Hyatt Award Chart Changes – Properties Going Up and Down

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This morning I noticed an email from Hyatt that announced their award chart changes for 2013.  This happens every year, so it isn’t a shock that there are some adjustments.  As expected, the Hyatt 48 Lex in NYC is going from a Category 4 to a Category 5 hotel.  You can bet I will be locking in a reservation or two at the old points rate before the 2/7 deadline.  Ten hotels are moving to a lower category and seven hotels moving to a higher category, so the news isn’t all bad.

Through February 6, 2013, Hyatt Gold Passport will honor all award bookings following the current Award Chart. Existing reservations for stays after February 6, 2013, will receive a refund for the point difference if the hotel moved to a lower category.

Hotels dropping to a lower category:

Hyatt Place Chantilly/Dulles Airport-South 2 to a 1

Hyatt Place Tulsa/Southern Hills  2 to a 1

Hyatt Place Sterling/Dulles Airport-North 2 to a 1

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque 2 to a 1

Hyatt Regency Greenville 2 to a 1

HYATT house Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville 3 to a 2

Hyatt Place Las Vegas 3 to a 2

Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa 4 to a 3

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort 6 to a 5

Park Hyatt Toronto 5 to a 4

Hotels increasing to a higher category:

HYATT house San Ramon 1 to a 2

Hyatt Place Louisville-East 1 to a 2

Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore 1 to a 3

Hyatt Regency Incheon 2 to a 3

Hyatt Santa Barbara 3 to a 4

Hyatt 48 Lex 4 to a 5

Grand Hyatt Tokyo 5 to a 6

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

What are the current point redemption values for each free night award category?

Category 1 = 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 2 = 8,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 3 = 12,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 4 = 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 5 = 18,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 6 = 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points

For free night award redemption reservations made before January 3, 2013, which award chart will be effective?
All free night award redemptions booked before February 7, 2013 will follow the current Award Chart. For example, if you book an award night prior to February 7, 2013 for a stay that occurs on February 7, 2013 or after, the current Award Chart will apply. Any free night award redemptions booked on February 7, 2013 or after will follow the new Award Chart.

How will award nights booked prior to February 7, 2013 be impacted if the hotel I am staying at now requires more or fewer points?

Redemptions for Hotels Moving to a Higher Category
Any award night booked at a property prior to February 7, 2013 that is shifting to a higher category on February 7, 2013 and requires more points will not be affected. Reservations will remain in place at the original point level. For example, an award night booked at a Category 1 hotel for 5,000 points before February 7, 2013 that is moving to a Category 2 hotel for 8,000 points on February 7, 2013, will remain at 5,000 points.

Redemptions for Hotels Moving to a Lower Category
A member who books an award night at a property prior to February 7, 2013 that is shifting to a lower category on February 7, 2013 and requires fewer points will receive an adjustment. Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service will proactively deposit the point difference into a member’s account. For example, a member with an award night booked before February 7, 2013 for a Category 2 hotel for 8,000 points that is moving to a Category 1 hotel for 5,000 points on February 7, 2013, will receive 3,000 points returned to his/her account. Points will be deposited into a member’s account after February 7, 2013.

After February 7, 2013, how will Hyatt handle modifications to existing reservations?
Any award night reservations booked before February 7, 2013, for dates after February 7, 2013, can be modified through March 15, 2013 – following the terms of the current Award Chart. Any modifications made to these reservations after March 15, 2013 will follow the terms of the new Award Chart, effective February 7, 2013.

I am very glad that the award chart itself didn’t change, and that we didn’t see more popular hotels increasing in points price.  I am very sad to see 48 Lex go from a Cat 4 to a Cat 5 as it means that those with the Hyatt Credit Card can’t use their annual free night there, but it makes sense given the average daily rate for that Manhattan hotel.

What do you think of the changes?  Any surprises?  Any disappointments?

 

Comments

  1. Is there any indication that the Chantilly or Sterling Hyatt will drop in price in addition to lowering categories for those that might need mattress runs?

  2. Hyatt Place Las Vegas becomes a pretty palatable option. It’s not on the strip itself, but if you’re renting a car (which I always do), not being on the strip proper is a plus, as it lets you avoid the congestion more effectively by circling around.

  3. I’ve stayed a few times at the Hyatt Santa Barbara as well, I have “negotiated” it on Priceline, but that’s never a sure thing. The Aviara which my wife loved (especially the Adult pool), is now the same amount of points.

  4. Romsdeals, oh no! Lock some reservations in soon. 😉
    G, I’m sure they will price it as the level they think they can sell rooms at, which I’m sure varies some on different days. I would try to find the lower priced days using Travelocity or similar.
    PH, yeah I think Hack My Trip had a good stay there recently. I like to stay in the big casinos, but it is good to have a viable second option.
    Nick, I have heard good things about the Aviara!

    • Gene, indeed. Haven’t been there yet, but now seems like a great place to use the free annual night certificate from the Hyatt card!

    • York, good point. On their chart update site it has it listed as a 5 going to a 4, but indeed it is listed as 6 currently. You got me. I assume they are indeed moving it to a 4, but there is at least one typo on their announcement. I will make that note in the post. Good catch!

  5. I wanted to stay at 48 Lex using free award night which comes in May. Any way, I can book on points now and switch to free award night later?

  6. I’ve been expecting them to increase the Hyatt Escala Lodge in Park City from a 4 to 5, so glad to see it has survived unscathed, at least for another year.

  7. I have the same question as bayguy – we don’t get our free night until April – can I book 48 Lex ahead of time and then use our certificate?

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