New Category 7; Sharp Increase for Upgrades; Award Category Changes to 44 Hyatt Gold Passport Properties

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Effective January 7, 2014, 44 Hyatt hotel properties will be affected by Hyatt Gold Passport award category changes — six of those hotel properties moved up to a new Category 7 — and it will cost you more Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points for virtually every category per person per night.

The charts below illustrate the comparison of the current award chart versus the award chart to take effect as of January 7, 2014:

Note that except for all Category 1 hotel properties and a standard room for Category 2, 3 and 4 hotel properties, there is an increase in points across the board.

FlyerTalk member transconsan calculated the breakdown of the increase in the redemption of Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points by category in terms of percentage:

“Cat 1 – no change
“Cat 2 – STD: ~14% CLUB: ~20% SUITE: ~8%
“Cat 3 – STD: 0% CLUB: ~13% SUITE: ~11%
“Cat 4 – STD: 0% CLUB: ~17% SUITE: ~4%
“Cat 5 – STD: ~11% CLUB: ~23% SUITE: ~19%
“Cat 6 – STD: ~14% CLUB: ~22% SUITE: ~21%
“Cat 7 (vs old cat 6) – STD: ~36% CLUB: ~44% SUITE: ~45%”

Of the reward category changes announced by Hyatt…

  • 27 hotel properties have moved up one category, as shown in the chart below:
Hotel Current Category New Category
Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU 1 2
Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington/Grand Prairie 1 2
Hyatt Place Dublin/Pleasanton 1 2
Hyatt Place San Antonio North/Stone Oak 1 2
Grand Hyatt Jakarta 2 3
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo 2 3
Hyatt Place New Orleans Convention Center 2 3
Hyatt Place South Bend/Mishwaka 2 3
Hyatt Place West Palm Beach 2 3
Hyatt Regency Osaka 2 3
Grand Hyatt Melbourne 3 4
Hyatt Regency Cambridge 3 4
Hyatt Regency Louisville 3 4
Hyatt Regency Perth 3 4
Andaz West Hollywood 4 5
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile 4 5
Hyatt Place New York/Midtown South 4 5
Park Hyatt Melbourne 4 5
Andaz Liverpool Street London 5 6
Hyatt 48 Lex 5 6
Hyatt Union Square New York 5 6
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek 6 7
Park Hyatt Milan 6 7
Park Hyatt Paris Vendome 6 7
Park Hyatt Sydney 6 7
Park Hyatt Tokyo 6 7
Park Hyatt Zurich 6 7

 

  • 17 hotel properties have moved down one category, as shown in the chart below:
Hotel Current Category New Category
HYATT house Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville 2 1
Hyatt Place Chicago Warrenville/Naperville 2 1
Hyatt Place Cincinnati-Northeast 2 1
Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine 2 1
Hyatt Place Fort Worth/Cityview 2 1
Hyatt Place San Antonio Airport/Quarry Market 2 1
Hyatt Place San Antonio-Northwest/Medical Center 2 1
Hyatt North Houston 3 2
Hyatt Regency Incheon 3 2
Park Hyatt Chennai 4 3
Park Hyatt Hyderabad 4 3
Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi 5 4
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan 5 4
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa 6 5
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe 6 5
Hyatt Regency Maui 6 5
Park Hyatt Changbaishan 6 5

 

Hotel room reservations booked on January 6, 2014 and prior will be honored at the previously published category of the hotel property. Hotel room reservations booked on January 7, 2014 and thereafter — or modified on February 15, 2014 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 15 to secure the lower Hyatt Gold Passport point rate before it increases.

On the other hand, guests with existing reservations for stays after January 7, 2014 will receive a refund for the point difference if the hotel moved to a lower category.

Additionally, expect a sharp increase for the redemption of your Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points for upgrades to Regency Club or Grand Club rooms: 3,000 Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points — which used to buy you a stay of up to four nights — will now secure only one night.

Similarly, upgrades to a suite will cost you 6,000 Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points — which used to buy you a stay of up to four nights — for only one night.

While some FlyerTalk members expected significantly worse, other FlyerTalk members consider this a major devaluation — certainly substantially more significant than the last round of award category changes where only seven hotel properties moved up at least one category; while ten hotel properties moved down at least one category.

The last time a new category was added to the Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program was back in June of 2010, when an announcement of changes to the Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program at that time was perceived as a devaluation of  by FlyerTalk members. Category 6 was the new category at that time. 65 Hyatt Gold Passport properties moved to a lower category requiring fewer points; while 89 Hyatt Gold Passport properties moved to a higher category.

I suppose that the perceived devaluation this time around could have been far worse — but at least the changes were clearly presented by the Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program; were announced almost two months in advance; and 17 hotel properties actually moved down one category. However, the room upgrades are generally not worth the new cost of Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points, in my opinion.

Will these changes cause you to defect from the Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program — or do you believe that the value is still the best when compared to the competition?

Comments (Showing 3 of 3)

  • edgewood49 at 9:46am November 11, 2013

    well. it could have been worse given what others are doing. While we ” pay” for these points in loyalty paid stays they are never the less a bonus. Operational costs are certainly going up, witness the labor issues in Paris. One can only hope that they hotels keep their properties up as well.

  • JohnnyGlobal at 1:30pm November 11, 2013

    Large credit card bonus sign-ups and the like really are just serving as a means of hedging the constantly devaluing currency. If you don’t take advantage of these large bonuses every once in a while, then you ultimately lose some of the value associated with your ‘currency’–assuming you don’t earn and burn on a very routine basis.

  • iMi at 6:29am November 12, 2013

    devaluations have happened and will always happen.. points don’t hold their value over time. its better to use them early & wisely

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