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Over the past year, the World of Hyatt has carved its reputation as one of the strongest loyalty programs nationwide. Rapid Hyatt point accrual, top-drawer partnerships and out-and-out perks are just a few of the reasons why.
Though of course, not the only ones.
We put the magnifying glass up to the World of Hyatt to see exactly what makes it one of the best in the biz. Here’s what we found.
A quick history lesson
In 2017, Hyatt broke new ground by rebranding its existing loyalty program, Gold Passport, as The World of Hyatt. And with the new brand came updated benefits and statuses. Up until then, Gold Passport was well-regarded among the well-traveled.
So well-regarded that the initial reaction to the overhaul wasn’t exactly positive. Industry chatter reflected a sense of confusion. Some thought that a customer base as sizable and dedicated as Hyatt’s deserved earlier notice, and skeptics began to wonder aloud if the newly-minted World of Hyatt would strip some of the advantages they’d come to know and love.
Thankfully, as the details grew clearer, so too did public opinion. The World of Hyatt not only retained some of the best aspects Gold Passport but strengthened them. While Gold Passport lent itself to business travelers and who travel multiple times in a month, the World of Hyatt opened the door for more casual travelers while continuing to reward its most loyal. You can see a nod to the inclusive structure in the tier names: Member, Discoverist, Explorist, Globalist and Lifetime Globalist.
Member and Discoverst tiers seek to compete with other loyalty programs’ casual travel offerings, while Explorist, Globalist and Lifetime Globalist tiers cater to the most frequent travelers.
How to sign up for the World of Hyatt
Signing up for a World of Hyatt account is completely free, and almost certainly worth the time — regardless of whether you own a Hyatt credit card. Every applicant starts at Member status, which yields a 10% discount at participating Hyatt properties and the opportunity to earn one free night after staying at 5 different Hyatt brands.
Not a bad haul in exchange for a few promotional emails.
With Member status, participants can start earning Hyatt points in all the traditional ways (we’ll touch on those in a bit), and begin working toward the higher tiers and pocketing a handful of additional benefits along the way.
There’s plenty to look forward to in climbing up the ranks. Here’s the quick and dirty summary. For the whole shebang, including all perks, and extra benefits, check out the program website.
There are plenty of avenues to collect points with the World of Hyatt. The most obvious method is also the simplest: every member, regardless of status, gains 5 Base Points for every eligible dollar spent on Hyatt properties — that includes lodging, dining, spa and plenty more. Just be sure to ask about what qualifies at check-in.
|Base Points per Dollar||5||5||5||5||5|
|Hotel Perks||Complimentary internet||Daily water bottles & preferred room upgrades||4 club lounge access rewards||Club lounge access and complimentary breakfast||Complimentary parking|
|Base Point Qualification||0||25,000||50,000||100,000||1,000,000|
Beyond that, all members earn 2x Base Points for every dollar spent on FIND experiences, a collection of wellness-focused immersions found at select Hyatt properties. Activities like yoga retreats, guided hikes, and paragliding could prove as restorative to the wallet as the soul.It’s worth noting that the term “Hyatt points” is generally used as the shorthand for Base Points. Base Points work toward both your rewards and tier progress. Bonus Points, however, will only contribute to your rewards — not your tier progress. For true maximizers, there are a variety of opportunities to score both Base and bonus points that don’t involve a hotel stay. Here are a few of the juiciest:
The Hyatt Credit Card issued by Chase comes with a 40,000 point signup bonus. The World of Hyatt Credit Card (confusing, yes – but they’re two different cards), comes with an even heftier bonus of 60,000 bonus at signup. Enough for two free nights at a category 7 hotel or twelve free nights at a category 1 hotel.
Other credit cards
Thanks to a unique crossover agreement with Chase, the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal gives cardholders the ability to pool and transfer their points to the World of Hyatt. If you’re a frequent traveler with infrequent Hyatt patronage, many of Chase’s cards can help you climb the ranks inside the World of Hyatt without opening a dedicated card.
M life Rewards
MGM’s loyalty program, M life Rewards, serves as Hyatt’s most lucrative partnership for its members. As an M life Rewards member, you can earn Hyatt points with any stay at a participating MGM property. Plus, wherever you stand in the eyes of Hyatt, the powers that be will match your M life Rewards status. For example, if you’re at Hyatt’s Globalist tier, you’ll automatically be awarded M life’s equivalent tier (Gold).
While often underutilized, almost all rental car companies offer rewards that dovetail with airline, hotel and credit card loyalty programs. When customer attach their World of Hyatt membership number to any Avis rental, they’ll immediately receive 500 Hyatt points and a 25% discount on their current reservation.
Unlike many loyalty programs, the World of Hyatt allows customers to earn points even when they’re staying in the crème de la crème. Vacationers can rake in even more points at Hyatt resorts and the recently-added Miraval Resort. Like other hotels, Miraval offers 5 Base Points per dollar spent, though it has been known to offer even bigger incentives in years past.
Sweet, sweet redemption – How to use your points
The easiest way to cash out your Hyatt rewards is right in the hotel, but that’s far from the only way.
The more you stay, the more you stay for free. It’s that simple. Hyatt rewards members can amass their points from multiple stays and put them toward a night or more at their next one. And now, free nights apply to Category 8 hotels — the nicest boutiques in Hyatt’s portfolio.
Dining and Spa
Regardless of whether you booked a room, a number of Hyatt properties allow members to redeem their points for on-premise dining and spa experiences. Before you book your next vacation, find out where you can take advantage of the extracurriculars.
Exhale, Hyatt’s boutique fitness program, varies its offerings from Hyatt to Hyatt. Exhale gives you the chance to redeem your Hyatt points for Spa visits, yoga, Barre, HIIT classes and so much more. Globalist members will even receive a complimentary class when they book at an eligible rate from any participating property.
Select airlines allow you to transfer your Hyatt points into miles through your portal. The same goes for Avis, which lets customers put their Hyatt points towards rental cars in addition to the points they can potentially earn. Refer to the conversion chart before you book anything to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
Gifting & Sharing
Should the spirit move you, Hyatt also allows its members to transfer their points to participating friends and family. Similarly, guests can earn Bonus Points in unison and split the proceeds when they book a qualifying room or event together.
Where to redeem your points
As mentioned, Hyatt organizes all of their hotels via eight categories. But don’t let the classifications fool you — if it has Hyatt in the name, it’s more than likely a stay to remember. Here are a few of our faves countrywide:
For the snow bunny
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa is one of Vail’s most esteemed getaways. Promoting ski and spa packages all throughout the winter, the property stretches an astounding 1,800-acre mountainscape, playing host to a variety of rooms, suites, activities and attractions. Skiing not your thing? Dine out for every meal at 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill or try ice climbing with the year-round adventure guides.
For the beach bum
Hyatt Regency Clearwater offers unbeatable luxury in a nonpareil location. The category 5 stunner puts you right on the waterfront, baby steps away from the beach. Plus, 32,500+ square feet of meeting space make it the ideal location for a company retreat, so you can earn points while you’re on the clock. It’s never too early to plant the bug in your boss’s ear.
For the city slicker
It’s tough to beat the Park Hyatt New York. Opened only in 2014, the Park Hyatt has all the swank you’d imagine from a NY high rise. Rainfall showers, soaking tubs, steam rooms and sedated room designs set the stage for a definitively metropolitan experience. And as a part of the Hyatt rewards programs, you can use your points to help offset the cost of a weekend in the Big Apple.
Wherever you end up, we hope you enjoy the trip. And make sure you don’t miss out on the savings and perks of one of the industry’s best programs in The World of Hyatt.
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