Is World Of Hyatt Explorist Status Worth It?

Is World Of Hyatt Explorist Status Worth It?

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World of Hyatt is my favorite hotel loyalty program, and I find top-tier Globalist status to be incredibly valuable. However, I realize I don’t talk much about World of Hyatt’s mid-tier elite level, Explorist status, so I wanted to take a closer look at that in this post.

How to earn World of Hyatt Explorist status

You can earn World of Hyatt Explorist status through hotel stays, credit card spending, or a combination of both. Let’s take a look at what’s required.

Earning Hyatt Explorist status with hotel stays

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

  • By earning 30 elite qualifying nights in a calendar year; revenue and award stays count toward this
  • By earning 50,000 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 $10,000 of Hyatt spending

The elite requirements for Explorist are exactly half the requirements of Globalist, whether earning the status with elite nights or elite qualifying points.

Earning Hyatt Explorist status with credit cards

You can earn elite qualifying nights with Hyatt’s co-branded credit cards:

As you can tell, spending $65,000 on the World of Hyatt Card would earn you Explorist status (since you’d earn 31 elite nights), while spending $60,000 on the World of Hyatt Business Card would earn you Explorist status (since you’d earn 30 elite nights).

Now, I wouldn’t recommend spending your way all the way to status, but rather I’d use Hyatt’s co-branded credit cards to supplement the stays you’d otherwise organically make.

Hyatt Explorist status requires 30 elite nights in a year

World of Hyatt Explorist status perks & benefits

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

Room upgrades (excluding suites & club rooms)

World of Hyatt Explorist members receive room upgrades subject to availability at check-in, excluding suites and rooms with club access. So you can expect that you’ll receive the best non-suite, non-club room at the hotel.

Hyatts are pretty good about proactive upgrades, and in some cases you may even find that hotels go above and beyond, and occasionally upgrade Explorist members to suites (but don’t count on it).

Receive a room upgrade as a Hyatt Explorist member

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 150 elite nights. This program offers all kinds of valuable perks, ranging from club access awards, to suite upgrade awards, to free night awards, to Guest of Honor awards.

For every 10 elite nights you rack up in a year, you’ll receive new perks. Below is a chart showing the Milestone Rewards thresholds for 2024.

World of Hyatt Milestone Rewards 2024

As it impacts Explorist members, here’s what you can expect (I’m not looking at any Milestone Rewards at 60 nights or above, because you’re Globalist at that point):

  • At 20 elite nights, you could select two club access awards
  • At 30 elite nights, you receive a Category 1-4 free night award, plus you could select two additional club access awards
  • At 40 elite nights, you receive a Guest of Honor award, plus you could select one suite upgrade award
  • At 50 elite nights, you could select two additional suite upgrade awards

As you can tell, the benefits here really stack up:

  • Club access awards can each get you club access for a stay of up to seven nights; so with two of these awards you could get club access for stays of up to 14 nights, while with four of these awards you could get club access for up to 28 nights
  • Suite upgrade awards can each get you up to seven nights in a standard suite, so if you earn 40 or 50 elite nights, you’re potentially looking at quite some time in a suite
  • A Guest of Honor award offers Globalist perks for a stay, so adds even more value

This hugely enhances the value of Explorist status. While Explorist members don’t ordinarily get club access, breakfast, suite upgrades, etc., with all of these thresholds, you could potentially be getting those benefits on some stays.

Use club access awards for club lounge access

Guaranteed 2PM check-out

World of Hyatt Explorist members receive guaranteed 2PM check-out. Note that this is subject to availability at resorts. While 4PM check-out would be better, at least there’s a guarantee associated with the late check-out.

20% 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 Explorist members receive a 20% points bonus, which is an extra 1x points per dollar spent.

Unfortunately Hyatt has a pretty weak program when it comes to elite points bonuses, so this isn’t terribly exciting. For that matter, Globalist members “only” receive a 30% points bonus.

Earn 20% bonus points on your Hyatt spending

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.

Receive elite check-in as a Hyatt Explorist member

Access to the American AAdvantage partnership

American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt have a partnership, offering reciprocal points earning opportunities. World of Hyatt elite members (including Explorist members) can earn one World of Hyatt point for every eligible dollar spent on American.

Since I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, think of this as an incremental 1.5% return on your American spending. For some people this will be worth almost nothing, while for those who are frequent American flyers, the value of this could really add up.

Get rewarded when flying with American Airlines

Is World of Hyatt Explorist status worth it?

I’d say World of Hyatt Explorist status is simultaneously uncompetitive and industry leading, depending on how you look at it.

Purely in terms of the published benefits, not accounting for Milestone Rewards, I’d consider it to be one of the weaker mid-tier status programs out there:

  • Unlike mid-tier status with other major hotel groups, you can’t simply get this by having a credit card; it requires a significant number of hotel stays, and/or quite a bit of credit card spending
  • The biggest ongoing published benefits include the best non-suites, and 2PM guaranteed check-out, and don’t include breakfast or club lounge access

Just to look at the relative value of Explorist status in terms of ability to earn perks with credit cards:

However, the area where Explorist status is most valuable is when it comes to the Milestone Rewards program. All Explorist members who earn 30 elite nights receive a free night award, and have the ability to earn two club access awards. Then with incremental stays you can earn more club access awards, suite upgrade awards, and Guest of Honor awards, which can really enhance your Hyatt stays.

Bottom line

Explorist is World of Hyatt’s mid-tier elite status, which requires earning either 30 elite nights or 50,000 elite base points in a calendar year. The status offers perks like (non-suite) room upgrades, guaranteed 2PM check-out, 20% bonus points, and access to the Milestone Rewards program. Milestone Rewards could get you free night awards, club lounge access, suite upgrade awards, Guest of Honor awards, and more.

While the status no doubt offers some perks, it pales in comparison to World of Hyatt Globalist status, and I also think some other programs make it easier to earn status with credit cards, all while offering benefits that are at least as good. The exception is if you over qualify for status, as the Milestone Rewards program is lucrative.

To World of Hyatt Explorist members, what has your experience been like?

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  1. yepnope Guest

    If you're not going to get globalist, no it's not worth it. Some random thing I've noticed, when I was any status below globalist, they would never greet me with the usual 'thank you for being 'status'' until the very end. I stayed at an IHG property last month with zero status and even they thanked me for being an IHG member lol.

  2. Mantis Member

    Hyatt status is not worth going for unless you have a strong chance of hitting globalist.

    1. destruya Member

      *Discoverist* is - having that 2pm checkout option is nicer than having an 11am one, particularly if you appreciate taking later flights.

      As it stands, I only have around 20 nights tentatively scheduled for this year. There's NO WAY I will get anywhere close to 60. But if Explorist was something more than "Discoverist+," I might be compelled to stretch that number to 30.

    2. Mishas Guest

      Well, making Explorist also gets you one free night and 2 Club access awards.

  3. destruya Member

    On the off chance that someone from Hyatt corporate reads this:

    No, Explorist isn't worth it. The *easiest* change they could make? A 3pm check-out privilege. By keeping it at 2pm you're telling people who stay 30 nights per year at a Hyatt that they're as valuable to them as customers who stay 10 nights per year. This isn't hard. Discoverists get 2pm, Explorists get 3pm, Globalists get 4pm.

    Award a suite upgrade cert at...

    On the off chance that someone from Hyatt corporate reads this:

    No, Explorist isn't worth it. The *easiest* change they could make? A 3pm check-out privilege. By keeping it at 2pm you're telling people who stay 30 nights per year at a Hyatt that they're as valuable to them as customers who stay 10 nights per year. This isn't hard. Discoverists get 2pm, Explorists get 3pm, Globalists get 4pm.

    Award a suite upgrade cert at 20 nights. Just *one*. The reason? It incentivizes people to then use it on a longer stay that will get them closer to 30 nights, and it would entice more Discoverists to go for Explorist.

    As Clem stated about the PH Paris, add a breakfast incentive to Explorist. Globalists get free breakfast or a generous credit - so Explorists should get 30-50% off their breakfast bill (up to a certain sensible maximum). If you add this, maybe WoH members will prioritize the mid- and upper-level Hyatt brands that actually have table service breakfast instead of the COVID Continental feed troughs at Hyatt Houses and Places.

    I'm only a Globalist at the moment because of the BILT promo (even though I stayed 40 nights this past year). I know that makes me dirty in the eyes of some, but even before COVID I was pretty much a 10-20 nighter because I don't travel for my work (anymore). Explorist is a *realistic* status that I could hit every year, but at its current level of benefits it's *just not worth it* over staying a Discoverist after 2/28/25. Hyatt's leaving money on the table by not making Explorist worth it.

  4. Matt Guest

    Explorist isn't worth working toward. I've ended as Explorist more often than hitting Globalist over the past decade and I can count on one hand the room upgrades I've gotten, and never upgraded into a suite. The best perk I've been given was full spa access and free valet at the Grand Hyatt Kauai on three trips there (they gave it to me the first trip then begrudgingly have it to me the next two...

    Explorist isn't worth working toward. I've ended as Explorist more often than hitting Globalist over the past decade and I can count on one hand the room upgrades I've gotten, and never upgraded into a suite. The best perk I've been given was full spa access and free valet at the Grand Hyatt Kauai on three trips there (they gave it to me the first trip then begrudgingly have it to me the next two trips when I mentioned that they offered it before).

    I keep going for it because there's always a chance I travel enough to hit Globalist but otherwise I wouldn't care at all. Discoverist from the WOH credit card gets me the same 2pm late checkout. And without Globalist I never eat in the hotel restaurant (better and cheaper options are easily found).

    Explorist isn't worth it on its own, though the milestone awards are decent that low

  5. mangoMan Guest

    So if you hit 40 nights, but don't make Globalist, and claim a Guest of Honor award, can you use it on yourself, thereby getting Globalist benefits for a stay without actually being Globalist?

  6. Clem Diamond

    I'm actually enjoying my Explorist status because so far I've been getting significant room upgrades on almost every stay. With Globalist, I rarely got an upgrade to a suite and when that's the expectation, it's always a disappointment when it doesn't happen. Also, some properties have specific perks for Explorist. I just wrapped up a stay at the Park Hyatt in Paris, and to my surprise they told me that Explorists get 50% off breakfast...

    I'm actually enjoying my Explorist status because so far I've been getting significant room upgrades on almost every stay. With Globalist, I rarely got an upgrade to a suite and when that's the expectation, it's always a disappointment when it doesn't happen. Also, some properties have specific perks for Explorist. I just wrapped up a stay at the Park Hyatt in Paris, and to my surprise they told me that Explorists get 50% off breakfast and that it's a property specific perk.

    1. luiszx New Member

      At Hyatt Zivas in Mexico, Explorists also get spa discounts and access to the Club, even if not being upgraded to a Club room.

      Before the MGM partnership ended, being Explorist was also good enough to match to MGM Gold and avoid resort fees in Vegas, sadly no more :⁠-⁠(

    2. gwall Guest

      I mean you're in Paris, a foodies paradise. why would you choose to eat at the Park Hyatt unless there was a steep discount. Made a lot of business sense for the hotel to specifically offer that there.

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Mantis Member

Hyatt status is not worth going for unless you have a strong chance of hitting globalist.

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destruya Member

On the off chance that someone from Hyatt corporate reads this: No, Explorist isn't worth it. The *easiest* change they could make? A 3pm check-out privilege. By keeping it at 2pm you're telling people who stay 30 nights per year at a Hyatt that they're as valuable to them as customers who stay 10 nights per year. This isn't hard. Discoverists get 2pm, Explorists get 3pm, Globalists get 4pm. Award a suite upgrade cert at 20 nights. Just *one*. The reason? It incentivizes people to then use it on a longer stay that will get them closer to 30 nights, and it would entice more Discoverists to go for Explorist. As Clem stated about the PH Paris, add a breakfast incentive to Explorist. Globalists get free breakfast or a generous credit - so Explorists should get 30-50% off their breakfast bill (up to a certain sensible maximum). If you add this, maybe WoH members will prioritize the mid- and upper-level Hyatt brands that actually have table service breakfast instead of the COVID Continental feed troughs at Hyatt Houses and Places. I'm only a Globalist at the moment because of the BILT promo (even though I stayed 40 nights this past year). I know that makes me dirty in the eyes of some, but even before COVID I was pretty much a 10-20 nighter because I don't travel for my work (anymore). Explorist is a *realistic* status that I could hit every year, but at its current level of benefits it's *just not worth it* over staying a Discoverist after 2/28/25. Hyatt's leaving money on the table by not making Explorist worth it.

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Clem Diamond

I'm actually enjoying my Explorist status because so far I've been getting significant room upgrades on almost every stay. With Globalist, I rarely got an upgrade to a suite and when that's the expectation, it's always a disappointment when it doesn't happen. Also, some properties have specific perks for Explorist. I just wrapped up a stay at the Park Hyatt in Paris, and to my surprise they told me that Explorists get 50% off breakfast and that it's a property specific perk.

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