Hyatt Elite Status Guide [Discoverist, Explorist, Globalist]

The World of Hyatt elite program has three levels: Discoverist, Explorist, and Globalist.

Discoverist status can be earned automatically with the Chase World of Hyatt credit card, but Explorist requires 30 nights per year, and Globalist requires 60 nights per year. 

Hyatt Elite Status Levels

You can enjoy the benefits of Hyatt elite status at their many hotel brands including Park Hyatt, Miraval, Grand Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt House, and Alila.

However, many of the elite benefits are not available at the Hyatt Residence Club, which is Hyatt’s timeshare brand.

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    Member

    Anyone who joins the World of Hyatt program is a Member. 

    It is free to join and allows you to earn 5 points per dollar at Hyatt Hotels, 10 points per dollar at Exhale Spas, and waived resort fees on free night awards.

    5x Points at Hyatt

    Members earn 5 points per dollar on their spending on eligible hotel rates and incidental charges.

    10x Points at Exhale Spa

    Members earn 10 points per dollar at Exhale Spas, which offer yoga and fitness classes, facials, and massages.

    Waived Resort Fees on Award Stays

    Some hotels have added annoying resort, destination, or facility fees of $20-50 per day, but Members and all elite members avoid these fees when they use their Hyatt points or free night certificates.

    Photo: Hyatt House Mount Pleasant South Carolina

    Discoverist Elite Status

    The lowest elite tier in the World of Hyatt program is a Discoverist.

    The benefits of this level is limited, but there are some valuable benefits such as late checkout, free bottled water, and premium internet.

    How to Earn Hyatt Discoverist Status

    You can earn Hyatt Discoverist elite status by staying 10 nights or earning 25,000 base points or hosting 3 meetings or events.

    If you reach the Discoverist level, you will keep the status for the current year, the following year, and through February of the following year.

    You can also earn Discoverist elite status with the Chase World of Hyatt credit card, which also gets you a free hotel night at a category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort each year.

    World of Hyatt credit card

    Hyatt Discoverist Benefits

    Hyatt Discoverist has the benefits below plus the benefits of a Member including:

    • Waived resort fees on award stays.
    • 10x points per dollar at Exhale Spas.

    Late Checkout

    Discoverist members can request a 2:00 p.m. late checkout, subject to availability.

    Preferred Room Upgrade

    Discoverist members are eligible for upgrades to preferred rooms, which are typically on high floors, corner rooms, or have better views.

    10% Points Bonus

    Discoverist members earn a 10% points bonus, equivalent to 5.5 points per dollar, on eligible rates and incidental charges during your stay.

    Free Bottle of Water

    You can enjoy a free bottle of water each day as a Discoverist member, which can save you $3-5 over purchasing one from the hotel.

    Premium Internet

    All elite members enjoy premium high-speed internet access to allow you to stream video or browse the internet faster.

    Elite Check-In

    All elite members can check-in at the elite member’s desk,  which can help you skip the line during busy check-in times.

    American Airlines Bonus Points

    All elite members earn 1 Hyatt point per dollar spent on American Airlines when you link your accounts.

    M-Life Pearl Status

    Discoverist members receive M-Life (MGM Resorts) Pearl status, which has very limited benefits but gets you a dedicated line for buffets and a 10% points bonus on shopping and gaming.

    Elite Reservation Line

    All elite members can save time when calling Hyatt by using the elite reservation line. You can find this number when logging into your Hyatt account.

    Photo: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

    Hyatt Explorist Elite Status

    The middle tier elite status is Hyatt Explorist status. 

    Its main benefits are a 20% points bonus, room upgrades, and Milestone Rewards.

    How to Earn Hyatt Explorist Elite Status

    You can earn Hyatt Explorist elite status by staying 30 nights or earning 50,000 base points or hosting 10 meetings or events.

    If you reach the Explorist level, you will keep the status for the current year, the following year, and through February of the following year.

    You also earn 5 elite night credits with the Chase World of Hyatt card.

    Hyatt Explorist Benefits

    Explorist members receive all of the benefits below plus the Discoverist benefits of:

    • 2:00 p.m. late checkout.
    • Free bottled water.
    • Premium internet.
    • Waived resort fees on award stays.
    • Elite check-in.

    Best Room Available Upgrade

    Explorists are offered the best available room at check-in, excluding suites and rooms with Club lounge access.

    These upgrades are applicable at all hotels except Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Destination Residences, and Hyatt Residence Club hotels and resorts.

    20% Points Bonus

    Explorist members earn a 20% points bonus (6 points per dollar) on all eligible hotel rates and incidental charges.

    Milestone Rewards

    Hyatt awards Milestone Rewards for every ten hotel nights you stay each year. 

    These are very valuable, especially if you reach 30 nights because you get a free hotel night certificate plus two Club Lounge Access Awards.

    Plus, you can earn even more Milestone Rewards at 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 nights as a Globalist.

    Hyatt Milestone Bonuses for Discoverist
    Photo: Hyatt

    M Life Gold Status

    Explorist members receive Gold M-Life (MGM Resorts) elite status, which gets you priority check-in, a room upgrade, priority dining reservations, 20% extra points, and a VIP line access to select night clubs.

    Fast Track to American Airlines Elite Status

    In addition to earning one Hyatt point per dollar spent with American Airlines, Discoverist members receive opportunities to fast track their American Airlines elite status.

    Previous status challenges allow Explorists three months to earn AAdvantage Gold status with $1,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars and either 7,000 Elite Qualifying Miles or 8 Elite Qualifying Segments. 

    Globalist members received access to Gold, Platinum, and Platinum Pro elite challenges.

    Exhale Spa Benefits

    In addition to earning 10 points per dollar at Exhale Spas, Discoverists enjoy a “Week of Wellbeing.”

    A Week of Wellbeing gives you a free week of unlimited Barre, Cardio, Yoga, and HIIT classes, 25% off spa therapies, and 15% off boutique purchases.

    Guaranteed Room Within 72 Hours

    Explorists are guaranteed one room at Hyatt hotels when making a paid reservation at least 72 hours prior to arrival unless the hotel is otherwise sold out. 

    Park Hyatt New York
    Photo: Park Hyatt New York

    Hyatt Globalist Elite Status

    The highest level of elite status is Hyatt Globalist.

    Its main benefits are room upgrades to suites, a 30% points bonus, complimentary breakfast, Milestone Rewards, Guest of Honor bookings, and waived parking and resort fees on award stays.

    How to Earn Hyatt Globalist Elite Status

    You can earn Hyatt Globalist elite status by staying 60 nights or earning 100,000 base points or hosting 20 meetings or events.

    If you reach the Globalist level, you will keep the status for the current year, the following year, and through February of the following year.

    You also earn 5 elite night credits with the Chase World of Hyatt card.

    You can also earn Lifetime Globalist status by earning one million base points in your lifetime.

    Hyatt Globalist Benefits

    Hyatt Globalist members earn all of the benefits below plus the Explorist benefits of:

    • Free bottled water.
    • Free premium internet.
    • Elite-check-in.
    • M-Life Gold elite status.
    • 1 Hyatt Point per dollar spent with American Airlines plus the ability to earn American Elite status faster.

    Room Upgrades Including Suites

    Globalists are upgraded to the best available room, including rooms with standard suites and Club lounge access.

    Complimentary Breakfast and Club Lounge Access

    One of my favorite benefits of Globalist status is free access to Club lounges, which typically offer breakfast. 

    If a hotel doesn’t have a Club lounge, members receive complimentary full breakfast for each registered guest (up to 2 adults and 2 children).

    The exception to this benefit is at Miraval, Hyatt House, or Hyatt Residence Club hotels and resorts, at the Laurel Inn or the Hotel del Sol, or at Destination Residences except for The Lodge at Spruce Peak and Resort at Squaw Creek.

    30% Points Bonus

    Globalist members earn an extra 30% points bonus on stays, which is equivalent to 6.5 points per dollar.

    Milestone Rewards

    Globalist members also earn valuable Milestone Rewards, which allow you to earn extra bonuses for reaching certain night thresholds.

    On the path to earning Globalist status, members would have picked up the Discoverist milestone rewards of:

    • 4 Club Lounge Access Awards
    • 1 Category 1-4 Free Night Certificate.
    • 2 Suite Upgrade Awards.
    • 5,000 Hyatt points or $100 Hyatt Gift card or 10,000 point savings on FIND experience.

    Globalist members would also receive one free Category 1-7 Free night award and two additional suite upgrades when they reach 60 nights or 100,000 base points.

    Photo: Hyatt

    Waived Resort Fees on Paid and Award Stays

    A nice perk of Globalist status is that you can avoid paying the resort, destination, or facility fee on both award and eligible paid reservations.

    Free Parking on Award Stays

    Another nice perk when staying on points or a free night certificate is that you can avoid paying for parking as a Globalist. 

    This benefit can be valuable in big cities or at resorts that charge more than $25 per day for parking.

    4 PM Late Checkout

    Globalist members can request a 4:00 p.m. late checkout instead of the 2:00 p.m. for other elite members. 

    This perk is great if you need extra time after a day of exploring the city or need to shower after a business meeting.

    Guest of Honor

    One unique perk of Hyatt Globalist status is the Guest of Honor benefit, which allows you to gift the benefits of your elite status for an upcoming stay.

    This benefit only works when the Globalist redeems their points for the hotel stay.

    But a friend or family member can transfer their points to the Globalist for free, who can then redeem those points for a stay.

    A Guest of Honor booking is a great way to share your elite status to help a friend or family member receive free parking, free breakfast, room upgrades, late check-out, early check-in, and Club lounge access.

    Hyatt Concierge

    Globalist members receive access to the My Hyatt Conceriege, which can help with making reservations or special requests.

    Guaranteed Room Within 48 Hours

    Globalists are guaranteed one room at Hyatt hotels when making a paid reservation at least 48 hours before arrival unless the hotel is otherwise sold out. 

    Early Check-In

    Globalist members receive priority access to available rooms, which may allow members to check in early.

    Special Exhale Spa Benefits

    In addition to earning 10 points per dollar at Exhale Spas, Globalists enjoy a “Week of Wellbeing.”

    This benefit gives you a free week of unlimited Barre, Cardio, Yoga, and HIIT classes, 25% off spa therapies, and 15% off boutique purchases.

    Additionally, Globalist receive complimentary access to Exhale classes when they are staying at a nearby Hyatt hotel.

    Park Hyatt Maldives
    Photo: Park Hyatt Maldives

    The Verdict

    The World of Hyatt elite program favors those travelers who frequently stay in hotels. There is no easy way to get mid or top tier elite status.

    Hyatt’s Milestone Rewards is one of my favorite aspects of the program because you can gain a lot of valuable rewards as you stay more nights each year.

    Hyatt also has one of the best top-tier elite status levels with Globalist, although I wish Globalist members earned at least a 50% points bonus instead of 30%.

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