So long Hyatt Globalist. I was unable to requalify for Globalist for 2018 because I refused to stay and make the Hyatt House my second residence in 2017 (see Hyatt Kills Gold Passport). I know I am not alone in this and hope that Hyatt changes its program to something that helps true globalists not just business travelers who go to the Hyatt Place Auburn Hills. Last year, instead of attaining top status by doing 25 nights at SPG and 25 nights at Hyatt, I did 50 at SPG in order to qualify for the 10 suite night perk. While this is not nearly as attractive as the 4 suite upgrades and complimentary breakfast I would receive as a Hyatt Diamond member (Hyatt should go back to that nomenclature as well in addition to revamping the program), it will come in useful when I figure out where I’m going in 2018.
Who knows what will happen next year if and when SPG & Marriott fully integrate. Perhaps Hyatt will seize on the chaos that will create by welcoming back those that love their brands but lost status with a new promotion this year. Until then, I am going to have to come to terms with no longer being elite and having to deal with standard rooms (pictured below).