Book These Hotels Now: Hyatt Category Changes In 4 Days

by Shelli

Last month, Hyatt announced their annual category changes. There are 130 properties moving a category up and 129 properties moving down which is a massive Hyatt category change. Category changes take place on March 18th (exactly 11:01PM CST), so reservations at current award prices need to be made before then.  

The Current Hyatt Award Chart

Hyatt Category Change

In total, 259 properties are changing categories. You can check out the entire list here.

Here are some of the specifics from Hyatt’s page regarding bookings made before or after:

  • When you book before March 18th, your reservations will follow the current free night award chart.
  • Reservations made on or after March 18th will follow the new free night award chart and incorporate the updates noted below.
  • Existing reservations for nights on or after March 19th will receive a refund for the point difference if the hotel moved to a lower category.

Maximizing The World Of Hyatt Credit Card Annual Free Night

For many of us, the question is which properties can we no longer use for our Hyatt Credit Card Annual Free Night benefit? The World of Hyatt Credit Card offers an annual free night certificate at card anniversary every year. There is an annual fee of $95 and the free night certificate can be used at Category 1-4 hotels.

The good news is there are now 12 more properties bookable with the category 1-4 free night certificates as they move from category 5 to 4.

The bad news is there are now 18 fewer properties bookable, including the popular Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica. These 18 hotels increase from category 4 to 5.

Hotels No Longer Available for Free Night Benefit (From Category 4 to 5)

  1. Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco
  2. Hyatt Place Dewey Beach
  3. Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami
  4. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa
  5. Hyatt Regency Boston
  6. Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown
  7. Grand Hyatt DFW
  8. Hyatt House Virginia Beach / Oceanfront
  9. Grand Hyatt Seattle
  10. Hyatt at Olive
  11. Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
  12. Hyatt Regency Cologne
  13. Park Hyatt Hamburg
  14. Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
  15. Hyatt Regency Sochi
  16. Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
  17. Park Hyatt Busan
  18. Hyatt Regency Guam

On a personal note, I’m very sorry to see the Grand Hyatt Seattle lose the category 4 because it’s my go-to hotel in Seattle and a great use of the free night award. (See my review here.)

The Hyatt Regency in Amsterdam is a property I’ve been wanting to try, and as a Park Hyatt fan girl, I’m sad to see the PH Busan and PH Hamburg go up in category.

Hotels Now Available for Free Night Benefit (From Category 5 to 4)

  1. Andaz San Diego
  2. Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
  3. Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach
  4. Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
  5. Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
  6. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
  7. Hyatt House Jersey City
  8. Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson
  9. Park Hyatt Istanbul – Macka Palas
  10. Hyatt Regency Kiev
  11. Park Hyatt Zanzibar
  12. Park Hyatt Hangzhou

I predict the San Diego Hyatt properties now available for the award night certificate will be hugely popular. The Hyatt Centric Waikiki is the next property in Waikiki that I’ll try. Though I already have a go-to Hyatt I love in Waikiki, I did take a tour of the Centric and it looked fantastic.

Big Changes in Hawaii

Hawaii is popular as a holiday destination, perhaps even more so with Southwest Airlines opening up flights to the islands. If you enjoy Hawaii, take note of these property category changes. The two Hyatt properties in Maui, the Andaz and the Hyatt Regency Maui, are both moving up a category. The Hyatt in Kauai remains the same category. As I mentioned, the best news is that the hotel in Waikiki I want to sample next, the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, is moving down to a category 4.

When I book award tickets for my international travels, I always leave that part to Juicy Miles!

Other Popular Properties Changing Categories

Some other popular properties are moving up in category:

  • Hyatt Regency Bali — from a category 1 to 2
    (See our recent review of this property here. It’s still a good value at Category 2.)
  • Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa —  from a category 3 to 4
  • Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country —  from a category 3 to 4
  • Andaz Napa —  from a category 5 to 6
  • Hyatt Centric Park City — from a category 5 to 6
  • Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa —  from a category 6 to 7

The Upshot

Destinations I travel to such as Hong Kong, San Francisco, Seattle, and Western Europe lost opportunities for me to use my free award night as well as stay for less Hyatt points. I’m taking a closer look at the properties going down in category and seeing which of those appeal to me. I’m sure I’ll find some I hadn’t considered before.

If you have your eye on one of the properties increasing in price, book by March 18th to lock in the lower award rate. If you’re booking an award stay at one of the properties decreasing in price, make your move on Monday, March 18th once they drop in Hyatt award category.


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