This past Friday Delta devalued their award chart. They devalue their award chart more often than the Browns lose a football game so I didn’t bother even covering that. There’s a reason they’re called Skypesos.
And now as expected Hyatt is devaluing their generous award chart. With high-end Hyatt hotels going for $750, $1,000, or even $1,500 per night the program was just too generous with the highest category topping out at 22,000 points per night. After all Hilton’s high-end hotels go for 95,000 points per night and Starwood’s high-end hotels go for 30K off peak, 35K peak, or 60K-70K points per night in all-suite hotels.
This FAQ page has the gory details.
-The cost for a category 5 hotel goes from 18K to 20K (11.1% increase)
-The cost for a category 6 hotel goes from 22K to 25K (13.6% increase)
-A category 7 is added at 30K points per night (36.4% increase)
The cost to redeem for a suite also goes up:
-The cost for a category 2 suite goes from 12K to 13K (8.3% increase)
-The cost for a category 3 suite goes from 18K to 20K (11.1% increase)
-The cost for a category 4 suite goes from 23K to 24K (4.3% increase)
-The cost for a category 5 suite goes from 27K to 32K (18.5% increase)
-The cost for a category 6 suite goes from 33K to 40K (21.2% increase)
-The cost for a category 7 suite is 48K (45.5% increase)
Additionally 22 hotels will be going up categories. It’s a double whammy as you’re going to pay even more for the higher categories. Those include:
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo from 2 to 3 (50% increase)
Grand Hyatt Melbourne from 3 to 4 (25% increase)
Andaz West Hollywood from 4 to 5 (33.3% increase)
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile from 4 to 5 (33.3% increase)
Hyatt Place New York from 4 to 5 (33.3% increase)
Park Hyatt Melbourne from 4 to 5 (33.3% increase)
Andaz London from 5 to 6 (38.9% increase)
Hyatt 48 Lex from 5 to 6 (38.9% increase)
Hyatt Union Square New York from 5 to 6 (38.9% increase)
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)
Park Hyatt Milan from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)
Park Hyatt Paris from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)
Park Hyatt Sydney from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)
Park Hyatt Tokyo from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)
Park Hyatt Zurich from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)
The hotels that jump from 4 to 5 are especially painful because Hyatt cardholders will no longer be able to use their anniversary nights at those hotels. And they attack the main category 4 values including the Andaz WeHo/LA, The Park Hyatt Melbourne, and the Hyatt Place NYC. I’ve stayed at all 3 of those hotels and it definitely stings to lose them. There is no longer a Hyatt hotel in NYC where you can use the anniversary night.
The hotels that jump from 6 to 7 are not surprises, these are the crown jewels of the Hyatt collection. The only real shocker is that the Park Hyatt Maldives, which can go for as much as $1,500/night with tax remains a category 6.
17 hotels go down in category. The few highlights include:
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa goes from 6 to 5.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe goes from 6 to 5.
Hyatt Regency Maui goes from 6 to 5.
I guess on the bright side only 6 ultra high-end hotels will be in the new category 7. That’s more fair than Starwood’s category 7 that includes many hotels that simply don’t belong there. Though I’d have to assume that the new Park Hyatt NYC will open next year as a category 7 as well.
-All Free Night Award redemptions booked before January 7, 2014 will follow the lower award chart regardless of the date of the stay..
-Any Free Night Award redemption booked on January 7, 2014 or after will follow the new Award Chart.
-Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service will proactively deposit a point refund if you book a hotel that is going down in category.
-Any Free Night Award reservation booked before January 7, 2014 for stays starting January 7, 2014 can be modified through February 15, 2014 following the terms of the lower Award Chart. Any modifications made to these reservations after February 15, 2014 will follow the terms of the new Award Chart.
Next up: American and USAirways are due for a devaluation.