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 26 brands, meaning you can earn up to five free night certificates (which you’d get for staying at 25 brands); Hyatt’s number of brands continues to increase, thanks to Hyatt’s expansion in the all-inclusive resort space
  • There’s no registration required, and any qualifying stay that’s tied to your World of Hyatt account will count toward this; yes, this includes when you redeem points
  • 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 26 brands, which are as follows:

  • Alila
  • Alua
  • Andaz
  • Breathless
  • Caption by Hyatt
  • 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
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. At least in one case it impacted where I chose to stay, because I do love checking this dashboard every so often, both to see the progress that I’m making, and be reminded of all the brands I’ve stayed at.

Even though I’ve had top tier status with World of Hyatt for over a decade and have now earned lifetime Globalist status, I haven’t even stayed at half of Hyatt’s current brand portfolio.

In the past several months I have visited two brands for the first time — Hyatt House and Miraval. I stayed at the Hyatt House LAX, and specifically chose to stay there for the purposes of the Brand Explorer promotion. Meanwhile I also recently stayed at the Miraval Arizona, though that was motivated by general curiosity about the Miraval brand, rather than the Brand Explorer promotion as such.

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

  • 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
I recently stayed at a Miraval property for the first time

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. Jill Guest

    What about the caption brand

  2. ArthurSFO Gold

    @Ben, check out the Carmel Valley Ranch or Squaw Creek Resort in Northern California, they're both excellent and are in the Unbound Collection.

    Both are full participants in the World of Hyatt program (full, nice breakfast, waived resort fees, and waived parking on award stays for globalists, and accept Suite Night Awards). They don't play games with benefits and are both excellent at proactive upgrades.

    The Squaw Creek Resort is the only ski in ski...

    @Ben, check out the Carmel Valley Ranch or Squaw Creek Resort in Northern California, they're both excellent and are in the Unbound Collection.

    Both are full participants in the World of Hyatt program (full, nice breakfast, waived resort fees, and waived parking on award stays for globalists, and accept Suite Night Awards). They don't play games with benefits and are both excellent at proactive upgrades.

    The Squaw Creek Resort is the only ski in ski out place in Lake Tahoe. Their location in the valley is beautiful. They also have a spa, free snowshoeing, and a ski/snowboard gear store and equipment rental shop onsite.

    Carmel Valley Ranch is a quintessential Northern California destination, with beautiful rolling hills scenery. They even have a functioning winery on site! The Ranch is a short drive to both Carmel Valley and Carmel by the Sea (each worthwhile and unique places to visit with wonderful food). The Ranch also has goats, chickens, bee hives, and other animals, so could be a lot of fun for Miles when he's a bit older.

    Between these two property and the two Alilas (Ventana and Napa), I'm kept pretty locked in to Hyatt around here :P

    1. ArthurSFO Gold

      My bad, the Resort ar Squaw Creek is in Destination by Hyatt, and the CVR is in Unbound Collection

  3. Mike Guest

    Got a destination badge and pretty sure it was for the Carmel valley ranch in CA which is a fun place especially with kids.

  4. Robert D Guest

    Check out Suncadia Resort in Washington state, a destination property. The lodge rooms (condos) are a bit past their prime but have great views, but this a complete resort community and they have a lot of nice homes and condos in the rental pool.

  5. JeffS Guest

    I’m staying in Hollywood at the Thompson, my first time at the brand. Thinking about Tommie Jdv second night to take care of that too, anybody stayed there? Stayed at Jdv once before Hyatt takeover, funky. Not great, the one that was near LAX, I think called Custom House.

    1. ArthurSFO Gold

      I stayed at the tommie for one night a couple of months ago. I did a lot of reading to set my own expectations, and going in knowing what to expect, I really enjoyed it. The rooms are truly small, but I really loved the design. For one night, it was a lot of fun, but for 3-4+, not so much.

      The rooftop pool was a true party (live DJ and packed with people)...

      I stayed at the tommie for one night a couple of months ago. I did a lot of reading to set my own expectations, and going in knowing what to expect, I really enjoyed it. The rooms are truly small, but I really loved the design. For one night, it was a lot of fun, but for 3-4+, not so much.

      The rooftop pool was a true party (live DJ and packed with people) during the afternoon/evening. We didn't have time to check it out in the morning. The welcome cocktails at the Western bar were legitimately good (any choice off the $18/drink menu), not just a "filler."

      We had breakfast at the Thompson because a staff person called in sick at the tommie (they honored my Globalist benefit there). The Thompson also looks beautiful, and the pool was far more peaceful and also bigger. The service at the Thompson wasn't very good, though.

    2. ArthurSFO Gold

      Check out No Vacancy near the Thompson/tommie, it's an excellent cocktail bar. The drinks were shockingly affordable but still excellent, and the bartenders were nice and friendly (both factors very unexpected but appreciated).

      The historic house that it's in is beautiful and worth seeing on its own. We happened to get there right when it opened and didn't need reservations on a Saturday night (though ymmv)

  6. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

    I was with Starwood for a couple of years and then rolled into Bonvoy. I've been Titanium since and it's just so hard to leave Marriott. I have so many ties to them. But I'm also an AA loyalist and EP with them. I was only offered Explorist this year though.

  7. matthew Guest

    Ben-also missing (and not counted towards a badge) are their various time-share/vacation rental properties like The Welk in Escondido, among others.

  8. Jane blogs Guest

    Thanks for this Ben, I wasn't even aware of the promotion. Just looked on the app and see that I do indeed have reward nights available! Now to use them prior to expiry!

  9. Todd Guest

    I think possibly the expiration of the Brand Explorer free night may have changed to a year now. I just earned a free night via the Brand Explorer program and it was valid for one year. I'm using it for a stay in June but doesn't expire until Dec 2023 (I earned it in Dec 2022). Going to jump ship soon from Marriott to Hyatt as it seems so much more rewarding.

  10. Ted Guest

    Destination hotels has many properties in Hawaii. My now husband and I really enjoyed our stay at the Lahaina Shores Beach Resort on Maui and got engaged there! The hotel as such feels more like a collection of limited service condos, but the location right by the beach and walking distance to downtown Lahaina is hard to beat.

    The new JdV in Rome it’s also quite nice new property. JdV has many properties in the...

    Destination hotels has many properties in Hawaii. My now husband and I really enjoyed our stay at the Lahaina Shores Beach Resort on Maui and got engaged there! The hotel as such feels more like a collection of limited service condos, but the location right by the beach and walking distance to downtown Lahaina is hard to beat.

    The new JdV in Rome it’s also quite nice new property. JdV has many properties in the San Francisco Bay area, but some of them are much better than others.

  11. Greg Guest

    Enjoyed our stay at The Seabird Resort (Destination Hotel) in Oceanside, CA. I'd recommend it if you're in the area.

  12. Buzz Guest

    I’m currently sitting at 14. I picked up all the cheap ones when I had little status. Now I’m Globalist and picking up the nicer brands. I live in Carlsbad and have a Alila Encinitas coming up and a Park Hyatt. I’m just waiting so I don’t start the six months on the 1-4.

    I’ve picked up several brands with 1-4 certs. Park Hyatt will put me at 16 and then I’ll have to pick up the remainder with Cabo San Lucas stays at the various AMR brands (already have a Ziva).

  13. Ben Guest

    Wild Dunes outside of Charleston (Isle of Palms) was a fantastic stay for us as a family. Walkable to the beach and plenty of restaurants nearby - give it a shot!

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Jill Guest

What about the caption brand

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ArthurSFO Gold

My bad, the Resort ar Squaw Creek is in Destination by Hyatt, and the CVR is in Unbound Collection

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ArthurSFO Gold

Check out No Vacancy near the Thompson/tommie, it's an excellent cocktail bar. The drinks were shockingly affordable but still excellent, and the bartenders were nice and friendly (both factors very unexpected but appreciated). The historic house that it's in is beautiful and worth seeing on its own. We happened to get there right when it opened and didn't need reservations on a Saturday night (though ymmv)

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