New Milestone Rewards Benefits Coming to World of Hyatt in 2019

Effective as of Friday, March 1, 2019, new Milestone Rewards will be introduced to World of Hyatt — as well as changes to the terms and conditions of the frequent guest loyalty program — which are designed to increase loyalty with intermediate rewards as members progress achievements towards earning elite status tiers.

New Milestone Rewards Benefits Coming to World of Hyatt in 2019

Here are the ways your qualifying nights or base points each calendar year can add up to Milestone Rewards, as illustrated in the chart below:

20 nights or 35,000 Base Points = NEW: 2 Club Lounge awards
30 nights or 50,000 Base Points = UPDATED: Free night (Category 1-4) + 2 Club Lounge awards
40 nights or 65,000 Base Points = NEW: Bonus Points or Hyatt Gift Card or a FINDexperience savings when redeeming points
50 nights or 80,000 Base Points = NEW: 2 suite upgrades
60 nights or 100,000 Base Points = UPDATED: Free night (Category 1-7) + 2 suite upgrades + My Hyatt Concierge agent
70 nights = Bonus Points or a suite upgrade
80 nights = Bonus Points or a suite upgrade
90 nights = Bonus Points or a suite upgrade
100 nights = Bonus Points or a suite upgrade

Many Milestone Rewards are subject to expiration and other conditions. Your activity starting Tuesday, January 1, 2019, will count toward earning Milestone Rewards. Any 2019 activity rewarded prior to March 1 will not be re-awarded after March 1, as per the chart shown below, which includes all the new and updated ways with which you will be able to earn more rewards — and sooner.

Activity Milestone Rewards or Tier Status
Stay at five different Hyatt brands and pay an eligible rate Free night award in a Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort, Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotel, or M life Rewards destination — valid for one year from issuance
Earn Discoverist Status Benefits
Stay 10 qualifying nights or earn 25,000 Base Points or hold three qualifying meetings or events in a calendar year
Stay 20 qualifying nights or earn 35,000 Base Points in a calendar year NEW: Two Club Lounge access awards 1,2 for use at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts at the time of reservation. Access includes continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres — subject to expiration; see new Program Terms.
Earn Explorist Status Benefits
Stay 30 qualifying nights or earn 50,000 Base Points or hold 10 qualifying meetings/events in a calendar year
Stay 30 qualifying nights or earn 50,000 Base Points in a calendar year

Free night award in a Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort or Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotel — valid for 180 days from issuance

UPDATED: 2 Club Lounge access awards 1, 2 for use at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts at the time of reservation. Access includes continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres — subject to expiration; see new Program Terms.

Stay 40 qualifying nights or earn 65,000 Base Points in a calendar year NEW: Your choice of 5,000 Bonus Points, a $100.00 Hyatt Gift Card or save 10,000 points on a FIND experience — Some options subject to expiration and other limitations; see new Program Terms
Stay 50 qualifying nights or earn 80,000 Base Points in a calendar year NEW: Two suite upgrade awards to use at the time of reservation at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts — subject to expiration; see new Program Terms 2, 3
Earn Globalist Status Benefits
Stay 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 Base Points or hold 20 qualifying meetings/events in a calendar year 4
Stay 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 Base Points in a calendar year

Free night award in a Category 1-7 Hyatt hotel or resort or Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotel (valid for 180 days from issuance)

UPDATED: Two suite upgrade awardsto use at the time of reservation at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts — subject to expiration; see new Program Terms 2, 3

Access to My Hyatt Concierge agent for reservations and personalized service

Stay 70 qualifying nights in a calendar year Your choice of either 10,000 Bonus Points or a suite upgrade award — subject to expiration; see new Program Terms 2
Stay 80 qualifying nights in a calendar year Your choice of either 10,000 Bonus Points or a suite upgrade award — subject to expiration; see new Program Terms 2
Stay 90 qualifying nights in a calendar year Your choice of either 10,000 Bonus Points or a suite upgrade award — subject to expiration; see new Program Terms 2
Stay 100 qualifying nights in a calendar year Your choice of either 10,000 Bonus Points or a suite upgrade award — subject to expiration; see new Program Terms 2
Earn Lifetime Globalist Status Benefits
Earn 1,000,000 Base Points over the course of your program membership
  1. Club lounge access awards can now be earned sooner at each milestone outlined in the chart above, and will no longer be awarded with Explorist status. In 2019, members can earn a maximum of four Club access awards whether they:
    • Earn Explorist status Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – Thursday, February 28, 2019 or
    • Stay 30 qualifying nights or earn 50,000 Base Points over the course of a calendar year.
    • Completing more than one of these actions will not earn additional Club access awards. In 2020, Club access awards will only be awarded as follows: two at 20 qualifying nights or 35,000 Base Points and two more at 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 Base Points.
  2. Valid when paying an eligible rate or when redeeming points for a free night or Points + Cash award. See new Program Terms for more details.
  3. A Member who earns four suite upgrade awards by completing the qualifying night and/or Base Point-earning requirements between Tuesday, January 1, 2019, and Thursday, February 28, 2019, will still receive those four awards, but will not receive any additional Suite upgrade awards in the remainder of 2019.
  4. Starting in 2020, all members, including existing Globalists, must complete 60 qualifying nights (including paid and award nights), earn 100,000 Base Points, or hold 20 qualifying meetings/events in a calendar year to qualify or requalify for Globalist status. The previous World of Hyatt benefit that allowed eligible Globalists to requalify for Globalist status with 55 qualifying nights will be closed to new Globalists as of Tuesday, January 1, 2019 and discontinued for all members as of Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Summary

Most of the changes seem to be beneficial to members of the World of Hyatt frequent guest loyalty program — but are they too little too late?

Perhaps not, if this is an attempt to attract defectors from the bungled integration of Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards with Marriott Rewards.

The one major negative aspect is the increase in the number of qualifying nights — from 55 to 60 — to earn Globalist elite tier status; but FlyerTalk member antonius66 claims that “They just basically made it 55 again because the new CC gives 5 free nights. Honestly no change. They are essentially moving it from 50 where it is now for returning Globs to 55 again.”

I suppose that is true if you are based in the United States and want to have a credit card affiliated with World of Hyatt…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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