In December Hyatt Gold Passport announced some hotel award category adjustments, which kick in for bookings made as of January 22, 2015.
Through this change Hyatt isn’t actually changing their award chart, but rather is just changing which hotels belong in which category.
This change is arguably a net positive. We’re seeing a total of 70 Hyatt properties changing categories — 22 hotels are moving up a category, while 48 hotels are moving down a category. So more than two times as many properties are going down in price than going up in price.
With the changes kicking in on Thursday I figured it was worth posting a reminder. If you want to make a booking at one of the 22 properties moving up a category, you’ll want to do so by tomorrow. These properties include the following:
Probably most noteworthy is the Park Hyatt Maldives, which is moving from a Category 6 to Category 7 property, which is a shame, though hardly surprising. Also noteworthy to me are the Park Hyatt Seoul, Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, and Andaz Amsterdam.
The quirky Andaz Amsterdam
For what it’s worth, if you lock in an award now and later need to change dates, you’ll be charged per the new award categories of the respective hotels.
Meanwhile the following 48 hotels are moving down a category:
It doesn’t actually matter when you book these properties. If you book starting Thursday you’ll be charged the new rates, while if you book before Thursday the difference in points will proactively be deposited into your Gold Passport account.
So, is anyone making any last minute Gold Passport redemptions before the changes kick in?