Should You Pursue Hyatt Elite Status in 2021?

Hyatt's elite status requirements were slashed this year, making it a good time to pursue status.

Keith M. RossoFebruary 10, 2021
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Earning World of Hyatt elite status got easier in 2021 because the chain lowered its requirements by 50% for every tier through the end of the year. This is great news if you’re looking to requalify for status or if it’s your first time pursuing elite status in World of Hyatt.

With more than 950 properties in 67 countries, the Hyatt Hotels chain is smaller than massive hotel companies like Marriott. But Hyatt is popular with travelers who collect Hyatt rewards points because there are no blackout dates on award nights, resort fees are waived on award bookings and you can redeem points at their all-inclusive hotels.

Adding World of Hyatt elite status perks on top of these basic benefits can enhance your travel experience.

How World of Hyatt ranks

NerdWallet recently gave World of Hyatt the No. 2 ranking among hotel loyalty programs, noting its overall value and value for families specifically (IHG Rewards earned the No. 1 slot in those categories). When using points for free hotel nights, each World of Hyatt point is worth about 2 cents.

Top perks of the World of Hyatt loyalty program

Easy ways to earn points

World of Hyatt is popular because it’s relatively easy to earn points — either through paid stays, with the World of Hyatt Credit Card or by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards® points.

Transparent redemption options

World of Hyatt uses an award chart to determine the number of points you need for a free night, with standard rooms starting at just 5,000 points at a Category 1 hotel. Redemption options go up to 40,000 points per night at a luxurious Category 8 property. In July 2021, Hyatt will introduce peak/off peak pricing for points redemptions, which will make certain award stays more expensive.

New properties to check out

Hyatt has recently added new properties, including names you might not know are in the Hyatt family, like Joie de Vivre, Alila and Thompson Hotels. This means you can redeem points for stays at popular hotels like The Cape, A Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Nerd tip: Hyatt has a separate award chart for its Miraval Resorts all-inclusive wellness properties in Arizona, Massachusetts and Texas.

Hyatt rewards levels

The World of Hyatt loyalty program has four status tiers. Here’s what you need to qualify for each tier while the 50% off requirements apply through 2021:

  • World of Hyatt member: All members start as World of Hyatt members and it’s free to sign up.

  • Discoverist: Stay five qualifying nights or earn 12,500 base points.

  • Explorist: Stay 15 qualifying nights or earn 25,000 base points.

  • Globalist: Stay 30 qualifying nights or earn 50,000 base points.

As you move up the World of Hyatt elite status ladder, the benefits get better. Top-tier Globalist status is extremely desirable because you earn 30% bonus points on paid stays, which means you’ll accumulate points faster and can redeem for award nights earlier. Globalist elites enjoy waived resort fees on all bookings — even stays paid for with cash.

Further, Globalists are entitled to a complimentary automatic upgrade to a standard suite, subject to availability, and can get a status match to Gold with M life Rewards (the loyalty program of MGM Resorts International).

Earn status faster with Hyatt’s credit card

If World of Hyatt elite status seems intriguing, but you don’t think you can accumulate enough hotel stays to qualify, consider signing up for World of Hyatt Credit Card.

Cardmembers get automatic Discoverist status, five elite night credits plus two more elite night credits for every $5,000 of spending. The card is also offering a welcome bonus: Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent. There’s a $95 annual fee.

This means that in 2021, you can combine the perks of being a cardholder with the reduced elite status requirements to achieve status more easily.

The bottom line

The requirements to earn World of Hyatt elite status are reduced by 50% through 2021. Instead of staying 60 qualifying nights or earning 100,000 base points to earn top-tier Globalist status, you can achieve status with 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points. Signing up for the World of Hyatt Credit Card can get you there even faster.

The hotel's loyalty program is worth joining this year, even if you’re not chasing Hyatt elite status. Hyatt points are relatively easy to earn and redeem thanks to the program's award chart. Elite status will enhance your travel experience with perks like extra bonus points on paid stays, automatic suite upgrades when available and status matching to other hotel programs.

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