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Instead of awarding perks when you reach specific elite status thresholds, World of Hyatt is introducing Milestone Rewards designed to provide benefits sooner when you stay a certain number of nights or achieve specific base point levels. This means you get more benefits even before reaching an elite level.
More points, upgrades, and lounge access coming thanks to Milestone Rewards
As the chart shows, there are new perks coming for World of Hyatt members beginning March 1, 2019. As few as 20 nights gets the rewards flowing with two club lounge awards. This gets you comped access to the club lounge for free breakfast and evening snacks.
This used to be a perk that was only offered to Explorist members, but is now being gifted to Discoverist members that reach a new threshold. You can also earn this perk by earning at least 35,000 points.
As your qualifying night and earning activity accelerate, so do the additional perks. This is on top of the benefits that would already come with earning elite status.
Discoverist status is the first elite tier, which is earned after reaching 10 qualifying nights or 25,000 base points. You also automatically earn this status by signing up for The World of Hyatt credit card [Expired]. Previously, you would have to wait until reaching Explorist status by earning 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points. Now thanks to Milestone Rewards, there are perks that come as you work toward the next level.
Explorist members are treated to more perks sooner, too. In addition to getting club lounge awards sooner, they are also offered the choice for bonus points or gift cards as they work to requalify for the next level.
These changes are designed to encourage further spend with Hyatt properties even after travelers have reached a specific elite-status milestone. Airlines regularly do this for their elite members to keep them from shifting business away once they make status.
Higher threshold to requalify for top-tier Globalist status
Globalist, World of Hyatt’s top status, is changing slightly the way you requalify each year. Now, travelers must earn 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 base points in a qualifying year. It used to be that you only needed 55 qualifying nights to requalify for status. But beginning in 2020, 60 nights will be the new minimum.
Fair enough, as that’s not much more. There are some great perks with Globalist like free breakfast, suite upgrades, and access to a private reservations agent.
Globalist members will like the new changes because they bring the option for more bonus points and suite night awards even after requalifying for top-tier status. Each ten-night interval comes with 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award.
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