These are the 2022 Hyatt award trips you should book right now before peak pricing rolls out
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For years, one of the best parts of hotel loyalty programs was the consistency of their award charts. Unlike airlines, many of which have stopped publishing award charts with fixed redemption levels and have switched to dynamic pricing instead, many of the major hotel programs continued to price award nights at set levels.
Other than an annual change in categories for some properties, you could pretty much rely on a hotel room at a specific property costing you the same amount of points year-round. You might have a hard time finding availability at certain times of year, but that seemed like a small drawback.
Fast forward to now, and yet another major hotel chain — Hyatt — is preparing to launch a points pricing system where each category of hotels has three redemption levels: standard, peak and off-peak. When Marriott made their change to a dynamic award chart a couple of years ago, we had to learn to check on a monthly basis when they determined whether any property needed adjustments.
Hyatt will make things considerably easier, in that each property’s points rate (peak, standard or off-peak) will be set as soon as the schedule opens for a particular date (generally 13 months ahead of time). That means you won’t have homework to do once you make a new award booking.
Hyatt announced the new peak/off-peak award pricing would go into effect sometime in “mid-October” for stays starting in March 2022, which means now might be the time to book certain awards.
All in all, the changes aren’t horrible, though we’ll need to see how many properties end up with peak pricing, and how many nights of the year are considered peak when this rolls out.
One thing is certain, though. Time is drawing short to book properties that are likely to have expensive peak pricing when the new chart is implemented. Here are 10 of our favorite Hyatt properties (plus a bonus one) you should consider booking right now before peak pricing almost assuredly affects how much a vacation will cost at these gems.
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Ventana Big Sur
Ventana Big Sur leads off our list as a truly one-of-a-kind property. Located on the Pacific Coast Highway in California, just the drive there alone will wow you. Thankfully, you have been able redeem World of Hyatt points there since Hyatt’s acquisition of the Alila brand, and the hotel is one of TPG’s first hotel Top Picks. Unfortunately, award space is already extremely tight at this property, so you may have to look at booking a suite just to get in.
That can still be a tremendous value, though, according to TPG Senior Reporter Zach Griff, who detailed the hotel’s move to an all-inclusive experience.
Miraculously, this property has remained a Category 7 in the World of Hyatt program, which means standard rooms price out at just 30,000 points. If you book now, that represents a potential 5,000-point savings since Category 7 hotel awards will start at 25,000 points per night, but range up to 35,000 points at peak times. You could also save up to 5,000 points on standard suite bookings and 10,000 points on premium suite bookings.
Unfortunately, we expect to see lots of peak pricing at this property in the very near future, so don’t hesitate to book now if Ventana has been on your list.
This Category 6 property is less than an hour’s drive from the Cancun airport, (CUN) but has a completely different vibe than the “Zona Hotelera” in Cancun proper. Located in a private development along the Riviera Maya, the hotel is set along scenic canals and a peaceful beach, not to mention its selection of delicious restaurants and an excellent spa. Right now, rooms cost 25,000 points per night, but they could rise to 29,000 points apiece during peak times.
Premium suites currently cost 50,000 points per night, but could hit 58,000, so don’t wait too long to book, or you could end up burning through a lot more points than you’d need now.
Park Hyatt New York
Continuing with another TPG Top Pick, the Park Hyatt New York is a Category 7 property where a standard room will set you back 30,000 points per night.
But it’s well worth it. The rooms are huge by New York City standards, and beautifully appointed with understated textiles and wooden accents. The location is also ideal, as it’s just a few steps south of Central Park, so it has easy to access the best that Manhattan has to offer, including plenty of museums and the bright lights of Broadway. Once you step inside the hotel, though, the noise of the city will fade into the background.
Room rates regularly top $1,000, but you can snag award bookings for 30,000 points per night. That will range from 25,000-35,000 once the new pricing system goes into place, though, so if you plan to travel during popular times, try to lock in your reservation now.
Park Hyatt Vienna
When Hyatt releases its annual category changes, I hold my breath expecting this property to jump to Category 7. However, it’s remained a Category 6 hotel throughout the years. That means 25,000 points per night to book a standard room, or an extra 4,000 points per night when peak/off-peak award pricing kicks in (though you could also potentially save 4,000 points at off-peak times).
This hotel has exceptional rooms, weaving beautiful wood finishes with marble and just the right touch of technology. Globalist elites and higher will enjoy one of the most sumptuous complimentary breakfast options at The Bank, the main hotel restaurant, which is also an exceptional choice for dinner. The pool occupies an old bank vault and the spa will help comfort even the most exhausted traveler.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
If you’re looking for true ski-in/ski-out luxury, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is all that and more.
Given the prices overall in Beaver Creek, booking a room there using points can also be the best way to get a great ski vacation in a comfortable room without breaking the bank. This Park Hyatt is also a Category 7, which means you might be out an extra 5,000 points per night for peak rooms once the new pricing kicks in. Unfortunately, you should expect to see that for the entire ski season as well as at other times of year, like when kids are out of school.
That said, ski season rates tend to soar to over $1,000 per night, which means even 35,000 points may still be a great deal. Pools, hot tubs, an excellent spa and the occasional fireside s’more will continue to make this property one of our favorites.
Grand Hyatt Kauai
Looking to plan a 2022 trip to Kauai? Look no further than the Grand Hyatt.
Just 25,000 points per night gets you a clean, well appointed room along with access to half a dozen restaurants, multiple pools, water slides and more. The only slight caveat might be the sprawling size of the property and the fact that you may have a long walk from your room to the saltwater lagoon or one of the restaurants. It’s still one of our Hawaiian favorites, though.
We expect this property to have peak pricing during school breaks and most holidays, so book now to potentially save yourself 4,000 points per night.
This property may be a bit off the beaten path, but it’s worth the trip.
Located about 30 minutes from Costa Rica’s Liberia International Airport (LIR), there are a few nonstop options from airports in the U.S., like Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York-JFK. While the property is a welcome one for families, the seclusion and adult-oriented activities really make it a great getaway for couples as well.
If you don’t want to relax at the pool, you can also take a mixology class, learn how to make truly excellent coffee and even try your hand at ceviche. If none of those things sounds interesting, there’s a private beach club, kayaking, jet skis and snorkeling.
It’s something of a steal at just 20,000 points per night in Hyatt’s Category 5, but that pricing might go up to 23,000 points come the new pricing model. Standard suites will also jump in price from 32,000 points to 35,000 at busy times.
Park Hyatt Sydney
The Park Hyatt Sydney is one of the very few hotels where Globalists can’t use Suite Upgrade Awards. Normally that would be a big damper on our enthusiasm. However, the exceptional views and unrivaled at this property more than make up for this.
On top of that, the rooms are spacious and, the staff does a great job with “surprise and delight” moments by upgrading folks on a somewhat regular basis without them even needing to redeem an upgrade certificate.
Standard rooms at this property currently cost 30,000 points per night, but might go up to 35,000 points apiece during peak times. And, we expect much of the North American winter to be high-season Down Under, especially if Australia continues planning to reopen to some travelers by the holidays.
BONUS: Hyatt Regency Sydney
As a Category 5, it’ll cost you 10,000 fewer points per night — just 20,000 — than the more luxurious Park Hyatt Sydney (12,000 fewer during peak dates).
Located on Darling Harbour, this property is an under-the-radar alternative. The Regency Club has truly excellent staff and an expansive buffets both for breakfast in the evening. Don’t be surprised if the staff has memorized your name and drink order by your second day at the property.
Plus, the rooms are very comfortable if not over-the-top luxurious. And, many rooms have a spectacular view of the water and the surrounding area. With a water taxi stop and train stops nearby as well as a bustling boardwalk the Hyatt Regency Sydney can save you a lot of points and still be an exceptional vacation.
The Confidante Miami Beach
Located on Miami Beach, The Confidante is part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, and checks in as the lowest category property on our list — just a mere Category 4. That means standard rooms currently cost 15,000 points per night, though they might surge to 18,000 once the award chart changes kick in.
The hotel has two secluded pools and fabulous balcony views of the beach. Guests can enjoy breakfast outside, then walk through the gate just a few steps to the beach, making it perfect for a quick visit, or longer stays with plenty of lounging scheduled in.
The Cape, A Thompson Hotel
Thompson is another recent brand acquisition that adds so many unique properties to the Hyatt family. In fact, the aforementioned Confidante was a Thompson hotel before it was rebranded as part of the Hyatt conversion. The Cape, located in Cabo San Lucas is another example of an excellent unique property.
Situated just a few miles from downtown Cabo, you’re unlikely to find anyone doing a cannonball into the pool after $3 tequila shots here. Instead, they’re probably chilling over craft cocktails at the rooftop bar. The rooms are stunning, with copper bathtubs in most and excellent views of the ocean. Two pools and a spa accompany some fantastic dining options, including upscale Pacific Rim fare at the hotel’s signature eatery, Manta.
The Cape is a Category 6 hotel, so expect to 25,000 points per night under current pricing, but up to 29,000 points in the future.
Stocking up on Hyatt points
Short on Hyatt points, or looking to earn some quickly in case you might need more of them for peak awards? There are several great options.
The World of Hyatt Credit Card is currently offering a welcome bonus of up to 60,000 points — earn 30,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months, plus up to 30,000 more by earning 2 points per dollar on purchases that normally only earn one during the first six months of account opening.
The new World of Hyatt Business Credit Card has launched with a welcome bonus of 75,000 points after you spend $7,500 on purchases in the first three months of account opening.
Don’t forget that your Chase Ultimate Rewards points also transfer to World of Hyatt on a 1:1 basis if you carry the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, or Ink Business Preferred Credit Card, so that could be a quick, easy way to top up your account at the last minute.
While we don’t have an exact date when these award chart changes will kick in, we suspect it will be very soon. If you have enough points in your World of Hyatt account, consider booking one of these or the hundreds of other Hyatt hotels TPG is a fan of. There are generally no cancellation penalties as long as you’re canceling at least a few days prior to arrival. Think of this as a placeholder for a future awesome vacation we really hope you get to take.
Feature photo of the Park Hyatt New York courtesy of Hyatt
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