World of Hyatt announces 2022 Award Category changes

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World of Hyatt announced an upcoming category changes of its hotels.

When will these changes come into effect?

The new categories will come into effect for bookings (not stays) made from 22 March 2022.

Here are a couple of examples:

  • If you make a booking for a property that is going UP a category before 22 March, you will not be affected by this change.
  • If you make a booking for a property that is going DOWN a category before 22 March, you will be refunded the difference in points required.
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Recap: Redeeming points at Hyatt hotels

You do not need to have an elite membership status to enjoy the amazing World of Hyatt sweet spots. Members can also purchase Hyatt points at good value all year round.

Hyatt recently added peak and off-peak rates to its award chart.

Hyatt properties have fixed calendars of peak and off-peak dates. This means that award rates will not be affected by events held in a particular city throughout the year.

Related: HUGE discount at Andaz Abu Dhabi during F1 weekend in 2022

Beautiful building of Andaz Abu Dhabi (photo: hyatt.com)

Here’s a recap of how World of Hyatt’s award chart looks like:

CategoryOff PeakStandardPeak
13,5005,0006,500
26,5008,0009,500
39,00012,00015,000
412,00015,00018,000
517,00020,00023,000
621,00025,00029,000
725,00030,00035,000
835,00040,00045,000
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Which properties are affected?

In general, some ultra luxury properties are going to cost more points and some great “lower-end” properties are going to be ridiculously cheap.

Notable properties going UP a category

Let’s start with the bad news.

These are notable properties that will be going up a category and will be more “expensive” for points redemptions:

PropertyBefore
22 March
From
22 March
Hyatt Regency MaltaCategory 2Category 3
The WellemCategory 3Category 4
Park Hyatt IstanbulCategory 4Category 5
Alila Ventana Big SurCategory 7Category 8
Park Hyatt ParisCategory 7Category 8
Park Hyatt KyotoCategory 7Category 8
Park Hyatt New YorkCategory 7Category 8

6 of the 7 properties above are in Suitesmile’s list World of Hyatt sweet spots.

Unfortunately, only Alila Ventana and Park Hyatt Kyoto will remain as sweet spots after this change.

The category change of Park Hyatt Istanbul feels painful too as World of Hyatt members could redeem a Category 4 free night cert at this property.

Alila Ubud and the low-quality Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights have been in the wrong category for years now. These properties will finally get downgraded to Category 2.

Notable properties going DOWN a category

Now for the good stuff!

These are notable properties that will be going down a category and will be “cheaper” for points redemptions:

PropertyBefore
22 March
From
22 March
Grand Hyatt BaliCategory 2Category 1
Hyatt Regency BaliCategory 2Category 1
Hyatt House Kuala LumpurCategory 2Category 1
Hyatt Regency DubaiCategory 2Category 1
Hyatt Place Frankfurt AirportCategory 2Category 1
Hyatt Place Amsterdam AirportCategory 2Category 1
Hyatt Place London HeathrowCategory 2Category 1
Hyatt Place West London HayesCategory 2Category 1
Grand Hyatt BangkokCategory 3Category 2
Hyatt Regency BangkokCategory 3Category 2
Hyatt Regency AmsterdamCategory 5Category 4

Looking at the average nightly rates, it is shocking that some of these properties are going to be in Category 1.

Being in Category 1 means that you can stay a night in these properties for as little as 3,500 points (worth US$53) on off-peak nights! Some of them have Club Lounges for Globalist members to enjoy and even direct access to a huge, beautiful beach.

Club Executive Suite at Grand Hyatt Bali (read my review)

Hyatt Regency Amsterdam’s lowered category makes it a great option to use Category 4 free night awards, especially in summer months when rates are high.

Bottom line

It is becoming clear that Category 1 and 2 properties are where you would find most value for World of Hyatt award redemptions.

I will be updating Suitesmile’s list of World of Hyatt sweet spots soon. Stay tuned!

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