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Hyatt is one of my preferred chains, and they have some absolutely incredible properties that are also a great value. Their devaluation from Gold Passport to World of Hyatt really disappointed me, although things seem to be looking up.
To reach top-tier Globalist, you now need to stay 55 or 60 qualifying nights a year. I hit well over 80 nights last year, so requalifying was never an issue. I was hoping that after all these cuts, they’d bring back some benefits. They finally have. Award nights now qualify towards elite status, which was one of my biggest desires with the program.
Hyatt More Points Promotion – Q1 2018
In addition, they have a great stay promotion that requires registration by March 31. You can 500-1,000 bonus points per qualifying night between now and May 15th, with a maximum of 25,000 bonus points. All properties are participating, including MLife hotels in Las Vegas.
This is a pleasant addition to bookings I’ve already planned. I’ve already earned over 6,000 points from this promotion, which is already enough for a free night. You will also earn the bonus with both points redemptions, as well as cash and points bookings. This is extremely rare for these types of promotions, and stacks really well with award nights counting toward requalification.
What’s even better is that now, anyone can enjoy Globalist benefits, even if you don’t have have a Chase or Hyatt credit card. Often, you can purchase Hyatt points with up to a 40% bonus, allowing you to buy them at just 1.7 cents. Since Hyatt allows free transfers between any accounts, you can move it to a friend’s account and be guaranteed upgrades, lounge access, breakfast, and more through Guest of Honor. You can even confirm a suite at booking if your friend is nice enough to offer you a Globalist Suite Upgrade.
You can often get luxury properties with retail rates of hundreds of dollars at over 50% off. Along with Fairmont Presidents Club (now de-facto defunct), this is one of the best ways for folks who aren’t really involved with miles and points to get a little taste of what it’s like.