Having hotel status is one of the best and easiest ways to bring your vacation to the next level. Hyatt is a fantastic hotel chain that can provide lots of value for travelers. This is especially true after the Marriott merger and re-branding.
A certain other blog that shall remain nameless has similar posts that assume values for hotel statuses from different chains. But because everyone’s mileage may vary, it’s inherently unfair to peg values for each level. Therefore, this post is going to simply explain what you can get at each level.
This level is where everyone starts out when creating their Hyatt account. There are no spend or stay requirements and anyone over 18 can join.
World of Hyatt Purchases
Extra Base Points can be earned when staying at Hyatt properties regardless of your level of status. All points count towards earning higher status and free nights.
You will earn 5x extra Base Points on stays, dining, spa services and more at participating locations. Plus, you will earn 5x extra Base Points on room rates at participating Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
And instead of Base Points, you can even earn miles with Hyatt’s airline partners for stays at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts. Your mileage may vary with earning partners’ points. But with the right redemption, it could be worth it.
Free internet, waived resort fees on reward stays, and free breakfast (only at certain properties) highlight the perks. Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) also offer more perks when staying there. Those perks include early (12 PM) check-in, late (2 PM) check-out, and a one category free room upgrade (if available).
Discoverist is the lowest earned level of status. You must either earn 25,000 Base Points, stay 10 nights, or hold 3 meetings or events in a calendar year to earn this level. A shortcut to earning Discoverist Status is getting the World of Hyatt card. This card lets you earn even more points to get you closer to your next vacation.
Of course, you get all the points and perks from ordinary Member Status plus the following:
You will receive a 10% points bonus on all Hyatt hotel purchases, making your 5x extra base points 5.5x. Given the value of Hyatt points, this is a nice bonus for such a modest hotel status.
Upgrade to Preferred Rooms
With your Discoverist Status, you can ask the front desk if they have any upgraded rooms within your current room’s category. This means you might get a standard room with a better view if you paid for a standard room. Little things like this can make your vacation experience that much better.
Late Check Out
Lounge lizards rejoice! You can request a 2:00 local time late checkout. Most Hyatt properties will grant your wish. However, this perk is not available at Hyatt Residence and M Life resorts.
Complimentary Premium Internet
Regular members get free Wi-Fi, but those with Discoverist status get slightly faster internet for no cost. Businesspeople who need to do work in their hotel room would especially like this feature because it might make them more efficient.
Elite Reservation Line
This is a phone line that lets you call Hyatt and not wait as long as regular members or the general public. Convenience is one of the perks of having any kind of status and this is yet another example.
Pearl Status with M Life Rewards
Hyatt has been partners with M Life since 2013. And if you match your Hyatt status, M Life will give you Pearl Status.
Things start to get serious when you hit Explorist level. To get there, you must either earn 50,000 Base Points or stay 30 nights in a calendar year.
The World of Hyatt card gives you five elite night credits and another two for every $5,000 you spend on the card in a calendar year. This means that its possible to earn Explorist status without any stays. All you have to do is spend $65,000 on the card in one year.
Explorist Status gives you all the points and perks from Discoverist Status plus the following:
You will receive a 20% points bonus on all Hyatt hotel purchases, making your 5x extra base points 6x.
Upgrade to the Best Room Available
This perk takes the room upgrade to the next level as there are no longer any category restrictions. Those with Explorist Status can ask for an upgrade to the best available room at check-in. However, this does not include suites and rooms with lounge access. Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Residence Club and M life resorts do not participate. So be mindful when planning your next stay to take full advantage.
This perk is like the one offered with the World of Hyatt card, but much more restrictive. Like the one from the card, it’s limited to Categories 1-4 (up to 15,000 points for a standard room). But unlike the night from the card, your reservation must be booked and completed within 120 days of issuance. This means that the free night expires 120 days after earning it.
A room will always be available for Explorist members who reserve a room at least 72 hours before they arrive. Hyatt has placed restrictions on this perk including “periods of extraordinary room demand” and blackout dates. Such restrictions don’t make availability so guaranteed.
Gold Status with M Life Rewards
This perk is a step above that earned with Discoverist Status. You can status match your Explorist Status to M Life, and they will give you Gold Status.
Globalist is Hyatt’s top status by far. There are a lot of perks and points that are offered, rivaling Hilton Diamond and the upper echelons of Marriott’s vast status pyramid.
You must earn 100,000 Base Points or stay 60 nights in a calendar year to earn this level. Think of earning Globalist Status as earning Explorist Status twice over. If you can do that, you’ve made it to the top of the pyramid.
Globalist Status gives you all the points and perks from Explorist Status plus the following:
You will receive a 30% points bonus on all Hyatt hotel purchases, making your 5x extra base points 6.5x.
Upgrade to the Best Room Available
Globalists can ask for an upgrade to the best available room at check-in. Unlike Explorist Status, suites and rooms with lounge access are included. Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Residence Club and M life resorts do not participate. So be mindful when planning your next stay to take full advantage.
Suite Upgrade Awards
This perk is a favorite amongst Hyatt Globalists because it provides tons of value. You will receive four Suite Upgrade Awards (SUA) per calendar year. You can earn two SUAs upon reaching 50 elite-qualifying nights (or 80,000 base points). And then you can earn another two after staying 60 nights (or earning 100,000 base points) and earning Globalist status.
SUAs let you confirm a suite when you book. Each SUA covers up to seven nights and can be used on paid and award stays.
Like Explorists, you will receive one free night limited to Categories 1-4 (up to 15,000 points for a standard room). Plus, you will receive another free night with no category limitations. Both nights expire 120 days after they are earned.
A room will always be available for Globalist members who reserve a room at least 48 hours before they arrive. The same restrictions apply to Globalists and Explorists.
Club Lounge Access
Globalists gain access to Hyatt Club Lounges when they’re available. Access also gives each registered guest free breakfast. There is a limitation of two adults and two children for the free breakfast.
Early Check In & Later Check Out
Discoverists and Explorists get late checkout, but only Globalists get early check in as well. Oftentimes, this is 12 PM local time.
Late checkout is also extended to 4 PM local time for Globalists. It’s 2 PM local time for Discoverists and Explorists.
My Hyatt Concierge
Globalist members get a more personalized concierge service that Explorists and Discoverists. Any special requests that you might have can be granted with this concierge. It’s not just limited to reservations at restaurants.
Guest of Honor
This perk lets Globalists transfer their status to friends and family, making for a nice gift or gesture.
Hyatt is a great hotel chain with a status pyramid that might be worth climbing. This is especially true if you compare it to another hotel chain’s program.
The stay requirements for the World of Hyatt are akin to those from Marriott. You need 10 nights to earn Marriott Silver and Hyatt Discoverist. Also, you need 25 nights to earn Marriott Gold compared to 30 for Hyatt Explorist. And finally, you need 50 nights to earn Marriott Platinum compared to 60 for Hyatt Globalist. The difference is that Hyatt will give you more than Marriott at each level.
Consider how often you’re traveling and how loyal you are to any hotel chain before deciding to go for a higher status. Your mileage may vary.