Hyatt Award category changes January 22, 2015 take effect with 22 hotels moving up one category and 48 hotels moving down. This is about 4% of hotels worldwide moving up and 9% moving down.
Make your 2015 award reservations by January 21 to lock in lower points rates for hotels moving up in category. Hyatt will proactively redeposit points for awards already reserved for hotels going down in category. The new award rates become effective at 12:01am CST (Chicago time) on January 22, 2015.
Hyatt Properties Moving Down in Award Category
I like seeing twice as many hotels dropping to category 1 at 5,000 points per night than hotels moving out of category 1. There are 14 hotels, all in the USA, in Hyatt House and Hyatt Place brands moving from category 2 to category 1 award nights. There are 7 hotels moving up from category 1 to category 2.
The hotels of note are category 5 hotels dropping to category 4. These properties become available using the Hyatt Visa Anniversary night.
- Grand Hyatt Washington D.C.
- Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans
- Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs, FL
- Hyatt Grand Cypress, Orland, FL
- Hyatt Regency La Jolla, San Diego, CA
- MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
Hyatt Regency Savannah, Georgia stands out to me since I stayed at the hotel this year and it was no contest in the choice between the boutique Andaz Savannah and convention style Hyatt Regency Savannah, both at category 4. The category change will likely reduce award pressure on Andaz Savannah for Hyatt Gold Passport members choosing to spend 12,000 points for Hyatt Regency Savannah rather than 15,000 points for Andaz Savannah.
What are the current point redemption values for each free night award category?
Category 1 = 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 2 = 8,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 3 = 12,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 4 = 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 5 = 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 6 = 25,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 7 = 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Hyatt Properties Moving Up in Award Category
There are no real surprises here, except for the fact that so few hotels are rising in award category. The new Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar outside Nassau in the Bahamas is rising in award category prior to opening. This is one hotel to consider for the Hyatt Visa anniversary certificate limited to category 4 hotels, but it may not even be available to book before the change.
Amsterdam, Nice and the Maldives are not a surprise to see going up.
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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