Award Category Changes to 17 Hyatt Gold Passport Properties

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Effective February 7, 2013, 17 Hyatt hotel properties will be affected by Hyatt Gold Passport award category changes — and although FlyerTalk members are generally appreciative for the advance notice of the award category changes, some FlyerTalk members are resigned to expect inflation, while others are not happy about the actual changes.

Of the reward category changes announced by Hyatt:

  • Seven properties have moved up at least one category
Hotel Current Category New Category
HYATT house San Ramon 1 2
Hyatt Place Louisville-East 1 2
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore 1 3
Hyatt Regency Incheon 2 3
Hyatt Santa Barbara 3 4
Hyatt 48 Lex 4 5
Grand Hyatt Tokyo 5 6
  • Ten properties have moved down at least one category
Hotel Current Category New Category
Hyatt Place Chantilly/Dulles Airport-South 2 1
Hyatt Place Tulsa/Southern Hills 2 1
Hyatt Place Sterling/Dulles Airport-North 2 1
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque 2 1
Hyatt Regency Greenville 2 1
HYATT house Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville 3 2
Hyatt Place Las Vegas 3 2
Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa 4 3
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort 5 4
Park Hyatt Toronto 5 4

Hotel room reservations booked on February 6, 2013 and prior will be honored at the previously published category of the hotel property. Hotel room reservations booked on February 7, 2013 and thereafter — or modified on March 16, 2013 or thereafter — will be subject to the new hotel reward categories. There is no cancellation fee for booking a reward reservation at a Hyatt Gold Passport property, so if you think you might want to stay at a Hyatt Gold Passport property affected negatively by the reward category changes, book your reward reservation before February 7 to secure the lower Hyatt Gold Passport point rate before it increases.

On the other hand, guests with existing reservations for stays after February 6, 2013 will receive a refund for the point difference if the hotel moved to a lower category.

Nobody typically likes when it costs more frequent guest loyalty program points to stay at the same hotel property. However, these changes are not too bad overall, with one exception: the Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore is the only hotel property to jump up two categories, which translates from a cost of 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points per night to 12,000 Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points per night — a difference of 7,000 Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points per night; while the remainder of hotel properties change by only one category.

Expect these changes announced by Hyatt Gold Passport to be the unofficial start of the season by other frequent guest loyalty programs of what now seems to be the annual shifting of hotel properties from one award category to another…

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