World of Hyatt points are easily the most valuable in the world of hotel points. Scoring a free night is much easier with Hyatt thanks to reasonable redemption rates that start at just 5,000 points per night. But Hyatt has another little-known way to score a free night that doesn’t require a World of Hyatt Credit Card or a mattress run to build up a big stash of points.
It’s called Hyatt Brand Explorer, and it works like this. Every time you stay at five of Hyatt’s individual hotel brands (think Park Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt Place, Hyatt itself, etc.) you’ll earn a free night certificate to use at almost any category 1-4 Hyatt property.
That’s a novel concept among the big box hotel chains. Best of all, there’s no time limit on how fast you have to rack up stays in order to earn a free night. And you can earn several of them.
So let’s break down everything you need to know about the Hyatt Brand Explorer perk – and how you can take advantage of it.
Hyatt Brand Explorer: Everything You Need to Know
The Hyatt Brand Explorer benefit launched back in 2017 when Hyatt rebranded their loyalty program from Hyatt Gold Passport to the new World of Hyatt program. Yet despite its age, it’s gotten little attention.
Here’s how it works:
- Every time you complete a stay at a Hyatt brand you’ve never previously stayed with, you’ll earn one credit towards a Hyatt Brand Explorer free night. Stays booked directly with Hyatt using cash or points, free night certificates, and even Hyatt points plus cash qualify.
- Once you stay at five different Hyatt brands, you’ll earn a free night certificate that can be used at any Hyatt category 1-4 property.
But perhaps the best thing about this is that there is no time limit for completing stays with different brands. Once you complete a stay with a new brand, it will be logged in your account.
Want to see where you’re at in your Brand Explorer journey log into your account, go into settings, click “my awards” and “Brand Explorer” to see!
I just recently earned my first Brand Explorer free night certificate … with stays ranging from 2017 all the way through 2021.
Since there are a total of 18 brands in the Hyatt hotels portfolio, you can earn three Hyatt brand explorer certificates over time. In order to do so, you would need to complete a stay at 15 of the 18 different Hyatt brands. You’ll notice that SLH, a recent addition to the Hyatt portfolio, does not yet count towards the Brand Explorer award nights.
First things first: Make sure you’re signed up for a World of Hyatt account. And use your Hyatt account to book any hotel stays to make sure they count toward your Brand Explorer count.
Once you earn your free night certificate, you’ll have one year to complete your free stay. More on that soon.
Do Award Stays Count Towards Hyatt Brand Explorer Progress?
If you book a free award night stay at a Hyatt property with World of Hyatt points, it will count towards your Brand Explorer progress.
In fact, any stay where a World of Hyatt member pays an eligible rate or redeems a free night award counts towards Brand Explorer progress. That means paying cash, using points, making a cash plus points redemption, or even using a free night certificate from a World of Hyatt Credit Card will count.
Generally speaking, nights booked through an online travel agency (OTA) or another third party will not be eligible.
How to Redeem a Hyatt Brand Explorer Free Night
Booking a free night you earned from Hyatt Brand Explorer is easy. It works much the same as redeeming any free night certificate.
Once you’ve earned your free night, you’ll need to log into your World of Hyatt online account and head to the “My Account” section under the dropdown of your name.
Once you are here, you’ll see a box listing out any current reservations, one with past reservations and one with current awards you have available. To see and use your Hyatt free night certificates, head to the “My Awards” tab. If you have earned any free night certificates, they will show up under this tab.
In order to use your free night certificate, you’ll need to book a category 1-4 hotel. And you can only book properties that have standard award space available. No award space? You won’t be able to use it.
Considering you can book a category 1 to category 4 hotel with this free night, that’s a lot of running room to get some good value. Cash rates at some of those properties can easily range from $100 to $400 or more a night. Check Hyatt’s website for a full listing of category 1-4 properties.
We’ve laid out some of our favorite ways to use Hyatt free night certificates, like the Park Hyatt Mendoza for a visit to Argentinian wine country or the Andaz San Diego. You shouldn’t have a hard time getting $200 or more in value out of your Hyatt Brand Explorer redemption.
How to Earn More Hyatt Free Night Certificates
You can easily go beyond the Hyatt Brand Explorer and keep racking up free night certificates.
For starters, you can earn a category 1-4 free night award each and every year you hold the World of Hyatt Credit Card. As soon as you pay the card’s $95 annual fee, you will be issued a free night certificate valid for the next 12 months. Those certificates work exactly the same as with the Brand Explorer perk.
In addition to the free night award certificate, the World of Hyatt card offers a ton of value that easily makes it worth the annual fee. Make sure to read our full review of the World of Hyatt Credit Card.
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If you often stay at Hyatt hotels (or even if you don’t), this Hyatt Brand Explorer is worth keeping track of. It’s an easy way to earn a free night: Stay at five new Hyatt brand properties, and you’ll earn a free night to use at any category 1-4 Hyatt hotel.
That’s a fun and easy way to earn some additional Hyatt free nights. Critically, there’s no time limit to complete those five stays and get a free night. And whether you book with cash, points, or an existing free night certificate, it will count toward your Hyatt Brand Explorer progress.