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Hyatt Makes Minor Adjustments to 2013 Hotel Categories

Dec. 18, 2012
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Hyatt Makes Minor Adjustments to 2013 Hotel Categories
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Every year, most hotel programs make adjustments to their hotel categories, which alters the rate at which you can redeem points for award nights at properties that change categories. Some hotels drop and some (usually more) go up. Some years are worse than others and I am a little bit worried about 2013 since we've seen pretty lackluster hotel promotions and the economy is slowly, but surely, getting better. I thought that might signal a larger than normal hotel category upshift as hotel chains see more "heads in beds".

However, Hyatt is only changing the categories of 17 of their 492 properties, and 10 of those are actually going down. In fact the only two Park Hyatts on the list, Toronto and Aviara, both drop to category 4 properties, meaning they can now be used for the annual free night benefit on the Chase Hyatt Visa. That free night alone at either of those properties (or any of the other category 1-4 hotels) can be worth many times the $75 annual fee of the card, which is the reason why I'll keep my Hyatt card in perpetuity, even though I rarely use it for purchases since I get more bang for my spend on other cards.

Hotel Category Changes for 2013:

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HotelCurrent CategoryNew Category
Hyatt Place Chantilly/Dulles Airport-South21
Hyatt Place Tulsa/Southern Hills21
Hyatt Place Sterling/Dulles Airport-North21
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque21
Hyatt Regency Greenville21
HYATT house Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville32
HYATT house San Ramon12
Hyatt Place Las Vegas32
Hyatt Place Louisville-East12
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore13
Hyatt Regency Incheon23
Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa43
Hyatt Santa Barbara34
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort54
Park Hyatt Toronto54
Hyatt 48 Lex45
Grand Hyatt Tokyo56

The changes go into effect February 7, 2013 so if you plan to redeem for any of the properties that are going up (like the Hyatt 48 Lex), make sure you do so before the changes happen. If you are booked into a property that is going down, Hyatt will automatically credit you the difference, which is very generous.
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