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The Maldives is an aspirational vacation destination for many travel enthusiasts, but it can also be one of the world’s most expensive. Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it’s not the easiest to get to, and many resorts require a further seaplane or speedboat transfer.
It’s about to get just a little bit more affordable, however: Per One Mile at a Time, Hyatt has — without notice — lowered the Gold Passport redemption category of the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa by one notch, now defining it as a category 6 hotel.
The hotel originally opened in 2011 as a category 6 hotel, but was escalated to a category 7 hotel at the beginning of this year. Category 7 hotels require 30,000 points, but the Park Hyatt can now be booked for 25,000 points. This doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but for members who want to do a points and cash redemption, it drops from 15,000 points + $300 to a very competitive 12,500 points + $150. That’ll save you 2,500 points and $150 per night.
Hyatt Gold Passport has confirmed on FlyerTalk that the change was intentional and not a mistake, and that existing reservations will be adjusted accordingly. It’s not often a hotel chain changes the category of a property mid-year, so it appears that either Hyatt or the hotel was dissatisfied with the category jump a few months ago.
The Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is frequently on our list of best redemptions, even as a category 7 property, and this change simply reinforces that fact. Rates during the holiday season easily start at over $1,600, giving the redemption a fantastic 6.4 cents per point value.
If you need to top off your Hyatt account, you can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred at a 1:1 ratio — another reason why transferrable point programs are so valuable.