World of Hyatt Launches Today! Here's What You Need to Know.

World of Hyatt Launches Today! Here's What You Need to Know.
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The new World of Hyatt loyalty program kicks off today, and with it goes the once-coveted Hyatt Gold Passport program that so many of my fellow travelers held dearly to their hearts.

World of Hyatt brings some major changes that will have a serious impact on frequent travelers. If you're wondering about what this will mean for your status, we dig into all the changes below:

World of Hyatt's new elite levels

Basic  Earned With: Automatic. Points Earning: 5 base points per dollar. Room Upgrades: None. Club Lounge Access: None. Breakfast: None. Expedited Check-In: No. Suite Awards: No. Late Check-Out: No. Internet: Standard. Resort and Parking Fees: Waived resort fees on award nights. mLife Status: Sapphire. Other Benefits: Share points with other members.  Discoverist  Earned With: 10 nights or 25,000 base points. Points Earning: 5 base points + 10% bonus. Room Upgrades: Preferred rooms (same category, but preferred room or floor). Club Lounge Access: None. Breakfast: None. Expedited Check-In: Yes. Suite Awards: No. Late Check-Out: 2 p.m. Internet: Premium. Resort and Parking Fees: Waived resort fees on award nights. mLife Status: Pearl. Other Benefits: Exclusive reservation line.  Explorist  Earned With: 30 nights or 50,000 base points. Points Earning: 5 base points + 20% bonus. Room Upgrades: Free upgrade at check-in, except club rooms and suites. Club Lounge Access: 4 Club Lounge access awards yearly (on paid or points reservations). Breakfast: None. Expedited Check-In: Yes. Suite Awards: No. Late Check-Out: 2 p.m. Internet: Premium. Resort and Parking Fees: Waived resort fees on award nights. mLife Status: Gold. Other Benefits: 72-Hour Room Guarantee.  Globalist  Earned With: 60 nights or 100,000 base points Points Earning: 5 base points + 30% bonus Room Upgrades: Free upgrade at check-in including standard suites. Club Lounge Access: Yes. Breakfast: Either in the Club Lounge, or in hotel's restaurant for hotels without lounge (up to 2 adults and 2 children). Expedited Check-In: Yes. Suite Awards: 4 Suite Night Awards per year. Late Check-Out: 4 p.m. Internet: Premium Resort and Parking Fees: No resort fees on any reservation; waived parking fees on award nights. mLife Status: Gold Other Benefits: 48-hour room guarantee; guest of honor benefits: 2 United Club passes yearly.

Previously, Hyatt Gold Passport had three levels of status: Basic, Platinum, and Diamond. But World of Hyatt features new level names and a new mid-tier level added with, which we broke the news about back in October. There are four levels of membership in the new World of Hyatt program: Basic, Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist. Here are the benefits of each.

Basic

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Earned With: Automatic.
Points Earning: 5 base points per dollar.
Room Upgrades: None.
Club Lounge Access: None.
Breakfast: None.
Expedited Check-In: No.
Suite Awards: No.
Late Check-Out: No.
Internet: Standard.
Resort and Parking Fees: Waived resort fees on award nights.
mLife Status: Sapphire.
Other Benefits: Share points with other members.

Discoverist

grand hyatt NYC

Earned With: 10 nights or 25,000 base points.
Points Earning: 5 base points + 10% bonus.
Room Upgrades: Preferred rooms (same category, but preferred room or floor).
Club Lounge Access: None.
Breakfast: None.
Expedited Check-In: Yes.
Suite Awards: No.
Late Check-Out: 2 p.m.
Internet: Premium.
Resort and Parking Fees: Waived resort fees on award nights.
mLife Status: Pearl.
Other Benefits: Exclusive reservation line.

Explorist

park hyatt tokyo

Earned With: 30 nights or 50,000 base points.
Points Earning: 5 base points + 20% bonus.
Room Upgrades: Free upgrade at check-in, except club rooms and suites.
Club Lounge Access: 4 Club Lounge access awards yearly (on paid or points reservations).
Breakfast: None.
Expedited Check-In: Yes.
Suite Awards: No.
Late Check-Out: 2 p.m.
Internet: Premium.
Resort and Parking Fees: Waived resort fees on award nights.
mLife Status: Gold.
Other Benefits: 72-Hour Room Guarantee.

Globalist

hotel du louvre

Earned With: 60 nights or 100,000 base points
Points Earning: 5 base points + 30% bonus
Room Upgrades: Free upgrade at check-in including standard suites.
Club Lounge Access: Yes.
Breakfast: Either in the Club Lounge, or in hotel's restaurant for hotels without lounge (up to 2 adults and 2 children).
Expedited Check-In: Yes.
Suite Awards: 4 Suite Night Awards per year.
Late Check-Out: 4 p.m.
Internet: Premium
Resort and Parking Fees: No resort fees on any reservation; waived parking fees on award nights.
mLife Status: Gold
Other Benefits: 48-hour room guarantee; guest of honor benefits: 2 United Club passes yearly.

World of Hyatt drawbacks:

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Sadly, 25 stays is no longer enough to get your top-tier status under World of Hyatt.

Let's get this out of the way: some of the best benefits of elite status have been taken away under this new program. For example, the stay requirement for earning elite status has been eliminated. That means that 25 stays no longer qualifies you for top-tier diamond (now Globalist) status, which is a loss for me. I qualified with 25 one-night stays during the cheap summer season in Phoenix.

Additionally, Hyatt Gold Passport allowed you to have up to four people join you for breakfast. Now, that's been shaved down to two adults and two children under the new World of Hyatt program.

The welcome amenity, which was either 1,000 points at full-service properties, or a food and beverage item, has also been eliminated. At top-tier properties, this used to mean something like a complimentary bottle of wine and appetizer platter. Now, Globalist members who qualify will receive a Category 1-7 night to use anywhere in the world, as well as a Category 1-4 night after 30 eligible nights. That's only 45,000 points of value (as a Category 7 award night costs 30,000 points per night, and a Category 4 night is worth 15,000 points per night), and unlike points, these certificates expire. If you liked being able to use your welcome amenity points across a week's worth of nights at cheap hotels around the world, you're out of luck here.

Finally, top-tier Hyatt status will no longer match to top-tier mLife status. I've used this to stay in several suites at MGM properties over the last few years, and enjoyed perks like express check-in, free entry into attractions at MGM properties, and skipping the long taxi lines at night, so I'm bummed to see it go.

World of Hyatt benefits:

breakfast

Hyatt's top-tier breakfast benefit is one of the best I've found, and it's here to stay!

However, there are some benefits of the new program that I like. The standard suite upgrade possibility at checkin is nice (though I wonder how hard it will be to get, as all Globalist members will have the same chance). I'm also happy they're keeping the breakfast benefit, which I find to be the most luxurious of all top-tier breakfast benefits. Other brands, like Starwood and Marriott, either only guarantee continental breakfast or breakfast at a few of their brands. For Hyatt, a Globalist breakfast will mean a full buffet spread, any entrée on the menu, or both!

I love the fact that top tier members will be able to waive resort fees everywhere they go, and save on parking when using points, as this will save me hundreds of dollars per year. And Globalists now also receive a dedicated concierge, which is similar to Starwood's Ambassador status, after 100 nights. Since I've qualified for Globalist this year, I'll have to try it out and report back on what I think of this service.

What if I have the Hyatt credit card?

The Hyatt Credit Card by Chase currently offers its cardmembers Platinum status, but under the new World of Hyatt program, cardmembers will receive Discoverist status, the lowest tier. However, if you are a big spender on your card each year, racking up $50,000 in purchases, you'll receive Explorist status. That's a lot per year to put on your card – especially if you keep in mind that spending $20,000 or more each year with Hyatt alone will get you Globalist status (from earning 100,000 base points from that spend).

To sum it up:

It's going to be a lot harder to achieve top-tier status with Hyatt in 2017, but for those of you that can do it, it's still one of the best and most rewarding hotel loyalty programs out there. Across the world, I've consistently received stellar service at Hyatt hotels, and hope to fit myself in somewhere in their new World of Hyatt program.