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A couple days ago I shared the news that the annual Hyatt award chart adjustments had been announced for 2015. The very good news is that new sweeping change to the award chart were not announced, and there was no mass migration of all hotels upward in category. Instead, 48 hotels will be going to a lower category, and just 22 will be going to a higher category effective January 22, 2015.
Of course you should view the entire list here to see if you will be getting some points back at a hotel going down in category, or if you need to be sure and lock in a reservation before January 22nd at a hotel going up in category. With Hyatt you can make an award reservation up to one year in advance if a standard room is available for sale with dollars, so you can plan through 2015 and even into early 2016 before the award chart changes kick in.
Pro Tip: If you are unsure about the length of your trip, make the bookings in one night increments so you can drop a night on the front or back end of the reservation after January 22nd without the entire reservation re-pricing at the higher rate.
While everyone’s travel patterns are different, here are ten hotels changing category that jumped out as interesting to me….
Hyatt Regency Toronto increasing from 8,000 to 12,000 points per night (Cat 2 to Cat 3)
I stayed at this hotel in Toronto and found it to be a tremendous deal at just 8,000 points per night as it is in a good location for Toronto, but it felt like it really needed a facelift as shown in the red, white, and black bathroom below.
Hyatt Regency Montreal dropping from 12,000 to 8,000 points per night (Cat 3 to Cat 2)
I have also stayed at this hotel in Montreal a couple of times, and thought it was a pretty good deal even as a 3, so I think it is an even better deal as a Category 2 hotel for just 8,000 points per night. I would absolutely stay there again at that rate on a future trip to Montreal.
Park Hyatt Chennai dropping from 12,000 to 8,000 points per night (Cat 3 to Cat 2)
This one is interesting to me as being able to book a Park Hyatt hotel for just 8,000 points per night is worth a mention, and a good example of how in different parts of the world your points can go much further than in others! For what it’s worth, this will be the second Category 2 Park Hyatt, joining Park Hyatt Mendoza in Argentina.
Grand Hyatt San Antonio and Hyatt Regency San Antonio are dropping from 15,000 to 12,000 points per night (Cat 4 to Cat 3)
Both the Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency in San Antonio are dropping from a Category 4 to Category 3, which makes them even more attractive as a leisure destination in San Antonio. The Hyatt Regency literally has the River Walk flow through its lobby, so it is a great spot for many San Antonio visits. Pro Tip: Visit San Antonio between the months of October – May if you don’t want to melt.
Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport dropping from 15,000 to 12,000 points per night (Cat 4 to Cat 3)
The Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport is physically in the Orlando airport, which makes it very convenient for families who need an easy spot to stay at either right before or right after a departure from the nation’s theme park capital.
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar increasing from 15,000 to 20,000 points per night (Cat 4 to Cat 5)
This new hotel in the Bahamas is not even open yet and it is increasing in category, which is sort of strange, but it was surprising when it was announced as a Category 4 in the first place. I will probably be trying to book a couple of speculative nights here before the increase, and certainly you should do that if you have a Hyatt Visa Category 1-4 night to use as it won’t be valid at this property after the category increase in January.
Grand Hyatt Washington decreasing from 20,000 to 15,000 points per night (Cat 5 to Cat 4)
I think the Grand Hyatt Washington is a fantastic hotel for family trips to see Washington DC, just as we did over the summer. It is pretty close to many popular tourist spots, but is also literally connected to the Metro so you can get around anywhere with ease. At 15,000 points per night it is a great deal, and even better that you will be able to use the annual Hyatt Visa 1-4 night at this property starting in January.
Park Hyatt Washington decreasing from 25,000 to 20,000 points per night (Cat 6 to Cat 5)
I really enjoyed my stay (and Diamond breakfast) at the Park Hyatt Washington, and would love it even better as a Category 5 hotel! I don’t think this hotel is as convenient for families looking to experience Washington DC as the Grand Hyatt, but it is still a great hotel that I hope to visit again myself. It is exciting to see a Park Hyatt here in the US drop to a pretty attainable category level!
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress decreasing from 20,000 to 15,000 points per night (Cat 5 to Cat 4)
This hotel is located very close to Walt Disney World in Orlando, and has a pretty expensive pool and activity area at the resort. While you don’t have the convenience of being located within the park at this hotel, it is still a very solid choice for families who want to experience Disney World and stay very close by on points – obviously it is an even better deal at just 15,000 points per night!
Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht increasing from 20,000 to 25,000 points per night (Cat 5 to Cat 6)
We stayed at this sort of funky hotel in Amsterdam earlier this year and really liked our stay. Amsterdam is a pretty pricey city, so I’m not shocked to see the category increasing. I will share a full review of this property soon, but I do recommend getting any bookings for 2015 in before the points price jumps in January.
Park Hyatt Maldives increasing from 25,000 to 30,000 points per night (Cat 6 to Cat 7)
The good news here is that this is the only hotel joining the ranks of Category 7 hotels, and it was always the most notable exception to the list when the Category 7 ranking rolled out earlier in 2014. This is a very expensive and remote hotel that probably deserves to be at the priciest award level. We stayed there earlier this year and will share the review soon, but you are likely investing so much to go to the Maldives (either in points or cash) that 5,000 more points per night won’t make or break the trip, but of course get any bookings in that you can before the January price increase.
Will any of these category changes impact your 2015 travel plans? Which Hyatt hotels are you happy/sad to see increase or decrease in points price?