WOW: How To Reach Top-Tier Hyatt Status In 10 Nights

A few days ago, I wrote a post about my intention to focus on hotels that I find genuinely exciting and therefore not continue staying in hotels solely because I have elite status. In short, when things return to normal-ish, I plan to stay at hotels found in the Hyatt portfolio more than Marriott hotels.

Well, some interesting news has just been released by the World of Hyatt.


World of Hyatt has just announced they will be reducing the number of nights that are required to earn elite status in 2021.

Hyatt has 3 elite tiers and here are the new requirements:

  • Discoverist: 5 elite nights or 12,500 base points
  • Explorist: 15 elite nights or 25,000 base points
  • Globalist: 30 elite nights or 50,000 base points

Yes, you are reading that correctly. World of Hyatt has reduced the requirements by 50% (down from 10, 30, and 60 nights, respectively.


Clearly, reducing the number of nights required for elite status will make it more obtainable but is there a way to really maximize this opportunity?

You may remember that Hyatt is currently running a promotion called “Bonus Journeys” where elite nights are doubled. For example, staying 15 nights would translate into 30 elite nights. In other words, you could reach the highest tier status (Globalist) with 15 nights.

But wait, it gets better…World of Hyatt just announced the Bonus Journeys promotion deadline has been extended extended through 28 February 2021.

But wait, it gets evennnnn better…you earn 10 elite nights for simply having the World of Hyatt Card. Therefore, if you applied for the World of Hyatt Card by 31 December 2020 and stayed a total of 10 nights (before 28 February 2020), you’d receive 30 elite nights (10 nights awarded from the credit card + 10 nights from stays which are doubled through Bonus Journeys = 30 nights).


World of Hyatt has just announced they will be reducing the number of nights that are required to earn elite status in 2021.

To be clear, this is ONLY for status earned in 2021, which will be valid for TWO YEARS (through early 2023). Though, a bit of work is required, 10 nights instead of 60 is a heck of a discount.

Pro-Tip: Hyatt is a transfer partner of Chase and award nights count toward elite status, so it’s possible to redeem points and reach status without spending any money. For example, Category 1 hotels cost 5,000 Hyatt points. Let’s say you do not have the World of Hyatt Card (and do not plan to apply for it), you would need to stay 15 nights before 28 February. 15 nights x 5,000 points = 75,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. That’s a significant load of points but currently all members can get a 15% rebate on awards and those with the World of Hyatt Card receive a 25% rebate on awards. Clearly, depending on how many nights you need and your strategy, elite status could be “purchased” with less points and with points you already have.

What do you think about this development? Do you plan to pursue Hyatt elite status?

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