CONFIRMED: Full Particulars on Hyatt’s New Elite Standing Program (A LOT Extra Than Beforehand Reported)

This morning I wrote about leaked modifications to Hyatt’s new elite program that begins in March.

A lot of the data was correct however there’s much more right here than beforehand reported. I spoke with Hyatt concerning the modifications this morning and there’s extra advantages and in addition data on the transition. (And one other approach to qualify for standing, too.)

There’s even the lengthy awaited alternative for confirmed suite upgrades to be legitimate on award stays, in addition to extra free nights for all members.

Backside-line is that there are actual profit enhancements for folk staying 60 nights however that individuals who had been qualifying on stays alone, or who aren’t capable of get from 50 as much as 60 nights with Hyatt — will see fewer advantages beginning in 2018.

And with Hyatt’s foot print of round 600 lodges, versus 4000 or extra for the worldwide chains, it may be robust for a lot of members to stick with Hyatt 60 nights. I don’t assume I’d need to be a Diamond member based mostly outdoors the U.S. for example.

Roof high infinity pool on the Park Hyatt Chennai

Qualifying for Elite Standing

As beforehand reported, Hyatt is introducing three elite tiers in place of the present 2 (and giving them quite foolish names):

  • Discoverist: 10 nights, 25okay base factors ($5000 spend), or three conferences
  • Explorist: 30 nights, 50okay base factors ($10,000 spend), or 10 conferences
  • Globalist: 60 nights (however solely 55 nights to requalify), 100okay base factors ($20,000 spend), or 20 conferences

Hyatt’s Jeff Zidell explains that they selected ‘lively verb names for his or her tier standing, reflecting the journey of journey’ and ‘the explanation why [their members] journey’. They needed to “communicate to the aspirations of members.”

For my part these names are un-serious as IHG’s new high tier ‘Spire Elite’ though definitely not worse than American’s new 75,000 mile tier ‘Platinum Professional’.

Plainly signing contracts for assembly rooms at a Hyatt Place in a creating nation may very well be the brand new approach to high tier now that qualifying on stays alone is out. Observe that conferences, and never catered occasions, are what depend right here for standing.

Sky foyer of the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

How Your Present Standing Maps to the New Program

When this system launches in March, everybody that certified as a Diamond in 2016 for the 2017 calendar yr (anybody with Diamond by way of February 2018) will get full ‘Globalist’ advantages. So in the event you stayed 25 instances or 50 nights in 2016, despite the fact that that wouldn’t be sufficient for the highest tier within the new program you’ll nonetheless get high tier by way of February 2018.

Anybody who stays 50 nights in January and February 2017 turns into a Diamond underneath the previous program and due to this fact is given Globalist standing.

Anybody who was a Diamond in 2016 however didn’t requalify might be given Explorer standing no matter whether or not their exercise certified them for it.

Anybody who has Platinum standing for 2017 will get not less than Discoverist standing.

Nonetheless in case your qualifying exercise is sufficient for a better tier, you’ll get that — so in the event you had been a Platinum with 30 nights you’d obtain Explorer standing within the new program.

In different phrases, nobody will get damage within the transition yr, your standing will solely fall in February 2018 which is greater than a yr away. That’s precisely how I want all packages dealt with elite advantages modifications.

What’s extra, anybody with Globalist standing within the new program might be given a free evening on March 1 upon launch of the brand new program with no class cap (as much as class 7). That’s a good way to get high tier elites excited concerning the new choices.

Park Hyatt Dubai

Extra Suite Upgrades, Now Legitimate on Award Stays

The massive change for high elites is that they aren’t simply entitled to 4 confirmed suite upgrades every year.

  • They’re entitled to suite upgrades if they don’t use a confirmed improve instrument however there’s a set out there at check-in.
  • They will earn further confirmed suite upgrades past the 4 they obtain qualifying for standing. At every of 70, 80, 90, and 100 nights they’ll obtain a selection profit of a further confirmed suite improve or 10,000 factors.
  • Confirmed suite upgrades might be legitimate on award nights and never simply paid stays. (Everybody incomes high tier, please set free a collective “Woo hoo!”)

In the beginning of 2016 Hyatt modified the best way they awarded suite upgrades to Diamonds. They gave them firstly of the brand new elite yr, however started requiring that they be used for stays solely by way of the tip of the elite yr.

They’ll once more award suite upgrades in March 2017. Nonetheless going ahead they’ll award suite upgrades when a member re-qualifies as a substitute of creating them wait till the brand new program yr. Sadly suite upgrades, as soon as awarded, will expire after 12 months.

Some ‘Globalists’ will need to postpone requalification, reserving away from Hyatt, consequently if they’ve a trip they’re planning greater than 12 months into the long run. This can be mitigated considerably although by the flexibility to earn further suite upgrades for every further 10 nights.

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Improve advantages within the new program are:

  • Discoverist: improve to finest out there room inside sort booked, which can imply a greater view or larger ground.
  • Explorist: finest out there room excluding membership ground and suites
  • Globalist: finest out there room as much as customary suites

60 Nights Will get You an Ambassador

Hyatt is introducing My Hyatt Concierge as a Globalist profit. A member might be assigned to a devoted reservations agent to handle Hyatt wants.

Right here’s how Hyatt described this system when trialing it in 2014:

I’ve been a member of Hyatt’s Personal Line program since round 2010, again when any Diamond member may very well be added to it in the event that they knew to ask. (You possibly can merely ping Hyatt’s social media consultant on an internet discussion board they usually’d get you added.)

They closed that choice a number of years in the past. Luckily they didn’t kick out people who had been already in it.

I’ve been by way of a number of devoted brokers since I used to be added to this system. I’ve discovered some to be wonderful and others to be terrible (once I had an terrible agent, I requested to change and the request was at all times granted, I had heard by way of the grapevine of different frequent flyers which brokers had been good and made particular requests).

Typically I’ve discovered this system to be helpful:

  • I really like with the ability to e-mail an agent for reservation requests (combining totally different charge sorts right into a single reservation, querying whether or not money and factors charges can be found) and confirmed suite improve requests as a substitute of getting to name for issues that can not be completed on the web site.
  • The higher brokers have achieved followup work for me — maybe award nights weren’t out there once I requested however they stored checking and made bookings for me with out additional prompting when the house did open up. The identical goes for suite uppgrades. I wouldn’t have to put new calls always, they’d examine and even attain out to lodges about non-standard room sorts.
  • I’ve even had brokers proactively examine for decrease room charges, and re-book reservations for me.
  • I’ve somebody to question when I’ve questions like an e-mail deal with for a reservations supervisor at a property.

Some had been much less proactive than others. Some have persistently made errors with my reservations. And one – my first one – was merely non-responsive.

So we’ll see how this system works in observe.

Breakfast Profit is Altering

Explorists – mid-tier elites – will get membership lounge entry Four instances a yr as much as 7 nights every keep. This might be legitimate on paid or award nights. It’s kind of the return of the ‘Platinum Extras’ certificates program.

View from the Membership Lounge, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

High tier Globalist members will obtain membership entry, and the place there’s no membership lounge out there will obtain restaurant breakfast for as much as 2 adults and a couple of youngsters. It is a change from the earlier ‘as much as Four registered visitors’ within the room.

Sadly they’re eliminating the 2500 level bonus given to Diamonds staying at a resort with a membership lounge the place that lounge is closed.

Diamond Room Service Breakfast on the Park Hyatt Vendome, Paris

Annual Free Nights for Elites

Explorists and Globalists will obtain a free evening upon reaching the tier.

In 2017, a member hitting 30 nights (or qualifying based mostly on spend or conferences) will obtain a free evening legitimate as much as class Four. That evening should be for stays inside 120 days.

Then upon reaching Globalist standing they’ll obtain one other free evening, this time and not using a class restrict, though once more it should be consumed (not reserved) inside 120 days.

The 4 month timeframe to truly keep on the free evening will, I predict, restrict Hyatt’s prices by way of breakage.

View from the Park Hyatt Sydney

Early Verify-in, Late Verify-out

Discoverists and Explorists preserve the present 2pm assured late checkout profit (that doesn’t apply at resorts or casinos).

Globalists preserve the present Diamond 4pm late check-out profit.

Globalists additionally obtain precedence for early check-in. It is a new printed profit, but it surely’s not truly a change in observe. I discovered in spring 2012 that lodges truly obtain steering to accommodate Diamond early check-in requests when attainable, and that continues.

This isn’t like Intercontinental Royal Ambassador’s “assured 8am check-in” and even Starwood’s “Your24” which confirms whether or not off-hours checkin might be attainable prematurely, sadly.

Parking, Resort Charges, and Water Oh My!

Hyatt already doesn’t accumulate resort charges on reward nights. They’re extending that to paid nights for Globalist members as properly.

Globalists can even obtain free resort parking on award stays (every time parking could be placed on the member’s folio) however not on money and factors or paid stays.

All elites will obtain a bottle of water each day in all lodges, although properties might fulfill that in numerous methods — it might be out there for pickup, for example, quite than provided in-room.

Hyatt’s Visitor of Honor profit to reward elite standing to mates or household when giving them an award keep continues, as does Hyatt’s sending out 2 United membership passes every year to high tier elites.

MGM M life Rewards Advantages are Being Downgraded

M life’s resorts are principally on line casino centered and principally in Las Vegas. Till now Platinum standing acquired M life Gold which is nice for room upgrades, free self parking, precedence check-in and restaurant reservations, and VIP Line Entry for nightclubs and pool day golf equipment. Hyatt’s Diamond obtained M life Platinum which allow you to skip the valet and taxi queues.

It was considerably awkward that Hyatt Platinum got here with Hyatt’s bank card, and obtained M life Gold whereas M life’s new bank card got here with lesser standing.

I requested for and was given a chart that exhibits how the brand new elite tiers will map with MGM M life elite tiers.

World of Hyatt Membership TierReciprocal M life Rewards Membership Tier
GlobalistGold Membership
ExploristGold Membership
DiscoveristPearl Membership
MembershipSapphire Membership
M life Rewards Membership TierReciprocal World of Hyatt Membership Tier
NOIR MembershipExplorist
Platinum MembershipExplorist
Gold MembershipExplorist
Pearl MembershipDiscoverist
Sapphire MembershipMembership

Hyatt’s Credit score Card Will No Longer Assist In the direction of High Tier Elite Standing

I used to be kind of relying on spending $40,000 on my bank card for 10 elite nights now that it’s going to take 10 extra nights to earn high tier standing. That profit goes away.

As an alternative, I’m instructed that:

  • The cardboard will include Discoverist standing (the ‘decrease’ Platinum tier).
  • $50,000 in spend on the cardboard every calendar yr will earn Explorist standing by way of the next yr.
  • There’s a profit for present cardmembers and those that enroll earlier than March 1, although: those that change into cardmembers by March 1 will obtain a further 5% bonus on base factors earned for in-hotel spend with Hyatt and MGM M life Resorts by way of February 28, 2018 — however this profit goes away for Explorist and Globalist members whose in-hotel earn bonus is larger already.

No Extra Verify-in Amenity and No Extra Assured Turndown Service

This system will not supply a meals and beverage amenity or 1000 factors for high tier elites.

And the nightly turndown service that Hyatt launched 5 years in the past for Diamonds, even in lodges that don’t in any other case supply it, is being ended.

So Globalists could have an actual reply to the query, “Flip down for what?”

Lifetime Elite Standing Qualification is Altering

Hyatt will announce modifications to lifetime elite standing qualification on March 1. Current Lifetime Diamond members will obtain Lifetime Globalist standing.

At the moment it takes $200,000 in spend (1 million base factors) and 10 years in this system to earn lifetime Diamond. They aren’t telling us what the modifications are, however I count on some type of lifetime standing to be simpler to attain, although since Globalist is more durable to attain I ponder whether lifetime Globalist might be as properly.

Sadly I received’t hit lifetime Diamond earlier than then. In case you’re shut, you would possibly need to push on the accelerator. And in the event you simply miss it, they usually do transfer the aim posts, I’d make a private attraction.

An Up to date Advantages Chart

Nights Required, orzero103060 (55 to re-qualify)
Based mostly Factors Required, orzero2500050000100000
Level Bonuszero10%20%30%
No Resort PaymentOn Award NightsOn Award NightsOn Award NightsOn Award Nights & Eligible Paid Charges
Improve at Verify-inN/AGreatest Room in Class Reserved (larger ground, higher view)Greatest Room Excluding Membership, SuitesGreatest Room Together with Customary Suites
Confirmed Suite UpgradesN/AN/AN/AAs much as eight: Four on qualifying + selection of 1 or 10okay factors at 70/80/90/100 nights
Free Night time on QualifyingN/AN/ACat 1-Four, Journey Inside 120 DaysCat 1-7, Journey Inside 120 Days
Lounge EntryN/AN/AConfirmed Four Instances Yearly, As much as 7 Nights EverySure
BreakfastN/AN/AN/AWhen no membership lounge, as much as 2 adults and a couple of youngsters
Complimentary Parking on Award Nights (Not Money/Factors)N/AN/AN/ASure
Devoted My Hyatt Concierge Reservation AgentN/AN/AN/ASure
Visitor of Honor Profit Gifting Award StaysN/AN/AN/ASure
Two annual United Membership passesN/AN/AN/ASure
Late check-outN/A2pm2pm4pm
Precedence Early Verify-inN/AN/AN/ASure
Assured Room AvailabilityN/AN/A48 hours72 hours
Free Every day Bottle of WaterN/ASureSureSure

A New Alternative for Everybody to Earn Free Nights

Hyatt will give a free evening (class 1 by way of Four, legitimate for a yr) after attempting 5 totally different manufacturers.

They’ll give a second free evening whenever you hit your 10th model. There’s no time restrict for reaching these milestones. So long as the profit stays you’ll obtain a free evening even when it takes you many years to hit the aim. Historic stays don’t depend, although, they’ll monitor your exercise March 1 onward.

What it All Means

Hyatt shared a video selling the launch of their new program, which is kind of simply individuals doing issues and I suppose Hyatt desires to be part of that.

Hyatt’s new high tier elite tier nice with extra suite upgrades, upgrades with out utilizing confirmed devices, extra free nights, and a devoted concierge.

It’s these marginal Diamonds making simply 25 stays or who given Hyatt’s restricted footprint can’t stretch past 50 nights that lose out.

Not like airways, who’ve been revamping their packages supposedly with their finest prospects in thoughts however who’re actually simply devaluing for these prospects lower than everybody else, Hyatt is genuinely doing extra for his or her most frequent prospects right here.

The loss is pockets share from leisure vacationers who went out of their manner to stick with Hyatt due to the Gold Passport program, and elites ‘on the bubble’. And I don’t love their taking away the 2500 level bonus for closed membership lounges and getting a bit chintzier on breakfast (no extra inviting all your folks on the Hyatt Olive eight).

So it’s a internet constructive for the street warrior with the choice to deal with Hyatt. I’ve lengthy stated that they should regularly up their sport to woo these prospects. It takes work to remain loyal to Hyatt, whereas everybody can merely stumble right into a Marriott or a Hilton if they need.

And with Marriott Rewards getting higher and Hilton contemplating a brand new high tier it is a fairly aggressive transfer to fulfill high members even on the expense of some within the center.