April 13, 2024

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These World of Hyatt hotels are getting more expensive

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With strong earning and redemption opportunities, top-notch properties around the world and amazing benefits for those with status, it’s easy to see why the World of Hyatt loyalty program is a fan favorite. And unlike other major hotel chains, Hyatt still offers an award chart where each property is tied to a specified category, making the program incredibly valuable.

Unfortunately, Hyatt just announced its yearly category adjustments for 2024, where select properties move up or down a category. With this shift, it’s not in our favor either.

Out of the 183 properties that are being shuffled, 137 properties are moving up a category (or two) and 46 properties are moving down. As the numbers show, many properties are about to get more expensive on points.

However, these changes don’t take effect until March 26, 2024, giving you almost a month to book at the lower rate. Here’s a look at which properties are impacted.

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

The hardest hit are the Hyatt properties moving from Category 4 to Category 5. This is because one of the best benefits of the World of Hyatt Credit Card is the Category 1-4 annual free-night certificate. And as the name suggests, it’s capped at a Category 4 property.

Some notable properties moving from Category 4 to Category 5 include:

Similarly, properties moving from Category 7 to 8 will no longer be eligible for the Category 1-7 certificate that World of Hyatt members receive for their 60-night and 100-night Milestone Rewards. These include:

World of Hyatt Category 1-8 award chart

And while the following hotels don’t impact your certificate redemption, these popular hotels are about to get more expensive too (this is just a sampling, but you can check the entire list here):

Additionally, if you enjoy the Hyatt all-inclusive properties, most of the Ziva and Zilara resorts are about to experience a significant hike as well. These properties fall into a slightly different award chart, where all properties are tied to a Category A-F on Hyatt’s all-inclusive award chart.

With these changes, some of these properties are now twice the number of points they were only two years ago. Here are our picks to lock in quickly:

The Tommie Hollywood

But with every yearly category change, there are some bright sides as well. Although the number of hotels going down in points price is significantly lower, you might find a desirable property that is now going to cost you less moving forward.

Here’s the full list of the changes, but some of our favorites include:

And remember, for any properties moving down from Category 5 to Category 4, or from Category 8 to Category 7, you’ll now be able to use the Category 1-4 or Category 1-7 free-night certificates, respectively.

A photo of a suite at the Park Hyatt Washington D.C.

As mentioned previously, these new category changes will not take place until March 26, 2024. That means you have until March 25, 2024 to book a hotel at the current points rate — and if the hotel moves up a category, you’ll be locked in to today’s price (in points).

However, if you need to make a change to your reservation on or after March 26, 2024, your reservation will be rebooked at the higher price point. If you are not a hundred-percent sure about your exact dates, instead of booking one longer stay (i.e., for four nights), you may want to book four back-to-back one-night stays. In case you need to shorten your stay, you can cancel the days you no longer need and keep the other nights booked at the lower rate.

Now, if you book a reservation prior to the changes going into effect — for a property that is going down a category — Hyatt will automatically switch your reservation and reimburse you the appropriate number of points.

With close to 200 properties changing categories, you have a few weeks to figure out your game plan. And since Hyatt allows you to book many properties up to 13 months in advance, you can most likely lock in a reservation — at today’s rate — through mid-April 2025.

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