It was just announced that Hyatt will soon be changing their award chart. After August 1, 2016, 50 hotels will be going up in category, and 56 hotels will be going down in category. You can see the full list of which properties are undergoing a category change below:
Properties going up in category
Properties going down in category.
As a reminder, here is the Hyatt Award chart:There’s also a huge amount of value in booking some Hyatt properties with Points & Cash (you also still get a stay credit). I recently made a Points & Cash reservation at the Park Hyatt Vienna for 127 EUR + 12,500 points, which is an incredible value because the suite I was in was selling for $1,200 that night!
While award chart changes usually scream devaluation, this time it’s not so bad. I’m happy to see that several great properties are going down in category, such as the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Hyatt Place Secaucus/Meadowlands, Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria, and Hyatt Regency Phuket Beach Resort.
As a pleasant surprise, there’s one property in particular that’s going down 2 categories (!!) that I’m most excited about – The Hyatt Centric Miami.I like to travel to South Beach often during the colder months, and while my usual “home away from home” is Kimpton’s Surfcomber property, Hyatt made it’s debut on Collins Ave last June, right in the heart of South Beach. I’ve stayed at this property several times, and now it’s looking like a sweet-spot redemption for me.
Once requiring 25,000 Hyatt points per night, bookings made after August 1 will only cost 15,000 points per night. The real value stems from points & cash redemptions – 7,500 points + $100 (stay credit included!). Combined with the free breakfast benefit (for up to 4 guests) as a Diamond member, that’s a steal! I think I found my new winter home…
What are your thoughts about the Hyatt Award chart changes that are about to kick in next month? Anything else to be excited about?