(Last Chance) World of Hyatt Introducing Peak and Off-Peak Pricing

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World of Hyatt Changes

World of Hyatt Changes

Update 10/25/21: This change goes into effect tomorrow so book any hotels you have your eyes on now. If the pricing drops you can always rebook but if it is a popular hotel / time it will likely be going up.

Update 10/14/21: These changes should go into effect any day now so you may want to book popular hotels now and lock them in. Remember that you should be able to cancel a points booking if it ends up working out without penalty (double check cancellation terms for each hotel).

Hyatt is often considered one of the best hotel loyalty programs out there. One reason for that is the fixed award chart with reasonable pricing. And if you have Elite status the experience gets much better.

But now there’s some worrying news as the World of Hyatt program updates have been announced for 2020. One of the main changes is the introduction of peak and off-peak pricing.

Off-peak and Peak Point Redemption

Starting in March 2020, World of Hyatt is introducing off-peak and peak redemptions, which it calls “more free night award flexibility”.

  • Off-peak – Starting at 3,500 points per night – the best value when hotels are less busy
  • Standard – Stays the same, starting at 5,000 points per night – the most common rate
  • Peak – Starting at 6,500 points per night – when hotels are busiest

Here’s some more information about the new pricing:

  • If the redemption amount for a night on an existing award reservation is lowered to Off-peak in March, we’ll automatically refund the point difference, and if it goes to Peak, you won’t be charged any more points.
  • Points + Cash will also offer Off-peak and Peak point redemption. The cash required will still be 50% of the rate.
  • Free nights in suites will also be offered at Off-peak and Peak redemption.
  • You’ll have plenty of time to plan ahead. Redemption rates for free nights will be announced as soon as nights are available for reservations (usually 13 months in advance), and won’t change once posted. A new online calendar will help you plan (coming soon).
  • Hotel award categories aren’t changing – there are still 8.

Standard Room Chart

HOTEL CATEGORY OFF-PEAK STANDARD PEAK
POINTS PER NIGHT
1
3,500
5,000
6,500
2
6,500
8,000
9,500
3
9,000
12,000
15,000
4
12,000
15,000
18,000
5
17,000
20,000
23,000
6
21,000
25,000
29,000
7
25,000
30,000
35,000
8
35,000
40,000
45,000

Standard Room Points + Cash Chart

HOTEL CATEGORY OFF-PEAK STANDARD PEAK
POINTS PER NIGHT
1
1,750 + Cash
2,500 + Cash
3,250 + Cash
2
3,250 + Cash
4,000 + Cash
4,750 + Cash
3
4,500 + Cash
6,000 + Cash
7,500 + Cash
4
6,000 + Cash
7,500 + Cash
9,000 + Cash
5
8,500 + Cash
10,000 + Cash
11,500 + Cash
6
10,500 + Cash
12,500 + Cash
14,500 + Cash
7
12,500 + Cash
15,000 + Cash
17,500 + Cash
8
17,500 + Cash
20,000 + Cash
22,500 + Cash

All-Inclusive Award Chart

HOTEL OFF-PEAK STANDARD PEAK
POINTS PER NIGHT
Hyatt Zilara Cancun
21,000
25,000
29,000
Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana
21,000
25,000
29,000
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
21,000
25,000
29,000
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
21,000
25,000
29,000
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana
21,000
25,000
29,000
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
17,000
20,000
23,000
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
17,000
20,000
23,000
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
21,000
25,000
29,000

You can see the charts here.

Dining, Spa & More Awards

You can enjoy up to 100% more starting January 29, 2020, when you use points for U.S. Dollar credits toward dining, spa, in-room purchases and more.

U.S. DOLLAR CREDIT PREVIOUS POINTS REQUIRED NEW POINTS REQUIRED
$10
2,000
1,000
$25
5,000
2,500
$50
10,000
5,000
$75
12,000
7,500
$100
15,000
8,000
$150
20,000
12,000
$250
32,000
20,000
$500
60,000
35,000
$1,000
120,000
65,000

Conclusion

This type of news usually ends up being bad, although it is often described as a change that benefits customers. Most people prefer using their points to travel during peak season, since that is where you get more value. And those awards are now more expensive. Plain and simple.

Sure there’s off-peak pricing that is now cheaper, but that is not the time when you want to go to a beach. We’ll see how bad it is once these changes go live.

Let us know what you think of these World of Hyatt changes that are coming next year.

DDGhttp://dannydealguru.com
Based in NYC. Points/miles enthusiast for years and actively writing about it for the last 6+ years at Danny the Deal Guru. I'm always looking out for deals. Making a few bucks is always nice, but the traveling is by far the best part of this business.

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  1. Its alot less painful then if they simply uped most of the hotels by 1 Cat. Now should they up the Cat of the hotels most folks ca$h in for come March, then Id agree

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