World Of Hyatt’s MASSIVE 2019 Hotel Category Changes (Last Day To Book)

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It’s not unusual to see hotel loyalty programs adjust which hotels belong in which categories every year. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Bonvoy, and Radisson Rewards, announce their 2019 changes. Now another hotel program is announcing changes, and these are major.

World of Hyatt 2019 category changes

World of Hyatt has just announced their 2019 category changes, which kick in for bookings made as of Monday, March 18, 2019 (specifically at 11:01PM CST). Note that:

  • Bookings made prior to the changes will be honored at the old rates, though if you make any changes to those bookings you’ll have to pay the new rates
  • If you make a booking prior to the changes at a property going down in price, you’ll proactively be refunded the difference in points starting March 19, 2019

Note that no new categories are being added, and the number of points required at each category remains unchanged. All that’s changing is which hotels are in which categories.

As a reminder, here’s Hyatt’s award chart:

How many Hyatt hotels are changing categories?

With these changes, we’re seeing an unprecedented number of hotels change categories. World of Hyatt will be adjusting the points requirements at 259 hotels — of those, 130 hotels will shift to a higher category, and 129 hotels will shift to a lower category.

The number of properties changing in price here is staggering, given that Hyatt has just over 700 hotels, so that represents about a third of their portfolio. In the past we typically saw at most a few dozen hotels change categories.

On the surface the changes don’t sound that bad, given that we’re only seeing a net increase in redemption costs at one property. However, you can bet that the properties going up in price are a lot more popular with those redeeming points than those going down in price.

How does Hyatt decide on these category changes?

Hyatt says that these hotel category changes are based on “current market conditions.” In reality I think it’s safe to assume that the categories are based on how much redemptions are costing Hyatt at particular hotels.

Keep in mind that most Hyatt hotels are independently owned, so Hyatt’s loyalty program has to compensate individual hotels for each redemption. As a general rule of thumb, here’s how it works:

  • When the hotel isn’t full, the loyalty program compensates the hotel at some reimbursement rate that’s slightly above the marginal cost of servicing a room, etc.
  • When the hotel is full (think 90-95%+ occupancy), the loyalty program compensates the hotel close to the average daily rate, in recognition of the fact that the room may have otherwise been sold

For example, this probably explains why up until now the Park Hyatt Maldives has been a Category 6 property (which isn’t Hyatt’s top category). While it’s among Hyatt’s most expensive properties when paying cash, I think it’s safe to assume it wasn’t typically full, and therefore World of Hyatt wasn’t paying that much for people redeeming points there.

The Park Hyatt Maldives has “only” been a Category 6 property

Which Hyatt hotels are changing categories?

So, which Hyatt hotels are changing categories as of March 18, 2019? At the bottom of this post I’ll copy and paste the hotels moving up and down in categories, but first wanted to share some highlights, as I see it:

Four hotels join Category 7

With these changes we’ll see four additional hotels join Hyatt’s Category 7, where free nights cost 30,000 points per night. These hotels include the Andaz Maui, Andaz Tokyo, Hotel Martinez, and Park Hyatt Maldives. Unfortunately no hotels are leaving Category 7.

The Andaz Maui is becoming a Category 7 property

Over half of these changes are at full service properties

Historically a lot of the category adjustments we’ve seen have been at limited service properties. This time around we’re seeing 121 limited service properties changing categories, including 87 Hyatt Place and 34 Hyatt House properties.

That’s a lot, though still means that over half of the changes are at “full service” properties.

The Hyatt Place Yerevan is becoming a Category 1 property

12 hotels move down to Category 4, 18 leave Category 4

Category 4 is a pretty important one for Hyatt, given that Hyatt issues Category 4 free night certificates.

The World of Hyatt Credit Card offers a Category 1-4 free night certificate on your account anniversary every year. On top of that, there are more opportunities to earn these:

  • You can earn a second Category 1-4 free night certificate when you spend $15,000 on your card during your cardmember year
  • You can earn an additional Category 1-4 free night certificate when you earn World of Hyatt Explorist status (which requires 30 elite qualifying nights or 50,000 base points in a calendar year)
  • You can earn an additional Category 1-4 free night certificate when you stay at five different Hyatt brands; this is an ongoing promotion that launched on March 1, 2017, and it’s based on the cumulative brands you stay at, and isn’t tied to the calendar year

So that’s why it’s worth noting that 18 hotels will be increasing from Category 4 to Category 5 (and no longer be bookable with these), while 12 hotels will be decreasing from Category 5 to Category 4 (and therefore will become bookable with these).

To give some examples, the Andaz Costa Rica, Grand Hyatt DFW, Grand Hyatt Seattle, and Hyatt Olive 8, will all become Category 5 properties. Meanwhile the Hyatt Regency Jersey City, Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, and Grand Hyatt San Diego, will all become Category 4 properties.

The Hyatt Regency Kiev is becoming a Category 4 property

Bottom line

This year’s Hyatt category changes are the most significant I ever recall seeing. On the surface they don’t look so bad, in the sense that we’re seeing a net price increase of only one property. However, there are a lot of very popular properties going up in price.

I would imagine on balance this represents a price increased based on typical redemption patterns, though of course this will vary person-to-person.

What do you make of the Hyatt 2019 category changes?

As promised above, here’s the full list of hotels moving up and down.

Hyatt hotels moving down in category:

Hotel Previous Category New Category
Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty 2 1
Hyatt House Hartford North/Windsor 2 1
Hyatt House Houston/Galleria 2 1
Hyatt House Mexico City Santa Fe 2 1
Hyatt House Philadelphia/Plymouth Meeting 2 1
Hyatt House Pleasant Grove 2 1
Hyatt House Shanghai Hongqioa CBD 2 1
Hyatt House Shanghai New Hongqiao 2 1
Hyatt House Shelton 2 1
Hyatt Place Austin Airport 2 1
Hyatt Place Baltimore/BWI Airport 2 1
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Owings Mills 2 1
Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit 2 1
Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier 2 1
Hyatt Place Cincinnati/Sharonville Convention Center 2 1
Hyatt Place Dubai/Al Rigga 2 1
Hyatt Place Dubai/Baniyas Square 2 1
Hyatt Place Fair Lawn/Paramus 2 1
Hyatt Centric Goa Candolim 2 1
Hyatt Place Houston Galleria 2 1
Hyatt Place Houston-Northwest/CY-Fair 2 1
Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land 2 1
Hyatt Place Lexington 2 1
Hyatt Place Milford/New Haven 2 1
Hyatt Place Nashville/Hendersonville 2 1
Hyatt Place North Charleston 2 1
Hyatt Place Phuket Patong 2 1
Hyatt Place Provo 2 1
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Lehi 2 1
Hyatt Place San Jose Pinares 2 1
Hyatt Place Sao Jose do Rio Preto 2 1
Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqioa CBD 2 1
Hyatt Place Shanghai New Hongqiao 2 1
Hyatt Place Shanghai Tianshan Plaza 2 1
Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen 2 1
Hyatt Place St George/Convention Center 2 1
Hyatt Place Yerevan 2 1
Hyatt Place Zhuhai Jinshi 2 1
Hyatt Regency Belgrade 2 1
Hyatt Regency Deerfield 2 1
Hyatt Regency Delhi 2 1
Hyatt Regency Dushanbe 2 1
Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg 2 1
Hyatt Regency Fuzhou Cangshan 2 1
Hyatt Regency Jinan 2 1
Hyatt Regency Mumbai 2 1
Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport 2 1
Hyatt Regency Shanghai Jiading 2 1
Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh 2 1
Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport 2 1
Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley 2 1
Hyatt Regency Wuxi 2 1
Grand Hyatt Amman 3 2
Grand Hyatt Bali 3 2
Grand Hyatt Changsha 3 2
Grand Hyatt Chengdu 3 2
Grand Hyatt Mumbai 3 2
Grand Hyatt Xi’an 3 2
Andaz Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi 3 2
Hyatt Centric Guatemala City 3 2
Hyatt Centric Levent Istanbul 3 2
Hyatt Centric Montevideo 3 2
Hyatt House San Diego/Carlsbad 3 2
Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport 3 2
Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor 3 2
Hyatt Place College Station 3 2
Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport 3 2
Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands 3 2
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport 3 2
Hyatt Place Marlborough Apex Center 3 2
Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields 3 2
Hyatt Place West London Hayes 3 2
Hyatt Regency Atlanta 3 2
Hyatt Regency Baku 3 2
Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing 3 2
Hyatt Regency Bishkek 3 2
Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis 3 2
Hyatt Regency Dubai 3 2
Hyatt Regency Greenwich 3 2
Hyatt Regency Houston 3 2
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria 3 2
Hyatt Regency Istanbul Atakoy 3 2
Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach 3 2
Hyatt Regency Paris Charles de Gaulle 3 2
Hyatt Regency Perth 3 2
Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor 3 2
Hyatt Regency Valencia 3 2
Jinmao Hotel Lijiang 3 2
Andaz Delhi 4 3
Grand Hyatt Beijing 4 3
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok 4 3
Grand Hyatt Istanbul 4 3
Grand Hyatt Manila 4 3
Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro 4 3
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo 4 3
Hyatt Centric San Isidro Lima 4 3
Hyatt Hotel Canberra – Park Hyatt 4 3
Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai 4 3
Hyatt Place Page Lake Powell 4 3
Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor 4 3
Hyatt Regency Chicago 4 3
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress 4 3
Hyatt Regency Hua Hin 4 3
Hyatt Regency La Jolla 4 3
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay 4 3
Hyatt Regency New Orleans 4 3
Hyatt Regency Orlando 4 3
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort 4 3
Hyatt Regency Trinidad 4 3
Park Hyatt Siem Reap 4 3
Spirit Ridge 4 3
Andaz San Diego 5 4
Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile 5 4
Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago 5 4
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach 5 4
Hyatt House Jersey City 5 4
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay 5 4
Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson 5 4
Hyatt Regency Kiev 5 4
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego 5 4
Park Hyatt Hangzhou 5 4
Park Hyatt Istanbul – Macka Palas 5 4
Park Hyatt Zanzibar 5 4
Andaz Liverpool Street London 6 5
Andaz Singapore 6 5
Andaz Wall Street 6 5
Grand Hyatt New York 6 5
Hyatt Centric La Rosiere 6 5
Hyatt Herald Square New York 6 5

Hyatt hotels moving up in category:

Hotel Previous Category New Category
Hyatt House Atlanta Cobb Galleria 1 2
Hyatt House Dallas/Las Colinas 1 2
Hyatt House Fishkill/Poughkeepsie 1 2
Hyatt Place Atlanta/Cobb Galleria 1 2
Hyatt Place Boise/Downtown 1 2
Hyatt Place Cleveland/Lyndhurst/Legacy Village 1 2
Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park 1 2
Hyatt Place Detroit/Royal Oak 1 2
Hyatt Place Fort Myers/At the Forum 1 2
Hyatt Place Lansing Eastwood Towne Center 1 2
Hyatt Place Novi 1 2
Hyatt Place Phoenix Chandler-Fashion Center 1 2
Hyatt Place Phoenix-Mesa 1 2
Hyatt Place Phoenix-North 1 2
Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert 1 2
Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport 1 2
Hyatt Regency Bali 1 2
Hyatt Regency Green Bay 1 2
Hyatt House Anchorage 2 3
Hyatt House Boston/Burlington 2 3
Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston 2 3
Hyatt House Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port 2 3
Hyatt House Morristown 2 3
Hyatt House Orlando Universal 2 3
Hyatt House Pleasant Hill 2 3
Hyatt House San Ramon 2 3
Hyatt House Scottsdale/Old Town 2 3
Hyatt House Seattle/Bellevue 2 3
Hyatt Place Ann Arbor 2 3
Hyatt Place Athens Downtown 2 3
Hyatt Place Biloxi 2 3
Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana 2 3
Hyatt Place Boston/Medford 2 3
Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street 2 3
Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana 2 3
Hyatt Place Coconut Point 2 3
Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista 2 3
Hyatt Place Dublin/Pleasanton 2 3
Hyatt Place Fremont/Silicon Valley 2 3
Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale 17th Street Convention Center 2 3
Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port 2 3
Hyatt Place Madison Downtown 2 3
Hyatt Place Manati 2 3
Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown 2 3
Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal 2 3
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown 2 3
Hyatt Place Saratoga/Malta 2 3
Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town 2 3
Hyatt Place UC Davis 2 3
Hyatt Regency Cartagena 2 3
Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade 2 3
Hyatt Regency Fukuoka 2 3
Hyatt Regency Morristown at HQP 2 3
Hyatt Regency Moscow Petrovsky Park 2 3
Hyatt Regency Saipan 2 3
Hyatt Regency Tashkent 2 3
Park Hyatt Mendoza 2 3
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka 3 4
Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center 3 4
Hyatt House Augusta Downtown 3 4
Hyatt House Belmont/Redwood Shores 3 4
Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District 3 4
Hyatt House Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area 3 4
Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue 3 4
Hyatt House Pleasanton 3 4
Hyatt House San Jose/Silicon Valley 3 4
Hyatt House Santa Clara 3 4
Hyatt House Seattle Downtown 3 4
Hyatt Place Augusta 3 4
Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District 3 4
Hyatt Place Chicago – South/University Medical Center 3 4
Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown-The Loop 3 4
Hyatt Place Delray Beach 3 4
Hyatt Place Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area 3 4
Hyatt Place Long Island/East End 3 4
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore 3 4
Hyatt Place Portland – Old Port 3 4
Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown 3 4
Hyatt Place South Bend/Mishawaka 3 4
Hyatt Place State College 3 4
Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House 3 4
Hyatt Regency Bellevue 3 4
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan 3 4
Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa 3 4
Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf 3 4
Hyatt Regency Louisville 3 4
Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa 3 4
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara 3 4
Hyatt Regency Sarasota 3 4
Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country 3 4
Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center 3 4
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo 4 5
Grand Hyatt DFW 4 5
Grand Hyatt Seattle 4 5
Hyatt at Olive 8 4 5
Hyatt Centric Fishermans Wharf SF 4 5
Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami 4 5
Hyatt House Virginia Beach/Oceanfront 4 5
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach 4 5
Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown 4 5
Hyatt Regency Amsterdam 4 5
Hyatt Regency Boston 4 5
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa 4 5
Hyatt Regency Cologne 4 5
Hyatt Regency Guam 4 5
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui 4 5
Hyatt Regency Sochi 4 5
Park Hyatt Busan 4 5
Park Hyatt Hamburg 4 5
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya 5 6
Andaz Napa 5 6
Carmelo Resort & Spa, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt 5 6
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort 5 6
Hotel du Louvre 5 6
Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo 5 6
Hyatt Centric Park City 5 6
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa 5 6
Hyatt Regency Kyoto 5 6
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe 5 6
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa 5 6
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi 5 6
Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires 5 6
Park Hyatt Jeddah Marina, Club and Spa 5 6
Park Hyatt Mallorca 5 6
Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort 5 6
Park Hyatt Seoul 5 6
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort 6 7
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills 6 7
Hotel Martinez 6 7
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa 6 7
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  1. Weird! With Marriott there were several increases in NYC and with Hyatt there are several decreases in NYC. Cologne going up to a Cat. 5 seems odd to me when the hotel is on the wrong side of the river and not the optimal place to stay. Boston now joins NYC as a city where you can’t get a free night with a Cat. 1-4 certificate.

  2. Used my free night certs at Hyatt Coconut Point Resort and was really looking forward to going back with my certs this year. My alternative trip plan was Andaz Papagayo or Virginia Beach. All 3 moved up to category 5. Really upset about that. Its not just Marriott messing with the categories as to ensure you don’t get the best value for your free night certs.

  3. Another one bites the dust. HKG TST going up bites hard. That’s an easy free night certificate property and now its just out of reach.

  4. Agree with Terence. Hyatt Regency TST was the go-to cat 4 for annual cert redemption. At least the GH taipei didn’t change.

  5. It is getting tough redeeming Hyatt property in Asia with Cat 4 credit card free night. Grand Hyatt Macau was my go to place a few years back then have to switch to Hyatt Regency TST. Now that option is out also, both Park Hyatt Seoul (was cat 4 a couple years back) and now Park Hyatt Busan. Next year Grand Hyatt Taipei is out of Hyatt profolio. Might just time to get rid of my hyatt card.

  6. There’s still the Hyatt Regency Cambridge for those visiting Boston (on the Cambridge side but overlooking Boston), but agree that the move of the Hyatt Regency Boston from a 4 to 5 is a real loss!

  7. I like the Hyatt Regency TST like the best of them, although the big bite in HK was the change with the IHG reward nights getting restricted: I was partial to the Hotel Indigo in Central, which I quite liked.

    Since hotels *do* move up and down, one has to figure that the next global recession will knock the Hyatt Regency category back down.

  8. Surprised Fukuoka GH is going 3-4 and HR is going 2-3 considering Regency is leaving Hyatt in May and word is the Grand is in need of a reno. Not surprised at all about HR Kyoto and Andaz Tokyo going up to match Park Hyatt… time to make some bookings.

  9. Hyatt Place Nashville 4 to 5 is a bummer for me.
    I have redeemed at that property several times over last few years.
    Great value given cash and redemption rates for downtown Nashville.

  10. Florida got hit hard… They’re not all on your list (acknowledging its an abbreviated list, of course).

    Losing both Coconut Point and Centric South Beach to Category 5 is painful. Clearwater going to Category 6 removes any value to the points redemption.

    Two Orlando properties going down, both the Convention Center and Grand Cypress are now 3… But honestly, my corporate rate is usually so good there, I never used points anyway!

    At least they didn’t mess with Ziva/Zilara. Sure, you cant use the 1-4 certificates, but if they were moved up a category that could be a relationship dealbreaker.

  11. the three hotels that I’ve most frequently booked award stays at (Regency in HK, Andaz Papagayo, and SF Fisherman’s Wharf) all going from 4 to 5. with the gutting of cash+points and now this, I’m going to clear out my Hyatt points before March 18th and plan not to accrue further.

  12. This is excellent:
    Park Hyatt Siem Reap 4 3
    I should be able to book a club room there in the future…

    A bit of topic, I believe that Hilton will raise their top award rate from 95K to 120K. I got the hunch after noticing that Hyatt’s top standard award rate is now 40K, up from 30K. To remain competitive Hilton is also going to raise their own top award rate and the increase will try to maintain the usual 3:1 ratio relative to the top WoH award rate:

    40K * 3 =120K, we just got a taste of that at the new WA Maldives… 😉

  13. Ugh – I’ve historically used all of my points in Seattle and every hotel I stay at is going up one category. Almost every night I stayed in 2018 was in Bellevue, have 8 nights already booked there in the next two months on points. It was a great value at 12,000 points per night. Not so much at That kills the value for me going forward. Need to check the Marriott/Hilton options I guess.

  14. I think the Seattle increases are fair and reflect the fact that Seattle’s an expensive city, with particularly high rates during summer. If anything, Hyatt may have waited for the brand new 1200 room Seattle Hyatt Regency (Cat 4) to open before increasing Grant Hyatt and Olive 8. Another Cat 4 option is the Hyatt Regency Southport–a really well done hotel, right on the shore of Lake Washington, with an above average Regency club. It’s sort of close to nothing much, but similar distance from the airport, downtown Bellevue and downtown Seattle.

  15. The last two category 4 hotels I frequent are now category 5, and New York City remains redlined. Just no point in using the Hyatt Visa card any more. Doubt I will renew it.

  16. Shanghai on the Bund going down is…weird. Was planning on choosing that rather than the Grand Hyatt for my free night thinking it was better but maybe i need to look more closely, lol.

  17. The Andaz in Costa Rica is an especially tough pill to swallow. I had more fun there than any other place I’ve stayed. The rates in the dry season can easily exceed $500 without taxes and that ridiculous resort fee. And the Olive 8 was my go to in Seattle. Pretty tough all the way around!

  18. Andaz is quickly catching on it appears. I find it as good as Park Hyatt in some ways. A more casual version though. Will be interesting to see where the new Munich and Vienna Andaz properties that are opening soon come in at.

  19. Frankly I feel like a lot of hotels in all the brands are mis-priced. I am constantly trying to use points and they seem to only make sense for really expensive hotels during peak days in peak seasons. If you’re booking in an off-season or even a shoulder season you pay a ridiculous amount of points compared to how cheaply you can buy the room. I think all the hotels should move to peak and off-peak pricing, or have more point sales to adjust them downward at properties during times that are inexpensive to purchase.

  20. Seattle and Bay Area got hit hard, although unsurprising I guess. The Hyatt Place in Downtown San Jose can be upwards of $600/night during the week.

    HR TST is a bummer.

    Boston still has both the Cambridge and Harborside properties at Cat 4, and I will appreciate that the two Jersey City properties are also moving down to Cat 4.

  21. Seems to be more negatives than positives, almost feel forced to book anywhere just to use the cert instead of booking a vacation somewhere. Category wise going up in points lots of Florida and Arizona, so now going to have to use more points. Not good all around.

  22. While these are nothing to get joyous about, Hyatt still has such a superior program and especially with the Hyatt CC letting you earn night credits………….I’ll be a Hyatt Globalist for as long as I am remodeling my house……….Seattle and Napa are in demand……….means the price of visiting is going up………..there’s still a lot of great Cat 4 properties to use those certs……..

  23. Seems like WofH data analytics people are doing their job. Every property I stayed at or was looking at due to outsized point or certificate value raised it’s tier. Don’t get me wrong, it sucks and I wish they didn’t change too, but really, were those outrageous values sustainable for the business?
    The good news is there’s still plenty of good point and cerificate values to be had and the peak at Hyatt Properties is still 30k ( unlike what @DCS mentioned above, which are only applicable to the Non-Hyatt managed SLH properties) what Hyatt has done with it’s points pricing to bring in SLH has a 0% correlation to Hilton’s point pricing for it’s Maldives property, which appears to be a one off for Hilton- at least for now. But just like outsized values discovered at Hyatt, Marriott (Bonvoy), Hilton can be counted on to make adjustments that are not financially sustainable. In short, nothing great lasts forever…

  24. Another eulogy for HR TST. Probably the hotel I’ve done the most repeat visits to, mostly with cat4 cert. I’m going to miss it.

  25. @Arthur where did you hear the news about GH Taipei? What are they becoming and does that mean there are no more Hyatts in Taipei? When did you hear they were leaving. I was hoping to hit milestone for lounge passes this year and use the passes at GH Taipei in 2021.

  26. Maybe someone with more knowledge of how the hotel award system works can weigh in, would it be a huge problem for Hyatt to allow members to fill in the difference for one night at a higher category hotel with points? Or for any hotel chain for that matter.

  27. So the hotels at the upper end of the scale that people really want to visit are going up while the less desirable hotels are getting cheaper. Obviously, this is bad, but not Marriott bad.

  28. There will be Park Hyatt and Andaz opening soon in Taipei very close to where Taipei Grand Hyatt . The planned opening year is 2020. The rumor GH Taipei leaving Hyatt has been around . Whether it will materialize, it need to be seen

  29. Good thing I checked in today. A good one I know is going up in category. I guess it’s time to commit. Also, cool to see a list and discover Hyatts in cool places. I didn’t know about.

  30. Lucky, thanks for posting this. i’ve got some travel late in the year that gets affected by these moves and i would have waited a few months to book hotels. Now the clock is ticking.
    It’s a great example of your blog providing value which makes daily visits worthwhile.

  31. It boggles the mind that both limited service properties in Augusta, Georgia, are going to be category 4. The Masters’ is one weekend a year! I’d love to know what the demand is otherwise. I grew up nearby in S.C. to this is a head-scratcher!

    Glad to see the two Jersey City properties go down to 4; stinks there’s not a 4 in Manhattan, but between them and the HP in LIC at a 3, NYC is at least serviceable.

  32. One of the best deals in the whole system was Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa at Cat 5 for 20k points. Still will be decent at 25k points, used to be amazing at cash + points. Same with Andaz Mayakoba, that is a beautiful property. And both those properties treat Globalists very well.

    Grand Hyatt Bali dropping is nice, though its mostly a cash market. Andaz Maui and Papagayo go up… bright side being maybe they actually make rooms available?

  33. Travelnut,

    Oh so sorry about the Costa Rica property a couple of times I have used cat 4 certificates and points and the “old cash and points.” We would spend close to $1000 there but that included dinners and they have great classes and a good spa, I know they need to make $$$ so if we get free stays we spend money at the hotels and the Andaz Costa Rica one of my favorites time to book for December at old rates they treat Globalist great there. The Regency Kyoto surprise it is going up it’s been about 5 years since we were there not all that impressed. The Seattle properties sad for them to go up. Andaz London great property and they treat their Globalist great same thing for Andaz Wall street!

  34. This was the article I read (sorry in Chinese) that says reports(rumors) GH Taipei will be out 2020, and it will be replaced with Andaz and Park Hyatt when Taipei Sky Tower opens in 2020. So Hyatt will still have hotels in Taipei, but doubtful they will be anything less than Cat 5.

  35. I read an article on yahoo Taiwan (in Chinese) that says GH Taipei will be closing 2020, and it will be replaced with Andaz and Park Hyatt when Taipei Sky Tower opens in 2020. So Hyatt will still have hotels in Taipei, but doubtful they will be anything less than Cat 5. You can find the link of the article in FT under the topic “Grand Hyatt Taipei to close in 2020”.

  36. I’m pretty psyched about the changes: three of my most favorite Hyatts are going down a notch. The waterfront Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego will now be bookable on category 4 certificates. The Grand Hyatt in Hangzhou and the Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai set the bar for service IMHO. They’re also getting cheaper.

    @Matt I would choose the Hyatt on the Bund over the Grand Hyatt or maybe even the Park Hyatt in Shanghai. It’s in a walkable part of Puxi not far from the newly extended Bund.

  37. for GH Taipei, I would say the property owner will still operate a hotel but might not stay with Hyatt brand, because Hyatt has planned to open up Park Hyatt and Andaz in Taipei. The location is very close to GH Taipei. The originally plan to open the 2 new hotel in 2020, but from the news, I suspect that the building can mearely complete construction end of 2020. there are still 2 years to go and will GH Taipei continue with Hyatt brand but with shorter franchise agreement to get a feel of the hotel market after Park Hyatt & Andaz openning or change Hotel brand to “Millennium “brand.

    In general, GH Taipei has more than 800+ room and the 2 new hotel plan to open only half of the the size. In my personal view, it is might be better for the GH Taipei owner stay with Hyatt brand because I don’t see any brand competition there. However, it will up to the owner to decide stay with Hyatt make any financial sense or not.

  38. @Kendor would you still recommend Hyatt on the Bund over the GH with a family of kids ages 3-8? I would care mostly about accessibility, proximity to good food, and hotel pool. any insights would be appreciated!

  39. @ Ben (Lucky): Thanks for the post. Just a small correction. It’s Hyatt Place/house Shanghai Hongqiao CBD, not Hongqioa CBD

  40. While interest in WoH hotel categories has focused mainly on the program’s traditional categories of 1-7, the existence of category 8 hotels can no longer be ignored, especially in Europe where 19 category 8 hotels have opened since this 40K points/night category was introduced late last year. In all my modeling of award costs (spend per free night) I’ve done to date, I used category 7 as Hyatt’s top category. However, that is no longer the case now that new category 8 has begun to populated rather aggressively.

    I just redid the modeling and the practical importance of the increasing number of 40K/night Hyatt hotels (mostly in Europe at the moment) that participate in WoH is that these will be among the most expensive in the industry to book with points, second only to BONVoY’s top, 100K points/night category hotels in busy season. That remains true even including the one Hilton hotel (WA Maldives) that started out by charging a ‘standard’ award cost of120K/night. In fact, there is barely any difference in cash award costs between Hilton’s most expensive hotel at 120K/night compared to BONVoY’s tip category hotels at the previously standard award cost of 80K points/per night.

    I did the modeling this time across each program’s award chart (for Hilton, I used the categories prior to the move to the revenue system). The resulting plots make it clear why it is more informative to model at high end: there is very little differentiation among programs at the low end.

    If you are interested in seeing the results, I will provide links in the next comment.

  41. The promised charts:

    1. Linear plots of award costs in hard currency (y-axis) vs. award costs in points (x-axis). Note that because different programs use different points scales, award costs in cash cannot be compared directly by simply selecting the number of points along the x-axis and then comparing corresponding cash costs on the y-axis. You can do that to estimate the cash cost of an award night for each program (a utility of the chart), but not to do a 1:1 comparing across programs. That is another reason why it is more meaningful to set comparable limits (like comparing all hotels with respect to their most expensive award cost in points) when modeling to compare different programs. Also note that all the lines converge as award costs in points decrease, leading to diminished “program differentiation” at the low end.

    Here’s the link to the first chart:

    2. The second chart is a ‘radar or ‘spiderweb’ chart that also shows that at low number of points, award costs tend to bunch up among the programs, whereas there is clear a differentiation at high end.

    Link for the second chart:


  42. So sad with these changes especially about the Hyatt Regency TST. Not my go to anymore for the certificate. I wonder where else in Asia would the certificates be worthwhile.

  43. doesn’t look like Grand Hyatt Erawan has been changed from Cat 4 to Cat 3. Still showing Cat 4 for 15k points a night. Any idea when the change will take place or if it’s been removed from list?

  44. So glad I checked this today! Booked the Hyatt Regency Cologne for the Christmas Markets while it was still 15,000 points a night!

  45. Why is the new price not reflected yet? I was waiting book a hotel going down a category but the points still reflect the old higher category pre 3/18.

  46. I’ve booked the Andaz Singapore week after next with points and cash. It’s a great hotel, not sure if it is on this list. Wife and I are on the tail end of a 6 week trip, next week at the Le Meridiian Isle of Pines. We bunked at the Singapore Andaz on the way over, great use of points. Currently in Hokatika NZ, heading for Christchurch tomorrow. Gotta love the Kiwis. Civilized country, handling the right wing crap better than expected. Good on em.

  47. BTW, booked a night at the Park Hyatt Sydney for the trip from Noumea to Singapore. Can’t get there in a day, have to overnight in Sydney or Melbourne. Park Hyatt Sydney is a good deal at 30 k points (might have been 35 k, booked it quickly).

  48. Hyatt Visa Card membership has deteriorated to the point I am canceling my card. I just tried to use my annual free night at a Category 4 hotel and was told there were no standard rooms available. I ended up booking at a nearby Hyatt Place hotel (cat 3). Today I find out there actually are rooms available at the Cat 4 hotel but I need to reserve more than one night in order to use my annual free night??? When I first joined Hyatt Passport, they guaranteed a room even if they were booked solid. And they would upgrade your room if something was available. Now I can’t even use my annual free night.

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