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Hyatt Gold Passport is turning into World of Hyatt on March 1st, creating 3 tiers of status, up from 2 before.
And while the new program requires more nights than before to reach top tier status with its suite upgrades and complimentary breakfast, Hyatt has added a middle tier called Explorist that’s a bit better than the old entry level Platinum tier.
As a Hyatt Credit Card holder, you’ll get complimentary entry level elite status, called Discoverist, in the new program.
It’s a lot like the old Platinum level, with upgrades to a preferred room and late check out privileges, but it’s watered down a bit.
You’ll get only Pearl rather than Gold M Life status at MGM Resorts and Casinos.
Mid tier Explorist status requires $50,000 in spending on a Hyatt Credit Card to achieve in 2017, unless you meet the 30 nights required for hotel stays, or 50,000 Hyatt points earned via Hyatt property spending.
And, if you spent $50,000 on your Hyatt Credit Card in 2016 (last year), Chase has announced it will surprise you with Explorist status starting March 1st.
The Explorist tier adds upgrades to the ‘best’ room in your category (but not including Club rooms or suites) and gives you 4 Club lounge upgrades to use at your discretion.
It also gives you M Life Gold status at MGM Resorts and Casinos for room access and nightclub line privileges, which is what the old Platinum used to get.
So if you were really loyal with your Hyatt card last year, and didn’t spend 30 nights, you’ll be elevated to Explorist anyway starting in March.
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