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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.
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
- Hyatt Piñon Pointe Sedona – 15,000 points per night (24,000 for a suite)
- 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)
- Hyatt Grand Aspen Aspen – 30,000 points per night (48,000 for a suite)
- Hyatt Mountain Lodge Avon – 25,000 points per night (40,000 for a suite)
- Residences at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Avon – 30,000 points per night (48,000 for a suite)
- Hyatt Main Street Station Breckenridge – 25,000 points per night (40,000 for a suite)
- Hyatt Coconut Plantation Bonita Springs – 20,000 points per night (32,000 for a suite)
- Hyatt Sunset Harbor Key West – 20,000 points per night (32,000 for a suite)
- Hyatt Windward Pointe Key West – 25,000 points per night for a two-bedroom
- Hyatt Beach House Key West -25,000 points per night for a two bedroom
- Hyatt Siesta Key Beach Siesta Key – 30,000 points per night (48,000 for a suite)
- Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach Lahaina, Hawaii – 30,000 points per night (48,000 for a suite)
- Hyatt High Sierra Lodge Incline Village, Nevada – 30,000 points per night (48,000 for a suite)
- Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar Dorado, Puerto Rico – 15,000 points per night (24,000 for a suite)
- Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch San Antonio, Texas – 20,000 points per night (32,000 for a suite)
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 5X points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards (2X on other travel); 3X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out; 3X points on streaming services; 3X points on online grocery purchases (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs); and 1X on all other purchases. 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 20 ways you can redeem your Ultimate Rewards!
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!
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