Hyatt Properties Moving Up and Down in Award Categories 2013

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Hyatt has now released a list of properties moving up and down in award categories on Hyatt Insiders that is a private invitation only community run by Hyatt.  You can access the page on Hyatt.com here.

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You have until midnight February 6, 2013, to book the hotels that are moving up at the old rate and you can modify those reservations until March 15, 2013, without having to reprice them at a higher points cost. For properties that are moving down, you should see an automatic credit for the points deposited back to your account for the difference.

The changes compared to the devaluation of 2011 are minor. You have only 7 hotels moving up in categories and 10 moving down.

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It is not a surprise that the Hyatt Regency Incheon is moving up. It was a very good value at 8000 points per night. Now, that the Hyatt Santa Barbara has been redone, the category is going up as well. The Hyatt 48 Lex and Grand Hyatt Tokyo moving up in categories? These necessarily doesn’t make too much sense.

Conclusion

We should soon learn about category adjustments from other hotel chains as well. These Hyatt changes are rather non-event.

Here are the frequently asked questions by Hyatt about this change:

1. What changed about the Hyatt Gold Passport Award Chart, and when did those changes become effective?
Effective February 7, 2013, Hyatt Gold Passport will adjust the award categories for 17 hotels.

Hotels Shifting Award Categories
There will be some hotels that move into a higher category and some hotels that will move to a lower category.

2. How many hotels are shifting to a higher category?
Seven hotels will move into a higher award category. Free night award redemptions at these hotels will require additional Hyatt Gold Passport points effective February 7, 2013:

Hotel Current Category New Category
HYATT house San Ramon 1 2
Hyatt Place Louisville-East 1 2
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore 1 3
Hyatt Regency Incheon 2 3
Hyatt Santa Barbara 3 4
Hyatt 48 Lex 4 5
Grand Hyatt Tokyo 5 6

3. How many hotels are shifting to a lower category?
Ten hotels will move into a lower award category. Free night award redemptions at these hotels will require fewer Hyatt Gold Passport points effective February 7, 2013:

Hotel Current Category New Category
Hyatt Place Chantilly/Dulles Airport-South 2 1
Hyatt Place Tulsa/Southern Hills 2 1
Hyatt Place Sterling/Dulles Airport-North 2 1
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque 2 1
Hyatt Regency Greenville 2 1
HYATT house Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville 3 2
Hyatt Place Las Vegas 3 2
Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa 4 3
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort 5 4
Park Hyatt Toronto 5 4

4. 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 = 18,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 6 = 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points

5. For free night award redemption reservations made before January 3, 2013, which award chart will be effective?
All free night award redemptions booked before February 7, 2013 will follow the current Award Chart. For example, if you book an award night prior to February 7, 2013 for a stay that occurs on February 7, 2013 or after, the current Award Chart will apply. Any free night award redemptions booked on February 7, 2013 or after will follow the new Award Chart.

6. How will award nights booked prior to February 7, 2013 be impacted if the hotel I am staying at now requires more or fewer points?

Redemptions for Hotels Moving to a Higher Category
Any award night booked at a property prior to February 7, 2013 that is shifting to a higher category on February 7, 2013 and requires more points will not be affected. Reservations will remain in place at the original point level. For example, an award night booked at a Category 1 hotel for 5,000 points before February 7, 2013 that is moving to a Category 2 hotel for 8,000 points on February 7, 2013, will remain at 5,000 points.

Redemptions for Hotels Moving to a Lower Category
A member who books an award night at a property prior to February 7, 2013 that is shifting to a lower category on February 7, 2013 and requires fewer points will receive an adjustment. Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service will proactively deposit the point difference into a member’s account. For example, a member with an award night booked before February 7, 2013 for a Category 2 hotel for 8,000 points that is moving to a Category 1 hotel for 5,000 points on February 7, 2013, will receive 3,000 points returned to his/her account. Points will be deposited into a member’s account after February 7, 2013.

7. After February 7, 2013, how will Hyatt handle modifications to existing reservations?
Any award night reservations booked before February 7, 2013, for dates after February 7, 2013, can be modified through March 15, 2013 – following the terms of the current Award Chart. Any modifications made to these reservations after March 15, 2013 will follow the terms of the new Award Chart, effective February 7, 2013.

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