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Hyatt made big changes its loyalty program at the beginning of March 2017, rebranding from Hyatt Gold Passport to World of Hyatt, adding an elite level, changing elite status requirements, and adjusting free nights and upgrades for elite members.

Outside of the new branding, Hyatt’s biggest change was the reshuffle of elite status levels. Adding a new fourth elite tier, removing the option to qualify on stays and replacing it with the ability to qualify on revenue, now positions the program in favor of members that spend more money.

The new World of Hyatt qualification requirements for 2017.

Elite TierNights RequiredBase Points RequiredMeetings Required
Member000
Discoverist1025,000
($5,000 min spend)
3
Explorist3050,000
($10,000 min spend)
10
Globalist60 (55 to re-qualify)100,000
($20,000 min spend)
20

Does The Hyatt Credit Card Receive Elite Status?

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card receives complimentary Discoverist status for as long as you remain a cardholder. There is no lounge access or breakfast offered for Discoverist members, which puts the benefit of this card on par with the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card.

You earn 2 elite qualifying nights for every $5,000 spent on the card, opening up the possibility of earning Explorist or Globalist status via spend, valid for the following year. Members with Explorist status receive Club Lounge access four times a year, an extra 20% points bonus, and guaranteed room availability up to 72 hours prior to a paid stay.

The The World Of Hyatt Credit Card offers great value including a signup bonus of 50,000 points after you meet minimum spend, a free night in a category 1-4 Hyatt each anniversary year you have the card, and a second free night certificate after you spend $15,000 on the card each year. You can catch all the benefits of the card in our latest review.

Earning World of Hyatt Elite Status Through Meetings

With stays no longer qualifying for elite status, members have had to get creative with elite status strategies, and meetings are playing an increasing role. While not applicable to everybody, for anyone involved in training, conferences, general gatherings, or events, Hyatt’s meetings are now one of the fastest and easiest methods of earning elite status.

Besides earning 1 point for every dollar spent on meetings hosted at Hyatt, each meeting counts towards your next elite tier.

You’ll earn:

  • Discoverist after 3 meetings
  • Explorist after 10 meetings
  • Globalist after 20 meetings

Hyatt defines ‘Meetings‘ as “a meeting, conference, gathering, or other event that includes occupation of no fewer than ten (10) paid guest rooms for the same night (or multiple nights),” and rooms can either be billed to a master account or each individual pays, provided all rooms are associated with the room block for the event.

While Hyatt also offers ‘Catered Events’ as an alternative to Meetings that don’t qualify with 10 paid guest rooms, Catered Events do not count towards the individual planner’s qualification for elite status, so you must meet the 10 room minimum for to get the elite credits.

If you need to pad your meetings count for top-level Globalist status, booking rooms at the Hyatt Regency Villahermosa south of the border will only set you back $44.60 per night, or a touch under $450 for all 10 rooms.

Achieve Hyatt elite status with meetings and events

There is no requirement that members taking advantage of this route be registered meeting or event planners, only that your account number is associated with the reservation block of rooms you book.

Hyatt Globalist via Status Match

World of Hyatt Globalist is the highest elite tier offering some top benefits. Highlights include:

  • Unlimited suite upgrades on all stays
  • Four confirmed suite upgrades
  • Additional suite upgrade awards after hitting 70, 80, 90 and 100 eligible nights in a calendar year (or 10K points)
  • Free night in a Category 1-7 hotel (in addition to the free category 1-4 when you stay 5 different properties)
  • My Hyatt Concierge
  • No resort fees on paid stays
  • Guest of Honor benefit
  • Two complimentary United Club Passes per year
  • Lower re-qualification for next year

In the past with Hyatt Gold Passport, Hyatt ran Diamond status matches on a fairly regular basis, and while we’ve seen a few hacks to status match from M life, as of yet there has been no official status match from Hyatt under the World of Hyatt branding.

Gary at View from the Wing recently reported on new Hyatt status matches popping up online with some members reporting success, but as yet, we are still waiting on any official status match to be announced in more detail.

Final Thoughts

Hyatt’s Globalist is a solid improvement on the Diamond offering from Hyatt Gold Passport. The additional suite upgrades, points, and free nights all adding extra value, although it has become harder to reach top-tier elite with the removal of stays as an option to qualify.

The The World Of Hyatt Credit Card will earn you complimentary Discoverist status with the chance to reach Explorist or Globalist through spending alone. And if you're involved in planning meetings, conferences, gatherings, or events, attaining elite status via meetings at a Hyatt Property is an achievable target.

Even if you fall one or two meetings short and find yourself needing to book 20 rooms south of the border to get your status over the line, Globalist is one of the most valuable hotel elite status’ available, and well worth chasing if you’re close.

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Comments

  • This is just another example of the average traveler being penalized for not generating enough revenue for the various travel related corporations. I have “Discoverist” status through my Hyatt credit card, however I come nowhere close to putting $50k spend on it.

  • Bertrand say says:

    That is a lot of spend just to get status

  • Jamie Eubanks says:

    It’s worth chasing if you’re close, and the perks are very nice. Hyatt is clearly trying to set themselves up once and for all as the executive business hotel.

  • if my math is correct, it costs $9,000 minimum in meetings for that status. I don’t see $9,000 value unless you are using all four suite upgrades at expensive hotels.

  • Jacqueline parsons says:

    This could start a shake up in the hotel tier loyalty scheme market. I wonder how long another chain will adopt a similar scheme now!

  • I’m not sure I follow why booking 10 rooms 20 times (i.e. 200 room nights) is better than just doing 60 nights. Or how many “eligible nights” a meeting gets me…

  • hmm another very interesting way to get to the status I need.

  • Binita Patel says:

    Interesting route to get to Globalist – def worth considering if u’re close!

  • Yeah, but their hotels are not everywhere and not the most cost effective either.

  • Hyatt program great if able to utilize. Watch for undisclosed blackout dates. Some properties impossible to book during peak season even 11 months when it opens

  • Undoubtedly a small audience for this but good to know none-the-less.

  • $50K sounds a lot for Explorist

  • Adam Parsons says:

    Some great tips on the room at the Regency for that price. These tier levels are all changing from what I can see, think most hotels will change to a revenue base instead of room stays to get rid of the cheap room inclusions.

  • Thanks! Had no idea about the meeting option.

  • Jacqueline parsons says:

    That’s a lot of qualifying spend required to achieve higher tiers when you look at how easier it has been in the past.

  • Sebastian says:

    Thanks for the Hint!!

  • Thanks for the post, I was curious how meetings/conferences/events work for globalist qualification, and this post has answered my questions.

  • In the pas I got a lot out of Hyatt elite status in the past. Now after its new reincarnation compared to other programs it may not be worth it anymore….

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