Hyatt Award Chart Changes March 18, 2019

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Hyatt today made an announcement about World of Hyatt award chart changes that will take effect on March 18, 2019.

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There are total of 259 hotels of which 130 will require more points while 129 will require less after the change.

You can access Hyatt’s page for changes here.

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Award Category Changes UP

Hyatt Award Category Changes 2019 UP

Award Category Changes DOWN

Hyatt Award Category Changes 2019 DOWN

Here are the changes:

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Although the number of properties moving up and down is roughly the same, it is clear that those properties where members actually redeem their points are moving up and those that see few redemptions will become cheaper.

The majority of changes UP are taking place in Western countries and especially in the United States while the properties in countries such as Turkey, India and China are becoming more attractive point wise.

Here are the frequently asked questions by Hyatt:

1. Why is the Award Chart Changing?

Every year World of Hyatt performs an audit of the number of points required to redeem a free night and Points + Cash at each property. A hotel’s award category may be adjusted based on the current market conditions.

2. How will the World of Hyatt Award Chart change?

Some hotels will move to a higher category, and some hotels will move to a lower category. No other changes are being made to the chart at this time.

3. When will the changes to the award chart become effective?

Effective 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, World of Hyatt will adjust the award categories for 259 hotels.

4. How many hotels are shifting to a higher category?

130 hotels will move to a higher award category. Free night award redemptions at these hotels will require additional World of Hyatt points for reservations made beginning at 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019.

5. How many hotels are shifting to a lower category?

129 hotels will move to a lower award category. Free night award redemptions at these hotels will require fewer World of Hyatt points effective 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019.

6. What are the current point redemption values for each free night award category?

  1. Category 1 = 5,000 World of Hyatt points
  2. Category 2 = 8,000 World of Hyatt points
  3. Category 3 = 12,000 World of Hyatt points
  4. Category 4 = 15,000 World of Hyatt points
  5. Category 5 = 20,000 World of Hyatt points
  6. Category 6 = 25,000 World of Hyatt points
  7. Category 7 = 30,000 World of Hyatt points
  8. Category 8 = 40,000 World of Hyatt points

7. Are any existing Hyatt hotels moving into Category 8?

No existing Hyatt properties are moving into Category 8 with this change.

8. For free night award redemption reservations made before 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, which award chart will be effective?

All free night award redemptions booked before 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, will follow the current Award Chart. For example, if you book an award night prior to 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, for a stay that occurs on March 18th or after, the current Award Chart will apply. Any free night award redemptions booked at 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, or after will follow the new Award Chart.

9. For Category 1-4 awards (including Hyatt Credit card anniversary awards) reservations made before 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, which award chart will be effective?

All Hyatt Category 1-4 free night awards booked before 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, will follow the current Award Chart. For example, if you book a category 1-4 free night award night prior to 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, for a stay that occurs on March 18, 2019, or after the current Award Chart will apply. Any Category 1-4 free night award redemption booked at 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, or after will follow the new Award Chart.

10. How will award nights booked prior to 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, be impacted if the hotel I am staying at now requires more points?

Any Free Night Award booked prior to 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, at a property that is shifting to a higher category and will require more points will not be affected. Reservations will remain in place at the originally booked point level. For example, a Free Night Award booked at a Category 1 hotel for 5,000 points before 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, that is moving to a Category 2 hotel for 8,000 points will remain at 5,000 points.

11. How will award nights booked prior to 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, be impacted if the hotel I am staying at now requires fewer points?

Any Free Night or Points & Cash Award booked prior to 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, for nights on or after March 18, 2019, at a property that is shifting to a lower category and will require fewer points will receive an adjustment. World of Hyatt Customer Service will proactively deposit the point difference into a member’s account starting on March 19, 2019. If the reservation that received an adjustment is canceled, the points originally deducted for the award reservation will be returned to the members account and the adjusted points will be removed from the member’s account. For example, a member with a Free Night Award booked before 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, for a Category 2 hotel for 8,000 points that is moving to a Category 1 hotel that requires 5,000 points on 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, will receive 3,000 points returned to his/her account. If the member cancels this Free Night Award, 8,000 points will be returned to the members account and 3,000 points will be deducted.

12. Starting at 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, how will modifications to existing reservations be handled?

Any modifications made to reservations on or after 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, will follow the terms of the new Award Chart. Any modifications to Category 1-4 Award Night reservations that cause an award to be reissued cannot be redeemed for hotels that moved above Category 4 as part of these changes.

13. Are Free Night point requirements changing for all-inclusive resorts?

No.

14. Are Free Night point requirements changing for Miraval Resorts?

No.

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