259 Hyatt Hotels are Changing Prices When Using Points Soon
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Save Your Points, Book at 130 Hyatt Hotels Before Rates Increase

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Hyatt is one of the best hotel chains out there, in large part because the amount of points you need to snag a free room is so reasonable. But like all hotel chains, Hyatt mixes things up every year, shuffling hotels between categories. And that means it will soon take more points to book a free night at 100-plus Hyatt locations – and fewer points at just as many.

Last month, Hyatt released its list of changes. These changes take effect for bookings made after 11:01 p.m. CST on Monday, March 18, so you’ve got just a few days remaining to book more than 100 hotels before the price increases. On the flip side, Hyatt says it will refund members who book any of the 100 or so hotels before the price drops.

Read on to learn how things are changing at Hyatt properties around the globe.


What is Changing?

As you can see from Hyatt’s award chart below, it takes a set number of World of Hyatt points to book different levels of rooms in each hotel category. If you want to book a standard room at a Hyatt category 5 hotel, you can expect to pay 20,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

So with a change in category, it will cost more (or fewer) points to book a night at the same hotel than it currently does.


Hyatt Hotel CategoryStandard Room Points Per NightRegency/Grand Club Points Per NightStandard Suite Points Per NightPremium Suite Points Per Night


In total, Hyatt will be adjusting category levels at 259 of their just over 700 hotels worldwide. Of those, 130 hotels will move up a category (and thus will cost more points to book) and 129 hotels will move down to a lower category (so they’ll cost fewer points to book).


Hyatt Hotels on the Move

Scan the full list to see how things are changing before your upcoming travels. But we see a handful of properties here that are worth noting.

In the U.S., three Hyatt properties in bustling New York City are actually poised to cost fewer points. The Andaz Wall Street, Grand Hyatt New York, and Hyatt Herald Square are all dropping from a Category 6 to Category 5 – meaning a free night will soon run you just 20,000 World of Hyatt points (down from the current 25,000.) But again, if you book before the price drop, Hyatt will refund the difference.

Down in Mexico, two great resorts around Playa del Carmen are increasing. Both the Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera and the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen will soon jump to 25,000 points per night – up from 20,000.


Hyatt Category Changes
Andaz Mayakoba Riviera Maya, photo courtesy of Hyatt


If Paris is in your future, you might want to book a room at the Hotel du Louvre before Monday, after which it will increase from 20,000 points per night to 25,000. The same is true of the stunning Park Hyatt Mallorca in Spain.


Hyatt Category Changes
Park Hyatt Mallorca, photo courtesy of Hyatt


Over in Tokyo, two great hotels are moving up. The Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo will soon move up to a Category 6, meaning it will cost 25,000 points. And the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills will jump from 25,000 points up to 30,000 points per night.

Hyatt Category Changes
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills



Hotels Going From a Category 4 to Category 5

One of the biggest perks of holding the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card is that it gets you a free night at a Hyatt property each year on your cardmember anniversary. But not just any hotel makes the cut – these anniversary nights must be at a category 1-4 property.


Hyatt Category Changes


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So these upcoming category changes have some big ramifications for using the free anniversary night. The list of hotels going from category 4 – some of the best properties where you can currently use this benefit – up to category 5 hold the biggest news. These properties will no longer be eligible for your free night award. The list below outlines all of the properties that fall into this bucket of changes.


HotelLocationOld CategoryNew Category
Hyatt Place Dewey BeachDelaware45
Hyatt Centric South Beach MiamiFlorida45
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and SpaFlorida45
Hyatt Regency BostonMassachusetts45
Hyatt Place Nashville DowntownTennessee45
Grand Hyatt DFWTexas45
Hyatt House Virginia Beach Ocean FrontVirginia45
Grant Hyatt SeattleWashington45
Hyatt at Olive 8Washington45
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula PapagayoCosta Rica45
Hyatt Regency CologneGermany45
Park Hyatt HamburgGermany45
Hyatt Regency AmsterdamNetherlands45
Hyatt Regency SochiRussia45
Hyatt Regency Hong KongHong Kong45
Park Hyatt BusanSouth Korea45
Hyatt Regency GuamGuam45


Three of the properties on our list of the best uses of the Hyatt free night certificate will no longer be bookable with your free night award after March 18, 2019. The most notable, to me, is the Hyatt Andaz Costa Rica Resort At Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica. That resort has been a no-brainer property to squeeze a ton of value out of the anniversary night for quite some time.

If you have stays planned at any of these properties in which you want to use your free night certificate, World of Hyatt points, or both, make sure to book before March 18.


Hotels Going From a Category 5 to Category 4

On the other hand, there’s some upside here.

There are a handful of hotels and resorts changing from a category 5 to a category 4. This means after March 18, they will become eligible for your Hyatt free night certificate. The full list of properties in this bucket is as follows.


HotelLocationOld CategoryNew Category
Andaz San DiegoCalifornia54
Manchester Grand Hyatt San DiegoCalifornia54
Hyatt Centric Waikiki BeachHawaii54
Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent MileIllinois54
Hyatt Centric The Loop ChicagoIllinois54
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf ResortMaryland54
Hyatt House Jersey CityNew Jersey54
Hyatt House Jersey City on the HudsonNew Jersey54
Park Hyatt IstanbulTurkey54
Hyatt Regency KievUkraine54
Park Hyatt ZanzibarTanzania54
Park Hyatt HangzhouChina54


Our Analysis

Hotels update their category lists all the time, and it is probably safe to assume that many of the changes are based on the individual property’s popularity. Properties with lower occupancy rates and more demand will move up, while properties with higher occupancy rates and less demand will move down to entice more traffic.

Bookings made prior to March 18, 2019, will be honored at the old rates. However, if you need to make any changes to those reservations, you will be subject to the new rates.


All About the Hyatt Free Night Certificate

In total, 12 properties are moving from a category 5 to a category 4 and 18 properties are moving from a category 4 to a 5, making them no longer eligible for your Hyatt free night certificate. This is the most noteworthy piece of news out of these category changes because of how valuable the free night is. In my opinion, it is the most valuable free night certificate offered from any hotel chain, as you can earn them a multitude of ways.

With the World of Hyatt Credit Card, you will receive a category 1-4 free night certificate each year on your account anniversary. You also have the ability to earn additional free nights in the following ways.

  • If you spend $15,000 on your World of Hyatt Card during a calendar year, you will receive a second category 1-4 free night certificate.
  • You will earn a category 1-4 free night certificate when you stay at five different Hyatt brands. This is not tied to a calendar year and is part of an ongoing promotion.
  • By reaching Hyatt Explorist status, which requires 30 elite qualifying nights, you will earn an additional category 1-4 free night certificate.


Hyatt Category Changes


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Bottom Line

This is probably the biggest list of category changes we’ve ever seen from Hyatt. In total, the hotel company is making category changes to roughly one-third of its entire portfolio. This is another example of points and miles (and free night certificates) not getting more valuable over time. Use those points, because they’re getting less valuable over time.


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