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Originally posted on 3/28:
Airlines and hotels used to match competitor elite status, though in recent years that morphed into a status challenge, where you get elite status for a few months and have to prove your worth to keep the status.
Hyatt is very stingy on offering status matches and challenges, but through 4/1, any Bilt member can enroll in a Hyatt elite status challenge without needing any competitor elite status.
Bilt Rewards issues the no annual fee Bilt Mastercard, which offers points for rent payments if you make 4 additional transactions per statement period. They also offer 6 points per dollar on dining and 4 points per dollar on travel on the first day of every month. Those points can be transferred to a plethora of valuable partners, including American, Air Canada, Turkish, United, and Hyatt or they can be used at 1.25 cents each towards travel. Sadly, the card doesn’t offer a signup bonus.
But anyone can download the Bilt Rewards app and open up a Bilt Rewards account, even if you don’t want their Mastercard.
To activate status, click on the Hyatt offer from the app’s home page and link your Hyatt mileage number to enroll. You’ll get a confirmation email from Hyatt by 4/17. There is no need for a have a Bilt Mastercard to get status.
From 4/17-7/16 you’ll get Hyatt Explorist status. That gets you 20% bonus points, room upgrades excluding suites, 2pm checkout, free bottled water, and more.
If you stay for 10 nights in Hyatt hotels during that period, you’ll get to keep the Explorist status through 2/28/25.
If you stay for 20 nights in Hyatt hotels during that period, you’ll get Globalist status through 2/28/25. That gets you 30% bonus points, room upgrades including suites, 4pm checkout, waived resort fee, free parking on award stays, free breakfast, free lounge access, guest of honor elite status sharing on award nights, and more.
However it’s worth noting that you won’t receive Globalist confirmed suite upgrades or access to a Globalist concierge, as those are perks that are only awarded when you earn at least 50 or 60 elite qualifying nights in a calendar year. Essentially what is being offered here is “Globalist Lite” status, which is quite valuable, but is missing some of the best features of full Globalist status.
- All Hyatt members are eligible for this, even if you’ve done a challenge in the past or currently have status.
- Qualifying stays include nights at Hyatt, MGM, and SLH hotels, or Lindblad expeditions.
- Both paid and award nights count for the status challenge.
- Checkin for qualifying stays must occur no earlier than 4/17 and checkout must occur no later than 7/16.
- Status will begin within a week of meeting the challenge requirements.
- Only 1 room per hotel per night will qualify for the challenge.
It’s also worth noting that you can stack this with the current Hyatt promotion that awards 3,000 bonus points for every 2 nights in a Hyatt, starting with your 2nd stay. That promo runs through 5/26 and is also valid on paid and award stays. Award nights start at just 3.5K points, so it could be possible to earn Globalist status on the cheap by combining this promotion with the status challenge.
You can transfer points from Chase to Hyatt to book award stays.
If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred has 60K signup bonus, earns 2.1 points per dollar on travel, 3.1 points per dollar on dining, streaming, and online groceries, has a $50 hotel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.3 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve® has a 60K signup bonus, earns 3 points per dollar on dining/travel, has a $300 travel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.5 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($550 annual fee with $300 travel credit). Read more here.
- Chase Ink Preferred has a 100K signup bonus and earns 3 points per dollar on shipping, advertising, and travel, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.25 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:
- Ink Business Cash® Credit Card has a 75K signup bonus and earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, office supply stores, and gift cards from office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Ink Unlimited has a 75K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus and 5 points per dollar on groceries for 12 months,, plus 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Freedom Unlimited® has a signup bonus offering 20K points for spending $500 in 3 months and 5 points per dollar on groceries for 12 months, afterwards earn at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
Will you try to obtain Globalist status with this challenge?