2 Weeks Left To Lock In Hyatt Hotels Before Harsh 2023 Category Changes

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Hyatt is back with their annual category changes, and this one is a doozy.

To their credit, Hyatt still has award charts, though they added peak and off-peak pricing to their charts last year to make stays more dynamically priced.

Hotel brands like Hilton, IHG, and Marriott have killed off their award charts, which means they are free to devalue their point at will. So from that standpoint, Hyatt looks great. However these category changes seem to be getting worse and worse.

214 hotels are going up in category while 158 hotels are going down in category this year.

Book stays before 3/28 at 9am ET to lock in current rates for future stays at hotels that are going up.  You can book stays up to 13 months in advance. Almost all hotel stays are cancellable for free until a certain amount of time before the stay (read the fine print).  If you have a reservation at a hotel for after 3/28 that is going down, you will automatically receive a points refund starting on 3/28.

Note that you won’t be able to change the dates on a reservation after the price goes up, your only options are to use the stay or cancel it and get your points back.

Hotels going up from category 4 to 5 will no longer be bookable with anniversary nights from the Chase World of Hyatt credit card, while hotels going from 5 down 4 will be eligible.

Big losses there include the Andaz San Diego, Lahaina Shores Beach Resort, Hyatt Regency Amsterdam, Park Hyatt Saigon, and Grand Hyatt Seoul, which are no longer eligible for those anniversary nights as they climb from category 4 to 5. The Hyatt Place Moab, near some of Utah’s magnificent national parks, just jumped last year from a category 2 to 4, and will now be a 5.

The Thompson Washington D.C. will be newly bookable with anniversary nights as it drops from a category 5 to 4.

Hotels going from category 7 to 8 will no longer be bookable with Globalist 1-7 free night certificates.

The Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas has phenomenal kosher restaurants, but will climb from a category 5 to 6. The Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hyatt Regency Aruba, Andaz 5th Avenue, and Hyatt Regency Maui all climb from a 6 to a 7 while the Park Hyatt Zurich will go from a 7 to 8. I’ve enjoyed my stays in all those hotels and the category climb certainly stings.

The Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas, which went from category 6 to 7 last year, now tops out at category 8.

The Ca’ Sagredo Hotel in Venice, located just half a mile from the Jewish Ghetto, also climbs from category 7 to 8.

The Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, which was once a great anniversary night eligible resort, will climb to category 6.

With hotels like the Hyatt Centric Key West now sharing category 8 with hotels like the Park Hyatt Paris and Sydney, one has to wonder when we will see a category 9 introduced?

All inclusive hotels, which have their own chart, get slammed even harder. The popular Hyatt Ziva Cancun and Zilara Cancun jump 2 categories while the highly rated Secrets Impression Moxché jumps 3 categories!

The Chase World of Hyatt credit card also offers bonus free nights upon reaching several spending thresholds, those too are limited to category 1-4.

Even with these changes, Hyatt points remain much more valuable than other hotel points, but the hotels moving from category 4 to 5 and from category 7 to 8 sure sting.

Sample hotels going up in category:

  • Hyatt Regency Dubai, was 1, now 2
  • Grand Hyatt Bali, was 1, now 2
  • Hyatt Place Calgary Airport, was 1, now 2
  • Hyatt Regency Atlanta, was 2, now 3
  • Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, was 2, now 3
  • Hyatt Place Anchorage-Midtown, was 3, now 4
  • Hyatt Place Fairbanks, was 2, now 3
  • Hyatt Place Cleveland / Westlake / Crocker Park, was 2, now 3
  • Hyatt Place Tempe / Phoenix Airport, was 3, now 4
  • Hyatt Regency Orlando, was 3, now 4
  • Hyatt Regency JFK Airport at Resorts World New York, was 3, now 4
  • Anya Resort Tagaytay, Philippines, was 3, now 4
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, was 3, now 4
  • Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin, was 3, now 4
  • Hotel La Compañia, Panama, was 3, now 5
  • Andaz San Diego, was 4, now 5
  • Hyatt House Naples, was 4, now 5
  • Lahaina Shores Beach Resort, was 4, now 5
  • Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico, was 4, now 5
  • Hyatt Place Moab, UT, was 4, now 5
  • Grand Hyatt Jeju, South Korea, was 4, now 5
  • Grand Hyatt Seoul, South Korea, was 4, now 5
  • Park Hyatt Saigon, Vietnam, was 4, now 5
  • Hyatt Regency Amsterdam, was 4, now 5
  • Thompson Madrid, was 4, now 5
  • Andaz West Hollywood, was 5, now 6
  • Mar Monte Hotel, CA, was 5, now 6
  • Wailea Ekahi Village, was 5, now 6
  • Park Hyatt Dubai, was 5, now 6
  • Park Hyatt Bangkok, was 5, now 6
  • Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, was 5, now 6
  • Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, was 5, now 6
  • Andaz London Liverpool Street, was 5, now 6
  • Park Hyatt Aviara, CA, was 6, now 7
  • Grand Hyatt Vail, CO, was 6, now 7
  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, was 6, now 7
  • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, was 6, now 7
  • Andaz 5th Avenue, was 6, now 7
  • Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino, was 6, now 7
  • Los Altos Resort Costa Rica, was 6, now 7
  • The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, was 6, now 7
  • Park Hyatt Vienna, was 6, now 7
  • Hôtel du Louvre, Paris, was 6, now 7
  • Hotel Raphael, Paris, was 6, now 7
  • Hyatt Paris Madeleine, Paris, was 6, now 7
  • Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas, CA, was 7, now 8
  • Carmel Valley Ranch, CA, was 7, now 8
  • Hyatt Carmel Highlands, CA, was 7, now 8
  • Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, was 7, now 8
  • Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa, was 7, now 8
  • Ksar Char-Bagh, Morocco, was 7, now 8
  • Viceroy Bali, was 7, now 8
  • Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, was 7, now 8
  • Keemala, Phuket, Thailand, was 7, now 8
  • Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik, Croatia, was 7, now 8
  • Hôtel Martinez, France, was 7, now 8
  • Boheme Hotel, Mykonos, Greece, was 7, now 8
  • Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa, Greece, was 7, now 8
  • 7Pines Resort Sardinia, Italy, was 7, now 8
  • Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, Venice, Italy, was 7, now 8
  • Grand Hotel Cocumella, Italy, was 7, now 8
  • Park Hyatt Zurich, was 7, now 8

Sample hotels going down in category:

  • Hyatt House Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, was 2, now 1
  • El Capitan Hotel, CA, was 3, now 2
  • Hyatt Place Washington DC / White House, was 4, now 3
  • Hyatt Centric Downtown Minneapolis, was 4, now 3
  • The Plettenberg, South Africa, was 4, now 3
  • Hyatt Regency Guam, was 4, now 3
  • Hyatt Place Kyoto, was 4, now 3
  • Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai, was 4, now 3
  • Akyra Manor Chiang Mai, Thailand, was 4, now 3
  • Amani Boutique Hotel Zanzibar, Tanzania, was 5, now 4
  • Thompson Washington D.C., was 5, now 4
  • The Grady, KY, was 5, now 4
  • Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali, was 5, now 4
  • Alta Las Palomas, Costa Rica, was 5, now 4
  • Hotel des Gouverneurs, France, was 5, now 4
  • Hyatt Regency Cologne, Germany, was 5, now 4
  • Rodos Park Suites & Spa, Greece, was 5, now 4
  • Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Wellness, Portugal, was 5, now 4
  • Thompson Denver, was 6, now 5
  • Hyatt Regency Kyoto, was 6, now 5
  • Twinpalms Phuket, was 6, now 5
  • Hotel Vestibul Palace, Croatia, was 6, now 5
  • Pädaste Manor, Estonia, was 6, now 5
  • Donna Carmela Resort and Lodges, Italy, was 6, now 5
  • Stonebridge Inn, CO, was 7, now 5
  • Hemingways Nairobi, Kenya, was 7, now 6
  • Nanuku Resort, Fiji, was 7, now 6
  • French Coco, Martinique, was 7, now 6
  • Columbia Beach Resort, Cyprus, was 7, now 6
  • Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands, was 8, now 7
  • The Inn at English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda, was 8, now 7
  • Hotel & Spa des Pecheurs, France, was 8, now 7
  • Hôtel Le Pashmina Le Refuge, France, was 8, now 7
  • Eagles Villas, Greece, was 8, now 7
  • S. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, Greece, was 8, now 7

Sample all-inclusive hotels going up in category:

  • Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, was B, now C
  • Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, was B, now C
  • Dreams Cozumel Cape Resort & Spa, was B, now C
  • Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, was B, now C
  • Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, was B, now D
  • Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica, was C, now D
  • Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Jamaica, was C, now D
  • Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Jamaica, was C, now D
  • Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa, was C, now D
  • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, was C, now D
  • Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa, was C, now D
  • Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, was C, now E
  • Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, was C, now E
  • Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, was C, now E
  • Hyatt Zilara Cancun, was C, now E
  • Hyatt Ziva Cancun, was C, now E
  • Secrets Moxché Playa del Carmen, was C, now E
  • Zoëtry Casa del Mar Los Cabos, was C, now E
  • Secrets Impression Moxché, Mexico, was C, now F

Here are Hyatt’s award charts:

Hotel (Click on category for list of hotels)Standard Room AwardPoints+30%-50% of Cash RateStandard Suite Night AwardPremium Suite Night Award
Category 1
3.5K Off-peak
5K Standard
6.5K Peak
1,750 Off-peak
2,500 Standard
3,250 Peak
6.5K Off-peak
8K Standard
9.5K Peak
7K Off-peak
10K Standard
13K Peak
Category 2
6.5K Off-peak
8K Standard
9.5K Peak
3,250 Off-peak
4,000 Standard
4,750 Peak
11.5K Off-peak
13K Standard
14.5K Peak
13K Off-peak
16K Standard
19K Peak
Category 3
9K Off-peak
12K Standard
15K Peak
4,500 Off-peak
6,000 Standard
7,500 Peak
17K Off-peak
20K Standard
23K Peak
18K Off-peak
24K Standard
30K Peak
Category 4
12K Off-peak
15K Standard
18K Peak
6K Off-peak
7.5K Standard
9K Peak
21K Off-peak
24K Standard
27K Peak
24K Off-peak
30K Standard
36K Peak
Category 5
17K Off-peak
20K Standard
23K Peak
8.5K Off-peak
10K Standard
11.5K Peak
29K Off-peak
32K Standard
35K Peak
34K Off-peak
40K Standard
46K Peak
Category 6
21K Off-peak
25K Standard
29K Peak
10.5K Off-peak
12.5K Standard
14.5K Peak
36K Off-peak
40K Standard
44K Peak
42K Off-peak
50K Standard
58K Peak
Category 7
25K Off-peak
30K Standard
35K Peak
12.5K Off-peak
15K Standard
17.5K Peak
43K Off-peak
48K Standard
53K Peak
50K Off-peak
60K Standard
70K Peak
Category 8
35K Off-peak
40K Standard
45K Peak
17.5K Off-peak
20K Standard
22.5K Peak
56K Off-peak
61K Standard
66K Peak
70K Off-peak
80K Standard
90K Peak
HotelStandard Room AwardAdditional points per personStandard Suite Night AwardPremium Suite Night Award
Category A
12K Off-peak
15K Standard
18K Peak
6.5K Off-peak
7.5K Standard
8.5K Peak
21K Off-peak
24K Standard
27K Peak
24K Off-peak
30K Standard
36K Peak
Category B
17K Off-peak
20K Standard
23K Peak
8.5K Off-peak
10K Standard
11.5K Peak
29K Off-peak
32K Standard
35K Peak
34K Off-peak
40K Standard
46K Peak
Category C
21K Off-peak
25K Standard
29K Peak
10.5K Off-peak
12.5K Standard
14.5K Peak
36K Off-peak
40K Standard
44K Peak
42K Off-peak
50K Standard
58K Peak
Category D
25K Off-peak
30K Standard
35K Peak
13K Off-peak
15K Standard
17K Peak
43K Off-peak
48K Standard
53K Peak
50K Off-peak
60K Standard
70K Peak
Category E
35K Off-peak
40K Standard
45K Peak
17K Off-peak
20K Standard
23K Peak
56K Off-peak
61K Standard
66K Peak
70K Off-peak
80K Standard
90K Peak
Category F
42K Off-peak
50K Standard
58K Peak
22K Off-peak
25K Standard
29K Peak
70K Off-peak
80K Standard
90K Peak
85K Off-peak
100K Standard
115K Peak
Miraval Single Occupancy40K Off-peak
45K Standard
50K Peak
N/A65K Off-peak
75K Standard
85K Peak
95K Off-peak
105K Standard
115K Peak
Miraval Double Occupancy57.5K Off-peak
65K Standard
72K Peak
N/A82.5K Off-peak
95K Standard
107K Peak
112.5K Off-peak
125K Standard
137K Peak

Want to lock in stays under the current rates?

If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:

Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:

  • Chase Ink Cash has a record high 90K signup bonus and earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, office supply stores, and gift cards from office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Ink Unlimited has a record high 90K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus and 5 points per dollar on groceries for 12 months,, plus 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited has a signup bonus offering 20K points for spending $500 in 3 months and 5 points per dollar on groceries for 12 months, afterwards earn at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.

Which hotels will you book before rates go up?

HT: metsguy, via DDF

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23 Comments On "2 Weeks Left To Lock In Hyatt Hotels Before Harsh 2023 Category Changes"

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Dav

@dan do you have any idea If for the kosher traveler the Secrets Impression Moxché is worth it ?

Joel

Ouch

Sam

Are we able to product change to the old Hyatt card? Is it even worth it?

Harry

The Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is the biggest loss for me. I had plans on using my two certificates which I get in April for thanksgiving weekend but that ship has now sailed. I am starting to contemplate if keeping the Hyatt credit card is even worth it.

As a side note I’ve been waiting for this article for a week 😉

S

The Hyatt card is essentially useless now.

Harry

The hidden gems of the free night certificates are DEAD!

I have used them at Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico, The Baha Mar, Hyatt Regency Amsterdam, The Confidante Miami Beach, The Hyatt Residence club Dorado & Hyatt Regency Boston

Yisroel

Big hit hyatt Regency Puerto Rico was beautiful, maybe hyatt will put out a better credit card and make it easier to get points

Chevron

Agree with all on Hyatt regency PR, glad I just stayed there.

Like Harry, I really wanted to use some category 1-4 certs but I’m out, was 15k and 18k a night each, ouch.

But you know, I have had some good promotions over time.. the COVID era 20% rebates on point redemption etc

Hyatt card still has tremendous value. You can still easily get $150 value on cat 1-4..

15k annual spend values 15,000 points plus the cat 1-4 at minimum at over 30k points so that’s still solid plus 6 nights credit.

I’m a big Hyatt fan..

But really trying to use my 1-7 at Carmel valley ranch and no availability 🙁 same with mar Monte

Harry

I agree but if I’m going to spend 15k on a hotel card I’d rather do it with my Hilton Surpass card which gives me a free night hotel in any Hilton property in the world with no category cap.

Chevron

I felt like the waters edge restaurant needs an upgrade and as a kosher eater, needs more options especially on globalist free breakfast.

Regardless, I’d like free room service,

jonny

So disappointed about the Lahaina Shores!! We stayed there over the summer, and it is an incredible value. Why do all good things have to get ruined?

Chop liver

What makes the point increases even harder is that a lot of people reading the points blogs have been topping off their Hyatt accounts by buying gift cards at Staples and then getting their money back by using these cards to buy money orders. That has become much harder these days, as Blackhawk seems to have programmed their Staples cards not to work for such transactions. I suspect there will be fewer globalists as a result of Blackhawk’s move, and the fact that you need significantly more Hyatt points to stay at many USA hotels.

Yisroel

@dan maybe you could get some nice all inclusive hyatt resort to have full kosher food, it would be a huge success

gary

Good luck booking most popular dates are blocked out already.

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