hyatt’s T&C spells out qualifying nights as:
      “Tier-Qualifying Nights. A Member may earn awards based on the number of nights the Member (i) stays at a Hyatt hotel or resort; (ii) pays an Eligible Rate or redeems a Free Night Award; and (iii) associates his or her valid Program membership number with the reservation (either at the time of reservation or check-in or by requesting retroactive credit for the night in accordance with Hyatt’s procedures) during the applicable measuring period (each a “Tier-Qualifying Night”).”

      So, technically you need to stay at the Hyatt hotel. But, I’m not sure how tightly this is enforced.

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    Question is if I would like to close my old Hyatt card and apply the new one, I can still keep the original Hyatt account?

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      Yes, you can associate the new Hyatt Card with your existing World of Hyatt account.

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      FYI – I’ve seen it posted elsewhere that Chase/Hyatt won’t accept new applications from those who recently closed their old Hyatt credit card account to preclude us from getting a new card bonus. Check Boarding Area or Flyer Talk. I forget exactly where I saw that, but I was thinking of doing the same until I came across that news. Apparently that’s why they gave only legacy Hyatt cardholders the $4000 bonus spend offer to end the year.

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    This is a great strategy. Unfortunately I can’t use it since due to the 5/24 rule. I do have several work stays scheduled at Hyatt’s in January so I’ll be well on my way anyway.

    I look forward to giving the Guest of Honor status also.

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    mark johnson says:

    I am curious why the current offer of buying Hyatt points at a 25% discount didn’t play into this scenario?

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      Erik has enough Hyatt points (thanks to Chase Ultimate Rewards) that he doesn’t need to buy Hyatt points. But yes, you can currently buy Hyatt points at 1.8¢ a piece ( At that rate, a 5k-night redemption costs $90 per night. Between getting the card and the double elite nights promotion, you could get Globalist for under $1,000. But, still better to use free points 🙂

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      Hey that’s a great point. It probably should have gone into the post, but I didn’t want to add more complications that might make it harder to follow for folks with less experience. Certainly worth considering if you would otherwise transfer Chase and generally get more than 1.8 cpp (which is me – so thanks for the reminder)

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    So if you know you will have a lot of spend coming up (taxes), can you get all the elite nights through spend?

    And is there a deadline to get the elite nights to qualify for Globalist?

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      I don’t see why that wouldn’t work! There is no limit to the number of elite nights that you can earn through spending. So, you could sign up for the card to get 10 nights and then spend $50k to earn another 20 qualifying nights to get Globalist. However, note that paying $50k for taxes with a credit card is going to cost at least $935 in processing fees. But, you’d earn a bunch of Hyatt points and perks!

      Here’s our post about paying taxes with a credit card:

      And the current Hyatt Card T&C read:
      “Earn Additional World of Hyatt Tier-Qualifying Night Credits For Every $5,000 in Purchases: You, as the primary cardmember, will earn 2 World of Hyatt Tier-Qualifying Night credits for every $5,000 in Purchases. Purchases are when you, or an authorized user, use a card to make purchases of products and services, minus returns or refunds. Buying products and services with your card, in most cases, will count as a purchase; however, the following types of transactions won’t count: balance transfers, cash advances, travelers checks, foreign currency, money orders, wire transfers or similar cash-like transactions, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, race track wagers or similar betting transactions, any checks that access your account, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, and fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable. Chase and Hyatt have the right to determine which purchases qualify for this offer. Chase and Hyatt reserve the right to change or end this offer at any time. There is no limit to the number of World of Hyatt Tier-Qualifying Night credits that you can earn.”

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      Yes, you get 2 elite nights for every $5k spent. Those nights from spend are not doubled like stays in January/February. But if you know your spend on tax day and work backwards, you can probably cut down (or even eliminate) nights you need to stay during the promo.

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      Also, deadline is 12/31/2021 to earn the nights, although I’m not sure yet about the timing for nights posting based on spend (i just applied for the card this weekend)

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    Hyatt is really trying to entice people to stay at their hotels The pandemic has greatly curtailed both business and leisure travel with disasteroua results to Hyatt’s profits While I think the promotion is very get, many amenities that make Hyatt Globalist worthy are not currently available We are hopeful that travel will return to somewhati normal levels it could be a while We will have to see how many people take advantage of these offers

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      You’re certainly right over the short term, but I don’t think there will be any issue with maximizing the benefits when I start traveling towards the end of spring. Even if it takes another 6 months to get back to normal elite experience, I’m totally happy with having 18+ months to enjoy my status.

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    Thx for the updates..are you actually going to stay at a local Hyatt for 7 days or just book with points and not stay?

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    Looking forward to earning Globalist as well next year!

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    So I am a current cardholder, I’ve had it for several years. Should I cancel and reapply on December 31st?

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      Hi Diane, I know it’s probably tempting, but I don’t think I’d risk it. If you have the card and plan to spend $15K for two free night awards and six elite credits, you’ll only need 10 nights in January / February. (all existing cardholders get 5 elite credits annually) I think there is a pretty good chance Chase could decide not to approve folks who had the card recently.

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        In regards to those free night rewards, are they valid for how long? and can you add your anniversary free nights to them to make for a 3 day vacay? thanks still learning !

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          Hyatt Free Nights are good for one year from the date issued. You can combine multiple free night awards to make a multi night stay. If you want to combine free night certs with points, I belive that is possible too, but I think it has to be done by calling Hyatt.

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      I cancelled my legacy hyatt card 20 Nov. Applied 21 December for the new one and was approved. I waited 30 days, this late in the month to canx may be risky.

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    Not for everyone, but a really nice breakdown of the paths to this status. Really like this and would love to see more of these type of posts.

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    Certainly may be worth it if you plan to regularly stay at Hyatt properties as hopefully things start getting back to normal mid to late 2021 so you have a few years of top status.

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    Would love to have the card but this 5/24 is the killer