May022010

Hyatt Gold Passport Hotel Award Category Changes June 4, 2010

Hyatt Gold Passport announced hotel award category changes effective June 4, 2010. The major change is the addition of a new high-end hotel category 6 award level at 22,000 points per night. There will be 20 hotels in the new category 6 award level.

Category shifts in the 411 hotel chain will see 89 hotels (21.7%) moving to a higher award category and 65 hotels (15.8%) moving to a lower level as of June 4. The majority of the hotels moving up are in the upper half of the award categories while the hotels moving down are primarily (70%) category 2 hotels (8,000 points per night) moving to category 1 (5,000 points per night).

The member friendly aspect of the impending changes is the transparency Hyatt Gold Passport has given by publishing all the category changes five weeks before the changes take effect. I slammed Hilton and Marriott earlier this year for announcing hotel category changes, but not giving members the complete changes in advance and a window of opportunity to book hotel awards before the hotels changed category levels.

Hyatt Gold Passport members have five weeks in which to book hotel awards before the changes take effect. Award night reservations booked before June 4 for stays after June 4 may be modified for up to 90 days (through September 2, 2010).

FAQ for Hyatt Gold Passport changes.

Hyatt Gold Passport Award Categories in High Definition

411 Hotels

  • Category 1 = 97 hotels (23.6%)  5,000 points per night
  • Category 2 = 147 hotels (35.8%) 8,000 points per night
  • Category 3 = 66 hotels (16.1%) 12,000 points per night
  • Category 4 = 50 hotels (12.2%) 15,000 points per night
  • Category 5 = 31 hotels (7.5%) 18,000 points per night
  • Category 6 = 20 hotels (4.9%) 22,000 points

Hyatt Gold Passport Hotels in new Category 6 award level as of June 4, 2010

  1. Highlands Inn, a Hyatt Hotel (Carmel Highlands, California)
  2. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa (Huntington Beach, California)
  3. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (Colorado)
  4. Hyatt Key West (Florida)
  5. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa (Hawaii)
  6. Hyatt Regency Maui (Hawaii)
  7. Park Hyatt Chicago (Illinois)
  8. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe (Nevada)
  9. Grand Hyatt New York (New York)
  10. Park Hyatt Washington (District of Columbia)
  11. Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino (Aruba)
  12. Hyatt Regency Paris – Madeleine (France)
  13. Park Hyatt Paris Vendome (France)
  14. Park Hyatt Milan (Italy)
  15. Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow  (Russia)
  16. Park Hyatt Zurich (Switzerland)
  17. Hyatt Regency London The Churchill (United Kingdom)
  18. Park Hyatt Sydney (Australia)
  19. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong (China)
  20. Park Hyatt Tokyo (Japan)

Category 1 Awards (97 hotels)

  • 46 hotels dropped from category 2 to category 1
  • 51 hotels unchanged

Category 2 Awards (147 hotels)

  • 18 hotels increased category 1 to category 2
  • 12 hotels decreased category 3 to category 2
  • 117 hotels unchanged

Category 3 Awards (66 hotels)

  • 2 hotels increased category 1 to category 3
  • 12 hotels increased category 2 to category 3
  • 6 hotels decreased category 4 to category 3
  • 46 hotels unchanged

Category 4 Awards (50 hotels)

  • 1 hotel increased category 2 to category 4
  • 16 hotels increased category 3 to category 4
  • 1 hotel decreased category 5 to category 4
  • 32 hotels unchanged

Category 5 Awards (31 hotels)

  • 3 hotels increased category 3 to category 5
  • 17 hotels increased category 4 to category 5
  • 11 hotels unchanged

Category 6 Awards

  • 5 hotels increased category 4 to category 6
  • 15 hotels increased category 5 to category 6

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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