World Of Hyatt Brand Explorer Promotion

World Of Hyatt Brand Explorer Promotion

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There are several ways to earn World of Hyatt free night award certificates. In this post I wanted to talk about one of the often overlooked ways to earn Hyatt free nights, which is with World of Hyatt’s ongoing Brand Explorer promotion. This offers World of Hyatt members the opportunity to earn free night certificates for exploring Hyatt’s portfolio.

Hyatt’s Brand Explorer offer

With World of Hyatt’s Brand Explorer promotion, you can earn a Category 1-4 free night certificate for every five unique Hyatt brands you stay at:

  • As of now Hyatt has 25 brands, meaning you can earn up to five free night certificates (which you’d get for staying at all 25 brands); Hyatt’s number of brands recently increased by seven, thanks to the addition of new all-inclusive properties
  • There’s no registration required, and any qualifying stay (paid or award) that’s tied to your World of Hyatt account will count toward this
  • This isn’t in any way tied to the calendar year or typical membership year, but rather you can earn these free night certificates for stays over several years if you’d like; for example, if you stay at one new Hyatt brand every year, you’d get a free night certificate after five years
  • The free night certificate is valid for 180 days from when it’s issued, and you need to complete your stay by that date, rather than just having to book by then
Earn free nights when you explore Hyatt’s portfolio

What are Hyatt’s brands?

Hyatt currently has 25 brands, which are as follows:

  • Alila
  • Alua
  • Andaz
  • Breathless
  • Destination by Hyatt
  • Dreams
  • Grand Hyatt
  • Hyatt
  • Hyatt Centric
  • Hyatt House
  • Hyatt Place
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Hyatt Residence Club
  • Hyatt Zilara
  • Hyatt Ziva
  • Joie de Vivre
  • Miraval
  • Park Hyatt
  • Secrets
  • Sunscape
  • Thompson
  • Unbound Collection
  • UrCove
  • Vivid
  • Zoetry

As you can see, only brands managed directly by Hyatt qualify for this offer, so stays at Small Luxury Hotels of the World and MGM properties don’t count toward the Brand Explorer offer.

UrCove is one of Hyatt’s newest brands

How can you track how many Hyatt brands you’ve stayed at?

You can see how many Hyatt brands you’ve stayed at either through the World of Hyatt website or mobile app. Just go to the “Brand Explorer” section, and there will be a display showing how many unique brands you’ve stayed at (including which ones), and also how many free night certificates you’ve earned.

The Hyatt Brand Explorer dashboard

This is a fun way for Hyatt to engage members

This promotion is a fun way for World of Hyatt to engage members and try to get them to try more brands. I can’t say the Brand Explorer promotion has ever directly impacted where I’ve decided to stay, but I do love checking this dashboard every so often, and it reminds me of the Hyatt brands I haven’t stayed at.

Even though I’ve had top tier status with World of Hyatt for over a decade and am nearing lifetime Globalist status, there are still several Hyatt brands I haven’t stayed at.

Looking at the Hyatt brands I haven’t stayed at:

  • I’ve been wanting to stay at a Miraval, so that’s the most obvious brand I haven’t stayed at
  • I’m kind of surprised I’ve never stayed at a Hyatt House; I believe this brand is kind of like Hyatt Place except each room has a kitchen?
  • Most of the Hyatt brands I haven’t stayed at are all-inclusives, as that’s an area where Hyatt is growing significantly; however, in general this has limited appeal to me, based on the type of travel I like to do
  • I’m guessing I’ll knock out a stay at a Joie de Vivre in the not-too-distant future; this is a brand that Hyatt acquired as part of the Two Roads Hospitality takeover
  • Destination by Hyatt is probably the Hyatt brand I know least about, and I can’t say that any of the properties have ever tempted me, though I’d love to know if there are any I should check out
  • I’m sure I’ll stay at a Hyatt Residence Club eventually, though it’s also not a brand I’d necessarily seek out
  • UrCove is a new Hyatt brand in China, so it’s unlikely I’ll stay at one of those hotels anytime soon
Miraval is the Hyatt brand I’d most like to experience

Bottom line

With World of Hyatt’s ongoing Brand Explorer promotion, you can earn a free Category 1-4 free night certificate for every five Hyatt brands you stay at. This is a way to earn up to five free nights over time, based on Hyatt’s current portfolio.

Given how easy Hyatt makes it to track this, I’m curious — how many Hyatt brands have you stayed at? Has anyone stayed at 15+? Has this promotion ever impacted where you’ve chosen to stay?

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  1. GeorgeBrown12 New Member

    @Lucky, do you think you could dive into brand differentiation a little. I know brands are generally just tools for hotels to market themselves to new investors and there's little difference between many of them, but more info about the new all-inclusives would be nice. You could do a whole trip report simply to rate five different all-inclusives at once.

  2. Jim F. Guest

    What about Motif? I recently stayed at the Motif Seattle on a free night award. Isn't it one of Hyatt's brands?

    1. Jeremy Guest

      It falls under the 'Destination' brand grouping.

  3. Memuxamune Guest

    When do the hotel brands you've stayed at reset for another round if this isn't per member or calendar year? Would it be after exploring all 25 brands?

  4. Art_Czar New Member

    I recently completed a 2-night Points redemption stay at the Hyatt Residence Club in Sedona. 2 weeks after checking out, I reached out to customer service to enquire as to why this stay had not yet reflected under recent activity and under the Brand Explorer tab. After a long call, the CS agent assured me that the stay would reflect in my account in 5 to 7 business days. It's now been 6 weeks and...

    I recently completed a 2-night Points redemption stay at the Hyatt Residence Club in Sedona. 2 weeks after checking out, I reached out to customer service to enquire as to why this stay had not yet reflected under recent activity and under the Brand Explorer tab. After a long call, the CS agent assured me that the stay would reflect in my account in 5 to 7 business days. It's now been 6 weeks and I am still waiting for this to update on my account page. Time to follow up I guess. Has anyone else experienced issues with stays not posting to the Brand Explorer page in their account?

    1. Jeremy Guest

      Generally, no, but with that specific property - yes. Took a bit of follow-up with Hyatt to get that stay to credit.

  5. Dina LaPoint Guest

    Ive staued at 16 brands with Hyatt which is surprising to me since I only became interested in Hyatt in 2015 and ive only been a globalist 3 years.

    In genersl it hasnt been hard to try brands. I live closeish to nyc so access to many there. Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara are fun trips with family and friends and Im crazy about Miraval. BOGO for the win! In regards to destination hotels...

    Ive staued at 16 brands with Hyatt which is surprising to me since I only became interested in Hyatt in 2015 and ive only been a globalist 3 years.

    In genersl it hasnt been hard to try brands. I live closeish to nyc so access to many there. Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara are fun trips with family and friends and Im crazy about Miraval. BOGO for the win! In regards to destination hotels spruce peak was a great fall trip to see pictire cute Vermont and experience outfoor activities at Stowe.

    One that i have had some trouble making it to is a Hyatt Residence Club. Never seems open or theres a better hotel in the area. Im sure ill get there someday.

  6. Sean Guest

    I believe the Seabird is a Destination by Hyatt. I had a great stay there in February and was proactively upgraded to a premium suite as a globalist.

  7. Ethan Guest

    Hyatt House is a brand I unexpectedly enjoy a lot. They tend to be very modern compared to many hyatt place hotels I’ve stayed at.

  8. Betty Guest

    Destination by Hyatt - Lahaina Shores Maui - category 4 hotel. Make sure you get an oceanview room.

  9. Jill Guest

    If you’re not about the all inclusive properties then try a HRC
    It will be good for the blog that you have done 15 Hyatt brands

  10. Joes Guest

    Ben, that should be your 2022 Hyatt goal
    Stay at 5 more different brands.
    You & Ford would like the JDV, Miraval, destination hotel.
    Also you personally should try a Hyatt House
    You only need one left

  11. stewart raccuglia Guest

    NO BLCKOUT DATES MY ASS CAN ONLY BOOK WITH CASH ON MOST IMPORTANT TRAVEL DATES.

    1. texasoilfields Guest

      No need to yell Stewart, try using your indoor keyboard.

  12. Matt Guest

    It will affect my booking if there is minimal upside for me picking another brand. I need an award night in Jersey City so my choices are Hyatt Place or Regency. Regency is no doubt nicer, but not by much, so it makes sense for me to use my night on the Place which I've never stayed at so I'll get a free night. All depends.

  13. eric Guest

    did you hear anything about prolonging certificates and/or status into 2022? Foot print very small and travel is difficult with all restrictions and again lock downs in Europe. Got no response from Hyatt on this question.

  14. Andrew Gold

    Woah oh.

    Cat 1-4? Hold me back.

  15. Euro Member

    For me I've only stayed at 7 brands though an old stay at the Andaz in Tokyo did not get ported over when Hyatt started this "stay at all our brands" way of engaging their members. No matter, I had a MAGNIFICENT stay at Tokyo's Andaz (my travel companion also loved it) and am hoping to try out another one. Have my eye on ones in Singapore, Amsterdam, and Prague.

    One thing that annoys me,...

    For me I've only stayed at 7 brands though an old stay at the Andaz in Tokyo did not get ported over when Hyatt started this "stay at all our brands" way of engaging their members. No matter, I had a MAGNIFICENT stay at Tokyo's Andaz (my travel companion also loved it) and am hoping to try out another one. Have my eye on ones in Singapore, Amsterdam, and Prague.

    One thing that annoys me, however, is that several of Hyatt's brands (namely Ziva and Zilara) are of the type of hotel that I never stay at, and the networks of those brands and several others are so limited that getting to check off all the brands is difficult for me. Though getting to 10 brands shouldn't be TOO difficult...

  16. JReg Guest

    1 year or 180 days expiration date for 5 Brands promo free night? Ben, pls ck with your contacts at Hyatt to see if the expiration date policy changed since last Sept (2021) when I earned mine and was issued the award for 1 year expiration. Or maybe an error in posting?

  17. Evan Guest

    Ben, to knock out Joie de Vivre, I recommend the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. It's situated in Japantown, which is not particularly convenient to most of the things that bring people to the city, but it is pretty cool because it's adjacent to an indoor mall consisting entirely of Japanese restaurants and shops. Rooms are nothing special, but the bar and lobby vibes are great.

  18. Keith S. Guest

    @Ben - almost forgot. Suncadia Resort in Washington is an amazing Destination property, particularly in the winter. It gets quite crowded around that time, though.

  19. Mike Guest

    I had two free Hyatt credit card nights expiring at the end of the month, so we took a trip to FLL a couple of weekends ago for some sunshine and to visit friends. We stayed one night at a Hyatt House and one night at a Hyatt Place. In doing so, I hit my 5th different brand, and got a free night. Worked out pretty well!

  20. UA-NYC Guest

    Ben, I mentioned this awhile ago, but if you do the Berkshires at some point, you can knock out Miraval and Destination (Wyndhurst) on the same trip as they share a campus...great pair of properties.

    I hit 10 in my first 6 months when I switched to Hyatt, stuck on 13 for over a year though. If SLH and MGM counted I would be 15, but alas.

  21. RJ Guest

    I've stayed at 9 brands and was just thinking I wanted to try to get to 15 this year. Probably the weirdest thing is that I've stayed at probably 100 different Hyatts on four continents and I've still not stayed at just a "Hyatt" yet.

    1. Keith S. Guest

      @RJ - "Hyatt" brand properties are very rare. I used to live in Seattle, and was lucky enough to knock that out early, because there is one downtown there (within a block of both a Grand Hyatt and a Hyatt Regency!) It's a bit boutique, but that niche is now better experienced at Thompson brand properties, so there must be some weird bureaucratic reason for keeping this brand around. If someone were to ask me...

      @RJ - "Hyatt" brand properties are very rare. I used to live in Seattle, and was lucky enough to knock that out early, because there is one downtown there (within a block of both a Grand Hyatt and a Hyatt Regency!) It's a bit boutique, but that niche is now better experienced at Thompson brand properties, so there must be some weird bureaucratic reason for keeping this brand around. If someone were to ask me which Hyatt property to stay at in Seattle, this would probably rank near the bottom just because there are other great properties nearby (Regency and Thompson), but if you wanted to go just to get the brand, this is certainly an excellent place.

      I myself am at 8 brands, two of which I did just for this promotion. (Would be 9, but I stayed at a Destination a month before they joined WoH - thought I'd at least get credit for the brand, but no dice.) I am visiting an Alila for the first time this spring, and then I'm planning to stay at a Zilara for number 10. But I need to plan that one carefully, knowing I'll only have six months to use the certificate, and don't want to waste it on a local property.

      @Ben - Hyatt House is actually my favorite of all the brands (I estimate I've had close to 400 nights in one specific property alone.) They all have a full kitchen, and all rooms are suites (though a lot of newer ones use that term loosely, as I think of a suite as having a separate bedroom with a door). When traveling with my family, this is usually our first choice: it's the perfect balance of self-maintenance and privacy like an AirBnB, but with the services and free breakfast of a hotel.

  22. Ethan G. Guest

    The next time you're in Los Angeles, you should check out the Shay, a Destination by Hyatt property that just opened in Culver City. I really enjoyed my visit, and their restaurant "etta" is a destination in and of itself. It's centrally located 10-15 minutes from LAX, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills. The neighborhood is very cute and has a lot of great restaurant options, including several at the new "Platform" development across the street....

    The next time you're in Los Angeles, you should check out the Shay, a Destination by Hyatt property that just opened in Culver City. I really enjoyed my visit, and their restaurant "etta" is a destination in and of itself. It's centrally located 10-15 minutes from LAX, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills. The neighborhood is very cute and has a lot of great restaurant options, including several at the new "Platform" development across the street. There's also some really cool design and furniture galleries a few blocks away. I can't recommend it highly enough.

  23. beachfan Guest

    The Destination property in Wailea (Maui) on the water has a great location. It's Cat 8.

    I'm sure some of the condo's are draw droppingly beautiful, but as in all these type of condo's, there isn't uniformity between the units. However, the folks on the phone are very knowledgeable about which are the most recently renovated, etc. They have to be a certain level to be included in the Hyatt pool

  24. dina lapoint Guest

    Since you and Ford enjoy outdoor a tivities i recommed the destination hotel Lodge at Spruce Peak. Great hiking, bike trails, kayaking, picture perfect new england towns near by.

  25. Peter Guest

    Coincidentally I redeemed my first certificate from this brand promotion yesterday.

    Booked the HRC Piñon Pointe Cat 4 in Sedona, AZ for late February (350 sqft “studio”). Looking forward to this stay!

    Payed 15k points each for the other nights (2.8 cents per point equivalent).

    Hyatt website has a feature which allowed booking both certificate and points, for one stay (slick).

    First time at an HRC so hope it posts as the first of my next five brands.

  26. Ole Guest

    @Ben, are you sure about cat 1-4? Couple of weeks back I completed my first 5 brands and received free night for cat 1-7.

    BTW - Skip the Residence Club in Sedona. Worst Hyatt ever.

    1. MDA Guest

      You are lucky. I got a cat 1 to 4

    2. Keith S. Guest

      @Ole - are you sure that wasn't for hitting 60 nights in one year? I think that's the only Cat 1-7 award. My first Brand Explorer promotion was for a Cat 1-4, and the Hyatt site says the same: https://help.hyatt.com/en/faqs/world-of-hyatt/world-of-hyatt-awards.html#/8

      The Brand Explorer Award and Free Night Award are slightly different, though. I may be wrong, but while both are for standard rooms, I think you can apply a Suite Upgrade to the former, whereas...

      @Ole - are you sure that wasn't for hitting 60 nights in one year? I think that's the only Cat 1-7 award. My first Brand Explorer promotion was for a Cat 1-4, and the Hyatt site says the same: https://help.hyatt.com/en/faqs/world-of-hyatt/world-of-hyatt-awards.html#/8

      The Brand Explorer Award and Free Night Award are slightly different, though. I may be wrong, but while both are for standard rooms, I think you can apply a Suite Upgrade to the former, whereas you can't on the latter.

  27. Buzz Guest

    I'm currently sitting at 10 brands which makes getting to 15 a bit more challenging. I'm Globalist so it's perfect timing to pick off some of the higher end brands.

    I've got an Unbound and a jDV for an upcoming road trip. We've got Park Hyatt and Alila Morea down the road from me in Carlsbad so my wife and I can use those for date nights. I go to Cabo quite a bit...

    I'm currently sitting at 10 brands which makes getting to 15 a bit more challenging. I'm Globalist so it's perfect timing to pick off some of the higher end brands.

    I've got an Unbound and a jDV for an upcoming road trip. We've got Park Hyatt and Alila Morea down the road from me in Carlsbad so my wife and I can use those for date nights. I go to Cabo quite a bit so I might grab a night or two at Ziva. I've enjoyed getting most of the nights and haven't gone out of my way to do it.

  28. Jryan563 New Member

    @Ben, while the rooms could use a bit of remodeling, the Scottsdale Plaza resort was a beautiful destination hotel when I stayed. They had tennis courts and I think about 3 pools and a jacuzzi that is probably triple the normal sized one and the biggest I’d ever seen. I’d highly recommend that hotel and at 12,000 points, it can provide a great value.

  29. Nick Guest

    I stayed at a JDV property before the new JDV symbol was introduced. Before the new symbol, the JDV symbol was highlighted in my account, after the new symbol, it’s not. I wonder if I stay at a JDV now I’ll get another brand counted?! Any insight?

  30. Andy Guest

    The seabird resort in Oceanside CA is a Destination by Hyatt and we absolutely loved our stay there (would go back again in a heartbeat). If you are looking to earn that brand, it’s worth looking at.

  31. BS Guest

    Just reached Globalist but with a newborn won't make nights to re-qualify next year. I should try and use guest of honor on my wife's account to get her brand explorer right? Is there any downside?

  32. tim Guest

    I just earned one of these last week. It's showing up in my account, but there's not an option to use it to confirm a room like you can with a regular free night award. I assume you have to call in to redeem them?

    1. Buzz Guest

      Sometimes it takes a bit for it to fully populate your account. Then it will work just like any other cert.

      No need to call.

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GeorgeBrown12 New Member

@Lucky, do you think you could dive into brand differentiation a little. I know brands are generally just tools for hotels to market themselves to new investors and there's little difference between many of them, but more info about the new all-inclusives would be nice. You could do a whole trip report simply to rate five different all-inclusives at once.

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Jeremy Guest

Generally, no, but with that specific property - yes. Took a bit of follow-up with Hyatt to get that stay to credit.

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Jeremy Guest

It falls under the 'Destination' brand grouping.

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