March 1 is the date that all Hyatt elites drop in status if they were not able to requalify for their current elite status. I would imagine that there were a fair number of Hyatt Globalists that dropped to Explorist (or lower) as a result of the new requirement of needing 60 nights to qualify.
My Last Stay as a Hyatt Globalist
Hyatt Globalist No More!
It is the first time in years that I do not hold top elite status with Hyatt. I really hated giving it up but I was not able to swing the extra 25 nights I would have needed for Globalist status by the end of December (even though status changes in March, the qualification period is a calendar year). It will remain to be seen how I am treated at my usual hotels as an Explorist member but I know I will miss having Hyatt Globalist status.
Big Push for Last Two Months of Being Globalist!
I had almost 20 nights at Hyatt properties in January and February so I will requalify for Explorist very easily this year. Depending on the latter part of the year, I may even be in a position for Globalist again! Our family stayed at Hyatt properties around the US and I received the usual perks and treatment that I have become used to as a Hyatt Globalist.
My Final Stay as a Hyatt Globalist
My final stay as a Hyatt Globalist was not at some high-end Hyatt property but I still got an awesome value for my points. It was actually a Hyatt Place. The point requirement was 5,000 points per night and rooms were selling for over $300 per night plus tax for a value of 6 cents per point – not bad at a Category 1 property!
Why This Hotel Was Important to Me
It wasn’t the hotel itself that helped to shine the value on being a Hyatt Globalist but how I was able to stay there. I had jumped back and forth about booking this particular hotel because I was actually staying with family in town (it was the Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa). But, I was running the Phoenix-Mesa Marathon on that Saturday and I really wanted to be near the bus area.
This marathon started at 6AM but you needed to board a bus between 3:00-4:45 AM for the trip to the starting line. Given the distance I was away and the anticipated traffic issues, staying at the Hyatt Place – which was a 200 foot walk to the buses – would give me the best situation for my pre-race night.
I know – it sounds kind of crazy to book a room that happens to be 20 miles closer to the race but here are some of the reasons I wanted it.
- It would let me sleep later in the morning
- I wouldn’t have to get stressed trying to deal with the traffic and parking (and the traffic was pretty heavy at 3:30 in the morning for the race!)
- I could have access to my own bathroom for last minute stops (which is a huge help for a pre-marathon routine!)
- I would have someplace accessible after to shower and change before heading out with the family.
All of these reasons made staying at this property a win-win.
How Hyatt Globalist Status Came to the Rescue
But, I waited too long to book! There was only a single room left and it was a high floor room. Since it was not a standard room, it was not bookable with points and the cost was over $300 for the night. I stopped in at the hotel before going to the expo and talked to the manager. I gave him my member information and asked if there was any way I would be able to book the room with points since I would be likely upgraded to that upper floor room anyway.
He had me call the Hyatt line and then he spoke with them to force sell the available room so I could book something with points. In less than 5 minutes, I had my room for that night booked – at a hotel that was essentially not bookable with points at that point. The manager told me they were happy to do that for a Globalist member.
Hyatt Globalist Status Overview
I will miss many of the aspects of being a Hyatt Globalist. The breakfasts have been great, the upgrades have been pretty consistent, the treatment has been exceptional, and the perks have saved us a lot of money. It is a status that I will miss and will hopefully be able to earn back again soon! I know there are still many things about the new World of Hyatt program that could use some fixing but I think there are many things about Hyatt Globalist status that they got right and I will miss it.
Anyone else drop from Hyatt Globalist status this year?