Posted by William Charles on February 12, 2020
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Published on February 12th, 2020 | by William Charles

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Hyatt Announces 2020 Award Category Changes (117 Increasing In Price, 100 Decreasing In Price)

Hyatt has announced it’s annual award category shuffle for 2020, these changes will go into effect on March 22nd, 2020 (book by March 21st to be safe). In total:

  • 117 Increasing In Price
  • 100 Decreasing In Price

If you book a property now and it increases in price you won’t be charged the difference. If you book a property now and it decreases in price you’ll automatically receive a points refund. In addition to these category changes Hyatt is also introducing peak and off peak pricing (discussed previously here). The actual property changes don’t look to bad, but obviously this is offset by the introduction of peak and off peak pricing. The real test will be in 2021 (for example Marriott didn’t do a big category reshuffle with the introduction of peak and off peak pricing but the following year they did a massive devaluation).



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MTPDC
MTPDC

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo went up again to category 6

Hyatt Regency Tokyo up to category 4

Hyatt Place Moab went up to category 3

Weirdly they have the Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla in Jordan under both Africa and Europe

Ah, precious nuance...
Ah, precious nuance...

Jordan is geographically Asia, though it is apart of the Arab world and the Middle East, which extends between Asia and norther Africa.

David
David

While you’re at it, how about a deep-dive on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

John S
John S

For the most part, Israel invaded Palestine not Jordan. So I don’t think it’s relevant here.

Josh
Josh

how do y’all get to Papagayo, LIR seems pricey and SJO is far away?

Adam
Adam

It’s amazing to think that Andaz Papagayo was a category 4 only a few years ago. The cost of food and lack of an on-site beach always kept me away though.

blah blah
blah blah

Some property going up in categories 2 years in a row. Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana was a Cat 2 in 2017 now it is becoming a Cat 4.

CanalStreet
CanalStreet

I recently went to the Hyatt Regency Tokyo, for a reasonable amount of points. It was in a great location (Shinjuku) and had a shuttle to the train station. Excellent service.

Jame
Jame

I second that. It was a great value and excellent stay experience. I would say it is still a great value even though it went up to category 4.

Mehertz
Mehertz

At least Hyatt is more reasonable than Marriott. More of an actual re balancing than a straight devaluation.

BaconSF
BaconSF

I agree. I’ve decided to move all my stays this year to hyatt and Hilton.

Can’t even gauge when the next Marriott devaluation is coming anymore as it happens so frequently.

Need to burn 800k in Marriott points though, may convert to Alaska miles

Wowza
Wowza

Did you accidentally include an extra “0” there? 80K, not 800… How does one accumulate 800K? Is that a lifetime of stays or just you got le-big-munmuns or businessman-style?

BaconSF
BaconSF

I spent 180 nights in Marriott last year. I don’t recommend it

BUT_WHY_MALE_M0DELS
BUT_WHY_MALE_M0DELS

I spent 320k points in 10/18. The same stay would now cost 560k after the next category change. That’s 75% more points in just 15 months.

JSL
JSL

Same, here. Add in the post-merger CC bonus rules and it’s impossible to earn any meaningful amount of points without accumulating a ton of stays. Maybe that’s the idea, but making the redemptions 75% more expensive screws over the road warriors too.

J
J

I’d take the 266k Alaska miles in a heartbeat.

Bonvoy’d
Bonvoy’d

This is way more balanced than Marriott… the ratio is nearly even, whereas with Bonvoy it was like 3x more devaluations.

P
P

I like Hyatt’s category changes most of the time as it’s quite balanced

Steven
Steven

I don’t see Canada in the list. Does that mean there are no changes for hotels in Canada?

iahphx
iahphx

Hard to complain about any of this. Hyatt treats their loyalty members well. There’s a couple of hotels I may book before the price increase, but there are also a couple that I’d benefit from going down in price.

PoorChurner
PoorChurner

Glad it didn’t turn into World of Hurt I can use my FNA at Olive 8 once again.

Deeku Deeku
Deeku Deeku

Niiiice

BaconSF
BaconSF

I’m surprised Seattle hotels decreased in category. Olive 8 was nice, I believe I used a free night certificate there in 2018

Chris
Chris

Every California hotel on this list is an increase. Ugh.

ESA
ESA

I hope Extended Stay America Hotel makes a new credit card with a huge bonus that is easy to get and has great promotions

DeauxBois
DeauxBois

Oof … this stings if you’re a big college sports fan. Otherwise, pretty fair overall.

Jeff
Jeff

That’s why there’s Hampton Inns (Hilton) to bail us out.

blah blah
blah blah

Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana was a Cat 2 in 2017 now it is becoming a Cat 4.

DeauxBois
DeauxBois

The State College Hyatt Place was a Cat 3 only a year ago. It moved to a Cat 4 around this time last year and will soon be a Cat 5. Lots of rapid changes for HPs in college towns.

Jeff
Jeff

Holy cow, Florida properties DECREASING. One more reason to love Hyatt!

The Man
The Man

Very rare indeed

VL
VL

I see quite a few properties move from cat 7 to cat 8 (particularly in Europe)… didn’t they introduced cat 8 only for new lux hotels, and now (as predicted by many) slowly move some existing hotels there.

BaconSF
BaconSF

Viceroy in Bali moved to cat 8 as well

Adam
Adam

I’m surprised they aren’t moving any of the all inclusive resorts up a category. They must really rely on point redemptions to stay afloat.

frogger
frogger

The changes in the last year make the free night absolutely worthless. I guess I will cancel mine and P2’s Hyatt card when they come due again.

Hyatt CC Holder
Hyatt CC Holder

I’ll be canceling at well. We went from three decent redemption to zero — good thing we already had our nights booked for this summer.

The sting hurts more because we are 10+/24 with no plans to get down below 5/24 — so there’s no way we can even get the cards back if we changed our minds.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Hyatt Olive 8 (Seattle)
Manchester Grand Hyatt (San Diego)
Hyatt Centric Waikiki (Hawaii)
Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile (Chicago)

All Excellent redemption options with typical rates $250+ for the Category 1-4 Free Night Award. If you factor in taxes and fees that would be paid with a cash rate you’re getting roughly 3x (on average) of what you’re paying in the annual fee by redeeming at one of these locations.

$95 for a guaranteed night at a property is a great deal. I see no reason to cancel it at all, unless you travel literally 0 nights a year.

Nick
Nick

Hey Hyatt folks (in case you’re somehow reading this) — Portland is in Maine, not Maryland

juicyjosh
juicyjosh

Wow, can’t believe this HP is moving to cat 5. I stayed here in Oct and it was average at best. Location I suppose.

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