How Quickly Do World of Hyatt Brand Explorer Free Nights Post?
I am a Hyatt fan boy I won’t deny it. I love their points system, their partnership with Chase, the World of Hyatt credit card plus all of the perks their rewards system offers. World of Hyatt gives great perks in their milestones program but they also have fun perks like the Brand Explorer Perk. But how quickly do World of Hyatt Brand Explorer free nights post to your account? A lot quicker than I expected!
What Is The Brand Explorer Perk?
I may be getting ahead of myself here, you may not know what the Brand Explorer Perk is. Hyatt has many brands (soon it will be 17) and they reward you for trying all of the different ones out. Once you stay at 5 unique brands you get a category 1-4 free night. That is a bonus worth between $200-$300 to me!
And the cool thing is you can earn this more than once. The total haul can be up to 3 times now, we were the first to break that info 😉. That is an extra $600-$900 in value for staying at different Hyatt hotels, not too shabby.
My Experience Earning A Brand Explorer Free Night
I have been stuck on 4 brands for forever! As you know I almost exclusively use points when I travel and Hyatt didn’t count award nights towards elite status in the past. That meant award stays didn’t count towards the Brand Explorer perk either. So a few of the brands I hit earlier in my travels I need to knock off once again, hello Park Hyatt NYC.
I have been stuck at 4 but on our recent trip to Atlantic City we decided to cut the trip short and head into Philadelphia for a night. There was a category 4 Unbound Collection Hyatt hotel in Philly, the Bellevue Hotel. That is one of the brands I had not stayed at and using 15,000 points would get me a night in a $300+ room. It would also earn me a category 1-4 free night cert for checking out that 5th brand. It is almost like I got the stay for free!
The cool thing is I plan on using the category 1-4 certificate at Gild Hall in NYC. That is a Thompson Hotel which is another brand I have yet to check out. I will go from being stuck on 4 brands for forever to 6 brands in a matter of weeks. My only issue is the trip is in September so I need the cert ASAP so I can lock up the best redemption in Manhattan.
I stayed in at the Bellevue Hotel on the 17th of August and checked out the 18th. The category 1-4 certificate was placed into my account on the 19th. Now that is fast! I have already secured my stay at Gild Hall, thank you Hyatt for making it completely free too.
I really enjoy little bonuses like this that I can get from being a member of a program. It is something fun and fairly easy to accomplish when you travel as much as we do. I have brand 6 and 7 already lined up. I will be knocking on the door of my second free night in no time. My wife’s account is already at 4 brands as well, another plus of having a two player system.
The really cool thing is how quickly the World of Hyatt Brand Explorer free night posted. It allowed me to lock up a valuable redemption just days after I had actually earned it. Now if only my credit card anniversary night would properly post, it has been weeks since the annual fee was billed.
This year I will have earned 3 category 1-4 free night certs. One is from putting $15,000 on my World of Hyatt credit card, one from the brand explorer and another one from hitting 30 elite nights. That doesn’t include the fourth one I should get for a bargain price of $95 from the credit card. I will take $1000 in value (the 4 nights added up) for an out of pocket cost of $95 any day!