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The new World of Hyatt site and program is now live and we are getting our first opportunity to see the full terms and conditions of some features, as well as get some-first hand experience with how it all works in practice. While there are many new facets to this program, here are three things to know on World of Hyatt Day 1.
Details on the Four Explorist Club Access Awards
Second tier Hyatt elites, called Explorists, now receive four annual “Club Access Awards” to permit their party to have access to a club lounge on stays of up to seven days in length on eligible stays booked on points, cash, or a points + cash rate. While obviously full Diamond/Globalist benefits are preferable to these four awards, I still think this is a pretty nice perk for second tier elites as lounge access is very convenient and can dramatically knock down food costs for a family by providing breakfast, snacks, drinks, and even a light dinner if you really stretch it.
Of course, some lounges are better than others, so I would look to use these awards at a resort or more upscale property where you are staying for a longer period of time, when other reasonably priced food alternatives are scarce, and on the clubs that are are generally better stocked. Some good examples that come to mind are Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hyatt Regency Churchill, Hyatt Lost Pines, Hyatt Regency Maui, etc.
This perk seemed pretty straight-forward to me, but based on a peek at this Flyertalk thread, it seems some folks are disappointed that the Club Access awards won’t work at properties where there isn’t a club lounge…which is a fair number of properties. I assume this is related to the old Hyatt Diamond benefit where you got full breakfast in the hotel restaurant if there wasn’t a club lounge, or if it was closed during your stay. However, this is not the case with the Club Access awards as they are only valid at properties where there is a club, they don’t provide breakfast outside of a club, and are also not valid at Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, or Hyatt Residence Club hotels and resorts, or M life Resorts.
I know that sounds like a bunch of restrictions, but really they are what they say they are…club access awards. No more, and no less. There are a bunch of popular properties where the club access awards could be quite useful and save a family hundreds of dollars on food costs over the course of a week so don’t forget to make use of them.
Free Night for Globalists Loaded and Bookable Online
If you are a top tier Hyatt Globalist as of today, then you got a lovely welcoming present to the new program in the form of a Free Night Award that is valid for stays through February 28, 2018 at any Hyatt property around the world (though not at M life hotels). You can book the free night online, and it is even valid for the all-inclusive properties like my much beloved Hyatt Ziva Cancun…which is exactly where I recommend families put it to good use.
Keep in mind that this particular one-time award is valid for a year, but the similar free night award that Globalists will earn after 60 eligible nights in a calendar year is only valid for 120 days.
Globalist Suite Upgrades to Award Stays
If you have top tier Hyatt Globalist status and the four confirmed suite upgrades that come along with it to apply to reservations through February 28, 2018, remember that you can now also use them on award stays. This is really huge as some of the nicest Hyatt properties with the most amazing suites are the ones where you are probably staying on points instead of cash, and now you don’t have to just pray that points + cash availability will pop up to be able to use a suite upgrade. You can book a standard award stay using points and then plop a confirmed suite upgrade on top of it to spread out at some amazing hotels and resorts.
That said, there do appear to be some “roll out” issues with these upgrades getting processed appropriately on award stays, so double check your reservations if you are applying a suite in the coming days.
In the coming days I also plan to team up with Hyatt give away Hyatt Globalist status to a Mommy Points reader, so stay tuned for great giveaway!
What are your thoughts and to-do’s on Day 1 of the new World of Hyatt?
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