Last week, Hyatt announced that starting this year, award nights would count towards elite night requirements. A lot of people lamented this new development because it would make top-tier Globalist status more attainable. Why is this bad? Because more elites often equals devaluation of benefits. I don’t see it that way. I doubt most leisure travelers are going to complete the required 60 nights – even if they majority of their stays are booked with points. Few people are going to mattress run for 60 nights to earn top-tier Globalist status. But is it worth doing? It depends.
A free night at a Category 1 Hyatt will set you back 5,000 points. So a 60-night mattress run would cost 300,000 Hyatt points. That’s completely insane for free breakfast, lounge access, and the possibility of a room upgrade. Take it from a former Hyatt Diamond member – the room upgrades are rare (to a room with a better view, let alone a suite). You’re better off just paying an extra ~$50 for a club room. Or heck, use some of those 300,000 points to book club rooms outright.
There are other Globalist benefits like free parking on award nights, waived resort fees, M Life Goal status, and free nights and suite upgrades that are earned based on stay requirements. But I hardly think anyone will (or should) go out of their way to meet these requirements for the benefits outlined above. That being said, the inclusion of award nights towards elite status requirements is great news for folks who do stay at Hyatt hotels quite a bit. Those people are probably redeeming their points at least some of the time and this helps them get rewarded for it, by enabling them to re-qualify for status faster. That being said, I don’t see anyone mattress running 60 nights on points to earn Hyatt Globalist status.
Another way this new Hyatt elite status qualification rule can work out favorably for regular folks? If Hyatt offers an elite status challenge. Back in August, Hyatt offered targeted members Globalist status after completing just 20 nights. That’s way more reasonable for most people than 60 nights. Completing 20 nights via a status challenge would require 100,000 points, which is still very hefty. But if you have upcoming stays at Hyatt hotels and the elite benefits will save you money on things like club rooms or breakfast rates, then it might make sense.
Of course, there are other ways to get Hyatt elite benefits without status. Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts is a great option for Amex Platinum cardholders. Visa and MasterCard have similar booking sites, offering elite benefits like free breakfast and room upgrades. I would much prefer to use one of these sites than to complete more than 10 nights on mattress runs for any hotel chain. In fact, going forward I’ll probably stick to Hilton Honors and maybe even work in the Ritz Carlton card to earn Platinum status with SPG and Marriott Rewards. But my days of completing mattress runs for Hyatt stays are over.
Are you going to be earning status with Hyatt now that they’re counting award nights towards elite status?