Update 3/27/23: Award changes go into effect tomorrow.
Hyatt has announced award changes for 2023. There is a spreadsheet found here for easy sorting. The main points are as follows:
- Changes will go into effect on 3/28. Book by then to lock in pricing, if you book a property that decreases in price you’ll be automatically refunded.
- 214 properties will be moving up categories and increasing in price
- 158 properties will be moving down categories and decreasing in price
Seems like the worst hit properties are the all inclusive ones. Feel free to share your observations in the comments below.
I tried to book in Puerto Rico today and the place we booked last year for 12k points is now 20k points. Eek. I still think they’re the best value.
Hyatt is the worst. Any place I ever stayed at for points has moved up about 3 categories since I stayed there. I couldn’t find anywhere to use my free night certificates from 2 years ago and they expired. Hilton is the best. Marriot second. And there is no third.
As of right now (morning of 3/28) the web interface is still showing the old rates but it’s not actually possible to book, it fails silently. Same if you call in (just FYI)
I booked a Hyatt that decreased in value. I expected to get those points back but checked this morning and didn’t receive anything yet. Do I have to call or do I get them back after the stay?
You have to rebook.
On their site tho it says:
Existing reservations for nights on or after March 28 will receive a refund for the point difference if the hotel moved to a lower category
Doesn’t say anything about needing to rebook.
Booked 3 all inclusive trips this year and 1 next January to lock in the rates.
I just booked 5 nights at the Lahaina Shores Beach Resort before the prices go up tomorrow. I had hoped to use a couple of Free Night Awards, but there was nothing available through the expiration date of the award.
I’m using two free night certs for a Hyatt Centric in Milan this summer (cash cost: $939). Proper planning and promo-utilization still allows for lots of value with Hyatt.
I went there last summer, it’s a nice modern room not too far from city center but I have no idea how they price that at $900+…that is super inflated. Either way, enjoy it!
It does have a sauna! Lol
Burned 420k Hyatt on Kanapaali Ali in Maui last year – luxury condo for 4 – amazing place – was like 9k in cash
I was looking to go back to Hyatt Ziva Cancun next year, but Jesus Christ the value is going almost to double. Time to reconsider.
I went there in 18′ and wouldn’t recommend that property if you drink. Very sweet and watered-down unless you gain access to the bar on the rooftop balcony. I also go food poisoning the day we left the resort on our first flight returning to Japan. In this case, it’s better to go to Intercontinental Presidente in Cozumel.
I have been to to Ziva Cancun once and Zilara Cancun 3 times and the food and service was always superb. You can ask for them to add more alcohol and they will, or ask for shots and add more yourself. If your drink was too sweet all you had to do is ask them to make it how you wanted. I found them very accomodating. I will miss going there now with the huge price hike.
They have to increase SUB bonuses and the night certificates to include higher cat than 1-4.
A lot of them have moved to cat 5 in the past solely to get out of the free night cert category. I doubt they up the free night cert, since these moves are intentional.
Only free night certificate worth anything is those from Hilton.