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Hyatt Rewards includes a collection of just over 700 hotels and resorts in over 50 countries. It’s not as big as the Marriott or Hilton brands, but has a rich portfolio of properties from budget-friendly hotels to luxury resorts. It also has a popular loyalty program called World of Hyatt Rewards.
The hotel company operates properties under several Hyatt brands from economy to upscale including Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, and all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zalara. They also operate a number of boutique, resort and wellness brands including Andaz, Alila, Caption, Thompson Hotels and Miraval.
Hotel and resort locations can be found around the world including locations in the US and Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Elite Status Levels
There are three levels of elite status in the World of Hyatt reward program beyond basic membership including Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist. The program is free to join, and just belonging to World of Hyatt allows you to earn five base points toward elite status for every dollar spent at Hyatt hotels for rooms, dining and spa services at the hotel or resort. Once you gain elite status, you earn those base points plus up to a 30% bonus. Plus there are a host of other benefits as you move up the tiers.
Basic membership offers benefits like free nights using points earned, preferred member rates, waived resort fees on award nights booked, and even a status match with M Life Rewards, which is the loyalty program of MGM Resorts International. This is a great perk if you frequent Las Vegas. The top-tier Globalist level also comes with free club access or breakfast and free parking with award bookings.
Perks and Partners
Elite tiers offer extra perks like elite check-in, late check-out (see chart below for times), room upgrades and an American Airlines AAdvantage bonus when you link your AAdvantage account to your Hyatt program. That will allow you to earn one AAdvantage mile for every dollar spent at Hyatt properties and on Hyatt experiences in addition to the points you earn in the World of Hyatt program.
AAdvantage members that have achieved that program’s highest level, ConciergeKey, receive automatic Globalist status once the accounts are linked. If you already hold Concierge level, it’s a no-brainer to link your Hyatt program to AAdvantage to get that top-level Hyatt Globalist status as well and all the perks that come with it. AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum membership can also earn World of Hyatt elite status more quickly. To do this log in to your AAdvantage account and select Partner Accounts where you’ll find the option to link.
Elite Status and Pandemic-Related Changes
You become a basic member once you sign up for the program, and you earn elite status with nights stayed or points accumulated. If you host meetings or events that will also move you up the elite ladder faster.
World of Hyatt members traditionally reach Discoverist level after 10 nights or after accumulating 25,000 points or hosting three meetings or events at Hyatts. But due to the pandemic, Hyatt has cut the qualifying nights or base points needed in half. Explorist status currently requires only 15 nights rather than 30, and 25,000 points rather than 50,000. And you reach the highest level, Globalist, after 30 nights this year or 50,000 points (rather than 60 nights or 100,000 points). Status lasts for a year, but if you manage to accrue a million points you can achieve lifetime Globalist status.
Hyatt has delayed its rollout of peak and off-peak season reward redemption rates from March until July 2021, and it did not make any major adjustments to its reward redemption chart this year as it usually does so just about all redemptions are the same as last year. Hyatt has also extended expiration dates on free night certificates, suite nights and airline lounge access awards through the end of 2021. That includes awards earned this year and last.
The hotel chain is also extending the expiration date on points, which usually expire after 24 months of inactivity. They have added six more months to the last extension which ran through the end of last year, so members now until June 30, 2021 to use them before they expire. That may change again.
|MEMBERSHIP LEVEL||NIGHTS||BASE POINTS||MEETINGS & EVENTS|
|Member||Free to Join — No Minimums on nights, points or meetings hosted|
|Discoverist||10 (5 in 2021)||25,000 (12,500 in 2021)||3|
|Explorist||30 (15 in 2021)||50,000 (25,000 in 2021)||10|
|Globalist||60 (30 in 2021)||100,000 (50,000 in 2021)||20|
|Lifetime Globalist||N/A||1,000,000 Lifetime Base Points||N/A|
The Hyatt Co-branded Credit Card Can Help You Achieve Status
You can also get automatic Discoverist status by signing up for the World of Hyatt credit card. It can help you accelerate points collected by giving you nine points on hotel stays, including four bonus points plus five base points per $1 spent.
You will keep the status as long as you hold the card, which also currently comes with up to 60,000 points as a sign-up bonus. You earn 30,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months, and you can earn two bonus points per dollar spent on up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening, which will give you another 30,000 points. You will continue to get double points on dining, airline tickets purchased directly, local transit and commuting purchases, gym memberships and Hyatt FIND experiences, but everything else will earn one point per dollar (unless there is a promotion) after you reach $15,000 in spend or the six month period ends.
This credit card also currently includes five qualifying night credits and each year you renew the card you get five night credits towards status as well. You’ll also get two additional night credits for every $5,000 you spend using the card, which will help you achieve the next elite tier. The card does carry a $95 annual fee, but it comes with a host of other benefits including a free night on your anniversary, or two if you spend $15,000 on the card, as well as other benefits.
Racking up Points by Tier and Redeeming Them
Hotel loyalty program enthusiasts and elite status chasers love racking up points so they can get to the next level and enjoy its perks during their stays. All World of Hyatt program members earn five points per dollar spent at Hyatt properties, but you get a 10% point bonus at the Discoverist level, a 20% bonus for Explorist elites and a 30% bonus at the Globalist level.
Some members prefer to earn the points, then use them to book a vacation at a Hyatt property before points get devalued, which can happen at any time when a program changes its reward program redemption requirements or when properties move up a category and the points needed for a free night increase.
Not all hotel loyalty reward points are comparable, and even within a chain like Hyatt you’ll find some bargain redemptions for 5,000 points, and some 5-figure point trade-ins at high-end luxury properties and resorts. If you plan to use your points to fund the hotel portion of your trip be sure to look at the types of properties and redemptions available in the destination of your choice to see if there’s a good fit.
For the budget-conscious travelers, rooms begin at 5,000 points for stays in a Category 1 hotel. A Category 8 hotel will cost 40,000 points. Points needed for a night’s stay also vary by type of room including standard rooms quoted above, as well as Regency/Grand Club rooms, and standard and premium suites. A premium suite at a Category 7 hotel will cost you 60,000 points for example.
You can also book all-inclusive Ziva and Zalara resorts starting at 20,000 points a night for the Ziva in Los Cabos and 10,000 points more if you bring a guest. They also have all-incllusive properties in other parts of Mexico including Cancun, as well as in Jamaica.
|Hotel Category||Standard Room Points Per Night||Regency/Grand Club Points Per Night||Standard SuitePoints Per Night||Premium Suite Points Per Night|
Full Benefits of the Hyatt Rewards Program
The World of Hyatt loyalty program has benefits similar to other big chains. You get bonus points on stays with higher elite status as noted above. Explorist and Globalist also get guaranteed rooms at 72 and 48 hours respectively. All elite members get bottled water and premium internet. For more perks and to compare the elite levels, see the chart below.
|Points Earning||5 Base Points per eligible $1 USD spent||5 Base Points per eligible $1 USD spent + 10% Bonus on eligible purchases||5 Base Points per eligible $1 USD spent + 20% Bonus on eligible purchases||5 Base Points per eligible $1 USD spent + 30% Bonus on eligible purchases|
|Resort Fees Benefit||Waived on Free Night Awards||Waived on Free Night Awards||Waived on Free Night Awards||Waived on Eligible Rates & Free Night Awards|
|Exhale Benefits||10 Base Points per eligible $1 USD spent||10 Base Points per eligible $1 USD spent||10 Base Points per eligible $1 USD spent, plus a Week of Wellbeing||10 Base Points per eligible $1 USD spent, plus a Week of Wellbeing and complimentary classes when paying an eligible rate at any Hyatt hotel|
|M life Rewards Status Tier Match||Sapphire||Pearl||Gold||Gold|
|Small Luxury Hotels of the World Benefits||x||x||x||x|
|Room Upgrade (as available at check-in)||—||Preferred room within type booked based||Upgraded Room excluding Suites and Rooms with Club lounge access||Including Standard Suites|
|Late Checkout (as available at some locations)||—||2:00 PM||2:00 PM||4:00 PM|
|American Airlines AAdvantage® Bonus||—||x||x||x|
|Guaranteed Availability||—||—||72 hours||48 hours|
|Club Access or Breakfast||—||—||—||x|
|Free Parking on Free Nights||—||—||—||On Free Night Awards|
|Priority Access to Rooms||—||—||—||x|
|Guest of Honor||—||—||—||x|
Hyatt also offers Milestone Rewards that include club lounge access, free nights, bonus points and suite upgrades. This perk is separate from elite status benefits, but bonus points offered such as earning 5,000 points after 40 nights will also help boost your points balance and move you up to the next tier.
As you can see, there are many ways to gain elite status through stays, points earned on money spent at hotels and on credit cards, and linking with partners like American Airlines to earn bonus points. And of course, moving up the elite status tiers to earn even more bonus points on stays.
Other 2021 Changes for Hyatt Rewards
Hyatt Rewards will start offering peak and off-peak point redemptions and Points + Cash reward bookings in July 2021. If you’ve already booked an award that qualifies you will get a refund on the point difference when the rates change. Redemptions will be as low as 3,500 for stays during off-peak times at Category 1 hotels, standard rates for the same properties are 5,000 points, and they start at 6,500 points during peak travel times.
If you haven’t already joined the World of Hyatt Rewards program yet, that’s a good place to start. Get your matching MGM status and link your AAdvantage account to access those bonuses. Also, consider signing up for the hotel chain’s co-branded card to really jump-start your points balance, and to get a free night on your anniversary.
You can also use the 60,000 sign-up point bonus to stay at a Category 1 hotel off-peak for 17 nights with those new off-peak rates. Or you might decide to use 40,000 of them for one night at a resort. But when you see how fast these points add up using the various strategies outlined, you may just decide to hold those points and try for Globalist status before you trade in the 100,000 points in for a top-of-the-line resort stay complete with high-level elite status perks you’ve earned.
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