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Hyatt adjusted the Gold Passport award categories for many properties on August 1, but this is one that wasn't announced: they also changed the point structure for their Residence Club collection. Hyatt's Residence Clubs are timeshare-like properties that usually have family-friendly activities on-site. There are 16 Residence Clubs across the United States, from Puerto Rico to Key West, FL to Lahaina, HI.

Hyatt Residence Club Award Point Changes

The only drawback? Availability can be challenging to find as Residence Club owners are first to pick — even more so if you're traveling during a peak season (like Breckenridge in the middle of ski season, or Key West in December-February).

What This Means for Gold Passport Members

These properties are considered to be more similar to timeshares than hotels, so their point values were structured differently than the rules that applied to the rest of the Hyatt properties. Thanks to Gary over at View From the Wing, here is what the Residence Club points structure used to be:

  • 12,000 points for a Studio
  • 15,000 points for a One Bedroom
  • 23,000 points for a Two Bedroom
  • 30,000 points for a Three Bedroom

It seems Hyatt got rid of the Residence Club award structure back in August and grouped these properties with the others on the point redemption chart. Our biggest concern is now these properties will cost anywhere from 3,000 to 18,000 more per night.

New Residence Club Award Redemption Structure

Arizona

California

  • Highlands Inn Carmel – 25,000 points per night (40,000 for a suite)
  • Northstar Lodge Truckee – 25,000 points per night (40,000 for a suite)

Colorado

Florida

Hawaii

Nevada

Puerto Rico

Texas

Want More Gold Passport Points?

If you need to earn points for your next stay at a Residence Club property, you're in luck because there are few options to help you with this. Remember, you can get 5,000 points for your first five nights with Hyatt's More Points, More Play promo through November 30, 2016.

If you've got the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card you'll earn 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants. Each of those Ultimate Rewards can be converted to Hyatt Gold Passport points at a ratio of 1:1 in 1,000-point increments. And that's just one of 19 ways you can redeem your Ultimate Rewards!

Hyatt Residence Club Ka'anapali Beach Point Changes
Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach in Lahaina, Hawaii

Final Thoughts

Hyatt, we get it. Everyone has oversights now and then — was this an oversight, though, or were you trying just to sneak it past us? Have you ever stayed at a Residence Club property? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

Unnanounced Award Pricing Changes for Hyatt Residence Club
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