For the past few years many folks have been able to maintain their Hyatt Explorist status through a quick and easy status match with MLife. Since World of Hyatt and MLife are partners they will give you reciprocal status with a simple online match — both Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status will match to MLife Gold status. MLife runs on a very different status schedule then most hotel chains where your status is valid from October to October. That means if you match your Explorist or Globalist status now to MLife Gold, come March when World of Hyatt resets status levels, you’ll still have MLife Gold status (since it won’t expire until October). Once your Hyatt status is then downgraded (assuming you were not able to maintain status), you can then request a status match from MLife to World of Hyatt. MLife Gold status will then match to World of Hyatt Explorist status. That will ultimately then get you Explorist status again for the next year! Of course you have a little over two months to do this, but I suggest just doing it now so you do not forget!
Now, while this has worked for the past years, there is no guarantee that this matching back and forth will work again come next March. But, it is worth a shot and you might as well match now to fully prepare! Also, this is a great way to get some perks at MLife properties if Las Vegas is on your vacation radar!
Keep in mind that some of the benefits that come with World of Hyatt Explorist status are only valid for those who have actually stayed 30 nights. For example, the free night certificate at a category 1-4 property is only valid for those who earned status the hard way, not through a status match. The 4 free lounge certificates, however, are valid to everyone who has earned Hyatt Explorist status, regardless of how it was earned.