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Hyatt’s New Award Prices Will Change the Way You Travel

Hyatt’s New Award Prices Will Change the Way You Travel
Joe Cortez

World of Hyatt will join their competition in offering two new sets of award prices starting in March 2020. On their website, the hotelier announced the launch of a three-tier award program: Off-peak, Standard and Peak awards.

Off-Peak, Standard and Peak: What That Means

The smaller, luxury-focused hotel chain will offer up to eight hotel categories in all three tiers, ranging from between 3,500 and 6,500 World of Hyatt Points for Category 1, up to between 35,000 and 45,000 World of Hyatt points for Category 8 hotels. The difference is all in the season when travelers will visit their favorite properties.

While off-peak awards will vary between destinations, World of Hyatt promises the full calendar for hotels will be released by March 2020. In addition, the company promises not to change dates once the calendar is released. “Redemption rates for free nights will be announced as soon as nights are available for reservations (usually 13 months in advance), and won’t change once posted,” a statement reads on their website. “A new online calendar will help you plan (coming soon).”

While the number of categories isn’t changing, the amount flyers will pay for hotel awards will depending on the season. The changes will be affected across all of World of Hyatt’s award types, including those for suites, Regency/Grand Club hotel rooms, all-inclusive resorts and their awards for Miraval resorts. How much flyers pay for “Points and Cash” awards will also change, depending on the season and whether an award is considered peak season, standard season or off-peak season.

How This Affects Your Points

Seasonal changes and two additional tiers of prices mean that you’ll have to be more selective about your travel dates to get the most out of your miles.

Unfortunately, this can be considered a major devaluation, as the calendar will dictate when you use you get the most value out of your points, instead of your travel plans.

However, it’s not all bad news. You may be able to get more value out of your points with a little planning and careful consideration. While it does mean more stays during off-peak times, those stays could be considerably cheaper, depending on the property.

The FlyerTalk on What to Watch Out For

One big concern with these changes is that some hotels won’t really have an off-peak season. “This is horrible and a devaluation undercover,” FlyerTalker ZBigFam said in reaction to the news. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see Andaz Maui bump up to peak all the time meaning essentially a new category.”

Unanswered Questions

Another unanswered question revolves around free night certificates. Long-time FlyerTalker MSPEconomist asks: “Can we assume that this won’t impact free night certificates, so that cat 1-7 would be good for a peak night at a cat 7 property, etc.?” Hyatt has not yet provided an answer.

 

Anytime a reward chart changes, it has effects on how – and when – flyers can use their hard-earned points for free rooms. In this situation, the new award chart will absolutely affect when flyers travel, as their points may no longer be valid after the date.

Does the new World of Hyatt chart affect your future plans? Sound off on the FlyerTalk forums today!

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  1. Firewind

    December 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Suppose there will be a significant difference between “standard” and “shoulder”?

  2. musicman27pa

    December 6, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    I was barely sticking with the Hyatt program due to the limited footprint of hotels in the US. Also some of the Hyatt Place pet friendy hotels in the US are just nasty. 2020 is the year to get rid of my Chase Hyatt card if annual nights are depreciated further which sounds like the case here.

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