We’ve reached June and I’m facing a new reality: qualifying for Hyatt Globalist status is going to be even more difficult than I thought.
I knew that 60 nights is a far different beast than 25 stays. Last year I ended the year with 40 nights at Hyatt, so I figured I could squeeze 20 more nights out over the year. But if I am going to do that, I have some catch-up work to do.
We’ve reached the end of the first week of June and I’m at 20 nights so far this year. That means I will need to double my effort for the remainder of the year if I want to keep Globalist status. The problem is not that this is an impossible task, but whether it is worth it.
The two greatest draws of being a Globalist member of the World of Hyatt program are 1.) free breakfast / lounge access and 2.) suite upgrades. I love hotel breakfasts and WOULD pay them if they were not “free” (and putting free in quotation marks is vital).
But let’s do the math
If we average out breakfast prices and value them at $20/day (I think that’s conservative), that comes to ~$1200/year in value for just myself. Half the time my wife, brother, or friend John is with me and also partakes in the breakfast benefit.
But let’s be reasonable: I only need about 40 nights per year, not 60. So if I average $150/night and I’m paying for 20 nights I do not need, that comes to an extra $3,000: quite a bit more than the breakfast savings.
And yet I think about my Ambassador Suite at the Park Hyatt Vienna with delicious breakfast (room service breakfast bill ran over 100EUR and was fully covered). I think about securing suite upgrades when I travel with my wife and son, so the baby can have his own room. And I figure that spending the money for 20 extra nights, even though foolish from a pure short-term ROI standpoint, is an excellent way to build additional content for the blog and treat my family to mini-vacations (for example, weekends at some of the many great Hyatt properties in California).
If my chief end was the accumulation of wealth, I am just stupid not to be putting this $3K into an investment fund rather than blowing it on Hyatt hotels. But I don’t like the thought of life without Hyatt status. Anyone else in the same boat?