My husband Adam travels quite a bit for business so I make sure he stays at the same hotel chain throughout the year in the attempt to earn top tier status. While status isn’t too important for him while traveling for work (aside from earning the bonus points with having status), it makes a huge difference when my family travels together — having benefits such as waived resort fees, upgraded rooms, and lounge access helps us travel more comfortable and allows us to save a good amount of money on our trip. Adam was a legacy Starwood guy, but with the recent Marriott merger it is just not the best option for us. I am also lifetime Platinum Premier at Marriott so having Adam earn Marriott status won’t do much for us. I evaluated both he best program for maximizing my families hotel points and the hotel chain with the best benefits for my family and it was very clear — Hyatt is by far the absolute best option for us! For 2019, my family is focused on earning Hyatt Globalist status!
Strategy to Earning Hyatt Globalist Status
To earn Hyatt Globalist status, one needs to stay 60 qualifying nights. Fortunately, free nights now count so all of Adams work trips plus our family trips using points will qualify for status. Adam definitely doesn’t come anywhere close to staying 60 nights at a hotel throughout the hotel, which I am grateful for, and typically stays about half of that. He’ll definitely be able to earn Explorist status with his work trips (30 qualifying), but I much prefer Globalist!
One amazing perk of The World of Hyatt Credit Card is that you can earn elite qualifying nights towards status:
- On a yearly basis, you’ll earn an automatic 5 nights towards status
- With every $5,000 you spend on the card, you’ll receive 2 elite nights towards status
Adam just applied for The World of Hyatt Credit Card which means he will only have to earn 55 elite nights a year to earn Globalist status. Assuming he completes 35 nights in 2019 at Hyatt properties with work trips, that will leave us with 20 nights left. From a dollar standpoint, that means we will have to spend about $50,000 on the card. That is definitely way more than my family even comes close to spending in a year! Fortunately though, Adam spends about $25,000 a year for work expenses and with his work he can pick any card he wants for his expenses, there is no company card he is required to use. That means we are left spending about $25,000 on the card within the year. With preschool, after school, and camp alone we unfortunately will be spending around $16,000 for my two kids. And then with our everyday expenses, that leaves us at about $750 a month. Our numbers will probably alter slightly (for the better or worse) depending on the number of hotel nights Adam actually clocks, but this strategy seems to be completely do-able.
I am also hopefully that Hyatt will put some promotion together over the course of the year that will give members the opportunity to earn double elite qualifying credits. They had a promotion last year for double night credits at Andaz properties, so it is not so far out of the realm to offer something. Whether it works for Adams stay patterns or not is another question, but it definitely helps members ever so slightly.
The Benefits We Will Receive by Earning Globalist
With the milestone benefits that were just introduced and credit card benefits, we will ultimately end up receiving:
- 3 category 1-4 free night certificates. With the credit card you receive a free night certificate every year. You also receive another free night certificate after spending $15,000 on the card which we will easily do. Then, once we hit 30 nights we will receive another certificate as that is one of the milestone benefits.
- 1 category 1-7 free night certificate. Once we hit 60 nights we will receive one of these certificates as that is a benefit of hitting Globalist status.
- 4 Lounge Certificates. Once we hit 20 nights we will earn 2 lounge certificates and once we hit 30 nights we will earn another 2 lounge certificates. This means that we will be able to use these certificates on our way to earning Globalist status. One we hit Globalist status, we will receive unlimited lounge access.
- 10,000 Bonus Points or a $100 Gift Card. Once we hit 40 nights we will have the option of selecting either 10,000 bonus points or a $100 gift card. This is one of the new milestone benefits that was just introduced. I probably will select the 10,000 bonus points as I value my points at significantly more than 1 cent per point.
- 4 Suite Upgrades. Once we hit 50 nights we will earn 2 suite upgrade certificates and then once we hit 60 nights we will earn another 2 suite upgrade certificates. I love that the new milestone benefit chart will give us 2 certificates prior to actually earning Globalist status.
Unfortunately, this plan might put us at a disadvantage of applying for more credit cards since we will be maximizing a lot of our spend elsewhere. But with some strategic methods, I am not too concerned. But it is definitely something to think about for those following a similar plan.
It also means that if some amazing promotion pops up at another hotel chain then we’ve pretty much committed ourself to Hyatt. Although I am not too concerned. Hilton has been running the same promotion for the past few years it seems and the Marriott promotions have been nothing to write home about (and I do not foresee that changing!).
For my family, Hyatt is by far the best choice! I’ve had Hyatt Globalist status (and previously Diamond status) for quite some time, but unfortunately it is expiring at the end of February. It will definitely be missed, so I am looking forward to Adam to hold the torch soon enough. Despite a limited footprint compared to the other chains, we always seem to be finding ourselves at Hyatt properties quite often. Right now, our family vacations many times are structured around warm beach destinations and there are plenty of amazing Hyatt opportunities in the Caribbean for a reasonable number of points. I am still also able to find enough Hyatt options during our ski trips out west, weekend getaways to Florida, California trips, etc. And if I ever have to branch outside of the Hyatt chain for our European trips then I still have my Marriott Platinum Premier status along with a healthy number of points.
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