Final Days to Book Hyatt Awards Before Category Changes

Mar 15, 2019

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Depending on who you ask, 2019 has either been the year of the hotel devaluation or one where you simply need to be more strategic. However, one thing’s for sure: If you know about an impending change and can book an award stay before a property jumps in price, you should do it. And the clock is ticking on one such round of award price adjustments.

As a reminder, there are just a few days left before World of Hyatt’s category changes take effect on Monday March 18 at 11:01pm Central Time. Any award reservations booked on or after this date and time will reflect the updated pricing. However, if you currently have a reservation at any of the properties dropping in price, Hyatt will start proactively refunding the difference in points starting Tuesday March 19. This was a very customer-friendly move on the program’s part, and hopefully it’ll happen without any issues.

The gorgeous Park Hyatt Mallorca is one property increasing in price. Photo by the author.
I’m particularly sad about the gorgeous Park Hyatt Mallorca increasing in price. Photo by the author.

As far as award chart changes go, this one was relatively mild, split almost down the middle, with 130 properties increasing in price and 129 dropping. That being said, there are several notable ones moving up a category:

The Andaz increase is particularly painful, as it makes the property ineligible for free night certificates from the World of Hyatt Credit Card. Of course, it’s not the only one in this boat. 17 others are moving from Category 4 to 5, including the Hyatt at Olive 8 in Seattle and the family-favorite Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Florida.

However, there are also 12 dropping from Category 5 to 4, so starting next week, you’ll soon be able to use a certificate at these properties.

You can access a full list of the properties changing categories at the bottom of this link, or you can download this spreadsheet I created if you want to sort or filter the list in any way. You should also check out Summer Hull’s post on how these changes will affect family travelers in 2019.

If you need to quickly boost your Hyatt account, the easiest way to do so before Monday night is by transferring Ultimate Rewards points to the program. These transfers should process instantly (though you may need to log out and then back in to see your updated balance), allowing you to immediately put them to use.

Featured photo courtesy of Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica.

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