(EXPIRED) Match M Life back to Hyatt Explorist ’till Feb 2020

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Thanks to World of Hyatt’s partnership with the M Life, the loyalty program of MGM resorts & casinos, you can enjoy reciprocal status between the two programs. Hyatt Explorist and above matches to M Life Gold. If you previously matched your Hyatt Explorist status to M Life Gold, you can now match back from M Life Gold for this year and pick up 4 new club lounge access upgrades that are valid through February 2020 (as well as guaranteed 2pm late checkout at most Hyatt properties). This status-matching merry-go-round is bound to break down someday, so hop on while you can.

The Deal

Why & how to do it

The “why” is simple: you should get Hyatt Explorist status through February of 2020 and 4 club access awards (which you can apply to a reservation to get club lounge access at a hotel with a club lounge, though keep in mind these are only useful at hotels with a club lounge). The nice thing about this partnership has been that the status years are staggered. Hyatt status ends on the last day of February. M Life status ends on the last day of September. If you match from M Life Gold to Explorist today, you’ll extend your Hyatt status until February 2020. Then, in October, when your M Life status runs out, you may be able to match your Explorist status back to M Life Gold. Then, in January 2020, you could theoretically match M Life Gold back to Hyatt Exporist until February 2021…and so on. This is how it has worked for the last couple of years. That ride may end at any time, so get on while you can.

It will be easiest if you first go to https://www.mgmresorts.com/en/mlife-rewards-program.html and sign in. I also brought up a separate tab and logged into my World of Hyatt account.

Then, go to https://www.mgmresorts.com/en/mlife-rewards-program/preferred-partners/hyatt-hotels.html. If you’ve logged in to your M Life account, you’ll see the following (note that if you have not yet logged in, you will not see the “click here to opt in” button shown below):

Once you click that button, it will either prompt you to link your Hyatt account and walk you through the steps or, if you’ve previously linked and logged in to your Hyatt account, it’ll bring you to the Hyatt status matching page and confirm. In my case, I’d previously linked the accounts and matched statuses. Therefore, the message it gave me made it sound like this match right now didn’t do anything as it said I had already matched:

However, it still re-matched. Here is a look at my Hyatt club access awards before I clicked to opt in this evening (note that the expiration says 2020 because there was a situation last year where for some reason it was awarding club upgrades that were valid through 2020, but I took this screen shot before matching tonight). Note that I had 4 earned and 3 available.

And here are my club access awards after I clicked to opt in to the match:

As you can see, I now have “8 earned” and 7 available. I’m very confident that means my Explorist status has been matched through February 2020 as that is the only way I would have earned 4 new club access awards.

If you previously matched and did not re-qualify for Explorist status, you’ll want to run this match now. Personally, I like having Explorist status for the 2pm check out. While I have several very generous Globalist friends who have been willing to book Guest of Honor stays for me so I can enjoy their Globalist benefits, I sometimes run into a situation where I’m booking at the last minute and/or I’m locked out of Hyatt transfers, and having the ability to get a guaranteed late checkout still is helpful. If you have M Life Gold, I’d definitely recommend matching — and then setting a reminder on your phone to match back in October.

Last updated on October 1st, 2019

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John Oh
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John Oh

But starting March 1 isn’t Hyatt requiring actual stays to get the club awards?

Edward
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Edward

I just did the match as well. The hyatt message is confusing as it says you have already been matched. But then I got an e-mail stating “welcome to another year” !

DSK
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DSK

Did this last week and worked fine, but I struggle trying to find places to use my now eight club access awards. I am continuing to be surprised how many full service Hyatts do not have executive clubs, and as an Explorist, I don’t get breakfast at a full service Hyatt without an executive club. Have you guys ever considered an article about locations that would be good uses of these club awards? There are only so many times one can go back to Guam and Saipan :-).

Steelsnow
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Steelsnow

If you partook of the CX fare sales on NYE/NYD, you might be headed already to Da Nang. Would recommend the Hyatt Regency there, the resort has it’s own seperate club buildings, separate club pool, and club lounge with a variety of NA drinks chilled all day (in addition to a nice hot/cold breakfast assortment, made to order egg menu, noodle bowl station, etc.).

wise2u
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wise2u

most of our Hyatt stays are in all inclusive resorts where the certs don’t matter.
We have been upgraded, as Explorists, to a hospitality suite in san Antonio, next to the river walk without using a cert, over 1000sq ft…so I feel the certs are mainly fluff. The only upgrade cert we have used was in lake Tahoe NV..they had a lounge with snacks and alcohol, it was also one of the few places in the main hotel where you could see above the trees and get a good view of the lake, breakfast was not bad…seeing as this is the end of them, it might be worth looking for a place to use them

Larry
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Larry

Amazing. Thanks Nick.

Nate
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Nate

For those of us who don’t have any of the two statuses and cannot initiate this match, are there any matching opportunities into M Life Gold or WoH Explorist?

BML
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BML

Really want to know too! I have Amex Plat, Amex Gold, CSR, Hyatt cc, any of those would help me get there?

Sean
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Sean

Also want to know this. If you dont have either status, what’s the easiest way to get one to start the merry go round?

jimbob
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jimbob

you can match to Caesars via Wydham (if you have a third status at another chain like Best Western, Marriott, etc) and then *try* to match in person at an MGM property

Miles Ahead
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Miles Ahead

Hi Nick, there was an update to the program where WofH were no longer be giving lounge access passes for M-Life status matches to Explorist (but otherwise still matching to Explorist) beginning 3/1/19, so now would be the last time to get lounge access passes. Here is an article from The Points guy: https://thepointsguy.com/news/hyatt-milestone-bonuses/

Greg The Frequent Miler
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Yep. After this year, you won’t get club upgrade certs when you match (but you do this year as long as you match before March). It’s still worth doing anyway. Here’s a post from Frequent Miler about the Hyatt changes: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/world-of-hyatt-milestone-rewards/

ktc
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ktc

quick match from Discoverer to Explorist. thx

Gaspipe1
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Gaspipe1

You were able to go from Discoverer to Explorist how? I have no status at M-Life

AlexL
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AlexL

I think the credit card provided ktc the status of discoverist and the matching elevated it to Explorist from M Life Gold.

mrredskin
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mrredskin

hyatt cc gives discoverist. discoverist yields mlife PEARL, not gold

Greg The Frequent Miler
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FYI: Based on my experience, if you click the button to link accounts today, you’ll get the new upgrade certs right away, but you might not see the new 2020 end date of your status until you log in tomorrow. I did this yesterday and just now see that my Explorist status is good until Feb 29 2020

Julian
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Julian

Signing out and back in updated it for me instantly.

John
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John

I did the opt in also, signing out then sign back in after a few minutes updated it instantly as well! Thanks for the tip!

JEB
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JEB

1/17/19 – just tried and when I got to the OPT-IN box, it played the cat & mouse game of disappearing whenever I put the mouse on that choice,. Hit it anyway (even after it disappeared) and rec’d msg from Hyatt, “We’re sorry! We’re currently unable to process your request. Please try again later.” repeated process 2x and same results. Not sure if this means process is temporarily down or if it is being reworked to prevent this repeating match pattern (which I have used for a few years now). Will try again later . . .

Julian
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Julian

Just the other day I was wondering how in the world I still have Explorist status… it got me a beach front upgrade at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Now I remember 🙂 And now I’ll have it for another year!

gaspipe
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gaspipe

Any methods to jump from Dicoverist to Explorist w/out stays? I have 5 stays from the Hyatt CC and have a trip coming up in April to Baha Mar

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Dan
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Dan

I just noticed 4 new Club access awards expiring February 28, 2021 (not 2020) posted to my account. I am Explorist based on the M Life match as outlined in this post. I don’t understand, although am still very pleased, why I received these new awards, can someone explain? Thanks.

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Teresa Henning
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Teresa Henning

Thanks
You Rock
I have updated my Hyatt status

Josh
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Josh

But you didn’t get any club access rewards, did you? As I understand, that expired in March

Teresa Henning
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Teresa Henning

I got error message. Accounts have already been matched.