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Hyatt has announced the 2016 Gold Passport award category changes. While some properties will cost you more points, others will cost less over current rates. Overall, Hyatt has implemented some reasonable changes, not increasing the number of points required for any given category, only adjusting the categorization of some of their properties.

Hyatt Gold Passport LogoIn total, 50 hotels will move up in category while 56 properties will move down. The changes take effect for reservations made on or after August 1, 2016. Therefore, you have a little under a month to book hotels that are going up in category at the current rate. For those properties going down in category you have two options:

  1. Wait to book your reservation until August 1, 2016. The risk you run with this approach is a hotel filling up.
  2. Make your reservation now and then call Hyatt Gold Passport on August 1, 2016, requesting a credit for the difference. Make sure your reservation allows changes if opting for the latter.

Hyatt Gold Passport Award Charts

Hyatt publishes two award charts. One chart for a points booking and a separate chart for cash + points booking. It is important to keep in mind that while a room may be available for points booking it might not be available with cash + points, which are capacity controlled. If you're set on doing a Cash + Points booking check out the Hotel Hustle Tool where you can set up alerts to be notified when Cash + Points award is available.

Hyatt Award Chart - Points Booking
Hyatt Award Chart – Points Booking
Hyatt Award Chart - Cash + Points Booking
Hyatt Award Chart – Cash + Points Booking

Properties Going Up in Category

The following Hyatt properties going up in category:

  • Hyatt House Dallas/Frisco
  • Hyatt House Dallas/Lincoln Park
  • Hyatt House Dallas/Uptown
  • Hyatt House Denver/Lakewood at Belmar
  • Hyatt Place Augusta
  • Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst
  • Hyatt Place Champaign
  • Hyatt Place Corpus Christi
  • Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine
  • Hyatt Place Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs
  • Hyatt Place Nashville/Hendersonville
  • Hyatt Place North Charleston
  • Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville
  • Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport
  • Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura
  • Hyatt Place Savannah Airport
  • Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest
  • Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown
  • Grand Hyatt Amman
  • Grand Hyatt Chengdu
  • Grand Hyatt Incheon
  • Grand Hyatt Santiago
  • Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown
  • Hyatt House Belmont/Redwood Shores
  • Hyatt House Boston/Waltham
  • Hyatt House Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area
  • Hyatt House Falls Church/Merrifield
  • Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue
  • Hyatt House Pleasanton
  • Hyatt House San Diego/Sorrento Mesa
  • Hyatt House San Juan
  • Hyatt House Santa Clara
  • Hyatt Place Chicago South University
  • Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
  • Hyatt Place Garden City
  • Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands
  • Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun
  • Hyatt Place Portland Airport
  • Hyatt Place San Juan/City Center
  • Hyatt Regency Dallas
  • Hyatt Regency SF Airport
  • Hyatt Valencia
  • Grand Hyatt DFW
  • Hyatt Place Dewey Beach
  • Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown
  • Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
  • Hyatt Centric Park City
  • Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
  • Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson
  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco

All of these properties increase one category, except Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown, which is going from a Category 1 to a Category 3. The most notable increases we see are the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Hyatt Regency Dallas, Grand Hyatt Incheon and Grand Hyatt Santiago.

Properties Going Down in Category

The following properties going down in category:

  • Hyatt Ahmedabad
  • Hyatt Amritsar
  • Hyatt Bangalore
  • Hyatt House Gaithersburg
  • Hyatt House Mt. Laurel
  • Hyatt Hyderabad
  • Hyatt Place Albuquerque/Uptown
  • Hyatt Place Ciudad del Carmen
  • Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington/Grand Prairie
  • Hyatt Place El Paso Airport
  • Hyatt Place Fredericksburg UMW
  • Hyatt Place La Paz
  • Hyatt Place Los Cabos
  • Hyatt Place Mt. Laurel
  • Hyatt Place Phoenix Chandler-Fashion Center
  • Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert
  • Hyatt Place Phoenix-Mesa
  • Hyatt Place Pittsburgh Airport
  • Hyatt Place Pittsburgh/Cranberry
  • Hyatt Place San Antonio North/Stone Oak
  • Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport
  • Hyatt Pune
  • Hyatt Raipur
  • Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad
  • Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
  • Hyatt Regency Changchun
  • Hyatt Regency Chennai
  • Hyatt Regency Chongqing
  • Hyatt Regency Dulles
  • Hyatt Regency Fairfax
  • Hyatt Regency Guiyang
  • Hyatt Regency Gurgaon
  • Hyatt Regency Kolkata
  • Hyatt Regency Ludhiana
  • Hyatt Regency Tianjin East
  • Park Hyatt Chennai
  • Hyatt Place Secaucus/Meadowlands
  • Hyatt Regency Belgrade
  • Hyatt Regency Delhi
  • Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg
  • Hyatt Regency Mumbai
  • Hyatt Regency Pune
  • Hyatt Regency Qingdao
  • Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki
  • Park Hyatt Hyderabad
  • Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
  • Grand Hyatt Lijiang
  • Grand Hyatt Mumbai
  • Hyatt Regency Baku
  • Hyatt Regency Changbaishan
  • Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
  • Hyatt Regency Perth
  • Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort
  • Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort
  • Hyatt Regency Sochi
  • Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami

All of these properties drop one category with the exception of the Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami, which is dropping two categories from a Category 6 to Category 4. Some of the most notable are the Hyatt Regency Perth, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, and the Park Hyatt Chennai.

Bottom Line

With 50 hotels going up in category and 56 going down in category, there is very little reason to complain, especially when the quality of the properties going up is similar to the quality of the properties going down. For now, the most important thing is to make sure you book properties you are interested in using points for that are going up in category listing before August 1, 2016. In most cases, you can cancel and redeposit points with no risk. Making a speculative booking on a property with its category going up might not be a bad idea.

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