[Update: Now Bookable At Lower Rates] Hyatt Extends Points And Awards Validity, Lowers Award Categories On Select Hotels And Postpones Program Changes

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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.

Hyatt has now announced the following extensions:

  • 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.

Program changes:

  • 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?

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14 Comments On "[Update: Now Bookable At Lower Rates] Hyatt Extends Points And Awards Validity, Lowers Award Categories On Select Hotels And Postpones Program Changes"

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Steve

Thoughts on the Hawaii properties that dropped for a family? Looking for place to stay if/when I go.

Abey

+1

yankel

none of the above are worth it IMO for a family unless you have a ton of HYatt points to unload.

iahphx

Not very meaningful changes – it would have been nice if they lowered the award levels at more of their hotels that aren’t seeing much traffic. Of course, through Jan. 4 ALL hotels have lower rates (25% off if you have a Hyatt card) but award discounts are still usually better at competing chains for off-peak days. For instance, I’m seeing lots of very low Hilton Honors award prices. Hilton lowers award prices when room rates are low and for some inexplicable reason, they’re now giving you more value on these lower room rates in many cities. Like my Honors points are now suddenly worth more than half a cent: a few months ago, they were often worth less than 4/10ths of a cent. IHG also has good award sales now on many properties. This is why it doesn’t pay to be too loyal to any hotel chain. Get the best status you can via credit card sign-up and play the field.

Chevron

Mar monte in Santa Barbara is an incredible property, as a cat 4 or 15k points a night before 25% rebate, it’s one of the best Hyatt deals.

I want to go back to California specifically to stay there again

HeavenlyJane

I was thinking this as well. This news makes me want to break out my Hyatt credit card.

Malibumiler

Love Hyatt, but right now holding so many club lounge awards that are virtually worthless. Can’t find properties that will exchange for daily food voucher since all clubs are closed. Wish they had another use.

Chevron

I totally agree with you

Nirc

Still impossible to book Kaanapali Alii (& likely others) with points even months in advance.

E&N

A bit frustrated. We have 2 free anniversary nights that are set to expire 1/1/2021. When I called Hyatt I was told that they are only extending awards that expire in 2020, not in 2021, even though they expire 1/1/2021! Any ideas on what I can do? Thanks

Sell them

On DDF

Dave

Is there any way to get rewards nights if they don’t show online?

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