Upcoming World of Hyatt program changes involving Guest of Honor benefits & Milestone Rewards

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World of Hyatt announced upcoming changes to the program, that will come into effect from 1 January 2024.

Guest of Honor Changes

Guest of Honor (GOH) is a Globalist member benefit (till 31 Dec 2023). With the GOH perk, Globalist members can book stays for their friends or family using points, and they will receive Globalist benefits like free breakfast, suite upgrades and late checkout.

This will soon change.

Key points to note

  • Globalist members will no longer enjoy unlimited GOH benefit; can now be earned only through Milestone Rewards (more on this later)
  • GOH awards can be used for a single stay of up to 7 nights
  • GOH benefit can be applied to paid or award stays (previously only award stays)
  • Members can gift themselves GOH awards, if they are not already a Globalist member
  • Members who gift GOH awards to others will also receive elite qualifying night for the recipients’ stays
  • Members who have (re)qualified for the Globalist status in 2023 will receive 5 GOH awards on 1 Jan 2024
  • Existing Globalist members who do not re-qualify for the status in 2023 will continue to receive the legacy (old) GOH perk till the status expires on 29 Feb 2024
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Milestone Rewards Changes

World of Hyatt members are awarded Milestone Rewards every 10 nights, starting at 20 nights or 35k Base Points.

All Hyatt members earn 5 Base Points per US$1 spent on an eligible hotel stay, before taxes and fees. In other words, one can receive the 20-night milestone after spending US$7,000 pre-tax, regardless of the number of nights stayed.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of what’s changing from 1 January 2024:

Qualifying
Nights/Points
Till 2023
(old)
From 2024
(new)
20 Nights
or
35k Base
Points
2x Club Access
Awards
CHOOSE ONE
• 2x Club Access
Awards
• 2k Next Stay
Award
• US$25 FIND
credit
30 Nights
or
50k Base
Points
1x Cat 1-4 Free
Night Award
+
2x Club Access
Awards
1x Cat 1-4 Free
Night Award
+
CHOOSE ONE
• 2x Club Access
Awards
• 2k Next Stay
Award
• US$25 FIND
Credit
40 Nights
or
65k Base
Points
CHOOSE ONE
• 5k Bonus Points
• US$100 Hyatt
Gift Card
• US$150 FIND
Credit
1x GOH Award
+
CHOOSE ONE
• 5k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
• US$150 FIND
Credit
50 Nights
or
80k Base
Points
2x Suite Upgrade
Awards
CHOOSE ONE
• 5k Bonus Points
• 2x Suite Upgrade
Awards
• US$150 FIND
Credit
60 Nights
or
100k Base
Points
1x Cat 1-7 Free
Night Award
+
2x Suite Upgrade
Awards
+
My Hyatt
Concierge
1x Cat 1-7 Free
Night Award
+
2x Suite Upgrade
Awards
+
My Hyatt
Concierge
+
2x GOH Awards
70 NightsCHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
1x GOH Award
+
CHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
• US$300 FIND
Credit
80 NightsCHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
1x GOH Award
+
CHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
• US$300 FIND
Credit
90 NightsCHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
1x GOH Award
+
CHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
• US$300 FIND
Credit
100 NightsCHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
1x Cat 1-7 Free
Night Award
+
CHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
• Miraval Extra
Night
110 Nights1x GOH Award
+
CHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
• Miraval Extra
Night
120 Nights1x GOH Award
+
CHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
• Miraval Extra
Night
130 Nights1x GOH Award
+
CHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
• Miraval Extra
Night
140 Nights1x GOH Award
+
CHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
• Miraval Extra
Night
150 Nights1x Ultimate Free
Night Award
+
CHOOSE ONE
• 10k Bonus Points
• 1x Suite Upgrade
Award
• Miraval Extra
Night
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My take on these changes

Aside from the fact that GOH benefits will no longer be unlimited, these are all positive changes to the program.

As I am no-longer living in hotels, I’ve been prioritizing staying in Marriott Bonvoy hotels for the following reasons:

  • Marriott’s Lifetime Platinum status is much easier to achieve vs Hyatt’s spend-based requirement, and I am only 2 years away
  • Marriott has over 7 times more properties around the world vs Hyatt
  • Throughout my past 3 years as a Globalist, I did not see a huge difference in benefits as a Hyatt Globalist vs Marriott Titanium, especially outside North America

Related: Head-to-head: The best Hotel Loyalty Programs

It was nice having Hyatt’s Globalist status, but as a Singapore-based traveller, I will not miss it that much, even with these (mostly) positive changes.

The good news is, if you are based in Singapore and Hyatt Globalist is useful to you, there is now a new Category 1 property just across the causeway, if you need mattress-runs.

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