What Does Hyatt Discoverist Status Get You?

What Does Hyatt Discoverist Status Get You?

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While World of Hyatt is my all-around favorite hotel loyalty program, I consider it to truly get valuable with top-tier Globalist status. I recently reviewed World of Hyatt’s mid-tier Explorist status, and in this post wanted to take a look at entry-level Discoverist status. Does this tier offer any real perks? Let’s cover how you can earn it, and then what the benefits are.

How to earn World of Hyatt Discoverist status

You can earn World of Hyatt Discoverist status through hotel stays, or just based on having a co-branded World of Hyatt credit card. Let’s take a look at what’s required.

Earning Hyatt Discoverist status with hotel stays

World of Hyatt Discoverist status can be earned with hotel stays in one of the following ways:

  • By earning 10 elite qualifying nights in a calendar year; revenue and award stays count toward this
  • By earning 25,000 elite qualifying points in a calendar year; you ordinarily earn 5x base points per eligible dollar spent at a Hyatt, so this requires the equivalent of $5,000 of Hyatt spending

The elite requirements for Discoverist are significantly lower than for other elite tiers — Explorist requires 30 elite nights or 50,000 elite points, while Globalist requires 60 elite nights or 100,000 elite points.

Earning Hyatt Discoverist status with credit cards

The good news is that if you have one of Hyatt’s co-branded credit cards, you automatically get Discoverist status:

These cards can help you further earn elite nights toward Explorist or Globalist status, but there’s no spending required for Discoverist status.

Hyatt Discoverist status is pretty easy to earn

World of Hyatt Discoverist status perks & benefits

With the requirements to earn status out of the way, what are the benefits of World of Hyatt Discoverist status? Below are the perks, roughly in the order that I value them.

Guaranteed 2PM check-out

World of Hyatt Discoverist members receive guaranteed 2PM check-out. Note that this is subject to availability at resorts. I’d say it’s pretty nice when entry-level hotel elite status offers guaranteed late check-out, so I’d consider that to be a strong perk. This is the same late check-out offered to Explorist members, while Globalist members get 4PM check-out.

Enjoy late check-out as a Discoverist member

10% World of Hyatt bonus points

World of Hyatt members ordinarily earn 5x points per eligible dollar spent at Hyatt properties, including for room rates and incidentals. World of Hyatt Discoverist members receive a 10% points bonus, which is an extra 0.5x points per dollar spent. As a point of comparison, Explorist members receive 20% bonus points, while Globalist members receive 30% bonus points.

Preferred rooms

World of Hyatt Discoverist members receive preferred rooms within the category that they booked. This is a pretty limited promise on Hyatt’s part, ultimately, though you may find that some hotels go above and beyond. As a point of comparison, Explorist members get upgrades to the best available non-suite, while Globalist members get upgrades to the best available standard suite.

Receive a preferred room as a Hyatt Discoverist member

Premium in-room internet & bottled water

All World of Hyatt elite members receive premium Wi-Fi, plus bottled water in the room. This probably isn’t anything to get too excited about, but it’s better than nothing.

Elite check-in counter

All World of Hyatt elite members receive access to the dedicated elite check-in counter, for the hotels that offer that. Unfortunately availability and enforcement of the line isn’t consistent, but if there is a line for elite members, you can use it.

MGM Rewards Pearl status

World of Hyatt and MGM Rewards have a partnership in Las Vegas, offering reciprocal status perks. World of Hyatt Discoverist members can get a free status match to MGM Rewards Pearl. The perks of this are fairly limited for the average traveler, and you can find all the details here.

World of Hyatt Milestone Rewards program

The Milestone Rewards program is an awesome aspect of World of Hyatt, as it offers rewards for every 10 elite nights you rack up in a calendar year, up to 100 elite nights. This program offers all kinds of valuable perks, ranging from club access awards, to suite upgrade awards, to free night awards.

However, the program only really starts to get valuable with 20 elite nights (double the requirements for Discoverist status), so for most Discoverist members this won’t get you anything. Nonetheless it’s worth being aware of the program.

Start getting club access at 20 elite nights with Milestone Rewards

Is World of Hyatt Discoverist status worth it?

World of Hyatt Discoverist status is better than nothing, and gets you guaranteed late check-out, some bonus points, and potential upgrades. I guess there are two ways to view the overall value of the status — how does it compare to other entry-level elite status, and how does it compare to other elite status you’d get with a mid-range credit card?

Compared to other low-tier elite status levels (Hilton Honors Silver, Marriott Bonvoy Silver, etc.), I’d say it actually compares quite favorably. Admittedly that’s not necessarily saying a whole lot, but the status is easy enough to earn.

While I wouldn’t go out of my way to stay 10 nights annually at a Hyatt just to earn Discoverist status, you can get this status simply by having the World of Hyatt Credit Card or World of Hyatt Business Credit Card. There are many great benefits to these cards, so in that context I do think the status is worth it.

However, purely in terms of value of elite status, I do think there are mid-range credit cards that offer better options. For example, Hilton Honors Gold status is offered with several credit cards, and that offers more robust perks, including complimentary breakfast or a food & beverage credit.

Bottom line

Discoverist is World of Hyatt’s entry-level elite tier, offering perks like preferred rooms, 2PM late check-out, 10% bonus points, elite check-in, premium internet, and more. Having this status is better than nothing if you plan on staying with Hyatts, though the status probably won’t be life-changing.

While I have a strong general preference for staying at Hyatts over most other brands, I’d say in terms of elite perks, World of Hyatt really shines with Globalist status.

If you’re a Hyatt Discoverist member, what has your experience been like?

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  1. Chris Guest

    Totally unverifiable but it seems like I pull off early check in with my lowly Discoverist status.

  2. Robert D Guest

    Why does your site automatically refresh after a few minutes of reading? This just started happening in the last few days. It’s super annoying. This is the only website where I’m seeing this. Anyone else having this issue? The most annoying part is when reading the comments it’ll refresh and kick you back to the main post. Then you have to click back into the comments and scroll back to where you were reading. Grrrrrr

  3. Bill n DC Guest

    I have the cc and used the free night cert at Denver Airport Hyatt Place last week. I called the day before to ask for Mountain View. Got upgraded to best room 724 1 bedroom suite with small private balcony. As much water as desired. Nice breakfast.
    Great deal for cost of annual fee
    Also upgraded room at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi last month stacked with Ford’s (Toby) Prive reservation of 3rd night...

    I have the cc and used the free night cert at Denver Airport Hyatt Place last week. I called the day before to ask for Mountain View. Got upgraded to best room 724 1 bedroom suite with small private balcony. As much water as desired. Nice breakfast.
    Great deal for cost of annual fee
    Also upgraded room at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi last month stacked with Ford’s (Toby) Prive reservation of 3rd night free plus breakfast and amenities
    Wish I could enjoy Hyatt hospitality more often

  4. Alex77W Guest

    Ben, another perk of the Discoverist status is that it would allow one to get 1 Hyatt point for $1 spend on AA after linking the accounts. This could be valuable for someone who is flying AA a lot

  5. Miamiorbust Guest

    Might want to add section on AA cross earning. The only primary reason I maintain Discoverist through either card or reward nights at independent small hotels funded by chase transfers is the AA cross earning. Earn more Hyatt points from that than Discoverist class bonuses. For me, cross earning can typically fund a low level free night annually.

  6. SK Guest

    Thanks, Ben, for going in-depth on Hyatt loyalty perks.

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Chris Guest

Totally unverifiable but it seems like I pull off early check in with my lowly Discoverist status.

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Robert D Guest

Why does your site automatically refresh after a few minutes of reading? This just started happening in the last few days. It’s super annoying. This is the only website where I’m seeing this. Anyone else having this issue? The most annoying part is when reading the comments it’ll refresh and kick you back to the main post. Then you have to click back into the comments and scroll back to where you were reading. Grrrrrr

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Bill n DC Guest

I have the cc and used the free night cert at Denver Airport Hyatt Place last week. I called the day before to ask for Mountain View. Got upgraded to best room 724 1 bedroom suite with small private balcony. As much water as desired. Nice breakfast. Great deal for cost of annual fee Also upgraded room at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi last month stacked with Ford’s (Toby) Prive reservation of 3rd night free plus breakfast and amenities Wish I could enjoy Hyatt hospitality more often

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