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2 additional nights needed for Explorist - worth it?

2 additional nights needed for Explorist - worth it?

Old Nov 21, 2022, 2:08 pm
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2 additional nights needed for Explorist - worth it?

Iím currently a Hyatt Globalist and will be short a couple of nights by 12/31 to qualify for Hyatt Explorist.

A couple of nights would cost around $150-$200 at local Hyatts using day stays, but Iím honestly not really seeing a lot of benefits of attaining Explorist.

Questions:
- Do daytime stays (OFFICE offer code) still count for night stays?
- Is it worth spending $150-200 to achieve Explorist?

Thanks in advance!
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Old Nov 21, 2022, 2:30 pm
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Youíll also get a cat 1-4 award when hitting Explorist. If you think you will use that award within 6 months at a very expensive hotel, maybe itís worth spending $400 for a mattress run.

I feel like it is probably not worth it though.
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Old Nov 21, 2022, 3:01 pm
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It's not worth it to constantly chase status.

HOWEVER, if you are naturally staying in hotels around the nights needed to qualify or if you think you'll be traveling to places with Hyatt more often next year, then it may be worth going for the 2 extra nights (or spend an extra 5k on the credit card)
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Old Nov 21, 2022, 3:29 pm
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Originally Posted by samplat
Iím currently a Hyatt Globalist and will be short a couple of nights by 12/31 to qualify for Hyatt Explorist.

A couple of nights would cost around $150-$200 at local Hyatts using day stays, but Iím honestly not really seeing a lot of benefits of attaining Explorist.

Questions:
- Do daytime stays (OFFICE offer code) still count for night stays?
- Is it worth spending $150-200 to achieve Explorist?

Thanks in advance!
The Category 1-4 Certificate that comes with Explorist is worth it alone.

You also get matched MGM Gold status which is very worthwhile.

Originally Posted by SP03
It's not worth it to constantly chase status.

HOWEVER, if you are naturally staying in hotels around the nights needed to qualify or if you think you'll be traveling to places with Hyatt more often next year, then it may be worth going for the 2 extra nights (or spend an extra 5k on the credit card)
I would say YMMV -

I chased and will spend roughly $1,800 extra this year to maintain Globalist.

In 2023 I have 1 single stay where I am using a TSU for 6 nights where a suite is absolutely needed. The difference in the room to suite cost in points the cost difference is 103,000, in cash the cost is $1,876 (pre-tax), thatís just the upgrade cost from room to suite.

So I would say in that one stay alone it justifies it.

YMMV
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Old Nov 21, 2022, 3:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Matt4200

I would say YMMV -

I chased and will spend roughly $1,800 extra this year to maintain Globalist.

In 2023 I have 1 single stay where I am using a TSU for 6 nights where a suite is absolutely needed. The difference in the room to suite cost in points the cost difference is 103,000, in cash the cost is $1,876 (pre-tax), thatís just the upgrade cost from room to suite.

So I would say in that one stay alone it justifies it.

YMMV
That's only if you hit 50 nights and above. Anything less than 50 nights isn't worth the constant chase, unless of course if you are already close.
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Old Nov 21, 2022, 3:40 pm
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Originally Posted by SP03
That's only if you hit 50 nights and above. Anything less than 50 nights isn't worth the constant chase, unless of course if you are already close.
Exactly and OP is exceedingly close to Explorist which comes with many benefits such as -

Points bonus, Better Upgrades (many reports of suite upgrades even at select properties), MGM Gold Status, Category 1-4 Certificate and so on.
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Old Nov 21, 2022, 7:49 pm
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Does Hyatt not give previous globs a soft landing to Explorist? In any case, if they are already a glob they need not retain Explorist to maintain their MGM Gold. In fact, they ought to be able to maintain Explorist by matching back from Gold. Which means we are all probably burying the lead here.

OP, you can match to MGM Gold if you haven't done so already, and then match back to Hyatt Explorist without ever staying another night if you don't want to. But remember, matching will not give you any milestone awards.
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Old Nov 21, 2022, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by projectmaximus
Does Hyatt not give previous globs a soft landing to Explorist? In any case, if they are already a glob they need not retain Explorist to maintain their MGM Gold. In fact, they ought to be able to maintain Explorist by matching back from Gold. Which means we are all probably burying the lead here.

OP, you can match to MGM Gold if you haven't done so already, and then match back to Hyatt Explorist without ever staying another night if you don't want to. But remember, matching will not give you any milestone awards.

Definitely true!

So the only real benefit would be the Cat 1-4.

Also if OP does a 2 night MR theyíd get double points on that stay too which may bring down net cost.
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Old Nov 21, 2022, 10:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Matt4200
So the only real benefit would be the Cat 1-4.
Plus 2 more club access awards they can toss onto the pile of useless club access awards they likely already have stashed away.

Of course you never know, it is feasible that an explorist may have a stay with multiple rooms where it does come in handy to have a bunch of these.
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Old Nov 21, 2022, 11:14 pm
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Originally Posted by projectmaximus
Plus 2 more club access awards they can toss onto the pile of useless club access awards they likely already have stashed away.

Of course you never know, it is feasible that an explorist may have a stay with multiple rooms where it does come in handy to have a bunch of these.
If you can find an open Club Lounge.
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Old Nov 22, 2022, 12:15 am
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If you can find an open Club Lounge.
There's one here: Grand Hyatt Washington DC REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

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Old Nov 22, 2022, 12:18 am
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Yes Manchester Grand Hyatt as well. Though many club lounges are still closed.
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Old Nov 22, 2022, 5:35 am
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Do you have a WOH credit card? If yes, spend $5000 before your December statement closes and receive two bonus nights.
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Old Nov 22, 2022, 10:36 am
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One thing Iíve done in the past if I was really close (1-3 nights off) is to go to a local women's shelter and ask if they were over capacity and needed a nice room for a mother and child for a night or two. Not only did this allow me to help someone out but I could count the rack rate of the room as a tax write off.
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Old Nov 22, 2022, 2:00 pm
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

As it turns out, had to cancel one of my 2 night trips last night so now Iím 4 nights away from Explorist which makes the math more challenging.

5k spend for 2 nights may be an option and matching from MGM might be another option worth exploring.

Thanks again for all the ideas.
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