Fast Track to Elite Status For Hyatt Cardholders

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The World of Hyatt program is running a promotion allowing those with a Hyatt Credit Card an expedited path to earning Hyatt Elite status. They have cut the amount of nights you must stay to qualify for Explorist and Globalist, the top two tiers, drastically. Hyatt cardholders can earn…

  • Explorist status by completing 10 qualifying nights. Normally you’re required to stay 30 nights.
  • Globalist status by completing 20 qualifying nights. Normally you’re required to stay 60 nights.

The elite status you earn will last through February of 2019.

Conditions

  • Register by September 30, 2017
  • Complete your nights between September 1 and December 30, 2017

Explorist and Globalist Status Perks

Read full details about the benefits of Explorist and Globalist status on Hyatt’s website. Below is a summary of some the major perks.

With Explorist status, you’ll earn a 20% bonus when earning points through paid nights/services, and with Globalist status you’ll earn a 30% bonus when earning points through paid nights/services.

Globalist Perks You Don’t Get from this Promotion

Note that you actually have to stay the full 60 nights (or earn 100,000 base points, i.e. spend $20k) to receive the four suite upgrades, personal concierge, a free Category 1 – 7 night certificate, and the semi-fast track to status the following year (just need 55 nights instead of 60). Those won’t be perks you get access to as a Globalist elite member if you earn it through the current promotion.

Already in the middle of working towards Hyatt status?

Whatever qualifying nights you might have already completed do not count towards this new promotion.

For example, if you’ve completed 10 nights already, you still have to complete 10 more between the promotion period of September 1 and December 30, 2017– you won’t automatically qualify for Explorist status. You can imagine how frustrating that is to Hyatt members who’ve been trucking through steep elite qualification requirements up until now.

On a positive note, any eligible Hyatt nights you might already have booked for the future (between September 1 and December 30, 2017) will count towards fast-tracked status.

Can I get the Hyatt Card now and still take advantage of this promotion?

You don’t already have to have the Hyatt card to qualify for this promotion. You can open the card today, complete the amount of nights before December 30, and still earn fast-tracked status. For some this could be worth opening the Hyatt Card. Despite being issued by Chase the 5/24 rule is known not to apply to the Hyatt Card.

A Little Background on the Hyatt Card

In the end of June, the sign up bonus for the Hyatt card changed from two free nights at any Hyatt to 40,000 points. Whether or not this was a negative change depended on your personal travel style and goals. If you wanted to squeeze as much outsized value out of the bonus as possible, the old bonus was better because you could spend your Free Night certificates at ANY Hyatt worldwide, even really expensive ones. But you had to be able to spend the certificates within a year of issue. If you’re more likely to stay at lower-tier Hyatt properties, than the new bonus is much better for you as 40k points will go further than two free night certificates. For example, 40k points is eight nights at Category 1 Hyatts.

Hyatt Card Quick Facts

  • Sign Up Bonus: 40,000 Hyatt points after $2,000 in spending in the first three months
  • Authorized User Bonus: Get 10,000 bonus points for adding one when signing up for the card
  • Anniversary Bonus: Every anniversary of cardmembership you get a free night at a Category 1-4 (of 7) property.
  • Hotel Status: Automatic Hyatt Discoverist Status
  • Category Bonuses: 3x Hyatt points at Hyatt, 2x on car rentals, dining, and airlines
  • Value of Hyatt Points: Need 5k to 30k for a free night (in a standard room)
  • Global Acceptance: Visa, chip technology, and no foreign transaction fees
  • Annual Fee: $75
  • Eligibility: 5/24 rule typically doesn’t apply.

Bottom Line

If you have a Chase Hyatt Credit Card, it’s pretty easy to earn elite status right now that will last through February of 2019. You only need to complete 10 nights to achieve Explorist and 20 nights to achieve Globalist status by the end of this year.

Personally this promotion does not affect me as I’m not chasing Hyatt status and probably never will be, but it’s safe to say there are plenty of World of Hyatt members out there scorned by the fact that anyone can get elite status for putting in a third of the money and effort they have been working towards spending this year. Hyatt might not have made the best move from that perspective.

I’d say this is good news for the majority of people though.

Are you going after Explorist or Globalist status? Remember to register here by September 30 if so.


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5 COMMENTS

  1. SPM, as an aside did you receive an email from Chase that contained a longish Hyatt card questionnaire? It promised 500 WOH points for completing it.
    The questionnaire gave several credit card benefit scenarios with multiple fee structures. The fees ranged from $75 to $125 and included all sorts of differing stay requirements for Explorist and Globalist qualifications. There were also a bunch of different point earning and spending options.
    Anyway, I’m sure many cardholders out there likely also received this email. Just wondering if you had a take on it, especially in light of the recent fast-track offer most received.
    Bottom line: WOH seems to be struggling. Badly.

    • Nope, I did not get that email but it doesn’t surprise me. It does appear they are hurting for business, trying to get any new elites on board they can.

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