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The benefits of elite status with World of Hyatt

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See what benefits come with World of Hyatt elite status.

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Like most hotel loyalty programs, World of Hyatt offers extra benefits to members who can reach different tiers of its elite status.

Elite tier members can enjoy all sorts of competitive perks, including club lounge access, suite upgrades, late checkout and much more. Qualifying for elite status is pretty straightforward and achievable for most World of Hyatt members. In fact, all World of Hyatt Credit Card holders are automatically granted Discoverist status as well as five qualifying night credits each year toward achieving next tier status.

Other than owning a World of Hyatt credit card, there are several ways to gain elite status.

Click the drop-down menu below to view the benefits of each level of status within the Hyatt program:

 

Hyatt status levels

Member

How to qualify
  • Register for World of Hyatt
Base-point rate
  • 5 points/$1
Benefits
  • Save up to 10% on stays with Member rate
  • Free standard WiFi
  • Waived resort fees on free night awards
  • Complimentary breakfast (SLH hotels)
  • Early check-in & late checkout (SLH hotels)
  • One category room upgrade (SLH hotels)
  • Sapphire status with M life Rewards

 

Discoverist

How to qualify
  • 10 hotel nights
  • 25,000 base points
  • 3 meetings/events per calendar year
  • World of Hyatt Credit Card holder
Base-point rate
  • 5.5 points/$1
Benefits Same benefits as regular members, plus:

  • Free premium WiFi
  • Free bottle of water daily
  • Room upgrades
  • Expedited check-in
  • Late checkout
  • Pearl status with M life rewards

 

Explorist

How to qualify
  • 30 hotel nights
  • 50,000 base points
  • 10 meetings/events per calendar year
Base-point rate
  • 6 points/$1
Benefits Same benefits as Discoverist members, plus:

  • 4 Club lounge access awards (including breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres)
  • Book through exclusive reservation line
  • Ensure room is available up to 72 hours in advance
  • Gold status with M life Rewards

Globalist

How to qualify
  • 60 hotel nights
  • 100,000 base points
  • 20 meetings/events per calendar year
Base-point rate
  • 6.5 points/$1
BenefitsSame benefits as Explorist members, plus:

  • Daily Club lounge access or complimentary breakfast for each registered guest
  • Complimentary parking on free nights
  • Priority access to available rooms when checking in early
  • Ensure room is available up to 48 hours in advance
  • Share in-hotel benefits when gifting an award
  • Gold status with M life Rewards

Lifetime Globalist

How to qualify
  • 1,000,000 base points over the course of your membership
Base-point rate
  • 6.5 points/$1
Benefits
  • Receive Globalist benefits indefinitely, with no requirement to qualify for status each year

 

 

Is Hyatt elite status worth it?

If you frequently stay at Hyatt brand hotels, it is easy to see the value in perks like free Wi-Fi, room upgrades and late checkout. But in addition to the standard benefits, Hyatt offers extra ways for members to be rewarded. Here’s a summary of the most valuable elite tier benefits, as well as some of the extra awards:

  • Room upgrades – All World of Hyatt elite status members can take advantage of room upgrades upon availability when they check into a Hyatt hotel. As you advance through Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist tiers, you unlock different types of room upgrades – from preferred rooms to standard suites.
  • Club lounge access – For members with Explorist status or higher, Hyatt offers Club lounge access at participating properties. The access includes continental breakfast in the morning and hors d’oeuvres in the evening.
  • M life Rewards elite status – In addition to your elite status with World of Hyatt, members are also granted elite status with M life Rewards. This includes similar benefits, such as free parking and room upgrades at MGM resorts. It also gets you perks like VIP line access to select nightclubs in Las Vegas if you are Gold status or higher.
  • Free Wi-Fi – This might not seem like the most valuable benefit, but the savings can add up significantly on longer stays. All elite status members get free premium Wi-Fi, rather than standard.
  • Extra free night at Category 1-4 destination – One of the additional perks Hyatt offers is a free night award for a Category 1-4 Hyatt, SLH or M life Rewards destination if you stay at five different Hyatt brands and pay an eligible rate. You can also earn this award by staying 30 qualifying nights or earning 50,000 base points in a calendar year – the same requirements for achieving Explorist status.
  • Extra free night at Category 1-7 destination – If you stay 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 base points in a calendar year (the same requirements as for Globalist status), you earn a free night in a Category 1-7 Hyatt hotel, resort or SLH hotel. You also get four suite upgrade awards. While this isn’t technically a Globalist perk, anyone who meets Globalist status requirements can enjoy a valuable extra reward.

Shortcut to World of Hyatt elite status

The easiest way to achieve World of Hyatt elite status is by signing up for the World of Hyatt Credit Card. When you sign up for the card, you’ll automatically be granted Discoverist status for as long as your account is open. To help you continue to advance through elite status tiers, you’ll also get five qualifying night credits toward the next tier.

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
World of Hyatt card

Why should you get this card?

The World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase offers an outstanding amount of value for frequent travelers: New cardholders are awarded ample points on a variety of travel purchases, including airfare and restaurant purchases.

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More things to know:

  • 9 points per dollar on Hyatt hotel purchases – 4 points earned with your card and 5 points earned as a World of Hyatt loyalty program member
  • 2 points per dollar on restaurants, directly purchased airfare, local transit, commuting and gym and fitness club memberships and 1 point per dollar on other purchases
  • 25,000 bonus points if you spend $3,000 in first 3 months. Additional 25,000 bonus points if you spend $6,000 in first 6 months
  • Automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open
  • Annual free night at category 1-4 hotel (worth up to 15,000 points)

 

Bottom line

If you frequently stay at Hyatt hotels, there are a lot of great perks that come with elite status, from little bonuses like a free bottle of water to more valuable awards like room upgrades. Achieving elite status does not have to be difficult, so a few extra comforts and rewards are well within reach.

See Related: World of Hyatt guide: The best ways to earn and use World of Hyatt pointsBest ways to use World of Hyatt pointsBest ways to earn World of Hyatt pointsHow much are World of Hyatt points worth?

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