With it now being 2024, I believed it will be enjoyable to share my resort elite standing technique for the approaching 12 months. Whereas I feel the worth of airline elite standing has decreased significantly over time, I proceed to tremendously worth resort elite standing, together with for suite upgrades and extra.
As we begin a brand new 12 months, let me share a common overview of how I’m approaching resort elite standing for the approaching 12 months, and what elite standing tiers I’m beginning the 12 months with, and intend to finish the 12 months with.
What my resort stays in 2024 will appear to be
The variety of nights per 12 months that I’m spending in accommodations has decreased considerably over time. Again within the day I lived in accommodations full time, whereas these days my favourite place to be is at dwelling. The older I get, the extra I notice that no resort mattress can beat the consolation and familiarity of sleeping at dwelling.
Admittedly a big issue right here is that our son, Miles, was born in August 2022, so I attempt to be dwelling as a lot as potential. Whereas I’ve a whole lot of respect for individuals who galavant across the globe with their toddler, personally that’s not one thing we have now a lot curiosity in doing till he’s a bit older.
Our son is tremendous simple (by toddler requirements) when he’s at dwelling and has a routine, and that makes our lives simpler. In the meantime journey makes every little thing much more sophisticated, and being a mother or father to an toddler is sophisticated sufficient beneath the perfect of circumstances. So most of our journey with him is inside a timezone or two of Florida.
At present a whole lot of my journey comes within the type of assessment journeys, the place I journey completely to assessment airways, and in some instances accommodations. However nonetheless, the aim is to be away from dwelling for as little time as potential.
For these “actual” journeys we take, in the end the precedence is to have nearly as good of an expertise as potential and to make it one thing that’s price leaving dwelling for, and which means not blindly staying with anybody resort group as a result of loyalty.
I’m simply making an attempt to mood expectations upfront. Within the coming years, we’re excited to start out touring with Miles much more as soon as he can really get extra out of journey, after which my resort elite standing targets will mirror that elevated journey.
So 2024 can be a really busy airline 12 months for me (with a whole lot of assessment journeys), however in all probability not a really busy resort 12 months.
My 2024 resort elite standing technique
Resort loyalty packages could be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they will supply worthwhile advantages and the flexibility to redeem factors without cost night time awards. Alternatively, they will make us act irrationally, and select overpriced and fewer charming accommodations than chances are you’ll in any other case discover should you had been a “free agent.”
Let me share how I’m approaching 2024 elite standing with among the main resort loyalty packages. To be sincere, I kind of really feel liberated, as a result of I can keep the standing that I at the moment have with out spending a single night time in accommodations, which provides me a whole lot of flexibility. That’s because of having lifetime elite standing with my two most well-liked resort loyalty packages.
Now, there are nonetheless incentives to stick with sure resort teams, and solely time will inform how that performs out.
World of Hyatt Globalist standing (lifetime)
World of Hyatt Globalist is my favourite high tier resort standing, and it ordinarily requires 60 elite nights or 100,000 base factors in a 12 months to earn. Now, a confession — 2023 was the primary time in about 15 years the place I didn’t qualify for Hyatt’s high standing by way of nights.
I solely ended the 12 months with about 30 elite nights, a far cry from the 60 required for Globalist beneath regular circumstances. Happily because of my not too long ago earned lifetime Globalist standing, I get that standing yearly with out having to truly qualify.
Whereas the Milestone Rewards program is tied to the variety of elite nights you rack up, lifetime Globalist members get fairly a number of of the rewards every year mechanically, together with 4 suite improve awards, a Class 1-7 free night time award, 5 Visitor of Honor awards, and entry to My Hyatt Concierge.
Whereas I’m hoping to qualify for Globalist standing the “regular” means in 2024 (in order that I earn much more Milestone Rewards perks), I’m undecided this can essentially be the 12 months the place that occurs, and I’m not placing any strain on myself to do this.
I suppose I may shift some bank card spending to Hyatt’s co-branded credit as a way to earn extra elite nights:
Nevertheless, that additionally comes with some alternative price. Nonetheless, if it’s simply an incremental top-off on in any other case incomes 40 or so nights, possibly it’s price it.
We’ll see how the 12 months goes. I’m going to imagine that I’ll as soon as once more fall again on my lifetime Globalist standing, however I wouldn’t be shocked if I make it to 60 elite nights both.
Marriott Bonvoy Platinum standing (lifetime)
Marriott Bonvoy is usually my backup resort loyalty program, although with every passing 12 months I appear to spend fewer nights at Marriotts. My standing within the Marriott Bonvoy program retains lowering… and I’m completely advantageous with that.
Up till a number of years in the past, I had Ambassador standing, after which I dropped to Titanium standing. Nevertheless, in 2023 I solely earned round 65 elite nights, so I dropped to Platinum standing. Happily I’ve lifetime Platinum standing, in order that’s not even a standing that I must earn. Nevertheless, there are nonetheless incentives to racking up elite nights, as a way to obtain Alternative Advantages.
Marriott Bonvoy members can earn as much as 40 elite nights per 12 months with co-branded Marriott bank cards, just like the Marriott Bonvoy Enterprise® American Categorical® Card (assessment) and Marriott Bonvoy Good® American Categorical® Card (assessment). Moreover, only for having the Bonvoy Good Card, you’ll obtain Platinum standing.
2023 simply wasn’t a really large Marriott 12 months for me, and I feel I’m advantageous with “simply” sustaining Platinum standing. That provides the essential perks I worth, like some kind of breakfast, assured late check-out, suite upgrades topic to availability at most manufacturers, and so on.
These days I solely keep at Marriott properties when it’s the most suitable choice, both by way of high quality or worth. I don’t typically get pleasure from staying at Marriott Bonvoy properties in the US, as I discover that they typically overpromise and underdeliver.
There are some areas the place Marriott is a lot better. For instance, I really like a few of Marriott’s Luxurious Assortment resorts within the Mediterranean, and having the ability to redeem factors there in summer season is at all times a spotlight of my 12 months.
Hilton Honors Diamond standing (bank card)
Hilton is a model that has grown on me lately:
- Hilton has tremendously elevated its portfolio of luxurious accommodations, which makes me really wish to keep at extra Hiltons
- Only for having the Hilton Honors American Categorical Aspire Card (assessment) you get high tier Honors Diamond standing; on high of that, the $550 annual payment card greater than pays for itself based mostly on all the opposite perks, like an anniversary free night time award, as much as $400 in Hilton resort credit yearly, as much as $200 in flight credit yearly, and rather more
- Hilton Honors has gotten higher at delivering on elite advantages than Marriott Bonvoy has in some ways, or not less than this system doesn’t overpromise and underdeliver in the identical means
Whereas I don’t particularly hunt down Hiltons, I do discover myself staying at Hiltons once they’re the most suitable choice in a metropolis, and in lots of instances I’ve come to want Hiltons to Marriotts. From the attitude of chasing standing, there’s restricted want to stick with Hilton extra, although, provided that there’s nothing past Diamond standing.
I normally full a handful of stays at Hilton properties per 12 months, and 2023 was no completely different.
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IHG One Rewards Platinum standing (bank card)
The IHG One Rewards loyalty program has been properly revamped, particularly with the Milestone Rewards program. Nevertheless, I simply don’t love IHG’s portfolio general, in addition to the dearth of excellent factors redemption alternatives for luxurious properties.
IHG could be very a lot my backup backup backup resort program, after World of Hyatt, Marriott Bonvoy, and Hilton Honors. 😉 I’ve IHG One Rewards Platinum standing, which is obtainable only for being a cardmember of the IHG One Rewards Premier Credit score Card (assessment) and IHG One Rewards Premier Enterprise Credit score Card (assessment). The standing in the end isn’t that worthwhile, nevertheless it turns out to be useful for the few instances that I do keep at IHG properties.
IHG is much more a resort group that I solely stick with if the model has the perfect (by some metric) property on the vacation spot that I’m visiting.
Virtuoso & different packages
The reality is that you simply don’t really must be loyal to a resort group to obtain elite-like advantages. There are all types of packages providing room upgrades, breakfast, resort credit, and extra, all based mostly on the strategy you employ to e-book.
These embrace Virtuoso, Amex Effective Accommodations & Resorts, Belmond Bellini Membership, 4 Seasons Most well-liked Accomplice, Hilton Impresario, Hyatt Privé, Marriott STARS & Luminous, Mandarin Oriental Fan Membership, Rosewood Elite, and so on. I discover myself reserving by way of these packages very often, no matter whether or not I’m staying at a luxurious factors resort, or whether or not I’m staying at an unbiased resort.
I don’t keep in accommodations fairly as a lot as I used to, provided that we have now an toddler, so I attempt to prioritize being dwelling as a lot as potential. Suffice it to say that the variety of resort stays I full has nosedived, and these days I typically simply keep locations for one or two nights.
Happily I’m in a fairly great spot in relation to resort standing in the intervening time, by way of having the ability to keep what I’ve with completely no effort.
I’ve lifetime World of Hyatt Globalist and Marriott Bonvoy Platinum standing. Whereas there are incentives to nonetheless stick with these manufacturers and qualify the “onerous” method to get incremental perks, we’ll see how that performs out this 12 months. In the meantime I’ve Hilton Honors Diamond and IHG One Rewards Platinum standing by way of co-branded bank cards, additionally with no keep necessities.
It feels actually liberating to be a “free agent,” and to have the ability to keep 4 standing tiers with none elite nights required. It actually permits me to choose the resort that’s finest for a specific event, fairly than simply blindly staying with one resort group.
What’s your resort loyalty technique for 2024? Does it differ from previous years?