World of Hyatt Category Changes Announced
Update 3/21/22: These changes go into effect tomorrow so do any last minute speculative bookings for these properties now.
World of Hyatt announced today the annual changes to its Award Chart. A total of 146 hotels that will be shifting to different award categories in late-March.
Hyatt says the changes were made after close evaluation during the annual review of these properties and their market conditions. The adjustments that will go into effect in late-March will place these hotels in more suitable award categories. And it is bad news for numerous popular hotels, especially nine of them that are moving to the highest category.
Effective as of Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. CDT, World of Hyatt members will see updates made to the number of points required for a free night at 146 hotels. 70 hotels will shift to a higher award category, and 76 will shift to a lower award category. As I mentioned above, nine Hyatt properties will move into Category 8, which has historically included Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) hotels and Destination by Hyatt residences.
The list of hotels and award changes outlines all the affected hotels and their new award category. No new categories have been added and the points required for each category remain the same, with affected hotels shifting by only one category up or down (excluding Hyatt Place Moab, which will shift up two categories).
Keep in mind that:
- All free night award and Points + Cash redemptions booked before 8:00 am CDT on Tuesday, March 22 will follow the current Award Chart regardless of stay dates, even if the hotel is shifting to a higher award category.
- Any free night award and Points + Cash redemptions booked on or after 8:00 am CDT on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, will follow the new Award Chart.
- Members who have existing award bookings as of 8:00 am CDT on Tuesday, March 22 for a night on or after Tuesday, March 22 at a Hyatt hotel that moved down to a lower category will receive an automatic one-time refund on the point difference. Points will be returned to members’ accounts starting Thursday, March 23.
- Once changes go into effect on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. CDT, any adjustments made to existing reservations will follow the terms of the new Award Chart.
This latest round of category changes seems awful. There are many popular properties that are moving up a category and Hyatt Place Moab moving up two categories.
Then there’s also that magic line for using free night certificates for Category 1-4. There are now more properties that you can book with FNCs, but some like Gild Hall in NYC are no longer bookable.
Let us know if these changes affect some of your favorite hotels!
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