Update, 3/24/21: Don’t forget to make award bookings at hotels going up in category, like the Mar Monte, Park Hyatt Aviara, and Andaz Scottsdale before 9am EDT tomorrow!
Update, 3/12/21: The category changes announced last fall will go into effect on 3/25 at 9am EDT. You can lock in lower pricing on future bookings before that time, but changes made afterward will be at the higher rate. The list of 11 hotels changing categories has been updated below. Unfortunately only 1 hotel is going down in price.
Update, 11/1/20: You can now book the hotels listed below at their new lower rates. For example the Stonebridge Inn can now be booked with World of Hyatt card anniversary nights. For example a stay on April 19th is $835 but is just 15K points or 1 anniversary night!
Originally posted on 10/6/20:
Hyatt has been a leader during the COVID-19 pandemic, extending awards, extending elite status, suspending category changes, allowing free cancellations, and having excellent promotions.
Their current Q4 promotions are ridiculously generous, with up to quadruple points, rebates on awards, elite qualifying nights that count for 2020 and 2021 status, free parking, and more.
- The freeze on points expiration has been extended from 12/31/20 to 6/30/21. Points normally expire after 24 months of inactivity.
- Suite night awards and club lounge awards that currently expire on 2/28/21 will be extended through 12/31/21.
- All free night awards are now valid through 12/31/21.
- Off-peak and peak point redemption that was supposed to go into effect on 3/22/20 will be postponed until July 2021.
- Hyatt previously suspended its March 2020 category changes. Hyatt will also suspend its March 2021 category changes, with the following exceptions that will take place in mid-March 2021:
- Hyatt Place Houston Downtown decreases from category 3 to 2
- Hyatt Place Delano, CA increases from category 1 to 2
- Hyatt Place Palm Bay/Melbourne, FL increases from category 1 to 2
- Hyatt Place Fair Lawn/Paramus, NJ increases from category 1 to 2
- Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport, CA increases from category 2 to 3
- Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort, India, increases from category 2 to 3
- Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico increases from category 3 to 4
- Hyatt House Nashville / Downtown – SoBro, TN increases from category 4 to 5
- Mar Monte Hotel Unbound Collection, Santa Barbara, CA increases from category 4 to 5
- Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, CA increases from category 5 to 6
- Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, AZ increases from category 5 to 6
- Hyatt will decrease award rates at 14 hotels on 10/29/20:
- Parker New York from category 6 to 5
- Grand Hyatt Vail from category 7 to 6
- Stonebridge Inn, A Destination Hotel from category 5 to 4
- Wailea Grand Champions Villas, A Destination Residence from category 6 to 5
- Wailea Ekolu Village, A Destination Residence from category 6 to 5
- Wailea Ekahi Village, A Destination Residence from category 6 to 5
- Lichenhearth, A Destination Residence from category 6 to 5
- Mauna Lani Point, A Destination Residence from category 7 to 6
- Wailea Elua Village, A Destination Residence from category 8 to 7
- Kaanapali Alii, A Destination Residence from category 8 to 7
- Vail Residences at Cascade Village, A Destination Residence from category 8 to 7
- The Lodge at Spruce Peak, A Destination Hotel from category 8 to 7
The award extensions and the postponement of peak pricing are great news. I would have liked to see award category changes in March 2021 to see award pricing more accurately reflect decreased hotel room rates, but it’s still nice that there won’t be painful category increases. Award category changes try to reflect predicted room rates for the upcoming year, and obviously that’s difficult to do in the midst of a pandemic.
What do you make of today’s announcement?