Hyatt Offers Explorist Status & Status Challenge Useful When Corporate Travel Begins Again

Update 9:47 a.m. Eastern while I passed this opportunity along based on the claim of another blog that this was available to everyone. I accidentally hit publish on my draft post, only subsequently testing this with a currently non-elite account and was not able to register. I have updated the title of this post accordingly within 10 minutes of posting. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Hyatt is offering 90 days of Explorist status and a fast track to either keep Explorist or top tier Globalist through February 22. The best thing is that you have until November 16 to register and start the 90 day clock. As a result you can use this once your travel is starting up again. Blog name removed says this is open to everyone despite terms saying it is limited to employees of certain companies.

I applaud Hyatt for being pretty proactive. They were among the first to extend status and waive cancellation in the Asia Pacific region, and first out of the gate with flexibility for non-cancellable hotel bookings. When competitors became more accommodating, they changed their own position to match and deferred award chart devaluations.

They only just brought back reciprocal status challenges with American Airlines and now they’re making status available to anyone. That’s useful for the more limited set of people who are traveling now, and is a great springboard to be aware of for everyone else as we think to the future about traveling again.

World of Hyatt Explorist status can be yours. Register by November 16, 2020 to receive Explorist status for 90 days. Stay 10 qualifying nights within those 90 days and keep your Explorist status through February 2022.

  • Register by November 16, 2020
  • Receive 90 days of Explorist status
  • Stay 10 qualifying nights (including award nights) to keep that status through February 2022
  • Stay 20 qualifying noghts (including award nights) to earn GLobalist status through February 2022

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Status earned this way does not come with the benefits that are awarded at each increment of 10 nights. That is, matched or challenged Explorist status doesn’t come with 2 club access awards and a category 1-4 free night that are earned at 30 elite nights.

However benefits of status themselves, for instance Globalist club lounge access or breakfast, bonus points and upgrades including to suites based on availability will be provided. And I’d bet suite upgrades will be more easy to get (less competition) as travel is ramping back up.

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  1. Might be a good time to get the Chase Hyatt card, shame I don’t have any Hyatt’s near me. Only a Sheraton and Holiday Inn.

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