A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a link to Mastercard page where World Elite Members are eligible for Global Hotel Alliance’s Discovery Black-membership.
Looking at the webpage and where this is offered now, it appears that MasterCard may have a deal with for World Elite members in the Middle East and Africa-region. They have in the past had this same offer for cardholders elsewhere too.
Here are the GHA Discovery benefit matrix:
You won’t earn free nights or points with Discovery. You get “Local Experience” awards that can be dinners etc.
GHA Black is basically a guest recognition program that requires 30 nights for Black status within a rolling year for new members and calendar year for existing ones.
I stayed at their participating properties few times when there were open sign ups and wasn’t blown away with the benefits received. I would say that signing up without the match may make sense if you stay at one of the participating brands anyway such as Kempinski and would like to get little more out of the stay benefits wise.