View from the Wing posted a list today of 9 Hyatt Hotels changing reward category as of 12:01am Wednesday, December 13. Then the news spread to Weekly Flyer, One Mile at a Time, Mommy Points, Deals We Like, Magic of Miles.
No news on these changes on The Points Guy. Million Mile Secrets posted the news, but credits One Mile at a Time.
No announcement on hotel category changes made on FlyerTalk from a Hyatt representative. Someone started this thread and posted a link to View from the Wing in the Hyatt Forum.
No link to an official World of Hyatt notification on any of these blog posts.
And no email from World of Hyatt to me about any changes.
Few complaints from the blogosphere
For me this is a total non-event, I haven’t stayed at any of these hotels and have no current plans to either. Although the Confidante hotel looks pretty cool in a retro Miami art deco sort of way and that’s becoming more accessible.
The good news is that not many hotels are changing categories — eight hotels are going up in price, and one hotel is going down in price. I’m frustrated by the lack of notice here, but then again this is a fairly minor adjustment.
Most of the properties increasing in award rate aren’t that exciting to me
The Final Two Pennies
You only have until 11:59 pm tomorrow, Tuesday December 12th to make reservations at the current redemption amounts. That’s less than ideal. Thankfully, it’s such a small list of hotels.
Any time I see an e-mail with the subject “category changes” I get a bit nervous. This is absolutely the happiest I’ve ever been with a list of annual hotel category changes.
No news directly from Hyatt is the big news story to me.
The main news story to me is not the changes, but the lack of no direct news from Hyatt regarding these hotel reward category changes.
Tuesday, December 12 is the last day to book Hyatt Place Santa Cruz for 8,000 points before it rises to 15,000 points or Hyatt Camel Highlands Inn for 25,000 points per night before it rises to 30,000 points on Wednesday, Dec 13 according to these bloggers.
Both of these Hyatt hotels are located in my Monterey Bay, California neighborhood.
Does an email from World of Hyatt to a few bloggers now constitute adequate member notification of global hotel loyalty program changes affecting millions of World of Hyatt members?
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