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Final Days to Book Hyatt Awards Before Category Changes

March 15, 2019
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Final Days to Book Hyatt Awards Before Category Changes
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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.

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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:

  • Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo: 15,000 points to 20,000 points per night
  • Park Hyatt Mallorca: 20,000 points to 25,000 points per night
  • Andaz Maui: 25,000 points to 30,000 points per night
  • Park Hyatt Maldives: 25,000 points to 30,000 points per night

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 image by (Photo courtesy of Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases