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World of Hyatt announces 2019 category changes

Hyatt's new categories will kick in on March 19...leaving you with 5 weeks to lock in some aspirational properties at their existing prices.

These few months are going to be very busy for holders of hotel points. In addition to the rush to lock in reservations at Marriott hotels before March’s portfolio re-categorization (which will see the introduction of more expensive Category 8 pricing), World of Hyatt has just announced a significant re-categorization of its portfolio.

World of Hyatt Category Changes for 2019

Hyatt has announced its intention to update its award charts from March 18. Although there will be no new categories and the points for each category will remain the same, 259 hotels will be moving categories, with 130 moving up one category, and 129 moving down one category. No hotels are moving into the new Category 8 tier, which is still exclusively for select SLH properties in the World of Hyatt program.

Hyatt has about 700 properties (excluding SLH) in its portfolio, which means that more than a third of all hotels will be changing category. In contrast, previous re-categorizations saw at most 40 or 50 hotels changing categories.

These award category changes take effect on March 18, 11 pm CST (or March 19, 1pm SGT). There are two important things to note here

  1. Bookings made prior to this time will priced at the old rates, although if you subsequently make any changes to these bookings you’ll have to pay the new prices.
  2. If you hold an existing booking at a hotel that is going down a category, you’ll be refunded the difference automatically.
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Hyatt allows you to book award nights about 13 months in advance, so stays can be booked all the way to April 2020.

Which hotels are changing category?

For reference, here’s what Hyatt’s award chart currently looks like:

Of the 130 properties that are going up in price

  • 18 are moving from Cat 1 (5K points) to Cat 2 (8K points)
  • 39 are moving from Cat 2 (8K points) to Cat 3 (12K points)
  • 34 are moving from Cat 3 (12K points) to Cat 4 (15K points)
  • 18 are moving from Cat 4 (15K points) to Cat 5 (20K points)
  • 17 are moving from Cat 5 (20K points) to Cat 6 (25K points)
  • 4 are moving from Cat 6 (25K points) to Cat 7 (30K points)
Park Hyatt Maldives- Soon to be a Category 7

What’s bumming me out? The Park Hyatt Maldives is moving from a Category 6 to 7. Revenue rates at this property can start from US$970 during peak season, so redeeming this hotel at Category 6 pricing was an incredible deal. I’m sure everyone has their own pet properties, but this one was the standout loss for me.

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Here’s the full list of properties that are moving up a 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

Of the 129 properties that are going down in price

  • 52 are moving from Cat 2 (8K points) to Cat 1 (5K points)
  • 36 are moving from Cat 3 (12K points) to Cat 2 (8K points)
  • 23 are moving from Cat 4 (15K points) to Cat 3 (12K points)
  • 12 are moving from Cat 5 (20K points) to Cat 4 (15K points)
  • 6 are moving from Cat 6 (25K points) to Cat 5 (20K points)
  • No properties are moving from Cat 7 (30K points) to Cat 6(25K points)

A brief scan of the list indicates good news for Hyatt members who like to frequent Bangkok- both the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and the Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit are moving down a category. The Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit now becomes a Cat 1 property, which at 5,000 points is hard to beat. Plus, it’s right smack in the middle of the action, near Phrom Phong BTS and EmQuartier mall. 

Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit- soon to be a Category 1

Here’s the full list of hotels which are moving down a 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

Conclusion

Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo
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Although there’s roughly an equal number of hotels moving up and down in category, this tends to feel like an overall devaluation given the increase in price at desirable properties like the Park Hyatt Maldives, Park Hyatt Seoul, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo, Hyatt Regency Kyoto and other properties that travelers based in Singapore might be interested in visiting.

The good news is there’s still about 5 weeks to make your travel plans and lock in your reservations, although remember once again that you won’t be able to change your dates and keep the old pricing after the new categories kick in.

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Remember that there’s currently an ongoing Hyatt point sale where you can buy points at a 30% bonus. This isn’t the largest sale we see (that’s typically 40%), however if you’re just short of points and need to lock something in before March 19 then this is your best bet.

If you’ve always been curious about how to score better hotel stays for less, do consider checking out Hotel Hacks, the workshop where we learn exactly that. In addition to covering shortcuts to elite status, the ins and outs of buying hotel points and getting opaque/wholesale pricing on hotels, we’ll be covering all the recent changes to programs like World of Hyatt and Marriott Rewards as well.


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