For a long time Hyatt was a my favorite hotel chain for earning elite status.
From 2002 through 2010 that Hyatt promotion offered a free night in any Hyatt after every 2 stays. In 2009 I was earning 13,500 United miles+6,000 Hyatt points+1 free night at any Hyatt in the world for every 2 stays that I made. And I did a lot of “Mattress running” to rack up stays that would earn dozens of free nights and hundreds of thousands of miles. While Mileage running refers to the art of flying on cheap tickets to generate more miles than the cost of the ticket, Mattress running refers to making hotel stays that generate more benefits than the cost of the stay. Over the years I redeemed dozens of Faster Free Nights in the wonderful Park Hyatts in Sydney and Melbourne and Hyatts in Maui and Kauai.
Then last October Hyatt announced that they were going to make it significantly harder to achieve top-tier elite status. Instead of 25 stays it would take 60 nights. They also changed the elegant Platinum and Diamond names to some nonsense about Explorists, Discoverists, and Globalists. Apparently they are trying to give American a run for their money for their new Platinum Pro level in the contest for dumb new elite status names.
Earlier this year I managed to earn top-tier Globalist status for $249 and gained 6,000 points, plus I got a free systemwide free night worth at least $300 and 4 confirmed suite upgrades. But that is long dead.
The new Hyatt program has been much maligned though and apparently Hyatt is bleeding out elites, as they are offering cardholders the ability to earn top-tier Globalist status by staying 20 nights between 9/1-12/30 instead of the normal 60 nights.
There were some nice improvements with the new Hyatt program, including the ability to use a confirmed suite upgrade on award stays.
Unfortunately Hyatt no longer awards confirmed suite upgrades to top-tier elites. You need to actually have 60 nights to get them, so even if you do stay 20 nights under this promotion you won’t get confirmed suite upgrades. You also won’t get a free systemwide night under this promotions as that requires 60 nights.
Hyatt used to award a 1K point amenity on all stays to top-tier elites, but that has been eliminated with the new program.
However hotels do seem to be getting better at giving suites at checkin to top-tier elites when they’re available. And many Hyatt hotels will even buy top-tier elites kosher breakfast in lieu of the standard breakfast.
Other Globalist benefits include 4pm late checkout, free parking on award nights, free breakfast/club access, and waived resort fees.
Award nights don’t count towards the 20 stays, but points+cash nights and paid nights do.
It’s pretty unlikely that it will be worth staying 20 nights for Globalist status, especially without the confirmed suite upgrades and systemwide free night. However if you’re going to have some nights at Hyatt hotels anyway, it can be worth staying some extra nights to get to 20.
Will you try to earn Globalist status with this promotion?