I’ve gyrated between a spectrum of emotions when it comes the announcement from Hyatt yesterday that it would reduce the thresholds to earn elite status in 2021. But I’ve come to peace with it…what else am I going to do?
Hyatt Makes It Easier To Earn Elite Status In 2021
In a nutshell, Hyatt is going to halve the number of nights required to earn elite status next year (status earned in 2021 and good through February 28, 2023):
- Discoverist – Stay five Tier-Qualifying Nights or earn 12,500 Base Points
- Explorist – Stay 15 Tier-Qualifying Nights or earn 25,000 Base Points
- Globalist – Stay 30 Tier-Qualifying Nights or earn 50,000 Base Points
Throw in the World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase and you’re looking at a path to earn top-tier status with a mix of credit card spending and only 10-15 nights actually spent in a Hyatt hotel room (if you apply for the card no later than December 31, 2020, you’ll even earn 10 elite nights for both 2020 and 2021).
Confirmed Suite Upgrades Must Be Earned
Although Globalist status, which includes space-available standard suite upgrades, free breakfast, and late checkout, can be earned for hitting 30 nights, you won’t receive any confirmed suite upgrades for surpassing that threshold. Instead, you’ll still need to surpass the 50-night mark in order to earn a pair of confirmed suite upgrades.
My Thoughts On This
Initially, I grimaced when I heard the news. After all, it’s a great time to be a Hyatt Globalist. Suite upgrades are frequent and don’t require the use of a confirmed voucher…I’m certainly not pleased with the idea of thousands of newly-minted Globalists competing for a finite number of suites. Yes, the confirmed suite upgrades are available, but only four…and I’m not pleased about the prospects of only receiving a suite upgrade when I use a confirmed upgrade instrument.
But the more I thought about it, the more I say laissez le bon temps rouler. After all, Hyatt extended my status for a whole extra year and I’ve only stayed 28 nights this year. In the end, the breakfast benefit and late checkout are most important and cannot be compromised by more elite competition.
I’m just thankful that World of Hyatt continues to provide value and I do not see that changing at least into 2023.
Looks like I’ll have Globalist status in the bag through at least the end of February in 2023. With Hyatt’s current promotion of counting nights this quarter for elite status in both 2020 and 2021, I’ll be off to a nice start already. Yes, I am worried that I will end up receiving less suite upgrades. But I’m just going to roll with it and say THANK YOU Hyatt for taking out the pressure of seeking unnecessary stays in 2020 and 2021 just to keep my status.
Are you happy, sad, or indifferent about Hyatt’s decision to make it much easier to earn elite status in 2021?