The Hyatt Brand Explorer promotion allows The world of Hyatt members unlock free nights by staying with different Hyatt Brands. Concretely, you can win a Category 1-4 Free Night Award each time you stay at an eligible rate at five unique Hyatt brands. As there are currently 27 eligible brands, you can earn up to five free nights through Hyatt Brand Explorer.
You may already be familiar with Hyatt’s Category 1-4 certificates, which you can obtain as a Hyatt Milestone Reward after earning 30 Elite Nights or 50,000 Base Points in a calendar year. You can also win Category 1-4 certificates through the World of Hyatt credit card.
But anyone can participate in Hyatt’s Brand Explorer promotion and earn up to five free nights at Hyatt properties. This is arguably one of the easiest ways to earn a free night. So let’s see what you need to know about the Hyatt Brand Explorer promotion.
Introducing World of Hyatt Brand Explorer
The main objective of the Hyatt Brand Explorer program is to encourage World of Hyatt members to try different brands from the Hyatt portfolio. By participating in the program, members can earn a category 1-4 free night award for every five Hyatt Brands they stay at.
All World of Hyatt members can enjoy this benefit – you don’t need elite status or a specific credit card. No additional registration or end date is required. And the benefit extends over the lifetime of your account, so you can take your time reaching the threshold.
Qualifying stays, including qualifying paid stays (i.e. standard, member, AAA, or senior rate) and World of Hyatt redemptions (points or free night certificate stays) count toward the Brand Explorer promotion . Guests only need to stay one night at each brand, and there is no minimum spend requirement. However, stays booked through third parties such as Expedia do not count towards Hyatt Brand Explorer.
Hyatt Hotel Brands
With the added more all-inclusive properties after the acquisition of Apple Leisure GroupThe World of Hyatt Terms and Conditions currently lists 27 different eligible Hyatt brands for the Brand Explorer benefit:
- Alila (only certain places).
- Alua (only once the location has started participating).
- Caption by Hyatt.
- Destination by Hyatt (includes participating Destination by Hyatt hotels and participating Destination by Hyatt Residences).
- Dream (select locations only).
- Dreams (only once the location has started participating).
- Grand Hyatt.
- Hyatt (includes former participating AMR Collection properties that do not operate under any of the other brands on this list).
- Focused on Hyatt.
- Hyatt House.
- Hyatt Square.
- Hyatt Regency.
- Hyatt Residence Club (includes all vacation ownership properties, even those not branded Hyatt Residence Club).
- Hyatt Vivid.
- Hyatt Zilara.
- Hyatt Ziva.
- Printing by Secrets.
- JdV by Hyatt.
- Park Hyatt.
- Secrets (only once the location has started participating).
- Solar landscape.
- Hyatt’s Unbound Collection.
- Thompson Hotels.
- Zoëtry (only once the venue has started participating).
As 27 Hyatt brands currently count towards the Brand Explorer promotion, you can earn up to five free nights that can be redeemed at Category 1-4 Hyatt properties.
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Tracking the progress of your Brand Explorer
Tracking your progress with the Hyatt Brand Explorer program is simple. To see how many brands you’ve stayed at, log in to your World of Hyatt account online and navigate to the “My Rewards” tab on the account home page.
Expand the “Brand Explorer” tab to see the progress of your Brand Explorer.
You can also view this information on the World of Hyatt app.
Related: Hyatt’s Best Category 1 Properties
Redeeming Hyatt Brand Explorer Free Nights
Once you have stayed at five different Hyatt brands, you will automatically receive a Category 1-4 Free Night Certificate. Once you have earned the certificate, you will receive a confirmation email which will appear under the “My Rewards” tab. from your World of Hyatt account. Category 1-4 Brand Explorer certificates are valid for one year, after which you must have completed your stay (not just booked your stay).
To redeem your certificate, you can search for a hotel as usual, with the “Use Points” option selected.
Since Category 1-4 Free Night Certificates apply exclusively to properties costing up to 18,000 points per night (Category 4 properties on peak dates), you will need to look for rooms that meet this criteria. Once you’ve selected a hotel, you’ll see “free night” if you can use one of your free night certificates.
Whenever possible, try to redeem your Category 1-4 certificates when nightly rates exceed $300 at Category 4 properties. Hyatt waives destination and resort fees when you redeem points or free night certificates at most hotels. And if you are a World of Hyatt Globalist member, parking is also paid when you redeem points or free night certificates.
At the end of the line
The Hyatt Brand Explorer benefit is an easy way to earn a free night for every five different World of Hyatt brands you try. You can potentially earn up to five free nights through this program. Unlike any other hotel loyalty program, this benefit rewards guests with free nights for a stay at various hotel brands, making it a unique and valuable benefit.
Additional reporting by Benji Stawski.