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WoH 2023 Category Changes to Take Effect on Mar 28

Old Mar 1, 23, 11:11 am
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Well, I won't be staying at anymore AI's from 25k to 40k a night. That's a crap ton of points.
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Old Mar 1, 23, 11:26 am
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At least Hyatt didn't add a Category 9.

Now I need to decide quickly what to do with my Cat 7 certificate, which is the last one I will stretch to earn. Now would be the time for Hyatt to upgrade the 60-night bonus to Cat 8.
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Old Mar 1, 23, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by nsx

Now I need to decide quickly what to do with my Cat 7 certificate, which is the last one I will stretch to earn. Now would be the time for Hyatt to upgrade the 60-night bonus to Cat 8.
Agree. Once I earn mine, I'll only have about one week to choose before the category increase - and that means I need to be able to pin down a date and not change it.
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Old Mar 1, 23, 11:36 am
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IHG is looking more palatable now. Have received great upgrades as a Diamond.

I might forgive this massive devaluation if they gave us Category 8 certs instead of Category 7s.
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Old Mar 1, 23, 11:37 am
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I am genuinely baffled as to how the Hyatt Key West is a category 8 hotel. You already were prohibited from using TSUs at this property (they don't have real suites anyway), and now you can't use a 1-7 cert either. Aside from the location, I've always found this place absurdly overpriced and lacking any worthwhile amenities.

On a separate note, this may lead me to finally stop chasing Globalist status as they continue to expand 1-7 exclusions and make points bookings less feasible. The people who still talk about Globalist as the best thing since sliced bread are still living in 2013.
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Old Mar 1, 23, 11:44 am
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Does Hyatt reprice reservations when you drop dates?

Edit – I see that the FAQ says: "Any modifications made to reservations on or after 8:00 a.m. CT, March 28, 2023, will follow the terms of the new Award Chart."

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Old Mar 1, 23, 11:52 am
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Thompson DC and the Grady in Louisville dropping to Cat 4 mean that I might actually try one of those, just to burn a Cat 4 cert.

The # of Cat 8s is truly nuts. (Sad to see Villa Spalletti Trivelli and Villa Castagnola both among that number.)

Still not as bad as some of the price hikes on the Bonvoy side. But not good, not good at all...
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Old Mar 1, 23, 12:00 pm
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Chicago Athletic Association and Thompson Madrid going from 4 --> 5 is unfortunate for using certs, though not surprising. Same with the Hyatt Place Moab, which is already somehow categorized as a "resort" so they don't have to honor late checkouts.

Keswick Hall and Andaz 5th Ave going from 6 --> 7 are brutal. Those are 2 of my favorite properties, and that is a big jump in terms of points.

The all-inclusive changes seem the most draconian, though I don't really ever look at those.
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Old Mar 1, 23, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by platbrownguy
Thompson DC and the Grady in Louisville dropping to Cat 4 mean that I might actually try one of those, just to burn a Cat 4 cert.

The # of Cat 8s is truly nuts. (Sad to see Villa Spalletti Trivelli and Villa Castagnola both among that number.)

Still not as bad as some of the price hikes on the Bonvoy side. But not good, not good at all...
Thompson DC is nothing to write home about. You are better off at the Grand Hyatt if using a cat 1-4 cert unless you have a specific reason to be in that Navy Yard, like a Nats game.
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Old Mar 1, 23, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by njvandy
Chicago Athletic Association and Thompson Madrid going from 4 --> 5 is unfortunate for using certs, though not surprising. Same with the Hyatt Place Moab, which is already somehow categorized as a "resort" so they don't have to honor late checkouts.

Keswick Hall and Andaz 5th Ave going from 6 --> 7 are brutal. Those are 2 of my favorite properties, and that is a big jump in terms of points.

The all-inclusive changes seem the most draconian, though I don't really ever look at those.
Keswick Hall is nice but their on-site restaurant leaves much to be desired.
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Old Mar 1, 23, 12:20 pm
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Secrets St Martin is a terrible hard product and food and theyre increasing the price

PH Vienna increasing is sad.
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Old Mar 1, 23, 12:44 pm
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Definitely a devaluation for N America, but still not as bad as a purely rate-based system. Andaz SD is my least favorite of all the Hyatt and IHG hotels in the area and they almost never had weekends available, so no big loss there. AI/AMR is the biggest loser here. I'm glad I got to book 5 nights at Secrets Impression Moxche for 25k while I could. I knew that was too good to last, but seeing any hotel double in points overnight is always bad. The 50K ceiling demonstrates that Hyatt points are losing their value quickly.
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Old Mar 1, 23, 12:53 pm
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RIP all-inclusives.
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Old Mar 1, 23, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by dakid23
SHOCKED that the Andaz West Hollywood is going up to a 6. I was expecting them to go down to a 4.

It's a glorified Holiday Inn....
agree. Last year I decided to no longer stay at this hotel. A further reason to never return
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Old Mar 1, 23, 1:20 pm
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Originally Posted by OhDoctor
I am genuinely baffled as to how the Hyatt Key West is a category 8 hotel. You already were prohibited from using TSUs at this property (they don't have real suites anyway), and now you can't use a 1-7 cert either. Aside from the location, I've always found this place absurdly overpriced and lacking any worthwhile amenities.

On a separate note, this may lead me to finally stop chasing Globalist status as they continue to expand 1-7 exclusions and make points bookings less feasible. The people who still talk about Globalist as the best thing since sliced bread are still living in 2013.
Hyatt Key West is a Cat 5 in my view, based on service level and rooms. No real beach. Breakfast is good. Location is great. But Key West is just hype, and definitely not worth a Cat 8.
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