Update 23/18/18: Hyatt has now confirmed these changes. Updated post to reflect this.
Hyatt is making a number of changes starting November 1st, 2018. Let’s have a look at these changes.
Points & Cash Rates
Currently the points & cash award chart is as follows:-
Under the new program the points portion will remain the same but the paid cash portion will change to 50% of the nightly standard rate for that property. In most cases this will make points + cash stays significantly more expensive than they are now. They will also be adding the ability to use cash & points for standard rooms at MGM Resorts Destinations in Las Vegas and Hyatt Residence Club resorts.
It will also be possible to redeem points for standard suites Hyatt hotels and resorts and Hyatt Residence Club resorts. The rates will be as follows:
Premium suites will also be an option, with the rates as follows:
There will also be an option to redeem points directly for premium suites:
And you can upgrade to a premium suite for 9,000 points per night:
Overall I see these changes as a negative. Cash & points rates are ‘best value’ when cash rates are high, you’re going to lose the ability to get that outsized value now. It’s nice having more options for premium suites but I’m typically happy with standard rooms so won’t affect me personally but for those that like that extra luxury that’s a positive change. What are your thoughts on the new changes? Let us know in the comments below.