[EXPIRED] Hyatt Globalist fast track for all credit card holders

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Hyatt is offering a fast track to Globalist status for all Hyatt credit card holders. Register by September 30th, 2017 and stay 20 nights between September 1-December 31st to receive Globalist “lite” status through February 2019. Alternatively, ten nights will get you Explorist status through February 2019

Park Suite living room and dining area in the background at the Park Hyatt Mallorca

The Deal

  • Hyatt credit card holders can register here for a fast track to Globalist status through February 2019
  • Globalist status will require 20 nights completed between September 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017

Key Terms

  • You must check out during the promotional period in order for your nights to qualify. For example, if you check in on December 1st and check out on January 8th, you will not get Gloablist status despite having stayed more than 20 nights — terms state you must check out by December 31st for nights to count.
  • Complete award stays will not count (though I believe cash + points should count)

Quick Thoughts

This is an interesting promotion from Hyatt that will surely appeal to many members who may not have considered 60 nights but may be able to swing 20 by the end of the year. One key note: The reason I referred to this as Globalist “lite” status is because, as Gary Leff points out at View from the Wing, members who earn Globalist status from fewer than 60 nights will not get the 4 confirmed suite upgrades that have traditionally been a benefit of top-tier Hyatt status, nor will they get the free Category 1-7 certificate that comes with reaching 60 nights. Additionally, they will not enjoy a My Hyatt concierge nor will they be able to re-qualify with 55 nights next year, all benefits reserved for 60-night Globalists. However, they will still enjoy key Globalist perks like free breakfast, lounge access where available, guaranteed 4pm late checkout at most properties, and space-available suite upgrades at check-in.

This offer is only for Hyatt credit card holders. I did try to register despite not holding the card and it gave me an error. Whether or not this offer is worth it really depends on how often you plan to stay at full-service Hyatt properties. If you plan to stay at those properties often, the juice is probably worth the squeeze. Globalist benefits can be very nice at such hotels.  For example, I was upgraded to a nice suite at the Park Hyatt Saigon earlier this year (at check-in, no tier suite upgrade used).

I furthermore loved breakfast this morning at the Park Hyatt Mallorca (that’s my suite pictured at the top). Not all of my Hyatt stays have gone swimmingly this year, but a benefit like free parking on award stays is huge for Globalists who drive into New York City. On the other hand, if you had to make major adjustments to your plans to hit 20 nights, it might be less compelling. Since the vast majority of Hyatt properties are Hyatt Place and Hyatt House locations, where Gary Leff admits that “status doesn’t get you much”, but I would edit to say “status doesn’t get you anything”, this promotion won’t make sense for those who primarily travel to locations without full service properties. However, if you have a friend who would be close to but not quite reach 20 nights, it might be worth splitting the cost of a mattress run or two so you could borrow this status through February 2019.

Of course, this promotion stings the worst for those who adjusted plans to hit 60 nights this year in order to keep Globalist status. Lounges will be more crowded and a Globalist member who only stayed 20 nights for this promotion but arrives 15 minutes ahead of them might take that last space-available upgrade. The consolation prize is the free Category 1-7 certificate and the 4 confirmed suite upgrades for 60-night Globalists. I guess Hyatt is expecting that to be enough for their most loyal customers.

Don’t forget that you could also qualify for Explorist status with just 10 nights. While I’m not sure that Explorist status is worth renewing at a 20-night requirement, the 4 club-level upgrades could be worth bringing ten nights to Hyatt for some folks. For a family, I’m sure that club lounge access can produce a nice savings over the course of a week of vacation, and most folks won’t vacation more than four times in a year. If I were a Hyatt credit card holder, I’d certainly register right now whether I plan to take advantage of the promo or not just in case.

H/T: One Mile at a Time

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