Well, wouldn’t you know it? Because I certainly did not. I just called World of Hyatt and fought out that I do not have to meet the 5 different brand requirement before the end of the year to receive a free Cat 1-4 hotel stay. Right now, I’m sitting on 4/5 brands and was tempted to book the Andaz Scottsdale to hit the 5th brand. I now live in Scottsdale so it would have been a pure mattress run. When I saw how much it cost to stay at the Andaz (roughly $200), I questioned if it was worth spending that money today to get a ‘free’ night in the future. Spending cash today for something that expires in the future and provides little value (most Cat 4 hotels are between $200-$300) seemed like a waste.
I started reading the terms of the Brand Explorer program and could not find where it said that the stays had to be completed within the calendar year. I just assumed it did because most program perks operate this way. Instead of relying on my reading comprehension skills, I called customer service. The agent said that I simply had to stay in 5 brands whenever, and I would get my certificate.
For those of you stressing about hitting this mark before the year’s up, stress no more. You have a lifetime to get your certificate.
A stay at the Andaz Shanghai might be a nice way to complete the brand explorer program