World of Hyatt has a fast-track to elite offer for Hyatt Visa card members to earn Globalist with only 20 nights from September 1 to December 30, 2017. This offer is also available to newly enrolled Hyatt Visa card members.
Register by September 30, 2017.
Hyatt has three elite levels:
Discoverist = 10 nights in a calendar year.
Explorist = 30 nights or fast-track with 10 nights by Dec 30.
Globalist = 60 nights or fast-track with 20 nights by Dec 30.
Hyatt Visa Card Members receive complimentary bottom tier Discoverist elite, normally requiring 10 nights in a calendar year.
Check out this analysis from March 2017 on the estimated value for World of Hyatt elite status from The Points Guy.
Thanks, but No Thanks
This offer might have excited me a decade ago when I was road tripping around California and the USA many nights a year, but I see little added value in this offer with my Europe-focused travel pattern these days.
Staying 20 nights at Hyatt Hotels will typically cost at least $2,000. No problem for someone staying on business trips with deep pockets paying for the room. Not so good for a leisure traveler, unless you happen to visit places aligning with Hyatt’s small 700 hotels global footprint.
There are only 36 Hyatt properties in Europe and most of those are high end hotels at category 5-7 for 20,000 to 30,000 points per night. Hyatt requires thousands of dollars in spend to earn that many points these days.
World of Hyatt Changes in 2017
World of Hyatt raised the qualification bar for top level elite status with Hyatt Hotels from 25 stays to 60 nights in a calendar year.
In 2008, I completed a fast-track to Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond with 13 stays during a ‘stays count double’ promotion. Going from no elite status to Diamond elite took 13 nights, a feat I was able to complete in a couple of weeks staying in San Francisco Bay Area hotels for under $1,000 in hotel spend.
Here was my 2008 argument for spending the money to fast-track to Hyatt high elite status.
In 2009, Hyatt Gold Passport offered a 15 night fast-track to Diamond elite.
Around 2013, my evaluation of the value of Hyatt elite changed as hotel rates increased year-over-year and I found fewer opportunities to stay at Hyatt brand hotels for under $100 per night. Higher room rates coincided with my travel shift to primarily traveling in Europe.
IHG Rewards Club, Choice Privileges and Best Western have more than 1,000 hotels in Europe compared to 36 Hyatt brand hotels.
This is a great opportunity for some travelers to try out or requalify for Hyatt Globalist top elite.
For this loyalty traveler there is little value in World of Hyatt compared to the cost of obtaining elite these days. I find far more rebate value in other hotel loyalty programs with my under $100 per night average hotel spend.