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Hyatt Discoverist status is the lowest tier of elite status with the World of Hyatt loyalty program. There’s not a whole lot to the perks and benefits of Discoverist status but there are some benefits that can come in handy and that you should be aware of. Here’s a rundown of the benefits of Hyatt Discoverist status and be sure to check out the YouTube video at the bottom of the article.
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Hyatt elite levels
Here’s how Discoverist stacks up to the other Hyatt tiers.
- Discoverist (10 qualifying nights, 25,000 Base Points, or holding 3 qualifying meetings/events per year.)
- Explorist (30 qualifying nights, 50,000 Base Points, or holding 10 qualifying meetings/events per year.)
- Globalist (60 qualifying nights, 100,000 Base Points, or holding 20 qualifying meetings/events per year.)
- Lifetime Globalist status (Earn 1,000,000 Base Points over the course of your program membership)
How do you earn Hyatt Discoverist status?
Earn via stays
As you can see, you can earn Discoverist status by getting a minimum of:
- Ten (10) Tier Qualifying Nights OR
- Earn twenty-five thousand (25,000) Base Points in a calendar year.
Note that Hyatt goes by nights and not stays for elite qualification.
Your status will be good through February of the second Calendar Year following qualification. So if you finish 10 stays in May of 2018 you will retain Discoverist status through February of 2020 (the second calendar year).
The World of Hyatt Card
- Sign-up Bonus:
- Earn 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
- Plus, earn an additional 20,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.
- Bonus earning:
- 4X spent with your card at Hyatt hotels, including participating restaurants and spas
- 2X on local transit and commuting, including taxis, mass transit, tolls and ride-share services
- 2X at restaurants, cafes and coffee shops
- 2X on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline
- 2X spent on fitness club and gym memberships
- Free nights:
- Receive one free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort every year after your cardmember anniversary
- Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
- Elite status:
- Receive 5 qualifying night credits toward your next tier status every year
- Earn 2 additional qualifying night credits toward your next tier status every time you spend $5,000 on your card
- $95 Annual Fee ($20 higher now)
The World of Hyatt card comes with automatic Discoverist status and allows you to receive 5 qualifying night credits towards elite status and allows you to earn 2 qualifying night credits every time you spend $5,000.
When choosing points for a stay, Discoverists will receive a ten percent (10%) point bonus on the Base Points earned on the Eligible Rate and Eligible Incidental Charges incurred during such stay.
Keep in mind that Point bonuses are Bonus Points, not Base Points, and do not count towards the Member’s elite status qualification.
A 10% bonus rate for bottom tier status is not the best as Marriott and Hilton both offer higher bonus rates. However, Hyatt allows you to earn 5 base points per dollar spent and their points are worth more than other programs. If you value Hyatt points at 1.5 cents per point (which is on the low side) that’s a return of 8.25% back, which is actually a very competitive earning rate for bottom tier status compared to Hilton, SPG, IHG, etc.
So for a bottom tier status, Discoverist gives you a very decent return on spending when compared to other major hotel programs.
Even though it’s bottom tier status, Discoverist status can still get you upgrades. The terms and conditions make clear that these upgrades are limited, however.
The official World of Hyatt Terms And Conditions state:
Subject to availability, Discoverists will be offered a preferred room at time of check-in at Hyatt hotels and resorts. Preferred rooms are determined by each hotel or resort (in its sole discretion) and include rooms on higher floors, corner rooms, or rooms with more appealing views. Preferred rooms are particular rooms that may be more desirable, but are within the same room type/category booked by the Member; they are not a “price point” upgrade in room type or category. Not offered at Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, or Hyatt Residence Club hotels and resorts, or at M life Resorts.
This means that you probably shouldn’t expect an upgrade to a suite or club level room (though that could still happen). Instead, you’ll more likely receive a room with a better view or perhaps a little more real estate.
Still, while the upgrades might be limited, this is still one of the most notable perks of Discoverist status and I enjoyed an upgrade at the Park Hyatt Milan as a Discoverist member so I know you can get upgraded at even some of the top properties.
Premium internet access
At Hyatt hotels and resorts offering premium in-room internet access, Discoverists will be offered complimentary access during all stays. Not all properties offer premium in-room internet access. Premium internet access may be wired or wireless and varies by hotel or resort. Complimentary premium internet access is not offered at Hyatt Residence Club resorts or at M life Resorts.
A lot of Hyatt properties will already offer Hyatt members complimentary internet but it’s the enhanced “premium internet” that’s the real perk here. An issue with this perk is that not all properties will offer both a standard speed and a premium speed internet option so you might not be able to take advantage of this perk.
Dedicated Check-In Area
At participating Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Zilara, and Hyatt Ziva hotels and resorts, Discoverists will have access to a dedicated check-in area for elite Members. In practice, I find these lines are only in operation half the time and at other times they’re not needed because the lines are so short. Every now and again the lines are really bad and the dedicated check-in line for elites can come in handy.
2:00 PM Late Checkout
Upon request, Discoverists will receive a 2:00 PM late checkout (local hotel time) on day of their departure at Hyatt hotels, provided that (a) late checkout is subject to availability at hotels with a casino and Hyatt resorts; and (b) late checkout is not offered at Hyatt Residence Club resorts or M life Resorts.
Along with preferred room upgrades, late check out is a pretty solid perk. Being able to relax in your room the final morning of your stay feels great and it’s pretty normal to see restrictions for it at resorts.
Special Reservation Phone Line
Discoverists have access to a Hyatt reservation telephone line exclusively for use by Discoverists. Discoverists can find contact information for the dedicated reservation line by logging into their account. I haven’t been able to use this service yet so I can’t personally comment on the quality of the service but it’s nice to have a line to call when there are any questions you have regarding your booking.
It’s not the most glorious perk in the world, but Discoverists receive a complimentary bottle of water each day of their stay at participating Park Hyatt, Miraval, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt Centric, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Zilara, or Hyatt Ziva hotels and resorts.
Select Hyatt hotels and resorts may (at the hotel’s or resort’s discretion) provide guests with a reusable water bottle and access to filtered water filling stations. Guests at such hotels and resorts may receive the complimentary bottled water available pursuant to this benefit by asking a front-desk Colleague at the applicable hotel or resort. This benefit is not offered at Hyatt Residence Club resorts or M life Resorts.
- Save up to 10% with the Member Discount rate at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts
- Special discounts on things like breakfast at certain Hyatt hotels
- Receive Pearl status with M life Rewards, the loyalty program of MGM Resorts International (think Las Vegas)
- Enjoy waived resort fees on free night awards
- Receive a free night on us once you stay at 5 different Hyatt brands (up to two times)
- Earn 500 Bonus Points for Avis car rentals
- Host a qualifying meeting or event at Hyatt and earn one Bonus Point per eligible U.S. dollar spent, up to 50,000 Bonus Points
I honestly don’t see enough value in Hyatt Discoverist status to go chasing it even though hitting 10 nights can be a very obtainable goal.
However, I think that getting Discoverist status while picking up a nice sign-up bonus with the Chase Hyatt Visa Card (along with annual free night) is an nice added plus.
It might only mean a better hotel room here and there but it also means late check out at 2pm and free premium internet when available. For me those perks along with (mostly) the annual free night certificate are enough to make me hold on to the Hyatt Visa and to appreciate Discoverist status for what it is.
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