Earlier this month Hyatt announced changes to which hotels fall into which award categories. The number of points required for a free night in a given category isn’t changing, but 156 properties are moving from one category to another.
The new rates kick in for bookings made as of tomorrow, August 1, 2016. You can lock in bookings now for stays after August 1 at the old rates, and similarly you can be refunded the difference in points after August 1 for stays after that date.
Here’s the Hyatt Gold Passport award chart, for reference:
In total, 50 hotels are going up in category, and 56 hotels are going down in category. Hyatt has 650+ properties globally, so that means the category of ~15% of hotels is changing, though net the category of 0.5% of hotels is decreasing.
50 Hyatt hotels will be increasing in award category for bookings made as of tomorrow August 1, 2016:
The Grand Hyatt Incheon is going from a Category 2 to Category 3 property
On the bright side, 56 hotels will be decreasing in award category starting tomorrow. If you have a stay booked at any of these properties, you can rebook starting tomorrow and receive a points refund:
The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is going from a Category 4 to Category 3 property
Keep in mind that those with Hyatt’s co-branded credit card can receive a 10% discount on points redemptions for stays through October 31, 2016. So if you’re even potentially going to stay at one of the 50 properties increasing in price tomorrow, I would go ahead and book today, as you can save quite a few points.
And if you have a stay booked at any of the properties going down a category, you can rebook beginning tomorrow.
Are you planning stays at any of these properties?