Effective 12/13 at 12am CST, there will be 8 Hyatt hotels that go up in category and cost more points and 1 hotel that will go down and cost fewer points.
You won’t find any information on Hyatt.com, but I have confirmed with Hyatt that there will be changes made tonight and that they don’t plan on announcing it on their site.
You can lock in lower rates on hotels getting more expensive by booking future reservations before 12:59am EST tonight.
If you booked a hotel that is going down in price, Hyatt will automatically credit you the point difference.
Here is the Hyatt award chart:
|Hotel Category||Standard Room Award||Suite Night Award||Points+Cash Standard Room Award||Cost of points saved with P+C Award|
When booking a points+cash reservation I included a metric in the chart above that shows the rate that you’re effectively buying your points back at. The category 6 rate is the biggest points+cash bargain. You “buy” back or save 12.5K points per night for $150. Effectively you paid just 1.2 cents per point ($150/12,500) to save those 12.5K points per night. The category 1 and 7 points + cash deals are the worst as you are effectively paying 2 cents per point.
Note that standard awards have no blackouts or capacity controls on standard rooms and suites. However points+cash reservations are capacity controlled. A nice benefit of points+cash rooms is that they are considered a paid rate, so they qualify for all promotions that apply to paid hotel stays and you can use a diamond suite upgrade certificate to confirm them into a suite.
Suite nights require a 3 night minimum stay and can only be booked over the phone.
You can transfer Chase points to Hyatt or you can also earn points and get an annual anniversary night valid at category 1-4 Hyatt hotels on the Chase Hyatt card.
Hotels getting more expensive:
- Hyatt Place Orlando Airport, FL goes from category 1 to 2.
- Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando-North, FL goes from category 1 to 2.
- Hyatt Place St. Paul/Downtown, MN goes from category 1 to 2.
- Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen, China goes from category 1 to 2.
- Hyatt Place Long Island City/New York City, NY goes from category 2 to 3.
- Hyatt Place Augusta, GA goes from category 2 to 3.
- Hyatt Place Santa Cruz, CA goes from category 2 to 4.
- Hyatt Carmel Highlands, CA goes from category 6 to 7.
The only hotel getting less expensive:
- Confidante Miami Beach, FL goes from category 6 to 4.
I’ve long wanted to drive down the PCH and stay at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands, so it stinks to see that climb to a top-tier category 7. There’s no way that the hotel offers anything near category 7 Park Hyatt service.
But it’s nice to have a another affordable points and anniversary night option in Miami Beach. The Confidante joins the Hyatt Centric South Beach as category 4 options in Miami Beach.
Will you book any awards before tonight?