American Airlines AAdvantage elites – even mere Gold members – can register for Hyatt Explorist status for 90 days. Then there’s a path to keep status through February 2024,
- 10 nights within 90 days for Explorist
- Executive Platinum members who stay 20 nights in 90 days earn top tier Globalist
You can register any time until November 30, 2022 – so you should wait until you need the status to register. That’s because you’ll maximize the 90 day period with status, and also the window in which your stays can help you requalify. Remember that free night award stays count and also that you can transfer points from Chase or Bilt Rewards to Hyatt.
Explorist status is weak for a hotel chain mid-tier level, but it’s certainly better than not having status. It entitles you to 2 p.m. guaranteed late check-out at non-resort/convention properties, to upgrades (excluding suites), and to an MGM status match to Gold.
Comped an challenged status doesn’t come with night-based benefits like confirmed upgrades. But always better to stay with status than not status.
(HT: Stephen Pepper)