I just got a thrill when I opened an email from Hyatt yesterday afternoon. They’re running a promo for Hyatt Credit Card members through the end of the year — stay 10 tier qualifying nights and get Explorist status (normally 30 nights), stay 20 qualifying nights and get Globalist status (normally 60 nights).
This offer is only for Chase Hyatt Credit Card members and the 10 or 20 nights must take place September 1 through December 30. You must register for promotion by September 30, but you do not need to cancel and rebook existing reservations.
Since most of my travel this year has been leisure rather than business, there’s been no hope of requalifying for Hyatt Globalist status. But if it only takes 20 nights to requalify, I stand a chance since most of my Thanksgiving holiday was already going to be spent at Hyatts! The question is whether the cost of 8-10 “mattress runs” is worth the extra elite benefits. So in the coming weeks I’ll be assessing my travel plans for 2018 and whether the lounge access, free breakfast, upgrades, and perks will be worth the cost of extra stays.
While I’m pretty excited about this promo because it works out well for my existing travel plans, it does seem rather unfair to the elites who have spent the last 8 months working towards 60 nights at Hyatt and to undermine the strategy behind raising the qualification to 60 nights in the first place…