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Now Live: Hyatt Category Changes on March 22, 2022

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Changes are now live on Hyatt award category changes for 2022. These changes went into effect on March 22, 2022. Here's what these changes mean for you, the traveler, and a look at the hotels that changed prices–both up and down in the number of points you need per night.

Hyatt Hotel Category Changes for 2022

A total of 146 Hyatt properties are included in the award category changes for 2022. Hyatt says these changes are based on an “annual review of these properties and their market conditions…adjusting them in late-March to fit more suitable award categories.”

The changes went into effect on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. CDT. 70 hotels moved up to higher categories (costing more points), while 76 hotels moved to lower categories (costing you fewer points).

10 Hyatt properties moved from Category 7 to Category 8, which previously had only Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) hotels and Destination by Hyatt residences — including some of the most sought-after properties:

  1. Alila Napa Valley
  2. Alila Ventana Big Sur
  3. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
  4. Park Hyatt New York
  5. Park Hyatt Kyoto
  6. Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono
  7. Hôtel Lou Pinet
  8. Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
  9. Park Hyatt Milan
  10. Park Hyatt Sydney

U.S.

HotelLocationCurrent CategoryNew CategoryCurrent Points (standard pricing)New Points (standard pricing)
Alila Marea Beach Resort EncinitasCalifornia6725,00030,000
Alila Napa ValleyCalifornia7830,00040,000
Alila Ventana Big SurCalifornia7830,00040,000
Carmel Valley RanchCalifornia6725,00030,000
El Capitan HotelCalifornia238,00012,000
Hyatt House Irvine/John Wayne AirportCalifornia238,00012,000
Hyatt House PleasantonCalifornia4315,00012,000
Hyatt Place Fremont/Silicon ValleyCalifornia3212,0008,000
Hyatt Place FresnoCalifornia238,00012,000
Hyatt Place Santa BarbaraCalifornia4515,00020,000
Hyatt Place Santa CruzCalifornia4515,00020,000
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and SpaCalifornia5620,00025,000
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf CourseCalifornia4515,00020,000
Hyatt Regency ValenciaCalifornia238,00012,000
Wild Palms HotelCalifornia3212,0008,000
Hyatt Place Dewey BeachDelaware5620,00025,000
Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & SpaFlorida6725,00030,000
Hyatt Place across from Universal Orlando Resort™Florida3212,0008,000
Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena VistaFlorida3212,0008,000
Hyatt Place Sandestin/at Grand BoulevardFlorida3412,00015,000
Hyatt Regency Grand CypressFlorida3412,00015,000
Hyatt Regency Orlando International AirportFlorida3412,00015,000
Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset HarborFlorida5620,00025,000
The Confidante Miami BeachFlorida4515,00020,000
Hyatt Regency GuamGuam5420,00015,000
Andaz Maui at Wailea ResortHawaii7830,00040,000
Hyatt Place Boise/DowntownIdaho238,00012,000
Hyatt Place Boise/Towne SquareIdaho125,0008,000
Ambassador ChicagoIllinois3412,00015,000
Hyatt Place BloomingtonIndiana3412,00015,000
Hyatt Place Indianapolis AirportIndiana125,0008,000
Hyatt Place Iowa City DowntownIowa238,00012,000
Hyatt Place Portland-Old PortMaine4515,00020,000
Hyatt Place Ocean City / OceanfrontMaryland5620,00025,000
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and MarinaMaryland4515,00020,000
The Elms Hotel & SpaMissouri238,00012,000
Hyatt Place Las VegasNevada238,00012,000
Hyatt Place Las Vegas at Silverton VillageNevada238,00012,000
Gild Hall, a Thompson HotelNew York4515,00020,000
Hyatt Place Long Island City / New York CityNew York3412,00015,000
Park Hyatt New YorkNew York7830,00040,000
Thompson Central Park New YorkNew York5620,00025,000
Hyatt Place Oklahoma City / BricktownOklahoma3212,0008,000
Hyatt Centric Downtown PortlandOregon4315,00012,000
Hyatt Place Eugene / Oakway CenterOregon238,00012,000
Hyatt Centric Center City PhiladelphiaPennsylvania5420,00015,000
Hyatt Place State CollegePennsylvania4515,00020,000
Hyatt Place ManatíPuerto Rico3212,0008,000
Hyatt Residence Club Dorado, Hacienda del MarPuerto Rico4515,00020,000
Hyatt Place Austin/Round RockTexas125,0008,000
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and SpaTexas4515,00020,000
Hyatt Residence Club San Antonio, Wild Oak RanchTexas5420,00015,000
Hyatt Place MoabUtah248,00015,000
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Farmington/Station ParkUtah125,0008,000
Hyatt Place St. George / Convention CenterUtah125,0008,000
Hyatt Centric Old Town AlexandriaVirginia4315,00012,000
Hyatt Place Chesapeake/GreenbrierVirginia125,0008,000
Hyatt Place Virginia Beach Town CenterVirginia238,00012,000
Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National AirportVirginia3212,0008,000
Hyatt House Washington DC / The WharfWashington, D.C.3412,00015,000

North America (not including U.S.)

HotelLocationCurrent CategoryNew CategoryCurrent Points (standard pricing)New Points (standard pricing)
Spirit RidgeCanada3412,00015,000
The Walper HotelCanada125,0008,000
The Lodge & Spa at Pico BonitoHonduras5420,00015,000
The Trident HotelJamaica8740,00030,000
Hacienda Pena PobreMexico4315,00012,000
Villa Maria CristinaMexico6525,00020,000

Africa & The Middle East

HotelLocationCurrent CategoryNew CategoryCurrent Points (standard pricing)New Points (standard pricing)
Grand Hyatt MuscatOman4315,00012,000
Hyatt Place Riyadh Al SulaimaniaSaudi Arabia3212,0008,000
Jamal Omar Hyatt Regency MakkahSaudi Arabia4315,00012,000
The Cellars-HohenortSouth Africa4315,00012,000
The PlettenbergSouth Africa5420,00015,000
Park Hyatt ZanzibarTanzania4515,00020,000
Hyatt Place Dubai Wasl DistrictUnited Arab Emirates218,0005,000
Hyatt Regency DubaiUnited Arab Emirates218,0005,000
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek HeightsUnited Arab Emirates3212,0008,000

Asia

HotelLocationCurrent CattegoryNew CategoryCurrent Points (standard pricing)New Points (standard pricing)
BEI Zhaolong HotelChina3212,0008,000
Grand Hyatt ChangshaChina238,00012,000
Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay Resort and SpaChina3412,00015,000
Hotel Éclat BeijingChina4315,00012,000
Hyatt Place Sanya City CenterChina218,0005,000
Hyatt Regency HengqinChina3212,0008,000
Park Hyatt HangzhouChina4515,00020,000
Park Hyatt SuzhouChina3412,00015,000
The Sukhothai ShanghaiChina5420,00015,000
Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong KongHong Kong4315,00012,000
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha TsuiHong Kong5420,00015,000
Lanson Place Causeway BayHong Kong4315,00012,000
Andaz Delhi
India3212,0008,000
Grand Hyatt Kochi BolgattyIndia125,0008,000
Hyatt Regency Dharamshala ResortIndia3412,00015,000
Alila ManggisIndonesia218,0005,000
Alila UbudIndonesia3212,0008,000
Grand Hyatt BaliIndonesia218,0005,000
Hyatt Regency BaliIndonesia218,0005,000
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island, OkinawaJapan4515,00020,000
Hyatt Regency TokyoJapan3412,00015,000
Hyatt Regency YokohamaJapan3412,00015,000
Park Hyatt KyotoJapan7830,00040,000
Park Hyatt Niseko HanazonoJapan7830,00040,000
The Luang Say ResidenceLaos6525,00020,000
Grand Hyatt MacauMacau5420,00015,000
Hyatt House Kuala Lumpur, Mont KiaraMalaysia218,0005,000
Tanjong Jara ResortMalaysia4315,00012,000
Anya Resort TagaytayPhilippines4315,00012,000
Hyatt Regency Manila, City of DreamsPhilippines238,00012,000
Park Hyatt BusanSouth Korea5620,00025,000
The Fortress Resort & SpaSri Lanka6525,00020,000
Akyra Manor Chiang MaiThailand5420,00015,000
Aleenta Resort & Spa Hua HinThailand5420,00015,000
Grand Hyatt Erawan BangkokThailand3212,0008,000
Hyatt Regency Bangkok SukhumvitThailand3212,0008,000
Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and SpaVietnam4315,00012,000

Europe

HotelLocationCurrent CategoryNew CategoryCurrent Points (standard pricing)New Points (standard pricing)
Altstadt ViennaAustria5420,00015,000
Hyatt Regency BakuAzerbaijan218,0005,000
The Pand HotelBelgium5420,00015,000
Hôtel Lou PinetFrance7830,00040,000
Park Hyatt Paris-VendômeFrance7830,00040,000
Hyatt Place Frankfurt AirportGermany218,0005,000
Schlosshotel KronbergGermany5420,00015,000
The WellemGermany3412,00015,000
Boheme HotelGreece8740,00030,000
Brooks HotelIreland5420,00015,000
Grand Hotel Parker’sItaly5420,00015,000
Il MelogranoItaly6525,00020,000
Park Hyatt MilanItaly7830,00040,000
Hotel BergsLatvia5420,00015,000
Hyatt Regency MaltaMalta238,00012,000
Hyatt Place Amsterdam AirportNetherlands218,0005,000
Hyatt Regency AmsterdamNetherlands5420,00015,000
Opus XVINorway5420,00015,000
Hotel Infante SagresPortugal6525,00020,000
Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & WellnessPortugal6525,00020,000
Pousada Mosteiro de GuimarãesPortugal4315,00012,000
Saint Ten HotelSerbia4315,00012,000
Park Hyatt Istanbul - Macka PalasTurkey4515,00020,000
The Marmara BodrumTurkey4315,00012,000
Tomtom SuitesTurkey4315,00012,000
Culloden Estate and SpaUnited Kingdom4315,00012,000
Hyatt Place London Heathrow AirportUnited Kingdom218,0005,000
Hyatt Place West London HayesUnited Kingdom218,0005,000
The Grand HotelUnited Kingdom5420,00015,000

Oceania

HotelLocationCurrent CategoryNew CategoryCurrent Points (standard pricing)New Points (standard pricing)
Hyatt Regency SydneyAustralia5420,00015,000
Park Hyatt SydneyAustralia7830,00040,000

South America

HotelLocationCurrent CategoryNew CategoryCurrent Points (standard pricing)New Points (standard pricing)
Hyatt Centric Las Condes SantiagoChile4315,00012,000
Hyatt Place Santiago/VitacuraChile218,0005,000
Movich Hotel Cartagena de IndiasColombia5420,00015,000

The only hotel in the entire list not shifting by one category is the Hyatt Place Moab. It shifted up two categories. The full list can be found here.

What This Means for You

Now that we know about the hotel category changes for 2022, let's look at what this means for you in terms of World of Hyatt redemptions.

  • Bookings made before March 22, 2022 at 8:00 am CDT used the old award pricing — even if the hotel changed categories afterward.
  • Bookings made after that time will use the new pricing, found in the tables above.
  • This applies to award bookings, use of free night awards, and points+cash redemptions.
  • Those who have existing bookings (made before March 22, 2022 at 8:00 am CDT) for a stay after March 22, 2022 where the property moves to a lower category will receive a one-time refund on the point difference. Thus, if your booking moves from a category 2 (8,000 points per night, standard pricing) to category 1 (5,000 points per night, standard pricing), you would receive 3,000 points per night reimbursement.
  • Points for these bookings will be returned starting March 23, 2022.
  • After the new award pricing goes into effect, any changes to reservations will mean use of the new pricing goes into effect.
  • You can see the FAQ page here for award bookings and 2022 category changes at Hyatt properties.

Booking Implications

If you booked a hotel that later went down in price, there's no harm and no need to worry. You will be reimbursed for the points difference after March 22, 2022. This is a customer-friendly move, and you can lock in your reservation now before rooms disappear at the property you want.

On the flip side, if you didn't book before a property went up in price, you will now pay more. Existing bookings at these properties will not require you to cough up more points, but if you missed the boat…well, you have to pay more now.

Image of the Park Hyatt Zanzibar
Park Hyatt Zanzibar, view from the beach – this property is no longer bookable with category 1-4 free night awards.

Free Night Award Implications

The biggest implications are properties changing to or from category 4 and category 7. That's because free night awards are tied to these categories.

If a hotel was previously a category 5 property but is now a category 4 property, you will be able to use category 1-4 free night awards to book that hotel. On the flip side, if a hotel goes from category 4 up to 5, you can no longer use your free night awards to stay there.

You can receive a category 1-4 free night award each year by:

Changes to/from Category 7 matter because of the free night award you can get after staying 60 nights with Hyatt in a year. A property that's increasing from category 7 to category 8 will no longer be bookable with these awards.

Notes on Dynamic Pricing

You should also remember that World of Hyatt introduced peak and off-peak pricing starting March 1, 2022. Thus, the values in the tables above reflect standard pricing. The number of points you need for a stay with Hyatt could be more or less, depending on what pricing model is in effect for your stay. Things like holidays, demand, and other local trends can affect award pricing and the peak/standard/off-peak calendar.

Our Take

It's good that Hyatt gave us notice on its category changes for 146 properties in 2022. While this sounds big, this represents only a small fraction of Hyatt hotels overall. Where travelers will feel the difference is if your “regular spot” went up in price. Conversely, you may be excited if a hotel you frequent now costs fewer points.

The fact Hyatt allowed members to book before the changes to lock in lower prices is a nice move, as is the way Hyatt will treat these bookings. If the price goes up, you don't have to pay more (unless you amend the reservation later on). But, you will receive a reimbursement if the price goes down. We hope you locked in some lower rates at hotels going up in price after these changes.

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