When Will Hyatt Lounges Open Again?
World of Hyatt Globalist status is widely touted as the most rewarding status out there. It is tops for hotel status in many people’s mind and maybe even one of the best statuses out there including airlines etc. I can admit that Globalist status is pretty amazing, even if I don’t think it is a great fit for me. One of the more (most?) valuable perks of Globalist status is the free breakfast. This sometimes comes in the form of over $100 in credit at the hotel’s restaurant or a nice spread set up in the club lounge. That is if the lounge is open at least. Covid saw a lot of lounges shuttered, across all hotel brands, and we have yet to see many of them open still to this day. This is epecially true domestically.
This leads everyone to wondering, when will Hyatt lounges open again? Are the rumblings of them never opening again from hotel staff true? What about those lounge access awards? Can they be used elsewhere because they are worthless right now? I reached out and got answers to all of these questions.
Club Access Awards Have Seen Their Value Greatly Diminished
In my post about giving World of Hyatt Globalist status the boot after just one year I said that Explorist status has always been good enough for me in the past. A lot of that is because I often stay at Hyatt Place and Hyatt House properties where breakfast is free for all. That, and the fact all of the rooms are already mini suites means status isn’t very valuable during these stays.
I also said that the times where breakfast comes in handy I have my club access award certs to gain lounge access. That used to be true at least. Last week I started thinking about just how useless those access awards are right now. Most domestic lounges are still closed and free breakfast is coming at the hotel’s restaurant or via a grab and go set up. This may be preferred by Hyatt Globalists, breakfast in the restaurant instead of the lounge, but for anyone relying on Club Access Awards that doesn’t offer them anything. I think Hyatt recognized this and that is why they were giving points for expiring awards late last year.
Could Club Access Awards Become More Valuable?
We have had numerous reports of employees telling people they didn’t think the Hyatt club lounges were ever going to open again. That would make sense for the hotels, you could defer that cost and have the people with status just eat in the restaurant. Killing two birds with one stone essentially. I believe the hotels are handsomely rewarded for the breakfast by World of Hyatt too. That could be a major reason for the delay in reopening the lounges in my opinion. Well, that, plus the staffing issues everyone is having.
This all had me wondering if maybe Hyatt was considering allowing the Club Access Awards to be used as a free breakfast pass instead. This would give Explorist members their value back, and allow hotels to continue the system they are already running. I reached out to our World of Hyatt contact and after a few days of digging I was told that was not in the plans at this time.
So, When Will Hyatt Lounges Open Again?
Here was my question on Hyatt lounges reopening and the club access awards:
I wanted to reach out with a question about the Milestone Rewards and the Lounge Access Certs. I know that these are the big perk that mid tier Hyatt Elites (Discoverist – Explorist) earn along the way but with so many lounges still closed they are much less valuable and more difficult to use than before. We are also hearing rumblings from many of the properties that some of the lounges may never open again.
I was wondering if there were any plans to adjust these certificates? Could they be used for free breakfast during your stay instead (like the Globalist perk)? Any info we could pass along to our readers that have this sitting in their accounts would be much appreciated.
Here is the response on the matter:
…We understand that members are eager to use their Club Lounge Access Awards and we are partnering with teams to get our Clubs open safely in the coming months to ensure that members can continue to get the most out of their rewards.
Currently, Club Lounge Access Awards can only be used for Club Lounges. Club Lounges will remain a signature experience of Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency with the majority of club levels at Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency hotels available in the Europe Middle East, Southwest Asia, and Asia-Pacific regions. In the Americas, club operations currently have limited availability at many hotels but are en route to reopening shortly.
Hyatt Lounge Access: Final Thoughts