Hyatt and MGM have a partnership that dates back to 2013. They each offer members in the other program status matches – not one time matches, but rather status in one program ‘equals’ status in the other.
And the status year in each program ends at a different time. This creates an opportunity to still have status with one program, after your status has ended in the other, and to use that to ‘match back’ to regain status – in perpetuity, or as long as this tactic has continued to last (and it’s lasted for years).
Hyatt elite status lasts until the end of February. Hyatt elite status matches to MGM Rewards elite status. MGM elite status ends at the end of January.
So in early February, once your MGM status falls below Gold (or before if you haven’t matched already matched your status to MGM’s elite status in the past, or don’t even have an account with them yet), make sure to:
- Match your Hyatt status to MGM. Globalist and Explorist members receive MGM Gold.
- Once your Hyatt status drops in March, match your MGM status to Hyatt. MGM Golds get Hyatt’s Explorist (mid-tier) level.
A similar trick works with Wyndham and Caesars Rewards, of course.
Hyatt’s Explorist level is a step down from Globalist for sure, though it allows current Explorists to keep their level without requalifying. And Explorist is ‘better than nothing’ even for those used to top tier benefits but dropping down even further (2pm late checkout, modest room upgrades).