Planning on using Hyatt points to stay at Hyatt hotels in 2015? You should make your reservation by January 21, 2015 because the new Hyatt award chart starts on January 22, 2015.
You’ll pay more to stay at some Hyatt hotels after January 22, 2015 because that’s when Hyatt’s new award chart for 2015 goes into effect.
2015 Hyatt Gold Passport Award Chart Changes
Book your 2015 Hyatt hotel award stays by January 21, 2015, because on January 22, 2015, 22 Hyatt hotels will increase in cost while 48 hotels will decrease.
So depending where you like to use your Hyatt points, you may or may not benefit from the changes.
Hyatt hotels increasing in points
Here’s a list of the Hyatt hotels that will cost you more Hyatt points in 2015:
While no one likes it when hotels devalue their award charts, the changes aren’t that bad. It could have been worse.
Hyatt could have:
- Introduced a Category 8
- Raised redemption rates across all categories
- Increased rates for their all inclusive hotels
I definitely appreciate the advance notice.
You can book your 2015 Hyatt award night stays by January 21, 2015 and pay the 2014 Hyatt award chart rates. Even if you book a hotel for December 9, 2015. (Hyatt rates are currently available through December 9, 2015.)
Hyatt hotels decreasing in points
The list of hotels (48) that will cost less points in 2015 is much longer.
If you have a 2015 Hyatt hotel stay booked at any of the hotels that are moving to a lower category, you’ll save money, and you don’t have to lift a finger.
Hyatt will automatically refund you the point difference on stays starting January 22, 2015.
Things to keep in mind
1. Celebrate your anniversary earlier
If you have the World of Hyatt credit cardy, you get a free night in a Category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel. If you change your reservation after January 22, 2015, you could lose your free Anniversary Award night.
Let’s say you’re booked at the Grand Hyatt Macau, a Category 4 hotel, for the night of November 1, 2015. But your flight changes and now you’re arriving into Macau a day later. You can not use your free Hyatt credit card Anniversary award night at the Grand Hyatt Macau because on January 22, 2015, it moved to a Category 5 hotel.
2. Change is bad
Any changes you make to your reservation on January 22, 2015 will be subject to the new award chart. Great if your hotel is now cheaper, not so great if it costs more!
For example, if you booked a 4 night stay at the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee for June 14, 2015 and want to add a 5th night, you should book a separate reservation for 25,000 Hyatt points for the night of June 18, 2015. Otherwise you have to pay an additional 20,000 Hyatt points if you changed your initial June 14, 2015 reservation. Because when you booked the Hyatt Regency Nice Palasia de la Mediterranee was a Category 5 hotel and costs 20,000 Hyatt points a night. But is now a Category 6 hotel and costs 25,000 Hyatt points a night.
I appreciate the advance notice because it gives us time to book our 2015 Hyatt award stays for fewer points. How do you feel about the upcoming 2015 changes to the Hyatt award chart?
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