Last week, I already wrote about why I plan to switch my hotel allegiance in 2020 from Marriott to Hyatt. With my travel habits for a family of four, there were 3 primary reasons why Hyatt Globalist makes more sense than Marriott Platinum.
Here is my plan in 2020, outlined.
How I Plan To Reach Hyatt Globalist In 2020
In order to reach top-tier Hyatt Globalist status, one needs to have 60 Nights or 100,000 Base Points or 20 Meetings/Events in a calendar year. I plan to go the 60 nights route.
First, Credit Card ‘Nights’
As of last week, I was still a holder of the old World of Hyatt Credit Card. However, after talking with Chase this week about trying to upgrade, it was determined that I was eligible for a signup bonus for the new World of Hyatt Credit Card.
Thankfully, I’m under 5/24 and therefore was able to pick up the new card and 50,000 World of Hyatt points in the process. The biggest reason to swap was this card gives 5 nights credit just for holding the card.
The other reason to upgrade my card was because with the new card, I am able to spend for elite status. The card gives 2 elite night credits per $5,000 in spending.
I plan to put at least $15,000 on this card, which will put me at 6 additional nights ($5,000 x 3). In addition, at $15,000 in spending, Hyatt awards an Annual Free Night at a Category 1-4 hotel.
Total = 11 nights (at least)
Annual Free Nights
Even though I cancelled my old card, I still have that anniversary free night credit in my Hyatt account. Unfortunately, it’s only good till the end of January so it won’t be of a ton of use to me, but will still give me one more stay credit without spending any additional dollars. One night, check.
Under the Milestone Rewards Program, Hyatt awards a Category 1-4 Free Night Award with 30 stays, which will give me another free night to use alongside my credit card spend certificate. Another night, check.
I haven’t paid to stay at many different Hyatt brands since the introduction of their Brand Explorer program in 2017. For example, I had 11 nights at the Zilara Cancun in 2017, but as they were on points, they were ineligible for credit. That means I can earn 3 more free nights if I stay at 13 more brands this year. I think that’s a bit optimistic, but I think 8 brands, for 2 additional free nights is doable.
Basically, I would get four free nights with this.
Total = 4 nights.
As of now, I don’t have enough planned nights to cover the remaining 45. However, my hotel stay schedule is currently as follows for 2020:
- 1 night in St. Louis at the Hyatt Regency
- 3 nights at the Hyatt Place in Biloxi
- 2 nights traveling to/from Chicago in St. Louis or Champaign
- 3 nights in Philadelphia
- 5 nights for another family vacation (Location TBD)
- 3 nights in Salt Lake City at the Hyatt House after a week in Jackson Hole with my entire family
- Family trip for 4 nights at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Let’s call this is a rough 24 nights planned on the road out. In addition, there will be 5 free night certificates that will be used throughout the rest of the year for 3 day weekends or a weekend trip.
Total = 29 nights.
The Rest Isn’t So Clear…
This puts me at 39 nights total, which is still shy of 60 nights to reach Hyatt Globalist.
Honestly, from here, I am not sure exactly how I will finish closing up the gap, but I know some other nights will pop up unexpectedly. Plus you can be guaranteed that if I’m getting close, I’m getting to 60 nights for the benefits listed in my previous post. It seems I will have to give up some points, by potentially putting more spending on my World of Hyatt Credit Card vs. other cards.
Needing 21 more nights requires an additional $50,000 in spending on the WoH card, which is doable if I want to go that route. Either that or I’ll just burn some of the points I get from my World of Hyatt signup at the local Category 1 hotel for the new off-peak rate of 3,500 points/night.
Is this going to be an easy task? Probably not and might require a bit more point sacrificing than I usually would do, but in the end I think the benefits are going to be beneficial for my family as we look to travel in 2021 with two growing boys. I’ll keep you all posted regarding my progress as we move into the new year.
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