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Hyatt is implementing some category chart changes for 2015, but luckily so far, no word on devaluations. After the 2014 devaluation, I am relieved to hear that the 2015 changes will simply be re-categorizing a total of 70 Hyatt properties. Effective on January, 22, 2015, Hyatt will be shifting 48 hotels to a lower category and 22 hotels to a higher category.
Between now and January 22, 2015, all award bookings can be made using the current award chart. Bookings made prior to 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015, will receive a refund for the point difference if the hotel moved to a lower category. However, any free nights booked prior to 12:01 am CST, January 22, 2015, that are shifting to a higher category on January 22, 2015 and require more points will not be affected. Reservations will remain in place at the original point level. Any free night award redemptions booked at 12:01 am, January 22, 2015 or after will follow the new Award Chart.
Keep in mind that these are the current award chart redemptions which hopefully will not be changing (as of now they are not):
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 = 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 6 = 25,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Category 7 = 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
Here is a list of the properties that are moving to a lower category:
It seems like a lot of the hotels going down a category are Hyatt Regency properties and many are also located in the US. I think some of the most notable ones are probably the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but nothing here is a real shocker.
Here is a list of the properties moving to a higher category:
I think that the most notable of these are probably the Andaz Amsterdam, The Park Hyatt Maldives and the Park Hyatt Seoul. The Andaz Amsterdam is a funky hotel with a boutique feel to it. It’s location near the trendy Prinsengracht area makes it a desirable spot to be, therefore I get the category increase. The Park Hyatt Seoul is also a great property, located in the trendy Gangnam, which I stayed at back in 2012 when it was a category 4. The relatively new Park Hyatt Maldives, which opened in 2011 as a category is heading onward and upward to a 7, which honestly, I am not surprised, as the Maldives is a hot destination and most hotels there are high-end luxury.
I have to say, for once it’s nice to see that more properties are going down a category than going up. Let’s hope these are the only award chart changes for 2015…fingers crossed for no devaluations!
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