Reminder: Upcoming Hyatt Award Chart Changes March 18, 2019 – Last Chance To Book At Old Award Levels

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We’d like te remind our readers about World of Hyatt award chart changes that will take effect on Monday March 18, 2019 after which many hotels will change their categories.

As some hotels will go up in price this would be the last chance to lock in award reservations at the current levels before many will rise.

There are a total of 259 Hyatt hotels affected by the changes – 130 of them 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 DOWN (in numbers):

Award Category Changes UP (in numbers): I have carefully looked over the adjusted properties as linked above. There are no catastrophic changes in my opinion but some of the new categories make it much less desirable to redeem at affected properties.

Here are some bullet points of key changes that jumped into my eye:

Negative:

  • Maui, HI: Both Andaz and Hyatt Regency go up one category (Andaz to Cat 7, HR to Cat 6)
  • Dallas, TX: Grand Hyatt DFW Airport jumps to Cat 5
  • Germany: Park Hyatt Hamburg & Hyatt Regency Cologne go up to Cat 5
  • Spain: Park Hyatt Mallorca jumps to Cat 6
  • Hong Kong: Hyatt Regency Hong Kong TST goes up to Cat 5
  • Indonesia Bali: Hyatt Regency Bali goes up from Cat 1 to Cat 2 (same as GH – makes no sense)
  • Japan: Andaz Tokyo increases to Cat 7, Hyatt Centric Ginza to Cat 6, Hyatt Regency Kyoto to Cat 6
  • Maldives: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa will be Category 7 now
  • South Korea: Park Hyatt Seoul increases to Cat 7 (25k per night), Park Hyatt Busan to Cat 5

Leisure travelers will be hit by increases in Hawaii. Also the amazing redemption value at Hyatt Regency Bali will be going away which now costs the same as Grand Hyatt that dropped one level. Can’t see any reason why someone would choose the Regency over the Grand Hyatt at the same cost to be honest. Being able to book the Grand Hyatt Bali at 8k per night is a great deal. Park Hyatt Maldives take a severe hit, now going up to Cat 7.

I’m sad about the HR Hong Kong property going up and I don’t think spending 20k there is reasonable – better find a decent paid rate. Japan lovers have to face increased prices as well. Hyatt Regency Kyoto is popular and there will be a new Park Hyatt opening at the end of the year (undoubtedly a Cat 7). I just snuck in a reservation at Centric Ginza for myself early April as I always wanted to stay at this hotel and prices are usually crazy. Spending 25k per night at Park Hyatt Seoul is hard to justify. Keep in mind this hotel was 15k not too long ago.

Positive:

  • San Diego, CA: Both Andaz and Manchester Grand Hyatt drop to Cat 4 (15k per night)
  • Honolulu/Waikiki, HI: Hyatt Centric drops one level to Cat  4
  • New Jersey: Hyatt Regency Jersey City (one of my favorite hotels) drops to Cat 4 as well
  • New York: Andaz Wall Street & Grand Hyatt NY both go down one level to Cat 5
  • Brazil: Grand Hyatt’s Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paolo both drop to Cat 3 (12k per night)
  • Turkey: Park Hyatt Istanbul drops to Cat 4, Grand Hyatt Istanbul to Cat 3
  • United Kingdom: Andaz London Liverpool St drops one level to Cat 5
  • Beijing, China: The new Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing goes down to Cat 3 (8k per night)
  • Indonesia, Bali: Grand Hyatt Bali drops one level to Category 2 (great deal)
  • Thailand: Hyatt Place BKK Sukhumvit drops to Cat 1 (great value), Grand Hyatt BKK down to Cat 3

San Diego sees a decent drop in price. I’m happy Hyatt Regency on the Hudson is decreasing again as I like staying there for the views. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo will be very reasonable again. It’s surprising that the new Beijing property (HR Wangjing) already drops to cat 3 which is a pretty good value. Grand Hyatt Bali at Cat 2 is phenomenal value as well during peak season. I don’t mind Hyatt’s select service properties and the Hyatt Place Bangkok for 5k a night is a great deal as the going rate after tax is usually around $100 or more during peak dates. The location is great as well.

Conclusion

There are many more changes but based on the usual mainstream I found that these are the most popular hotels (all depends on ones personal travel pattern of course).

When I first saw the announcement of category changes I expected a massacre but that thankfully didn’t happen. All in all I think there is plenty of value in the updated chart to be had, even though I always suggest to compare paid rates against awards to assess the redemption value. It’s very hard to get decent value at Cat 6 & 7 unless the hotel is extremely expensive and worthwhile to spend at. With cash & points being largely destroyed as valuable redemptions it’s even more important to have a careful look and map out a worthwhile redemption strategy.

If you have a property booked that will drop in price on Monday you should call Hyatt and have the difference adjusted. In the past that wasn’t a problem and they would credit you the difference. Let’s hope that is still the case and you won’t need to make new reservations.

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