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Starting tomorrow, 22 Hyatt hotels will cost more points than if you lock in a reservation today via their annual category adjustments. This means it is time to take one more look at the list and act accordingly if you think you might want to visit one of these properties in the next year or so. Always check the cancellation policy with the specific property you are after, but typically you can cancel your award reservation until pretty close to the check-in date without penalty, so it can be worth it to lock something in even if you aren’t 100% sure of your travel plans.
There are some especially noteworthy properties on the list that I know are popular in the points community, but read the whole list as even some Hyatt Place properties can be a very good use of points, even if they aren’t as flashy as a resort or more upscale property.
Park Hyatt Maldives, Hadahaa 6 to 7 (see recent review here)
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee, 5 to 6
Andaz Amsterdam, Prinsengracht, 5 to 6 (see recent review here)
Park Hyatt Seoul, 4 to 5
Grand Hyatt Macau, 4 to 5
Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar, 4 to 5 (see post here)
Grand Hyatt Taipei, 3 to 4
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, 3 to 4
Hyatt Regency Toronto, 2 to 3 (see review here)
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 2 to 3
Hyatt Place Portland – Old Port, 2 to 3
Hyatt Place Long Island/East End, 2 to 3
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach, 2 to 3
Hyatt House Miami Airport, 2 to 3
Excalibur, 2 to 3
Hyatt Regency Greenville, 1 to 2
Hyatt Regency Dongguan, 1 to 2
Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport, 1 to 2
Hyatt Place Nashville Airport, 1 to 2
Hyatt Place Denver-South/Park Meadows, 1 to 2
Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center, 1 to 2
Hyatt House Raleigh North Hills, 1 to 2
Hyatt Award Chart Pricing:
Category 1: 5,000 points per night
Category 2: 8,000 points per night
Category 3: 12,000 points per night
Category 4: 15,000 points per night
Category 5: 20,000 points per night
Category 6: 25,000 points per night
Category 7: 30,000 points per night
Of course, the corresponding points + cash rates will be changing for the properties moving up in category, and you can view that chart here.
Tips for Beating the Hyatt Award Chart Changes:
Obviously the biggest tip for beating these price increases is to get your award reservations in today for the next 12 months, but if you aren’t 100% sure of your travel plans, it can pay to make multiple reservations for the dates you think might work (assuming you have the points available to do so). It can also make sense to make those reservations one night at a time instead of one multi-night reservation in case you decide you need to add or drop a night, as modifying the reservation after today will cause it to reprice at the new, higher rates.
If you have the Hyatt Visa, then be aware that hotels that are going from a Category 4 to a 5 effective tomorrow (including the new Baha Mar in the Bahamas), will no longer be eligible to use the annual award night after today, so you might want to lock that in that award ASAP if you think you might visit one of these Category 4 hotels in the next year.
If you don’t have enough Hyatt points right now to lock in what you want, remember that you can transfer Ultimate Reward points instantly into Hyatt 1:1 via the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Plus Business Card, or even the Chase Freedom® if you also have one of those other two cards.
I would not go too crazy on speculative reservations if you are having to transfer points into Hyatt Gold Passport, as you won’t be able to back them back out to Ultimate Rewards if you don’t use your speculative reservations.
Which properties are you locking in ahead of tomorrow’s price increases?
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