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Hyatt Category Changes Coming – One Week Left for Award Bookings at Lower Categories

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The Grand Hyatt Seattle is one of the desirable hotels going up from Category 4
to Category 5 on March 18 [featured image courtesy Hyatt]

Hyatt is implementing its annual Category changes for award redemptions, effective at 11:01 pm Central time next Monday, March 18. This means that we now have 1 week – until 11:00 pm Central time on Mon 3/18 – to make award bookings at the hotels that will be increasing in points price, before the increases take effect.

130 hotels are moving to a higher category, while 129 hotels are moving to a lower award category. Not surprisingly, more desirable hotels tend to be the ones moving up in category. Many of the hotels that are moving down in category are international hotels that are less accessible to US-based travelers.

Key Information

When you book before 11:00 pm Central time on Mon 3/18, your reservations price at the old award pricing rate.

Reservations made at 11:01 pm Central time on Mon 3/18 or later will price at the new award pricing rate.

Reservations made before the pricing change will receive a refund for the points difference if the hotel moved to a lower category.

Relevant Links

Hyatt Award Chart

Here is the World of Hyatt award chart, which shows the number of points needed per night for a standard room, Regency/Grand Club room, standard suite, and premium suite:

We give Hyatt points a baseline value of 1.5 cents per point. At that rate, the effective “cost” of a standard room at each category would be:

  • Category 1: $75
  • Category 2: $120
  • Category 3: $180
  • Category 4: $225
  • Category 5: $300
  • Category 6: $375
  • Category 7: $450
  • Category 8: $600

In general, if the cash price for a standard room would exceed these values, it’s better to book your room using points instead of a paid rate.

Very Important Category Changes – Category 4 to Category 5

18 hotels are increasing from Category 4 to Category 5 – 11 in the US and 7 internationally. These hotels are particularly important because many Hyatt “free night” certificates are good only at Category 1-4 hotels. The Category 1-4 certificates include annual free night certificates from holding a Chase World of Hyatt credit card, the certificate you can earn by spending $15k in a year on that card, and the certificate you can earn by staying 30 qualifying nights or earning 50,000 base points in a calendar year.

You can see all of the hotels moving from Category 4 to Category 5 in our complete list of hotels increasing in Category below.

There’s a bit of counter-balancing good news here, though, as 12 hotels will be dropping from Category 5 to Category 4. After March 18, these hotels will become eligible for booking with your Category 1-4 free night certificates:

  • United States
    • Andaz San Diego, California
    • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, California
    • Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
    • Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, Illinois
    • Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, Illinois
    • Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina, Maryland
    • Hyatt House Jersey City, New Jersey
    • Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, New Jersey
  • International
    • Park Hyatt Hangzhou, China
    • Park Hyatt Zanzibar, Tanzania
    • Park Hyatt Istanbul-Macka Palas, Turkey
    • Hyatt Regency Kiev, Ukraine

Disappointing Category Changes – Hotels in College Football Towns

As college football fans, we were particularly disappointed to see that college football towns seemed to be hit hard by this year’s Hyatt category increases. Offhand, we see increased award pricing at:

  • Boulder, CO (University of Colorado)
  • Athens, GA (University of Georgia)
  • Bloomington, IN (Indiana University)
  • South Bend/Mishawaka, IN (Notre Dame)
  • Ann Arbor, MI (University of Michigan)
  • Lansing, MI (Michigan State)
  • State College, PA (Penn State)
  • Columbia, SC (University of South Carolina)
Hyatt Place South Bend/Mishawaka [image courtesy Orbitz]

And while increases in some other cities may be attributable to factors other than big college football weekends, the impact of the category increases may still be felt by visiting football fans:

  • Tempe, AZ (Arizona State)
  • Louisville, KY (University of Louisville)
  • Nashville, TN (Vanderbilt)
  • Seattle, WA (University of Washington)
  • Madison, WI (University of Wisconsin)

Complete List of Hotels Increasing in Category

We included a link to the Hyatt web page with all of the category changes above. For your convenience, we’re also listing all of the Hyatt hotels moving up in category here.

United States (including US Territories)

  • Moving up from Category 1 to Category 2:
    • Hyatt Place Phoenix-North, Arizona
    • Hyatt Place Phoenix/Chandler-Fashion Center, Arizona
    • Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert, Arizona
    • Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona
    • Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport, Arizona
    • Hyatt Place Fort Myers/at The Forum, Florida
    • Hyatt House Atlanta/Cobb Galleria, Georgia
    • Hyatt Place Atlanta/Cobb Galleria, Georgia
    • Hyatt Place Boise/Downtown, Idaho
    • Hyatt Place Detroit/Royal Oak, Michigan
    • Hyatt Place Detroit/Novi, Michigan
    • Hyatt Place Lansing/Eastwood Towne Center, Michigan
    • Hyatt House Fishkill/Poughkeepsie, New York
    • Hyatt Place Cleveland/Lyndhurst/Legacy Village, Ohio
    • Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park, Ohio
    • Hyatt House Dallas/Las Colinas, Texas
    • Hyatt Regency Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Moving up from Category 2 to Category 3:
    • Hyatt House, Anchorage, Alaska
    • Hyatt House Scottsdale/Old Town, Arizona
    • Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town, Arizona
    • Hyatt House Pleasant Hill, California
    • Hyatt House San Ramon, California
    • Hyatt House Dublin/Pleasanton, California
    • Hyatt Place Fremont/Silicon Valley, California
    • Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown, California
    • Hyatt Place UC Davis, California
    • Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street, Colorado
    • Hyatt House across from Universal Orlando Resort, Florida
    • Hyatt House Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port, Florida
    • Hyatt Place across from Universal Orlando Resort, Florida
    • Hyatt Place Coconut Point, Florida
    • Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale 17th St Convention Center, Florida
    • Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port, Florida
    • Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown, Georgia
    • Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston, Illinois
    • Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana, Illinois
    • Hyatt Place Bloomington, Indiana
    • Hyatt Regency Saipan, Mariana Islands (Federated States of Micronesia)
    • Hyatt House Boston/Burlington, Massachusetts
    • Hyatt Place Boston/Medford, Massachusetts
    • Hyatt Place Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown, Minnesota
    • Hyatt Place Biloxi, Mississippi
    • Hyatt House Morristown, New Jersey
    • Hyatt Regency Morristown, New Jersey
    • Hyatt Place Saratoga/Malta, New York
    • Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade, Ohio
    • Hyatt Place Manati, Puerto Rico
    • Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista, South Carolina
    • Hyatt House Seattle/Bellevue, Washington
    • Hyatt Place Madison/Downtown, Wisconsin
  • Moving up from Category 3 to Category 4:
    • Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center, California
    • Hyatt House Belmont/Redwood Shores, California
    • Hyatt House Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area, California
    • Hyatt House Pleasanton, California
    • Hyatt House San Jose/Silicon Valley, California
    • Hyatt House Santa Clara, California
    • Hyatt Place Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area, California
    • Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, California
    • Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, California
    • Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House, District of Columbia
    • Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue, Florida
    • Hyatt Place Delray Beach, Florida
    • Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Florida
    • Hyatt House Augusta/Downtown, Georgia
    • Hyatt Place Augusta, Georgia
    • Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center, Illinois
    • Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown-The Loop, Illinois
    • Hyatt Place South Bend/Mishawaka, Indiana
    • Hyatt Regency Louisville, Kentucky
    • Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port, Maine
    • Hyatt Place Long Island/East End, New York
    • Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore, Pennsylvania
    • Hyatt Place State College, Pennsylvania
    • Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District, South Carolina
    • Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District, South Carolina
    • Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, Virginia
    • Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown, Washington
    • Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown, Washington
    • Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Washington
  • Moving up from Category 4 to Category 5 (these hotels will no longer be available for redeeming Category 1-4 free night certificates):
    • Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco, California
    • Hyatt Place Dewey Beach, Delaware
    • Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami, Florida
    • Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Florida
    • Hyatt Regency Guam (Federated States of Micronesia)
    • Hyatt Regency Boston, Massachusetts
    • Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown, Tennessee
    • Grand Hyatt DFW, Texas
    • Hyatt House Virginia Beach/Oceanfront, Virginia
    • Grand Hyatt Seattle, Washington
    • Hyatt at Olive 8 (Seattle), Washington
  • Moving up from Category 5 to Category 6:
    • Andaz Napa, California
    • Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, Florida
    • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Hawaii
    • Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino, Nevada
    • Hyatt Centric Park City, Utah
  • Moving up from Category 6 to Category 7:
    • Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Hawaii

International

  • Moving up from Category 1 to Category 2:
    • Hyatt Regency Bali, Indonesia
  • Moving up from Category 2 to Category 3:
    • Park Hyatt Mendoza, Argentina
    • Hyatt Regency Cartagena, Colombia
    • Hyatt Regency Fukuoka, Japan
    • Hyatt Regency Moscow Petrovsky Park, Russia
    • Hyatt Regency Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Moving up from Category 3 to Category 4:
    • Hyatt Regency Changbaishan, China
    • Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf, Germany
    • Grand Hyatt Fukuoka, Japan
    • Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa, Japan
    • Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa, Vietnam
  • Moving up from Category 4 to Category 5 (these hotels will no longer be available for redeeming Category 1-4 free night certificates):
    • Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, China
    • Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
    • Hyatt Regency Cologne, Germany
    • Park Hyatt Hamburg, Germany
    • Hyatt Regency Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Hyatt Regency Sochi, Russia
    • Park Hyatt Busan, South Korea
  • Moving up from Category 5 to Category 6:
    • Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort, China
    • Hotel du Louvre (Paris), France
    • Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, Japan
    • Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Japan
    • Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Mexico
    • Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort, Mexico
    • Park Hyatt Jeddah-Marina, Club & Spa, Saudi Arabia
    • Park Hyatt Seoul, South Korea
    • Park Hyatt Mallorca, Spain
    • Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    • Carmelo Resort & Spa, Uruguay
  • Moving up from Category 6 to Category 7:
    • Hotel Martinez (Cannes), France
    • Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, Japan
    • Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, Maldives

Be sure to make your bookings soon – and in any event before next Monday night – for all of these Hyatt hotels that will be increasing in award price!

Do you have plans to stay at any of these hotels? Any recommendations for hotels that are increasing in price – especially hotels that will be moving up from Category 4 to Category 5 and will no longer be available for Category 1-4 free night certificates? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!


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2 thoughts on “Hyatt Category Changes Coming – One Week Left for Award Bookings at Lower Categories

  1. HS

    You do such a thorough job with all of this that none of the rest of us should ever complain. Still, in the interest of school pride, I’ll have to request that you modify the Bloomington, IN HP to reflect that it serves Indiana University (not University of Indiana). It is a pretty snazzy HP, as HP’s go, so more’s the pity…

    1. Craig at Middle Age Miles Post author

      Hi HS – Fixed and thank you! And glad to hear it’s a nice hotel there. We’ve stayed at the Hyatt Place in Mishawaka before, and it’s plenty nice too. It’s not our go-to for ND football weekends, but it would still be a solid points redemption if there’s availability. South Bend/Mishawaka hotels in general are shameless about rates for football weekends and other big ND activities like graduation. But I guess I can’t fault them, given that plenty of people are willing to pay. ~Craig

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