Hyatt award chart changes

FlyerTalk’s official Hyatt lurker, Gold Passport Concierge, has just posted about upcoming changes to Hyatt’s award chart. Specifically, the award chart will change on June 4. Currently Hyatt only has five category of hotels, but they’ll be adding a sixth category, which will include 20 hotels. While a category five redemption used to cost 18,000 points per night, a category six redemption will cost 22,000 points per night, or a little over 20% more.

In total, 65 hotels will move to a lower category, while 89 hotels will move to a higher category (including those hotels moving to the new category six).

On the plus side, award reservations made for stays after June 4 for hotels that go down in category will be eligible for a points refund, and award reservations made by June 4 can be modified through September 2 without being charged the points premium if the hotel’s category goes up.

So of course these are negative changes overall. The best use of points is at high end hotels, which is where we’ll be hit the hardest. Hyatt’s program was just too good to be true, and I’d argue that even after the change it still is. So while I’m disappointed, I certainly can’t blame Hyatt for the change.

I can only hope that they won’t further devalue their award chart when they introduce their new co-branded credit card, which will massively increase the number of outstanding points. Oh, and I’d also hope that they won’t exclude category six hotels from “Faster Free Nights” promotions in the future.

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  1. Wow, major news. Though IMO it seems reasonable given the significant amount of time that has elapsed since the previous shuffling of redemption rates. Guess I better make reservations now for my winter trip to lock in the lower rates at the PH Tokyo.

  2. My guess is that the change is being made now precisely because they’re about to introduce the credit card, better in advance of that than after.

    Though having a new category 6 means we’ll eventually get more properties in that category, which of course isn’t good.

  3. I’d argue that there is something to be said for burning points at some of the lower-end properties, while using the FFNs (or BWBs, as they may now be called) at the higher-end properties. This, of course, assumes that you have enough FFNs to use and have them available at the time of year when you would like to use them for vacation.

    That said, there are some 5k awards at some very nice properties – and some of them are a decent value, compared to what you spend to pay for a room there. Of course, all of this depends on your own travel patterns and what you value from a program.

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