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217 Hyatt Hotels are Changing Prices When Using Points Next Month

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Hyatt is one of the best hotel chains out there 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 by shuffling hotels between award categories to increase – or decrease – the rate for a free night’s stay.

Hyatt unveiled its latest round of changes on Wednesday, with 217 Hyatt properties on the move. In all, 117 Hyatt hotels will soon cost more points, while another 100 properties will soon require fewer points.

But these changes won’t take place until March 22 at 8 a.m. CST – the same time Hyatt rolls out its new peak and off-peak pricing model. That means you’ve got more than a month to book more than 100 different properties before the price increases. On the flip side, Hyatt says it will refund members who book any of the 100 hotels before the price drops.

There’s good news and bad news here, so we’ll highlight some of the major changes – including if you’re trying to use a free night certificate from the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card. 


What is Changing?

Hyatt sets the number of points you need to book a free night based on an award chart, divided up into eight different categories.

If you want to book a standard room at a Hyatt category 5 hotel, it will cost you 20,000 World of Hyatt points per night. With the introduction of peak and off-peak pricing next month, the timing of your stay could change that rate.

And as Hyatt reshuffles properties across categories, it could also cost more (or fewer) points to book a night at the same hotel than it does today. Here’s a look at Hyatt’s new award chart, effective March 22.


hyatt award chart


With 217 properties on the move, there’s a lot to unpack. Hyatt notes that no property will shift by more than one category – up or down.

But we’ll highlight some of the changing properties that stand out. Let’s start with the bad news: hotels that will soon require more points.


Hyatt Hotels on the Rise

In all, 117 Hyatt properties are moving up categories, which means they’ll soon cost 3,000 to 10,000 more points per night to book.

Here are a few that stick out:

  • Akyra Beach Resort Phuket: increases from 12,000 points per night (category 3) to 15,000 points (category 4)
  • Hyatt Regency Tokyo: increases from 12,000 points per night (category 3) to 15,000 points (category 4)
  • Hyatt House Nashville Downtown: increases from 15,000 points per night (category 4) to 20,000 points (category 5)
  • Park Hyatt Saigon: increases from 15,000 points per night (category 4) to 20,000 points (category 5)
  • Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica: increases from 20,000 points per night (category 5) to 25,000 points (category 6)
  • Grand Hyatt Tokyo: increases from 25,000 points per night (category 6) to 30,000 points (category 7)
  • Andaz Fifth Avenue New York City: increases from 25,000 points per night (category 6) to 30,000 points (category 7)
  • Viceroy Bali: increases from 30,000 points per night (category 7) to 40,000 points (category 8)


andaz peninsula
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, photo courtesy of Hyatt


If any of these properties – or the 110 others moving up a category – are on your radar, book soon. Come March 22, they’ll cost more points for a free stay.


Hyatt Properties Going Down

It’s not all bad news. Exactly 100 Hyatt properties will move down a category, meaning they’ll soon cost fewer points to book.

Here are some highlights:

  • Grand Hyatt Incheon: drops from 12,000 points per night (category 3) to 8,000 points (category 2)
  • Grand Hyatt Istanbul: drops from 12,000 points per night (category 3) to 8,000 points (category 2)
  • Grand Hyatt Dubai: drops from 15,000 points per night (category 4) to 12,000 points (category 3)
  • Park Hyatt Melbourne: drops from 20,000 points per night (category 5) to 15,000 points (category 4)
  • Park Hyatt Mallorca: drops from 25,000 points per night (category 6) to 20,000 points (category 5)
  • Park Hyatt Chicago: drops from 25,000 points per night (category 6) to 20,000 points (category 5)
  • Cape Fahn Hotel Koh Samui: drops from 30,00 points per night (category 7) to 25,000 points (category 6)


Hyatt Category Changes
Park Hyatt Mallorca, photo courtesy of Hyatt


Big Changes for Free Night Certificates

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 which hotels make the cut for your anniversary night. Let’s start with the good news: There’s a whole new batch of hotels that are suddenly eligible to use your free night award.


NameLocationCurrent CategoryNew Category
Aleenta Resort & Spa Hua HinPranburi, Thailand54
Hyatt Regency AmsterdamNetherlands54
Park Hyatt ChangbaishanChina54
Park Hyatt HamburgGermany54
Hyatt CentricMiami54
Hotel BergsRiga, Latvia54
Hyatt at Olive 8Seattle54
Park Hyatt MelbourneAustralia54
Nam Nghi Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc, Vietnam54
Grand Hyatt SeattleSeattle54
Hyatt Regency SochiRussia54
Hyatt Regency SydneyAustralia54
The Grand HotelUnited Kingdom54
The Sukhothai ShanghaiChina54


Meanwhile, even more properties are shifting up from Category 4 to Category 5. That means all these properties will no longer be eligible for your free night award. 


NameLocationCurrent CategoryNew Category
Hyatt Place AugustaAugusta45
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay ResortCambridge45
Grand Hyatt DohaQatar45
Hyatt Regency DusseldorfGermany45
Grand Hyatt FukuokaJapan45
Gaya Island Resort SLH BorneoMalaysia45
Hyatt Regency LouisvilleLouisville45
Hyatt House Nashville DowntownNashville45
Hyatt Place Ocean City OceanfrontOcean City45
Hyatt Place Portland - Old PortPortland45
Park Hyatt SaigonHo Chi Minh, Vietnam45
Hyatt House San Jose/Silicon ValleySan Jose45
Hyatt House Santa ClaraSanta Clara45
Hyatt Regency Santa ClaraSanta Clara45
Hyatt Regency Seragaki IslandOkinawa, Japan45
Park Hyatt Shenzhen FutianShenzhen, China45
Hyatt Place State CollegeState College45
The Fish Hotel SLH BroadwayUnited Kingdom45
Boutique Hotel Villa Am Ruhrufer SLHGermany45
Alila YangshuoGuilin, China45
Park Hyatt ZanzibarZanzibar, Tanzania45


If you have stays planned at any of these hotels and want to use your free night certificate, World of Hyatt points, or both, make sure to book before March 22!


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.

Overall, these changes are fairly mild – especially compared to the monstrous changes we saw from Marriott just last week. But it’s still worth keeping these brewing changes in mind if you’re looking to use Hyatt points or a free night certificate.

Remember: There’s no harm in booking now. You can snag a free night at a property before it goes up in price, while Hyatt will refund you if the rate drops. Just be sure to lock in these better rates before March 22. 


Bottom Line

If you’ve got Hyatt points and travel plans, what are you waiting for? Make sure to check out how this brewing list of category changes affects your upcoming travel, and book before March 22 to get the best deal.


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