World of Hyatt made an announcement today, publishing this years WOH award chart changes that will take effect on March 22, 2020.
Changes to the award categories is pretty much an annual thing and often it works in our (customer) favor as well as some properties go down in category, even though naturally we tend to focus on the negative upward changes.
You can access Hyatt’s page for changes here.
Here are changes instituted by Hyatt:
Our annual award chart updates will take effect on March 22, meaning the number of points required for a free night at some hotels is changing. No new Categories have been added, and the points required for each Category will remain the same.
We wanted to be sure to let you know ahead of time so that you can plan and get the most out of your points. The chart below includes only the hotels that are moving up (requiring more points) or moving down (requiring less points) starting March 22.
Some things to keep in mind:
- When you book before March 22, your reservations will follow the current free night award chart found here.
- Reservations made on or after March 22 will follow the new free night award chart and incorporate the updates noted below
- Existing reservations for nights on or after March 22 will receive a refund for the point difference if the hotel moved to a lower category
- For more information see our FAQs
We have compiled the data in this pdf:
Some of the highlights in this years changes (in my opinion) are:
Increase in Category:
- Andaz 5th Ave New York (6 to 7)
- Centric Park City (6 to 7)
- Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites (7 to 8)
- Hyatt Regency Tokyo (3 to 4)
- Grand Hyatt Tokyo (6 to 7)
- Park Hyatt Saigon (4 to 5)
Decrease in Category:
- Hyatt Regency Amsterdam (5 to 4)
- Park Hyatt Hamburg (5 to 4)
- Park Hyatt Mallorca (6 to 5)
- Grand Hyatt Incheon (3 to 2)
- Grand Hyatt Shanghai (4 to 3)
- Park Hyatt Seoul (6 to 5)
What’s important to consider here is if you have any favorite hotel that is currently covered under the Category 4 Limit to use the various Cat 1-4 certificates Hyatt provides per year the best is to check if it in fact still remains in this field.
These changes are usually based on a properties average daily rates over the year even though there are some properties where I don’t understand how can they be that low and some where I have difficulty seeing a justification why it should be that high based on my personal experience with rates at said hotels.
At the same time (as we already covered previously) Hyatt is going to institute seasonal award pricing.
You can pretty much assume that when you want to redeem for award nights during a special season such as New Years Eve or Sakura Season in Japan it will be peak period and cost more points compared to today. This could be beneficial for those members that redeem during off-season, but one should always compare the paid rates vs points rates.
The institution of a new category 8 is definitely bad news and lets not forget Hyatt pretty much decimated cash & points just last year.