Hyatt Status Match and Challenge for All Corporate Travelers

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Last week I wrote about a fast tracked way to earn World of Hyatt Explorist and Globalist status. At that time, a sales manager had to actually register you for the promotion. Fortunately though, it seems like the site is now publicly available where you can actually enroll yourself in this status match and challenge. The one caveat is that you must work for a company that qualifies. Although there is not a published list of companies that will actually be eligible, I have been told that any corporate traveler is eligible. All you have to do is enter your work email address and you should be enrolled.

After registering for the promotion, you’ll receive automatic Hyatt Explorist status for the next 90 days. You’ll then have the opportunity to maintain that status or even move up to Hyatt Globalist status, depending on the number of stays you complete.

  • Explorist status challenge: Stay 10 nights within 90 days
  • Globalist status challenge: Stay 20 nights within 90 days

If you are able to complete the challenge, your earned status will be valid through February 28, 2021. This will give you almost two years of this awesome status! This particular promotion goes through November 28, 2019, so you might want to plan accordingly when registering. If you do not have an upcoming Hyatt stay until this summer, for example, wait until then to enroll. Just keep in mind that it could take a few days for your registration to go through, so do not wait until the 11th hour before your stay.

Globalist status got us a two-bedroom suite in Clearwater Beach just a few months ago!

You Will Not Earn Milestone Benefits

When you receive status through a match or challenge, you unfortunately do not earn all of the benefits that actually come with the status. With these milestone benefits you actually have to stay the required number of nights to earn the status. For example, when you stay 20 nights and 30 nights you’ll earn 2 club lounge awards (4 total). Earning Explorist status through the challenge also means you will not receive those awards to use on an upcoming stay. Same holds true for the suite night upgrades — you earn 2 when you stay 50 and 60 nights (4 total), and not by just having Globalist status.

Of course, having the status will still get you many benefits such as:

  • Explorist benefits: 20% bonus on points earned, 2pm late checkout, upgrade to the best available room (excluding suites and based on availability), etc.
  • Globalist benefits: 30% bonus on points earned, 4pm late checkout, upgrade to the best available room (including suites and based on availability, club lounge access, resort fees waived on paid rooms, 4pm late checkout, club lounge access, complimentary parking on a free night award, guest of honor access, etc.

Hyatt is by far my favorite hotel chain at the moment, despite having Marriott Titanium status for life! The benefits give my family real value and make us want to pick Hyatt every single time for our family vacations.


I am personally so glad to see this offer surface since I just lost my Hyatt status in February. We have already planned planned for my husband to earn Globalist status this year so this definitely helps! If you are a corporate traveler, this is a great opportunity to earn Explorist or Globalist status and enjoy the perks of Hyatt!

Have you been able to take advantage of this status match opportunity? Comment below!

World of Hyatt Credit Card

  • Earn up to 50,000 bonus points — 25,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, plus an additional 25,000 bonus points after you spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.
  • Receive 5 stays towards status, plus 2 stays for every $5,000 spent on the card (no cap).
  • Earn a free night certificate every year on your cardmember anniversary (valid for category 1-4 properties).
  • $95 annual fee.

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  1. If I enter my corporate email but my Hyatt account is under my personal email, will that work? Does the membership have to be the one with corporate email? I want to use existing points and reward night from credit card to fulfill the challenge. I didn’t want to try at the offer page for fear it will start the 90 period immediately.

  2. I enrolled with my corporate e-mail (Aetna) and received an e-mail on my work e-mail to click the link to complete my World of Hyatt offer registration. I did that and went to my Hyatt account to see if I could tell anywhere on my account that I had completed registration and check my progress. There wasn’t anywhere on the page where I could tell (and I have a 3 day stay this weekend I wanted to count towards this promotion), so I called the Hyatt Explorist customer service number. The very unfriendly customer service agent told me they have no information regarding this promotion as it is run through a different division that cannot answer customer questions. She referred me to my corporate travel manager and said that’s what they tell everyone who has questions. So I guess I’ll just cross my fingers and hope it works.

    • hello, i just want to get a follow up regarding your shared past experience. Did it end up working? Were you able to achieve Explorist ?

      • @norman – Yes this promotion definitely works, but eligible members. There is no defined list which corporations are included, but assume if you work for a major company you should be able to register.

  3. I actually already had Explorist status and was hoping to get Globalist through this promotion. It allowed me to enroll for the program, but the terms and conditions were different from the sign-up versus when I was actually accepted for the promotion (I took screenshots of the both the terms and conditions I received). I received a confirmation e-mail at my corporate e-mail address with terms and conditions that were different from when I enrolled. It appears that you have to be with McKinsey to be eligible for this promotion. When I tried to call Hyatt to ask some questions about this, they refused to answer anything about it. They said this promotion is through some other department, and they refused to transfer me to that department to have my questions answered. They just kept saying I needed to talk to my corporate travel manager. It sounded to me like they just weren’t actually offering it to anyone but McKinsey because they were the only company listed in the terms and conditions sent to my corporate e-mail address. Let me know if your experience if different.

    • @Holly – I know this was extended to more than McKinsey employees. I know Google and Deloitte employees are eligible as well.

  4. Do points stays count toward the 10/20? I’ve heard both yes and no. I did the match and have completed 12 so far. Have another 5 night stay and was going to use points but will pay if point stays don’t count for sure.

      • Any update on this?

        I signed up last month for this promotion.

        I also applied for the World of Hyatt card yesterday and was approved. I hope the 5 nights credit counts towards the promotion too, that way Globalist status would not be too much of a stretch.

        Any data points on point redemption nights and credit card nights (both the initial 5 nights for the CC and the 2 nights for every $5k spend) would be awesome! Thanks 🙂

        • @Joe – I suggest reaching out to Hyatt directly and getting it in writing from them. They have not been able to give me a clear answer. This is not a promotion, unfortunately, that came from my PR contact at Hyatt directly, but instead a sales associate at a particular hotel (who doesn’t know the in’s and out’s of the promo).

          However, the 5 night credit and the 2 nights for every $2k spend with the credit card absolutely does not count towards the challenge.

  5. Hi,
    I have a similar situation with a points stay during the status challenge. Will it count towards the challenge?

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