Hyatt Announces Category Changes Starting in March

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Hot on the feels of Marriott’s annual category adjustments (which were not super well-received), Hyatt has announced its annual changes.

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The quick take on Hyatt’s new award chart?

It’s nothing catastrophic and, in fact, roughly the same number of hotels go down in category as go up.

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I’d been afraid that Hyatt might make a move to shift hotels into the Category 8 that was announced as just for high end SLH properties. Avid MilesTalkers may recall a panicked post on Nov 1st last year when I thought it had actually happened (Narrator: “It didn’t.’)

The new rates apply to reservations made starting March 18, 2019.

The same rule of thumb applies to these as any announced category shifts at any program:

If you want to stay somewhere going up in category, book now.  If you want to stay somewhere going down in category, either book now (if the cancellation period is beyond March 18th) and call later to get the new rate (as long as the cancelation date is later than the March 18th switchover) or just wait.

Which Hyatt Hotels Moved the Most?

Well, in terms of total point shifts, nothing was CRAZY. I think that many people will be sad to see the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa shift from Cat 6 to Cat 7 (from 25,000 to 30,000 points a night now) as well as the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort (Now Category 7 at 30,000 points a night.

Both the Park Hyatt Busan and Park Hyatt Seoul in South Korea jump 5,000 points a night (to 20,000 and 25,000 points, respectively). And in Japan, the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills moves from 25,000 to 30,000 points a night.

The Andaz Singapore meanwhile falls from 25,000 to 20,000 points a night, the Hyatt Regency Dubai drops from 12,000 to 8,000 points a night as does the Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

My full take on it is that nothing here will be the Category Change Heard Round the World.

The biggest impact?

The biggest impact will be felt by World of Hyatt Credit Card holders that receive an annual

Category 1-4 free night certificate at renewal, as these adjustments will certainly mean that some people have a favorite Category 4 hotel that will become a Category 5 – and no longer certificate eligible.

Regardless, I’d urge you to look at the list ASAP, though, in case there’s anything you can book now and save some points.

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