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What Is Hyatt Elite Status Worth?

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Hyatt elite status

At first glance, the World of Hyatt program doesn't seem to come with all the bells and whistles you get with bigger brands like Marriott and Hilton. Its loyalty program is far more simple, for starters, offering fewer status levels than Marriott Bonvoy and placing fewer restrictions and exceptions on benefits.

However, more isn't always better. The benefits that World of Hyatt does offer are consistent and valuable, and figuring out how to use them doesn't involve combing through fine print for hours on end. It also helps that Hyatt points are the most valuable hotel points on the market.

Here's everything you need to know about Hyatt elite status, including its benefits, value and how to earn it.

What is World of Hyatt?

World of Hyatt is the Hyatt Hotels loyalty program. It's free to join, and by becoming a member, you'll get the following benefits:

  • A discount of up to 10% on rates at participating hotels
  • Members-only offers
  • Earn points at Hyatt hotels that can be redeemed for free stays
  • Get a free-night award every time you stay at five different Hyatt hotel brands

The main reason for joining World of Hyatt is to start accumulating points that can be used for free nights and to earn elite status, which comes with more valuable benefits.

How to join World of Hyatt

You can become a World of Hyatt member for free by signing up online. Go to the World of Hyatt website and select "Join Now" in the top right corner of the menu bar.

Joining World of Hyatt
Screenshots in the article taken from the Hyatt website, September 2019

From there, you'll have to fill out a brief form that asks for your contact information and an account password. Once you submit that form, your World of Hyatt member account is created instantly. Going forward, you can log in to your account using your member number or username, last name, and the password you created.

Once your account is set up, you'll be able to see your current point balance and track your progress toward elite status and milestone benefits. You'll also be able to see any free-night awards you've earned.

Tracking your Hyatt points balance

World of Hyatt app

You can also download the World of Hyatt mobile app through the Apple App Store or Google Play. The app is pretty similar to the browser version of your account, with a couple of extra benefits.

With the mobile app, you'll be able to use Hyatt mobile entry, which lets you use your app as your hotel key at participating hotels. There are also regular promotions that allow you to earn additional bonus points on stays booked through the World of Hyatt app. Hyatt hotel brands {#brands} Hyatt owns 14 different hotel brands that offer varying degrees of luxury and intimacy at different price levels. Each brand cultivates its own atmosphere and purpose, from boutique hotels with a local feel to wellness resorts.

Luxury hotels:

  • Park Hyatt
  • Grand Hyatt

Luxury wellness:

  • Miraval

Luxury independent:

  • The Unbound Collection

All-inclusive resorts:

  • Hyatt Zilara
  • Hyatt Ziva

Boutique hotels:

  • Andaz
  • Alila
  • Thompson Hotels
  • Joie De Vivre

Upper upscale hotels:

  • Hyatt Centric
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Destination Hotels

Upscale hotels:

  • Hyatt Place

Extended stay hotels:

  • Hyatt House

World of Hyatt elite status tiers

World of Hyatt has four status tiers, starting with the Member tier, which is the status you'll get when signing up for World of Hyatt. After that, you can move up to Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist status.

  • Introductory tier: Member
  • Lowest elite tier: Discoverist
  • Middle elite tier: Explorist
  • Highest elite tier: Globalist

As you move up in status, you'll gain access to higher earn rates and additional perks and benefits.

How to earn World of Hyatt elite status

All you need to do to earn World of Hyatt Member status is sign up for a World of Hyatt account. Past that, you'll need to complete a certain number of stays, earn a certain number of points or hold a certain number of qualifying events per year in order to move up to the various elite status tiers.


Status tier
Qualifying nightsBase pointsQualifying meetings/events
MemberSign up for World of HyattNoneNone
Discoverist1025,0003
Explorist3050,00010
Globalist60100,00020

How to earn Hyatt Discoverist status

In order to move up from Member to Discoverist, you'll need to complete one of the following:

  • Stay 10 qualifying nights
  • Earn 25,000 base points
  • Host three qualifying meetings/events
  • Open The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

Discoverist status is very easy to earn for even light travelers because you're granted automatic Discoverist status when you sign up for The World Of Hyatt Credit Card. This means you can obtain this status without ever completing a single stay.

How to earn Hyatt Explorist status

In order to move up from Discoverist to Explorist, you'll need to complete one of the following:

  • Stay 30 qualifying nights
  • Earn 50,000 base points
  • Host 10 qualifying meetings/events

Hyatt Explorist status is a little more challenging to obtain, but it's certainly doable for a frequent traveler. It requires fewer stays than most middle-tier status levels within other hotel loyalty programs, but Hyatt also has a smaller portfolio than brands such as Marriott and Hilton.

How to earn Hyatt Globalist status

In order to move up from Explorist to Globalist, you'll need to complete one of the following:

  • Stay 60 qualifying nights
  • Earn 100,000 base points
  • Host 20 qualifying meetings/events

Given that Globalist is Hyatt's highest and most valuable status level, the requirements for achieving it are very reasonable. That being said, you'll have to travel often and within cities that have Hyatt hotels to have a shot at obtaining this status level.

How to earn qualifying nights

You earn one qualifying night for each night you stay with a Hyatt property. The reservation must be under your name, and you can only earn qualifying nights on one room per stay. In other words, if you've booked multiple rooms for your whole family, you'll still earn one qualifying night each night you stay. You must pay an eligible rate as published by Hyatt. Both free-night awards and stays booked with points count as qualifying nights with Hyatt.

How to earn base points

Base points are the points you earn on each stay with a Hyatt property, and sometimes on incidental charges at Hyatt properties. Base points don't include bonus points, which are additional points earned through elite status, holding a qualifying event, gifting or spending on Hyatt co-branded credit cards.

You'll earn 5 base points for every dollar you spend at Hyatt hotel properties. This includes money spent on the hotel rate as well as eligible incidental charges, such as on-property dining, spas, lounges, resort fees and laundry.

How to earn on qualifying meetings/events

You can also earn elite status with Hyatt by planning meetings and events at Hyatt properties. A qualifying event is any meeting, gathering, conference or other event that includes either 10 or more paid guest rooms for the same night or renting a meeting room or event space. Multiday events count as one qualifying meeting/event.

World of Hyatt elite status benefits

Each elite status tier comes with a different array of benefits, ranging from additional bonus points to free nights and discounts on amenities. In addition to earning a long list of benefits at each status tier, the Hyatt elite status program offers unique "milestone benefits" as detailed below.


Benefit
DiscoveristExploristGlobalist
Bonus points on stays10%20%30%
Bonus points on American Airlines flights1 Hyatt point per dollar spent on American Airlines1 Hyatt point per dollar spent on American Airlines1 Hyatt point per dollar spent on American Airlines
Premium internetXXX
Complimentary water bottlesXXX
Late checkout2 p.m.2 p.m.4 p.m.
Room upgradesPreferred room within room type bookedUpgrade to best room, not including suitesUpgrade to best room, including standard suites
Status with M Life RewardsPearlGoldGold
Guaranteed room availabilityWithin 72 hoursWithin 48 hours
Club lounge accessX
Priority access to early check-in based on availabilityX
Complimentary parking on free-night awardsX

World of Hyatt milestone benefits

As you achieve certain milestones within each status tier (for example, earning 40 qualifying nights), you'll earn extra perks that add a lot of value to the World of Hyatt program. You have to complete each eligible activity in one calendar year in order to earn the associated benefit.


Activity
Benefit
Stay at 5 different hotel brandsOne free-night award in a category 1–4 hotel
Stay 20 qualifying nights or earn 35,000 base pointsTwo club lounge access awards
Stay 30 qualifying nights or earn 50,000 base pointsOne free-night award in a category 1–4 hotel and two club lounge access awards
Stay 40 qualifying nights or earn 65,000 base pointsYour choice of 5,000 bonus points, a $100 Hyatt gift card or save 10,000 points on a FIND experience
Stay 50 qualifying nights or earn 80,000 base pointsTwo suite upgrade awards
Stay 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 base pointsOne free night award in a category 1–7 hotel, two suite upgrade awards and access to a personal Hyatt concierge agent
Stay 70 qualifying nightsYour choice of 10,000 bonus points or one suite upgrade award
Stay 80 qualifying nightsYour choice of 10,000 bonus points or one suite upgrade award
Stay 90 qualifying nightsYour choice of 10,000 bonus points or one suite upgrade award
Stay 100 qualifying nightsYour choice of 10,000 bonus points or one suite upgrade award

Club lounge access awards

Club lounge access is what gets you free breakfast with World of Hyatt. Globalist is the only World of Hyatt tier that gets club lounge access. However, Explorist members will earn four club lounge access awards through milestone benefits. Gaining club lounge access comes with complimentary breakfast and appetizers in the evening. If the hotel you're staying at doesn't have a club lounge, you'll be granted complimentary full breakfast each day for you and up to one other adult and two children.

Free-night awards

Hyatt free-night awards are relatively flexible and easy to apply. You can use them at any hotel, without blackout dates, as long as that hotel is within the limits specified by your free-night award. Most free-night awards are restricted to category 1–4 hotels, which includes plenty of great properties, but does exclude most luxury properties and resorts. Free-night awards that include category 1–7 hotels allow you to book any hotel in the Hyatt portfolio. However, the hotel must have standard room availability on your selected dates.

You'll be able to see your free-night awards when you log in to your World of Hyatt account in the "My Awards" section. You can then redeem your free-night award directly through the World of Hyatt system, or you can give them a call.

Suite upgrade awards

While Hyatt elite members qualify for certain upgrades automatically, they're based on availability and at the discretion of the hotel. You're also limited to certain room types. For example, only Globalist members can receive complimentary unlimited suite upgrades. However, suite upgrade awards allow you to confirm an upgrade to a suite at the time of booking. Each one is valid for one stay of up to seven nights.

How much are Hyatt points worth?

We value Hyatt points at 2.3 cents each on average. Generally speaking, redemptions for low-end or midrange hotels will get you less value, with some netting just 1.5 to 2.0 cents per point. However, high-end, luxury and all-inclusive hotel redemptions offer an excellent value and will almost always get you at least 2.2 cents per point, with many surpassing 3.0 cents per point. Either way, Hyatt points are arguably the most valuable hotel points on the market.

How much is Hyatt elite status worth?

For the purposes of generalizing the value of Hyatt elite status, we make a few assumptions about your stays:

  1. You complete just enough qualifying nights to earn each status level. For example, at Discoverist, the assumption is that you've completed 10 qualifying nights. At the Explorist level, we assume you've completed 30 qualifying nights, and at Globalist, we assume you've completed 60 qualifying nights. In reality, you'll likely surpass this threshold at least a little.
  2. You spend, on average, $150 per night during your stays.
  3. You stay with full-service properties half of the time and limited-service properties the other half.

Value of bonus points: $17.25 to $310.50

Elite status gets you bonus points in addition to the 5 base points per dollar spent at Hyatt properties. Discoverist members get a 10% bonus, or 5.5 points per dollar spent. Explorist members get a 20% bonus, or 6 points per dollar spent. Globalist members get a 30% bonus, or 6.5 points per dollar spent. This bonus is lower than what other hotel loyalty programs offer elite status members, but Hyatt points are worth significantly more than other hotel points.

This means that the 10% bonus Discoverists receive is worth $17.25, the 20% Explorists receive is worth $103.50 and the 30% Globalists receive is worth $310.50.

Value of premium internet: $0

All guests at Hyatt properties get free access to regular Wi-Fi, and the difference between that and Hyatt's "premium internet" is usually negligible. For that reason, we won't assign a value to this perk.

Value of late checkout: $20 to $150

Discoverists and Explorists get late checkout until 2 p.m. based on availability, while Globalists can stay as late as 4 p.m., again based on availability. We'll value this at $20, $60 and $150 respectively.

Value of room upgrades: $50 to $1,050

Room upgrades are based on availability and offered at the discretion of the hotel, which means you won't always get upgraded, and sometimes, you might have to ask for an upgrade at check-in. That being said, most members report receiving more generous upgrades than they would as Marriott and Hilton elite members. We'll value Discoverist upgrades, which are only up to preferred rooms of the same type, at $50. For Explorists, who get upgrades that exclude suites, we'll value this benefit at $300. Finally, upgrades for Globalists include suites, so we'll value those at $1,050.

Value of status with M Life Rewards: $30 to $50

M Life Rewards is the rewards program for MGM Resorts, so a lot of people won't use this benefit. However, if you regularly spend some time in Las Vegas, M Life Rewards status is worth a decent amount. Pearl status, which is awarded to Discoverist members, gets you a 10% bonus on points earned playing slots as well as a dedicated line at select buffets and complimentary self-parking, which we'll value at $30. Gold status, which is awarded to Explorist and Globalist members, gets you free self-parking and a buffet line, plus a 20% bonus on points earned playing slots, priority check-in and VIP access at select night clubs. We'll value that at $50.

Value of guaranteed room availability: $0

The guaranteed room availability is offered by most major hotel loyalty programs. While the ability to guarantee room availability at any hotel at the last minute sounds like a great perk, in practice, it's very difficult to use. There are a lot of loopholes involved, like blackout dates during major events, and even when you can get guaranteed room availability, room rates are generally sky-high. While you could potentially use this benefit in a pinch, we won't assign any value to it.

Value of club lounge access awards: $30 each

You can only use these awards at hotels with club lounges, which can be limiting. Club lounges are typically found at Hyatt Regency properties and sometimes Hyatt Grand and Park Hyatt properties. They offer continental breakfast in the morning and snacks and beverages in the afternoon and evening. While some lounges offer enough to substitute an entire meal, particularly abroad, others are more minimal. We'll value these at $30 each, or $120 for all four.

Value of club lounge access: $1,100

This benefit is arguably even more valuable at full-service properties without a lounge, because at these properties, your club lounge access gets you complimentary breakfast at the hotel's restaurant for you and up to one other adult and two children traveling with you. This perk can really add up at luxury Hyatt properties and resorts that don't have a club lounge, as their breakfast spreads can cost upward of $50. Using a club lounge access award on a two-night stay with you and two family members, you could save $300 on breakfast. Assuming you stay at a mix of properties and sporadically travel with an additional guest, we'll value this at $1,100.

Value of early check-in: $60

This benefit, only offered to Globalist members, can save you money by letting you get into your room early instead of having to wait in a nearby cafe. It is based on availability, though, so we'll value it at $60.

Value of complimentary parking on free-night awards: $80

Parking at nicer Hyatts, particularly in urban areas, can cost upward of $50. Assuming you earn two free-night awards per year, (it's certainly possible to earn more), we value this benefit at $80.

Value of free-night awards for category 1–4 hotels: $300 each

Explorist member will earn one free-night award at a category 1–4 Hyatt property through milestone benefits. A category 5 hotel costs 15,000 points, and the room rates often fall in the $150 to $500 range. Because these expire, we'll value them at $300 each.

Value of milestone choice gift: $100

You have the option to choose a $100 Hyatt gift card, so we'll value this at $100. It's worth noting you can also choose 5,000 Hyatt points, which would be worth $115.

Value of free-night awards for category 1–7 hotels: $600

Globalist members will earn an additional free-night award at a category 1–7 Hyatt property. Plenty of Hyatt's category 7 hotels go for $1,000 per night or more. However, these awards expire and require standard room availability. You also wouldn't want to build an entire trip around one free-night award, so you might only travel in areas that have category 5 or 6 hotels. We'll value free-night awards for category 1–7 hotels at $600.

Value of suite upgrade awards: $150 each

You'll earn two of these on your way to Globalist status, after completing 50 qualifying nights, and another two when you hit Globalist status, after completing 60 qualifying nights. These are extremely valuable because not only do they allow you to confirm a suite upgrade at the time of booking, but they're valid on stays of up to seven nights. If you use them on a longer stay, you could potentially save hundreds of dollars. We'll value these at $150 each.

Value of personal Hyatt concierge: $30

With elite status, you already get access to a priority customer service line. In addition to that, Globalist members get a personal Hyatt concierge to help them do anything from taking care of special requests to planning trips. We'll value this at $30.

Discoverist value: $127

For a low-tier elite status that's relatively easy to achieve, Hyatt's Discoverist level offers good value. A big reason for that value is the ability to upgrade your room — which, while limited, is a perk that isn't offered at the lowest tier of most other hotel loyalty programs.

  • 10% bonus points: $17.25
  • Complimentary water bottles: $10
  • Late checkout until 2 p.m.: $20
  • Room upgrades to preferred room: $50
  • Pearl status with M Life Rewards: $30

Explorist value: $963

Hyatt's Explorist level is also a great deal. While it doesn't offer as much as Hilton's midtier status (Gold), you don't need to complete as many stays to achieve Explorist status. Room upgrades to the best available room, excluding suites, is a particularly generous benefit, as is the free-night award.

  • 20% bonus points: $103.50
  • Complimentary water bottles: $30
  • Late checkout until 2 p.m.: $60
  • Room upgrades to best available room, excluding suites: $300
  • Gold status with M Life Rewards: $50
  • Four club lounge access awards: $120
  • One free-night award at any category 1–4 hotel: $300

Globalist value: $4,610

While Marriott Bonvoy offers even higher and more valuable status levels for extremely loyal guests, Hyatt's highest status level offers big value and doesn't require nearly as many stays as other top-tier status levels. It's worth more than Hilton's Diamond level and Marriott's Platinum Elite. Hyatt doesn't offer higher tiers like Marriott's Titanium and Ambassador Elite, but it does offer milestone bonuses that continue after you've achieved Globalist status. For every additional 10 qualifying nights above 60 you complete, you'll get either 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award. We value the 10,000 bonus points at $230, so if you complete 100 qualifying nights, you'd be able to tack on an additional $920 in value to your elite status.

  • 30% bonus points: $310.50
  • Complimentary water bottles: $60
  • Late checkout until 4 p.m.: $150
  • Room upgrades to best available room, including standard suites: $1,050
  • Gold status with M Life Rewards: $50
  • Club lounge access: $1,100
  • Early check-in: $60
  • Complimentary parking on free-night awards: $80
  • Four club lounge access awards: $120
  • One free-night award at any category 1–4 hotel: $300
  • Milestone choice gift of 5,000 bonus points or $100 Hyatt gift card: $100
  • Two suite upgrade awards: $300
  • Two additional suite upgrade awards: $300
  • One free-night award at any category 1–7 hotel: $600
  • Personal Hyatt concierge: $30

Credit cards that give you Hyatt elite status

In addition to gaining status by completing qualifying nights, stays or events, Hyatt offers a co-branded rewards credit card with Chase that helps you achieve elite status.

On Chase's Secure Website

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

On Chase's Secure Website
25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Earn 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total within 6 months of account opening.
  • Free nights start at 5,000 points
  • Receive 1 free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort after your Cardmember anniversary
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
  • Get automatic World of Hyatt Elite status and 5 qualifying night credits every year as long as your account is open
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status everytime you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn 9 points total for Hyatt stays - 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • Earn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airlines tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
  • Earn 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total within 6 months of account opening.
  • Free nights start at 5,000 points
  • Receive 1 free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort after your Cardmember anniversary
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
  • Get automatic World of Hyatt Elite status and 5 qualifying night credits every year as long as your account is open
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status everytime you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn 9 points total for Hyatt stays - 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • Earn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airlines tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
Annual Fee
$95
Regular APR
17.99% - 24.99% Variable
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Apart from the generous sign-up bonus, The World Of Hyatt Credit Card is well worth paying the $95 annual fee each year. You'll get a free-night award, which can get you $300 in value, well outweighing the annual fee on its own. Automatic Discoverist status is a nice boost, and the five qualifying night credits get you closer to Explorist and Globalist each year. You'll even get two additional qualifying night credits each time you spend $5,000. There's no limit to how many qualifying night credits you can earn, so big spenders can essentially "buy" Hyatt elite status. That being said, if you spend enough to do that, you might get more value out of putting your spending on a more flexible and high-value travel rewards credit card.

World of Hyatt status match

Unlike Hilton and Marriott, Hyatt rarely runs public status match challenges. However, it doesn't hurt to contact Hyatt directly and ask if the company would be willing to match your status with another hotel loyalty program. Send an email to [email protected] with a screenshot of your current status with another hotel loyalty program, and explain that you're considering switching your loyalty to Hyatt but would like to try out its loyalty program first.

World of Hyatt lifetime elite status

World of Hyatt offers lifetime Globalist status to members who earn 1 million base points over the course of their membership with Hyatt. Upon achieving lifetime Globalist status, you'll enjoy the benefits associated with the Globalist tier for life without ever having to complete the requirements.

Do Hyatt award nights count toward status?

At Hyatt, both stays booked with points and using free-night awards count toward elite status.

Do Hyatt points expire?

Hyatt points do expire after 24 months of inactivity. This is more generous than Hilton and Marriott points, which both expire after 12 months of inactivity. In order to remain active, you have to complete one of the following:

  • Earn Hyatt points (by completing a stay or earning through Hyatt partners)
  • Redeem Hyatt points
  • Transfer Hyatt points to another member or another rewards program
  • Gift Hyatt points
  • Purchase Hyatt points
  • Have a Hyatt co-branded credit card open and in good standing

Final thoughts

World of Hyatt is known for offering high value, and there's a good reason behind that. Each tier in its rewards program is lucrative and reasonable to obtain. Even its co-branded The World Of Hyatt Credit Card offers some of the highest ongoing value of any hotel credit card.

One of the most attractive features of the World of Hyatt program is its high-value points. With a value of 2.3 cents per piece, Hyatt points are worth more than Hilton and Marriott points combined. On top of that, you can earn perks such as free-night awards and suite upgrades that are worth hundreds of dollars through the adjacent milestone benefits program.

Overall, World of Hyatt is beloved not only for its lucrative points, but also for its overall simplicity and consistency. In a world where hotel loyalty programs are increasingly devalued and benefits are full of caveats and restrictions, consistency is invaluable.

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