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List of 2016 Hyatt Gold Passport Hotel Category Changes

July 05, 2016
11 min read
List of 2016 Hyatt Gold Passport Hotel Category Changes
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Most hotel loyalty programs adjust the points price (aka category or tier) of some individual properties at least once per year. In many cases the number of points per night charged is at least loosely tied to the average rate that property draws, so when hotel upgrades are made or demand for the hotel increases or decreases or for several other reasons, that hotel may become one that needs to move up or down in points price as rates fluctuate accordingly.

Hyatt Gold Passport typically adjusts hotel categories once per year, and honestly I had kind of hoped they weren't doing it this year for some reason since we were already halfway through 2016 with no category changes. Turns out it just is happening a little later than we are used to as Hyatt Gold Passport is adjusting the category of 106 hotels effective August 1, 2016.

In total 50 hotels will be going up in category and 56 hotels will be going down. Of course this probably means some hotels you have on your radar are getting pricier on points, but I'll cut to the chase and tell you that the list overall isn't horrible, though there are a few changes I am sad about. No new hotels are going up to the Category 7 tier, though none are coming out either. No hotels are even going up to the Category 6 tier, and one is coming down from there. Overall I think the value to be had in the properties dropping in category for the most part balances out those increasing in category, but there are a few specific property changes I am not looking forward to that I'll get to in a minute.

The other good news is that they aren't changing the price per category or adding any new categories this year. You have until July 31st to lock in rates at the current prices, so of course you will want to go ahead and make your future reservations up to 13 months in advance at the properties that will be increasing in points.

Hyatt Gold Passport Properties Increasing in Category on 8/1/2016

Hyatt House Dallas/Frisco12
Hyatt House Dallas/Lincoln Park12
Hyatt House Dallas/Uptown12
Hyatt House Denver/Lakewood at Belmar12
Hyatt Place Augusta12
Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst12
Hyatt Place Champaign12
Hyatt Place Corpus Christi12
Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine12
Hyatt Place Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs12
Hyatt Place Nashville/Hendersonville12
Hyatt Place North Charleston12
Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville12
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport12
Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura12
Hyatt Place Savannah Airport12
Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest12
Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown13
Grand Hyatt Amman23
Grand Hyatt Chengdu23
Grand Hyatt Incheon23
Grand Hyatt Santiago23
Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown23
Hyatt House Belmont/Redwood Shores23
Hyatt House Boston/Waltham23
Hyatt House Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area23
Hyatt House Falls Church/Merrifield23
Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue23
Hyatt House Pleasanton23
Hyatt House San Diego/Sorrento Mesa23
Hyatt House San Juan23
Hyatt House Santa Clara23
Hyatt Place Chicago South University23
Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards23
Hyatt Place Garden City23
Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands23
Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun23
Hyatt Place Portland Airport23
Hyatt Place San Juan/City Center23
Hyatt Regency Dallas23
Hyatt Regency SF Airport23
Hyatt Valencia23
Grand Hyatt DFW34
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach34
Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown34
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place34
Hyatt Centric Park City45
Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago45
Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson45
Hyatt Regency San Francisco45

Hyatt Gold Passport Properties Decreasing in Category Effective 8/1/2016

HOTEL NAMECurrent Award CategoryNew Award Category
Hyatt Ahmedabad21
Hyatt Amritsar21
Hyatt Bangalore21
Hyatt House Gaithersburg21
Hyatt House Mt. Laurel21
Hyatt Hyderabad21
Hyatt Place Albuquerque/Uptown21
Hyatt Place Ciudad del Carmen21
Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington/Grand Prairie21
Hyatt Place El Paso Airport21
Hyatt Place Fredericksburg UMW21
Hyatt Place La Paz21
Hyatt Place Los Cabos21
Hyatt Place Mt. Laurel21
Hyatt Place Phoenix Chandler-Fashion Center21
Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert21
Hyatt Place Phoenix-Mesa21
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh Airport21
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh/Cranberry21
Hyatt Place San Antonio North/Stone Oak21
Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport21
Hyatt Pune21
Hyatt Raipur21
Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad21
Hyatt Regency Chandigarh21
Hyatt Regency Changchun21
Hyatt Regency Chennai21
Hyatt Regency Chongqing21
Hyatt Regency Dulles21
Hyatt Regency Fairfax21
Hyatt Regency Guiyang21
Hyatt Regency Gurgaon21
Hyatt Regency Kolkata21
Hyatt Regency Ludhiana21
Hyatt Regency Tianjin East21
Park Hyatt Chennai21
Hyatt Place Secaucus/Meadowlands32
Hyatt Regency Belgrade32
Hyatt Regency Delhi32
Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg32
Hyatt Regency Mumbai32
Hyatt Regency Pune32
Hyatt Regency Qingdao32
Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki32
Park Hyatt Hyderabad32
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur43
Grand Hyatt Lijiang43
Grand Hyatt Mumbai43
Hyatt Regency Baku43
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan43
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria43
Hyatt Regency Perth43
Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort43
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort54
Hyatt Regency Sochi54
Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami64

As refresher, here are the Hyatt Gold Passport category prices below. Unlike with some programs, there aren't huge jumps between categories, though once you get towards the top of the scale the prices do go up in increments of 5,000 points instead of 3,000 - 4,000 at the lower end of the scale.

Category 4 Property Changes - Hotel Award Night

One category change that really matters for those with the Hyatt Credit Card is Category 4, as that is the highest category you can use your annual award night at each year. With these changes, four properties will be increasing from a 4 to a 5 and thus no longer eligible for annual award night redemption - Hyatt Centric Park City, Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, and Hyatt Regency San Francisco. There will be three properties dropping to a 4 thus making them eligible for the annual award night - Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, Hyatt Regency Sochi, and Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami.

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Hyatt Category Change Standouts

Out of the entire list, I am most saddened, but not surprised, to see the Hyatt Centric Park City (formerly Hyatt Escala Lodge) increasing from a 4 to a 5 as I very much hope to take my family skiing there at such a great points redemption level. I am most excited that the Hyatt Regency Hill Country is dropping from a 5 to a 4 as I know I can make good use of using points and the annual credit card award night at that San Antonio property! Both of those two properties have relatively low rates out of season, but very high rates during their respective peak seasons.

Hyatt Centric Park City

Some other properties I am sad to see increase are the Hyatt Regency SF Airport, Grand Hyatt DFW, Hyatt Place The Woodlands, and the Hyatt Place Ashville Downtown (increasing two categories from a 1 to a 3!).

It is interesting to me there will now be a Category 1 Park Hyatt at the Park Hyatt Chennai. Also worth a mention that the still relatively new Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami is dropping two categories from a 6 to a 4.

Hyatt Centric South Beach

If you are short on Hyatt points remember they transfer 1:1 from Chase Ultimate Rewards so you can hopefully make redemptions for the next 13 months at properties increasing in points price before August 1st! If a property you have booked for after August 1, 2016, is decreasing in points cost then Hyatt will give you a refund of the points difference, which is very generous. I'll post more about which properties I am targeted before then. Which properties are you happy or sad to see change category?

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