Hyatt club lounges can be tough to get into for free. They're available to World of Hyatt members with the highest tiers of elite status, Globalist, and they're also sometimes offered as a benefit to other members through one-off certificates.
But even without that status or the certificates, you can often pay extra to get into them by booking a club level room. And while these rooms are more expensive than your standard room, they can be worth it by cutting your dining expenses — especially if you're a constant snacker or are traveling with at least one other person (or your whole family).
Hyatt club lounges do vary depending on brand, property and location. But once you have club access, expect a big cut to your dining expenses, given that these lounges typical provide free breakfast and snacks throughout the day. They also offer quiet spaces with fWi-Fi and work areas for when you need a change of hotel scenery.
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Club Lounge has outdoor seating with ocean views. Image courtesy of Hyatt.
Where you can find Hyatt lounges
Not every Hyatt hotel has a lounge. And what's especially annoying about Hyatt is that it's not exactly easy to tell which ones do. You'll typically need to read the description for each property to find this info.
For example, the Grand Hyatt Denver lists lounge information under Club Level room rates. As this information can be hard to find, your best bet is to call the hotel directly to confirm lounge access, amenities and hours. In general, you’re more likely to find lounges at Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency properties, though you can also find lounges in the Park Hyatt brand.
The Churchill lounge at the Hyatt Regency London is ideal for getting work done. Image courtesy of Hyatt.
Who has access to Hyatt lounges
Lounges are a premium benefit, and only the most elite status frequent travelers typically have unlimited, free access. For Hyatt, this means Globalist-level members of their loyalty program have lounge access at every Hyatt property with a lounge.
You can reach Globalist level by logging 60 nights at a Hyatt property, accruing 100,000 base points or hosting 20 eligible meetings. A Globalist member can bring the registered guests of their room (up to two adults total and two children) into a Hyatt lounge.
Other guests also have access through a number of additional options.
» Learn More: The complete guide to Hyatt elite status
The roof deck at the Grand Hyatt New York lounge offers a reprieve from the bustle of the city. Image courtesy of Hyatt.
How to access Hyatt lounges without Globalist status
You do, at some properties, have the opportunity to buy a room rate that includes lounge access. For example, at the Park Hyatt Melbourne, a king room with club access would run approximately an additional $88 compared to the standard king room.
If you don’t think you’ll eat or drink enough to merit that additional cost, there are a few other ways to access Hyatt lounges that don’t require Globalist elite status. Primarily, Milestone Benefits, which still focus on the Hyatt loyalty program, can get you in the door. After only 20 nights or 35,000 base points, you'll receive two club lounge access awards.
These cannot be gifted, but they are valid for 14 months after the year in which they are earned ends. Earn the award in March of 2020, and you're set until the end of February 2022. There are some limitations on using these certificates, though. You’ll want to make sure you book your stay with points or cash in order to be eligible to use the certificate, and they’re only good for stays of up to seven nights. If you want lounge access for longer stays, you’ll have to book the two reservations separately, apply two award certificates, then link the reservations through the hotel to be sure they can accommodate you without having to move rooms.
After 30 nights or 50,000 base points, you can choose to receive another two club lounge access awards. At the next tier of milestone awards, 60 nights, you'll have made it to Globalist status and will have lounge access automatically.
Breakfast options at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa are abundant, and easily make an ultra-filling meal. Image courtesy of Hyatt.
Fast tracking to lounge access with a credit card
World of Hyatt Credit Card can help you in your quest for getting Hyatt lounge access. With a $95 annual fee, this card automatically gives you five nights toward status, taking the total nights you have to earn for Globalist and its accompanying lounge perk down to 55. Moreover, it gives you the opportunity to earn even more qualifying nights, without even stepping foot in a Hyatt. For every $5,000 in eligible purchases on the card, you'll receive an additional two nights toward status. Using this strategy, you could become a Hyatt Globalist elite member by spending around $140,000 on the card.
Most people will probably lean toward a combination of purchases and stays to reach the 60 qualifying nights for Globalist eligibility. New members can get a bonus of: Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent. These bonus points alone will net you enough for a few free nights, which, when redeemed, will count as qualifying nights toward elite status.
Fill up on coffee, pastries, yogurts and fresh foods before a day at the theme parks during a visit to the Hyatt Regency Orlando — or have a glass of wine at the lounge upon return. Image courtesy of Hyatt.
Other lounge access options
While we’ve primarily discussed obtaining lounge access by earning eligible nights toward Globalist status, it’s also possible to earn through eligible purchases. It takes 100,000 base points to become a Globalist-level elite. World of Hyatt Credit Card allows you earn 5 base points per eligible dollar spent at World of Hyatt. This means $20,000 of eligible purchases at Hyatt properties, including restaurants and on-site amenities, will get you Globalist status and the elite lounge access that comes with it.
Hyatt lounge access can be a valuable perk for your hotel stay if the cost and resources necessary for obtaining it make sense for you.