How can Hyatt Club Access rewards be used?

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The Milestone Rewards program provides benefits for reaching certain milestones each calendar year with World of Hyatt. There is one Milestone Rewards benefit that tends to confuse Globalist members, so in this article I wanted to shed some light on it.

World of Hyatt Milestone Rewards Basics

World of Hyatt elite level thresholds are generally as follows:

  • Discoverist status: 10 qualifying nights or 25,000 base points (equivalent to $5,000 in spend)
  • Explorer Status: 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points (equivalent to $10,000 spend)
  • Globalist Status: 60 qualifying nights or 100,000 base points (equivalent to $20,000 in spend)

Regardless of status qualification, there are Milestone rewards at the following thresholds, which provide you with additional benefits:

  • 10 qualifying nights or 25,000 base points — earn Discoverist status
  • 20 qualifying nights or 35,000 base points — earn two bonus club lounge access
  • 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points — earn Explorist status, plus earn two club lounge access awards, plus a category 1-4 free night award
  • 40 qualifying nights or 65,000 base points — earn 5,000 bonus points or a $100 Hyatt gift card
  • 50 qualifying nights or 80,000 base points — earn two upgrade awards in a row
  • 60 qualifying nights or 100,000 base points — earn Globalist status, plus two in a row upgrade awards, plus a category 1-7 free night award, plus access to My Hyatt Concierge
  • 70 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award
  • 80 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award
  • 90 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award
  • 100 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award
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Club Access Rewards Basics World of Hyatt

While most World of Hyatt Milestone Rewards benefits are pretty straightforward, club access rewards can be confusing. Each Club Access Award can be used to access a hotel’s Club Lounge for a stay of up to seven consecutive nights.

Club Access Rewards are valid on eligible paid rates (including Hyatt Privé rates), as well as free nights and Points + Cash bookings. However, they are not eligible for reservations with free night certificates or non-qualifying paid rates. You can apply them prior to your stay by contacting Hyatt Reservations, as there is no way to redeem them through your online World of Hyatt account.

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How can Globalist Members redeem Club Access Bonuses?

World of Hyatt Globalist members can earn four club access rewards per year through the Milestone Rewards program, which can be confusing.

Why? Because Globalist members already have guaranteed access to the club lounge. Additionally, these Club Lounge Access Rewards are non-transferable, so you cannot use them for a stay on someone else’s behalf.

Compare that to suite upgrade rewards, which are valuable because they allow you to confirm a suite upgrade in advance, whereas as a Globalist member you would otherwise only get room upgrades subject to availability upon check-in.

What value are club access rewards supposed to have for Globalist members? Well, there are two circumstances in which they could be useful:

  • When a Globalist member books two rooms, a club lounge access bonus can be used to guarantee lounge access for the second room; so you can use it for your friends and family, but only if they are traveling with you
  • Globalist members can use Club Lounge Access Rewards to secure lounge access for themselves in case they do not requalify for status, and they have Club Lounge Access Rewards that are valid longer than their status

As I said, club access rewards cannot be granted only to friends and family traveling alone, so they are of fairly limited value.

Finally, keep in mind that as a Globalist member, you can make a guest of honor reservation for others using your points, and they will then receive Globalist benefits. So it only has value if someone is traveling with you for a paid stay, not a points stay.

Redeem your Club Access Award at Hyatt Regency Tashkent

At the end of the line

The World of Hyatt Milestone Rewards program offers valuable benefits such as suite upgrade awards, bonus points and free night certificates. The benefit that tends to cause the most confusion for Globalist members is club access rewards, since Globalist members already have guaranteed access to the club.

Obviously, these are valuable to other elite members who would otherwise not have access to the club lounge, while they are less valuable to Globalist members. I know I have 12 on my account right now.

Hopefully the above explains the relatively rare circumstances in which you can benefit as a Globalist member.

Typically when I travel with others and stay at the Hyatt, I make a guest of honor reservation for the second room, but when staying with a fee, I might also see myself using an access reward to the club for the second bedroom, so my friends and family can get access as well.

If you have used World of Hyatt Club Access Bonuses, what was your experience?

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