Last December, World of Hyatt announced the introduction of Milestone Rewards. With this, World of Hyatt created rewards for every 10 qualifying nights you pass in a calendar year. I’d say these changes were a net positive. Nothing was really being taken away, but potentially it meant you could receive richer rewards more often.
Details of Hyatt’s Milestone Rewards
As a reminder, Hyatt’s elite tier thresholds are as follows:
- Discoverist status: 10 qualifying nights or 25,000 base points (equivalent to $5,000 of spend)
- Explorist status: 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points (equivalent to $10,000 of spend)
- Globalist status: 60 qualifying nights or 100,000 base points (equivalent to $20,000 of spend)
The Milestone Rewards are as follows:
- 10 qualifying nights or 25,000 base points — earn Discoverist status
- 20 qualifying nights or 35,000 base points — earn 2 club lounge access awards
- 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points — earn Explorist status, plus earn 2 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 — 2 suite upgrade awards
- 60 qualifying nights or 100,000 base points — earn Globalist status, plus 2 suite upgrade awards, plus a Category 1-7 free night award
- 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
Redeem your Category 1-7 free night at the Park Hyatt Maldives
What are club access awards?
Club access awards can each be used for access to a hotel’s club lounge for a stay of up to seven consecutive nights. This is valid on eligible paid rates, as well as free night awards, and Points + Cash bookings. It’s not eligible on bookings with free night certificates or non-eligible paid rates, though.
Use your club access award at the Hyatt Regency Kiev
How can Globalist members use club access awards?
It’s only with the introduction of Milestone Rewards that Globalist members receive club access awards. Someone who requalifies for Globalist status would earn four club access awards, which is sort of confusing.
Why? Because Globalist members already received guaranteed lounge access. Furthermore, these club lounge access awards aren’t transferable, so you can’t use these for a stay in someone else’s name.
So what value are these even supposed to have for Globalist members? Well, there are two circumstances under which they could come in handy:
- When a Globalist member books two rooms, a lounge access award can be used to secure lounge access for the second room; so you can use this for friends and family, but only if they’re traveling with you
- Globalist members can use club lounge access awards to secure lounge access for themselves in the event they don’t requalify for status; lounge access awards are valid for the entire year after which they’re earned, so if you didn’t requalify for Globalist status in 2020, you could use them to secure lounge access then
Like I said, these can’t just be given to friends and family traveling alone, so they do have fairly limited value.
Lastly, keep in mind that as a Globalist member you can make a Guest of Honor booking for others using your points, and then they receive Globalist benefits. So this is only potentially valuable when someone is traveling withy you on a paid stay, and not a points stay.
Use your club access award at the Hyatt Regency Tashkent
I like Hyatt’s new Milestone Rewards, though many are confused by Globalist members now receiving four club lounge access awards per year. Hopefully the above explains the relatively few circumstances under which you can get value out of them.
Typically when traveling with others and staying at Hyatt I’ll make a Guest of Honor booking for the second room, but on a paid stay I could also see myself using a club access award for the second room, so my friends/family can get access as well.