Update: 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:
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 4 exceptions that will take place in mid-March 2021:
- Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport increases from category 2 to 3
- Hyatt House Nashville / Downtown – SoBro increases from category 4 to 5
- Mar Monte Hotel Unbound Collection increases from category 4 to 5
- Park Hyatt Aviara 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?