Book Now: Lock In World of Hyatt Awards Before Rates Increase

by Anthony Losanno

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As I wrote about earlier this month, World of Hyatt is set to adjust its redemption levels for many of the hotels in its portfolio. This is nothing new. Each year hotel chains like Marriott and Hyatt announce coming changes to the number of points required for an award at the hotels in their portfolios. Amazingly, many do go down, but more always increase year after year. On March 28th, 372 hotels will shift categories. 214 hotels will change to a higher category and 158 hotels will drop to a lower tier. You can view the entire list here.

Hyatt has around 1,350 properties and 372 of those are changing categories this year (over 1/4 of the portfolio). That’s a lot of hotels shifting. The bad news is that many are moving up to Hyatt’s highest category (Category 8). These redemptions cost between 35,000-45,000 points per night.

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27 properties (including those from the Small Luxury Hotels of the World partnership) are becoming Category 8 hotels. These include:

The hotels above represent some of the biggest increases. Hyatt is also increasing the categories for many of its all-inclusive properties under the Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, and others. This segment has grown substantially through acquisitions and partnerships over the past few years.

Anthony’s Take: Hotels almost always change categories every year. It’s frankly not surprising to see so many go up since hotel occupancy has been high over the past year. Plan ahead and book any trips that are likely to happen this year before the March 28th deadline.

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