Don’t Forget To Book These Hyatt Awards Today

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:

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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:

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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:

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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?

Comments

  1. Why do we have to book today if 10% rebate goes through 8/31? Or am I reading this wrong?

    Thanks for the reminder Tiffany!

  2. Just tried to book Grand Hyatt Incheon and it seems to ask for 12,000 pts already. Does the change kick in at local time?

  3. To answer my own question, no. I switched to another date and it shows 8,000 pts, so looks like just for that particular date the basic room runs out.

  4. I am not happy with Hyatt and their loyalty program. Due to inactivity, my Hyatt points expired. I have always been a very frequent traveler, but for a variety of personal and business reasons, I have not traveled much in the past 3 years. Unlike AA and UA who told me that if I had activity (took a flight), they would reinstate my miles. When I attempted to do the same with Hyatt, the res person just sorry we don’t got that, “you should have stayed at a Hyatt”. I said that I was going now and would have in the past but due to certain reasons beyond my control I wasn’t traveling. I said “can’t you make an exception and reinstate them and I will book a hotel now and I just took a job where I will be traveling a lot. She said “no I can’t”. I said “so you don’t want my business?” She said “I didn’t say that, I said we do not reinstate points under any circumstances”. I said well, I’ll just book with another brand. She said “that’s fine”. So since then (about 6 weeks ago), I have stayed in 9 different destinations (hotels and condos). I’m traveling all the time. And I avoid Hyatt, not because I don’t like their brand, but because I think about the fact that they just did not care. Oh well, Starwood and Hilton it is. Marriott too.

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