Hyatt Guest of Honor: What Is It and Why Use It?

I’ve written previously about my upcoming stay at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, which I booked with points. Upon researching the resort, I found out that the cost of food is insanely expensive. I’m talking a $70 lunch for two people! The hotel does include a Grand Club, which provides breakfast and evening appetizers and is accessible to World of Hyatt Globalist members. However, I’m just a mere peasant Discoverist, courtesy of The Hyatt Credit Card.

Related: How I Booked a $7,000 10-Night Trip to the Caribbean for $800

Ways to Enter the Grand Club Lounge

So, how do I access the lounge to avoid the meal sticker shock? I could have booked a Grand Club room for 27,000 Hyatt points per night or redeemed 3,000 points for every eligible paid night. In my case, I booked a standard room for 20,000 points per night, so none of those options apply to me. Explorist members can use on of their four annual club passes, but again, my Discoverist status is not eligible. I can pay for lounge access at check-in, but who wants to do that? Or I can get access by being a Guest of Honor.

What is a Hyatt Guest of Honor?

World of Hyatt Globalist members can pass on their Globalist benefits to a Guest of Honor by booking an award stay on his or her behalf. Luckily for me, one of my friends has reached Globalist status recently, and I unashamedly asked her to re-book my stay. She didn’t have 100,000 points in her Hyatt account, so I canceled my stay and transferred the points to her.

Related: How to Transfer World of Hyatt Points to Another Member

The point transfer usually takes a couple of days, but in this case it took a few weeks for unknown to me reasons. I called to double check the status, and the phone representative said he couldn’t locate my original point-combining request at all, after which I emailed another one, and my friend faxed the third copy for good measure.

What If Your Point Balance Isn’t Sufficient?

If you’re a Globalist member and you don’t have sufficient points to complete a reservation, that’s OK. If you’re short and someone can transfer you the points or you can earn some before your stay, your reservation will be valid. However, Hyatt will change your rate to the paid rate if your account doesn’t have the balance to cover your stay within seven days of your arrival to the property.

In Conclusion

I’m super excited to be able to experience my stay like a World of Hyatt Globalist, thanks to my friend. If I get a room upgrade, great. If not, that’s also fine. I’m more thankful for receiving access to the club lounge, which will reduce our food costs significantly. Because after you book your flights with airline miles and rooms with hotel points, there are always other vacation costs to consider. If only I could get tropical cocktails on the beach covered somehow, too…

Have you ever benefited from a friend’s Hyatt Globalist (formerly known as Diamond) status?

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Anya Kartashova

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