Once we learned that Hyatt’s new World of Hyatt loyalty program was being implemented March 1, 2017, folks started sizing up the new levels.

As a refresher, to reach the Discoverist tier, you’ll need either 25,000 base points ($5,000 in spend) or 10 nights.

To reach the Explorist tier, you’ll need either 50,000 base points ($10,000 in spend) or 30 nights.

To reach the highest tier of Globalist, you either need 100,000 base points ($20,000 in spend) or 60 nights.

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Folks have lamented that they are disappointed to see that they will no longer be able to to achieve status with stays (qualifying with nights is still possible), but the perks at the top Globalist tier sound like they are going to be even better than they currently are.

For those who don’t plan on re-qualifying, the communication I received from Hyatt today might offer some good news to credit card holders who may otherwise not maintain status.

On March 1, 2017 (the start date of the new program) Hyatt will be giving all Hyatt Credit Card members who spent $50,000 or more on their card in 2016 automatic status in the new Hyatt loyalty program.

The instant status level?

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Mid-tier Explorist status, which offers four Club Lounge access awards per year, plus 20% bonus points.

The cardholders will receive the status through February in 2018.

To me this is a nice gesture to those who may have signed up for this credit card and simply used it for all of their purchases throughout the year. It’d be a surprise bonus for them, and a way to try out the program with unexpected status!

For most people though, there are better cards when it comes to everyday use, while the Hyatt credit card makes the most sense for those actually already achieving status with the Hyatt loyalty program and staying at Hyatt properties.

I’m curious how many readers own a Hyatt credit card without maintaining status, and use it as their everyday primary card. Anyone?