It's been widely publicized at several blogs (VFTW & MommyPoints were my sources) that those with Hyatt Platinum Status should match to MLife Gold ASAP to allow for a future match back to Hyatt's new Explorist Status when the World of Hyatt program begins on March 1st. Of course, I spent the better part of two weeks finding other things to do with my time, and now I've called in a couple days before the changeover and ran into a problem, but luckily, I also found a solution!
The Problem: Batching Status Matches
According to the representative with whom I spoke, MLife sends status matches over in batches to Hyatt on a "bi-weekly" basis, meaning there was a high likelihood of my status-match not arriving before March 1st. A late arrival would mean I'd get matched to MLife "Pearl" status instead of "Gold," since my World of Hyatt status will be the lowly "Discoverist." Here's is the current matching chart and the new World of Hyatt chart to make the explanation easier:
The Solution: Be Nice or Be Sneaky
There are two solutions to this problem that I've been able to work out, so if you waited until the last minute too, fear not!
I chose the "Be Nice" option, explaining my dilemma and asking the MLife representative if he would expedite the match. After reading through an email directive he had received on the general subject, the agent agreed to update my MLife account to show Gold status immediately. He did caution that there was no guarantee the Gold status would stick, since Hyatt might come back and match me to a lower tier later. I'm not convinced this will happen, since I am already showing as MLife Gold in my account, assuming Hyatt doesn't specifically tell MLife to downgrade my status.
The second way to accomplish this status match in a hurry would be to say you're planning to visit Vegas (MLife property-land!) in the next couple days. The MLife representative immediately asked me when I was planning to visit Las Vegas when I asked for a status match, so it's likely your agent will bring the topic up. I said sometime in the spring, which is when the agent volunteered the "batch-match" information to me. Instead of answering like me, you could say "I'm thinking about coming out tomorrow!" That should get the status-match wheels turning.
What I Recommend: Hurry Up and Be Nice!
I got a very helpful MLife agent, and there's no reason to think you won't, too. It's always better to be honest and since this status match is totally above-board, if you get a good agent he/she should be willing to help you; it's just good customer relations. Use the "Be Sneaky" option only if this fails, since Hyatt terms do entitle you to this status match, whether they feel like giving it out or not. Whatever you do, don't wait another minute because this window to potentially get Hyatt Explorist status is closing fast.
P.S. Curious what the difference between Explorist and Discoverist status is? Here's your reference. The short: 4 stays with access to club lounges (free breakfast and hors d'oeuvres), upgrades to non-suite rooms.