Posted by William Charles on February 11, 2019
Hotel Rewards

Published on February 11th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Hyatt 2019 Award Category Changes – 130 Increasing, 129 Decreasing

Hyatt is the latest hotel chain to announce property award category changes for 2019. The full list can be found here and will go live on March 18th. As long as you book before that date you’ll keep the price you paid if it’s increasing in price, if it is decreasing in price you’ll automatically receive a points refund. Some statistics:

  • 259 hotels are changing category
  • 130 properties are increasing in price
  • 129 properties are decreasing in price
  • 18 properties are increasing to category 5 (no longer possible to use the Chase free night certificate)
  • 12 properties are decreasing to category 4 (now possible to use the Chase free night certificate)

Compared to other category changes this isn’t so bad, although I haven’t had an in depth look at the list as of yet.



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ken
ken

LAME !
the Hyatt place in my area current 8000 points, soon 12000 points. new Hyatt credit card get 50,000 points, that’s like only 4 free nights ! not worth waiting til Jan 2020 to apply this card. i’m over 5.24 currently.

william f
william f

You probably have good jobs in your area so that’s more important lol. All 3 Connecticut Hyatts are getting cheaper, but our state is dying.

Steve
Steve

All the properties north of San Diego went up, but the properties in San Diego went down. Not sure how to feel about this coming from LA.

Stinger
Stinger

Seems like a win. I’d much rather visit San Diego than LA!

Steve
Steve

I live in LA. San Diego is nice too, but more things to do in SF.

Francisco J Rios
Francisco J Rios

I have 5 nights at the residence inn Carmel followed by 5 nights at the Hyatt centric fisherman’s wharf in San Francisco booked for August with points so guess I planned it right for the fisherman’s wharf property. Gonna miss using my free night there.

Mjs
Mjs

Damn. Was hoping to stay at the one in Coasta Rica next year with certificates. Guess I’ll be cancelling my card now.

Hermio Wang
Hermio Wang

Watch and learn, Marriott!

Davy
Davy

What exactly is Marriott to learn from this? How to make them go up without people whining? That’s about it. It’s not like Hyatt is really lowering points overall. They are playing a shell game with you… watch which ones go up and down to see what’s next.

Point
Point

Learn that when you do feel like changing categories, at least adjust the same amount of hotels increasing, to a lower level.
130 up and 129 down is a fair change, at least can keep loyalists feel understood.
What Marriott keeps on doing is horrendous.

Peter
Peter

It’s amazing how many properties I’ve stayed at (7-8) are going down in category, and how many that I want to stay at are going up… maybe this is targeted at me… XD

Emily
Emily

LOL!!!

Elias
Elias

Not bad. Only real downer is the Andaz papagayo no longer cat 4. It is very surprising the Park Hyatt St kitts is not coming down yet. The prices have been so cheap all the time.

William F
William F

Andaz Pappagayo was sweet. Just returned! They upgraded our room for free. I never had such a big balcony overlooking the water. The walk-in rain shower also opened to the balcony.

Josh
Josh

That’s cool about the shower

P
P

Hyatt Regency Maui is going up to Cat 6. To even it out so it’s not in the same Cat as Andaz Maui, they’re moving Andaz to Cat 7. Hyatt Centric Waikiki is going down to Cat 4 (redeemable for free night certificate), which is what the hotel should have started with. The Hyatt Regency Waikiki is already Cat 5 and I’d much rather stay there than Centric when redeeming the same amount of points.

On the other hand, Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf is going up to Cat 5, losing the ability to redeem the free night here. I think this makes the free night certificate unusable in San Francisco.

The Gran Hyatt and Olive 8 in Seattle will be Cat 5, also makes the free night unusable for these hotels. There are now only Hyatt House and Place where you can use them there.

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

Looks like there’s going to be some pissed off Mouseketeers in Anaheim.

hustlehard2
hustlehard2

It’s pretty tough to get point rooms at the Hyatt House. I didn’t see any changes to the Hyatt Place, still a cat 3. I’ve stayed at the Hyatt Place, and outside of the parking charge, it worked great. The Marriott changes in the Anaheim area were brutal. HoJo is still probably the best option. The country inn and suites is a sneaky hotel that gets overlooked.

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

I stayed at the Hyatt Place when we went to DL, I wasn’t impressed at all. Only thing nice about it was the ability to walk to the DL parking lot and pick up a shuttle. We had the option of either one on points, but we chose the closer one. We were going to pick the Marriott, but they nerfed my Gold last year and HP had free breakfast.

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai is getting cheaper, was just about to book too. For once I’m on the winning end of these category changes.

Hyatt CC Holder
Hyatt CC Holder

Two of the three hotels that I can realistically use the Hyatt CC free night on are gone. I suspect the third will be next year.

Rowan
Rowan

Ouch, as a frequent West Coast traveler all those increases in California & Washington definitely hurt and the few decreases in that region don’t ease the pain much… 😒

On the other hand, to Hyatt’s credit, a decent number of the category downgrades are domestic hotels vs just being limited to less-than-ideal international locations.

John
John

I recently stayed at the Hyatt Andaz in Costa Rica. The property was very nice, but not as big as I expected it to be. Rooms were beautiful and food was good. Not sure how I feel about the points increase though………

Biggie F
Biggie F

I wouldn’t be such a lackey and slavish admirer of Hyatt … if they weren’t so darned good to me! Compare this minor housekeeping with the carnage going on at Marriott, where any number of 35,000 point hotels that barely seemed worth it at that price (i.e., annual credit card fee) are headed up to 50,000 points. Whereas here, I mostly seem to have escaped unscathed, with a bonus to boot: I am currently booked into a hotel going down from cat 3 to cat 2, booked at 12,000 points because the cash price was high; and here I read “Existing reservations for nights on or after March 18 will receive a refund for the point difference if the hotel moved to a lower category.” Woo-hoo: 4,000 free points in the bargain.

With this said, I hope that plenty of people will still bemoan Hyatt’s small footprint and add this re-categorization to many other sins, real and imagined, and stay away from the chain, so that there is less competition for all those suites they keep comping me and allowing me to book ahead of time at places I could never sniff at in something passing for real life.

AkJohnny
AkJohnny

Texas locations came out ok

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