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Matched Hyatt Explorist Status Still Earns Additional Club Access Milestone Rewards (Data Point)

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A recent stay at the new Hyatt Regency Seattle put us at the 20-night mark for 2019 to earn a Milestone Reward

UPDATE 4/17/2019, 11:40 am Central time – A few days ago, just after we’d left on our Italy trip, I received an email from Hyatt with the subject line, “You Earned It – Enjoy Two Club Lounge Access Awards on Us.” The email seemingly confirms that the additional 2 club access awards discussed in this article were intentionally deposited by Hyatt and not a mistake. We’ve inserted a screenshot of the body of this email into the text below.

Here’s a quick data point for those who used our tips to earn Hyatt Explorist status by matching from MLife Gold and earned Club Access Awards through the match. (See our article, How to Use MGM’s MLife Program to Generate Explorist Status with Hyatt – and for Now, 8 Club Lounge Access Awards!)

We matched to Hyatt Explorist after hitting MLife Gold in January 2019. At that time, Philly and I each received 4 Club Lounge Access Awards. (Unfortunately, since 2/28/19, you’ll no longer earn Club Access Awards through an MLife Gold-to-Hyatt Explorist match.)

Around the same time, Hyatt introduced “Milestone Rewards” for the World of Hyatt program beginning in 2019. Under the “Milestone Rewards” chart, one benefit is 2 Club Lounge Access Awards. 2 Awards are granted after 20 qualifying nights in a year, and 2 additional Awards are granted after 30 qualifying nights.

Here’s the relevant portion of the Hyatt “Milestone Rewards” chart showing that you’ll earn 2 Club Lounge Access Awards at 20 and 30 nights:

When we earned Explorist status by matching from MLife Gold, however, our expectation was that we would not be eligible to earn additional Club Lounge Access Awards as “Milestone Rewards” during 2019. This was because we had already earned 4 Awards during 2019. (Unfortunately, I can’t put my hands on whatever I read to get the impression that we would not earn additional Awards.)

We’re happy to report, though, that when we hit 20 nights with a stay at the new Hyatt Regency Seattle this week, we received 2 more Club Lounge Access Awards!

Our account now shows 6 Club Lounge Access Awards earned for 2019. And better yet, even though the original Awards were set to expire on 2/28/2020, our account now shows that all of our Awards are now valid through 2/28/2021!

UPDATE 4/17/2019, 11:40 am Central time – We also received a confirmatory email from Hyatt regarding the 2 additional Club Access Awards, with the subject line, “You Earned It – Enjoy Two Club Lounge Access Awards on Us.” The email seemingly confirms that the additional 2 club access awards discussed in this article were intentionally deposited by Hyatt and not a mistake.

Body of email from Hyatt confirming that we earned 2 additional Club Access Awards with 20 qualifying nights

Granted, this is a pretty narrow data point – but a lot of people were excited about Vegas-related status matches at the beginning of this year as a result of our articles and some on other blogs. So, we wanted to make sure and share this positive and unexpected data point.

Hopefully anyone who did the same MLife Gold-to-Hyatt Explorist match and already received 4 Awards will have this same result when they reach 20 and 30 nights during 2019. The great news with this is that we won’t have to be so careful about when to use our Club Lounge Access Awards as we’re Going for Globalist in 2019.

Quick Reminder About Hyatt Club Lounge Access Awards

As a refresher, here’s the basic info about Hyatt Club Lounge Access Awards:

  • They must be redeemed prior to check-in, by calling Hyatt at 888-454-9288 or 402-952-1124
  • They’re available at Hyatt properties that have a Club lounge
    • But not at Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Miraval, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Residence Club hotels and resorts, or MGM/MLife properties
  • They’re good for up to a maximum of 7 consecutive nights
  • You can use them in connection with paid nights, points redemptions, or nights paid with points + cash
    • But not when you’ve used a free night certificate (for example, from the Hyatt credit card or as a World of Hyatt milestone reward)
  • Club Lounge access generally includes continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres

We’ve used one Club Lounge Access Award to date, at the new Hyatt Regency Seattle. The Regency Club there is excellent, with a full breakfast including hot items and meats, snacks and drinks throughout the day, and heavy hot hors d’oeuvres and desserts in the evening. Having Club Lounge access there was a great treat!

Hyatt Regency Seattle – Regency Club Lounge – breakfast set-up
Hyatt Regency Seattle – Regency Club Lounge – one of the large seating areas

Do you have any other relevant data points on this subject? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!

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3 thoughts on “Matched Hyatt Explorist Status Still Earns Additional Club Access Milestone Rewards (Data Point)

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  2. Rich

    Hey Craig,

    as a Globalist I already have access to the club lounges all the time, but I also have the milestone awards for club access that you mentioned on your website.

    I don’t believe I can gift these awards, so these awards seem redundant in my case?

    Any ideas what a Globalist can do with these milestone club access awards?

    Good luck as a read you are aiming to achieve Globalist status this year. I think the value achieved through the room upgrades makes it a very worthwhile status to pursue.

    Warm regards,

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Hi Rich – Many thanks for the very nice comment and the encouragement as we work our way toward Globalist this year. As of now, we’re up to 30 nights (but this includes the easy 5 from holding the Chase WoH credit card and a few more from spend on that card). We’ll get there one way or another!

      As for your question about the milestone club access awards – Lucky at OMAAT wrote a good article on this a couple of months ago, so I’ll give him full credit for this answer. In short, you can use the club access awards as Globalist (1) if you’re reserving 2 rooms at the same time – in this case, you can use an award to get club access for the people in your 2nd room; or (2) next year, if you don’t re-qualify for Globalist this year, since they’re valid until 2/28/21. I don’t have any more ideas than that. Those are very narrow circumstances, but maybe there’s some chance to use them if you’re traveling with family or friends.

      Every time we stay at a Marriott as Titanium and don’t get upgraded (that is, pretty much every time we stay at Marriott), I more and more look forward to getting to Globalist with Hyatt!

      Thanks again for reading Middle Age Miles, and I hope you continue to enjoy it! ~Craig

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