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On March 1, 2019, Hyatt will be adding Milestone Rewards to its World of Hyatt loyalty program. With Milestone Rewards, you’ll earn additional benefits in intervals between the standard elite levels.
Most of the perks are the same, but you’ll get some of them on the way to earning the next elite status level. And you’ll actually be able to start earning toward these rewards beginning January 1, 2019!
The downside of these changes is that certain valuable perks are no longer tied to your elite status tier directly, but instead are linked to how many nights or base points you earn. I’ll explain who this negatively impacts.
This change makes the elite nights you can earn with The World Of Hyatt Credit Card more useful because you can earn elite night credits for spending with the card and many of the best ways to earn Hyatt points won’t qualify as base points.
Hyatt’s Milestone Rewards System
With the new Milestone Rewards program, Hyatt’s essentially offering folks the opportunity to earn standard elite benefits more quickly. But there are some folks who will be negatively impacted this.
As an example, under the current system, after staying 30 nights or earning 50,000 Hyatt base points you earn Hyatt Explorist status, that comes with 4 Club lounge awards and 1 free night certificate valid at a category 1 – 4 hotel.
With the new Milestone Rewards system, you’ll earn 2 Club lounge awards after just 20 nights or 35,000 base points and then earn another 2 Club lounge awards and your free night after 30 nights (or 50,000 base points). You’ll get those 2 lounge awards (and be able to use them!) before actually meeting all of the requirements for Explorist status.
The only completely new benefit is the bonus you get for reaching 40 nights or 65,000 base points. You’ll be able to choose between: 5,000 bonus Hyatt points, a $100 Hyatt gift card, or save 10,000 Hyatt points on a FIND experience.
That’s pretty good news! Also, if you re-qualify for Explorist or Globalist status in January or February of 2019, you will be awarded your benefits under the old system. But when the Milestone Rewards program goes into effect on March 1, 2019, you will NOT be able to double up on those perks.
Here’s a detailed chart of the new Milestone Rewards:
The downside to this change is that now, in order to earn awards, you’ll have to earn elite night credits (or base points, but elite nights are typically easier to earn) in order to actually earn benefits like lounge awards, suite upgrades, and free nights. So anyone who earns elite status with a fast track offer or from a status match will no longer earn these perks.
Jason was planning on getting Explorist status next year for his wife by matching her Mlife Gold status to Hyatt next year. He was looking forward to the 4 club lounges passes. Now with these changes he’ll still be able to match statuses, but won’t receive the lounge passes as a benefit.
In addition, those looking to re-qualify for Globalist status will no longer be able to renew with only 55 qualifying nights (instead of the standard 60-night requirement). They’ll have to stay 60 nights to renew their status, the same number of nights required for members earning Globalist status for the first time.
What do you think about this change? Will it affect your travel plans? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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