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Hyatt moves its top hotels to 40,000 points – but Europe sees lots of reductions

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World of Hyatt has published its annual list of points price changes.

Unlike Marriott, IHG and Hilton who have all moved (or are moving) to some form of dynamic pricing, Hyatt still offers static, category-based pricing for its hotels.

This is good, because it means you know how many points to save for a redemption, but it does mean that hotel categories are adjusted on an annual basis.

You can see the list of changes here. 146 hotels, representing 13% of the portfolio, are changing price.

World of Hyatt

What changes are worth noting?

The changes are fairly balanced, with 70 hotels moving to a higher category whilst 76 hotels will actually get cheaper.

Most hotels are only changing by one category, and the largest proportion of affected hotels are in the US.

The picture is actually positive in Europe, with only two flagship hotels seeing a big rise. 80% of moves in Europe are downwards.

As a reminder, here is Hyatt’s current category chart:

World of Hyatt CategoryOff-PeakStandardPeak
Category 13,5005,0006,500
Category 26,5008,0009,500
Category 39,00012,00015,000
Category 412,00015,00018,000
Category 517,00020,00023,000
Category 621,00025,00029,000
Category 725,00030,00035,000
Category 835,00040,00045,000

What’s happening in the UK?

The good news is that UK hotels are virtually unchanged.

Four Hyatt hotels are decreasing in price:

  • The Grand Hotel Eastbourne (Small Luxury Hotels) moves from a Category 5 to a Category 4
  • Hyatt Place West London Hayes moves from Category 2 to Category 1
  • Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport moves from Category 2 to Category 1
  • Culloden Estate & Spa (Small Luxury Hotels) moves from Category 4 to Category 3

…. whilst all other UK Hyatt properties remain at their existing categories.

The changes mean that the Hyatt Place hotels around Heathrow are now just 5,000 Hyatt points per night, down from 8,000. On an off-peak night, you would pay just 3,500 points per night.

Rob reviewed the Hyatt Place Heathrow (image below) here if you want to know what it’s like.

Hyatt category changes 2022
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

Top hotels are moving to Category 8

Category 8 was initially introduced when Hyatt announced its partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Hyatt doesn’t manage SLH hotels – it simply has a partnership with the marketing group that represents 500 boutique luxury hotels worldwide. The economics of redeeming at these hotels meant that it chose to introduce a new top-tier category with reward nights pricing at between 35,000 and 45,000 points.

Until now, Category 8 was reserved for expensive SLH properties. This now changes, with nine of Hyatt’s own hotels moving up to the highest tier:

  • Alila Napa Valley
  • Alila Ventana Big Sur
  • Andaz Maui at Wailea
  • Park Hyatt Kyoto
  • Park Hyatt Milan
  • Park Hyatt New York
  • Park Hyatt Niseko
  • Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome
  • Park Hyatt Sydney

The Park Hyatt Vienna, which I reviewed here, has not been moved.

Park Hyatt New York
Park Hyatt New York

Whilst this is a devaluation, redeeming at these hotels should still offer huge value. Here are a few examples:

The Park Hyatt New York is around £700+ per night in early April. When it changes category, it will be 40,000 points per night over the same dates. That means you are still getting 1.75p per point. This is above our ‘average’ valuation of 1.1p per point. Rob has a booking here in mid May where the cash rate is over £1,000 per night, but he has paid just 30,000 points, getting over 3p per point.

The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome is £900+ for the same night in April. When it changes category, it will be 40,000 points per night. That means you are getting a stonking 2.25p per point value. You can’t moan at that.

Whilst nobody likes to see prices increase you are still getting outsized value at these top-tier properties.

Remember that Hyatt is currently offer a 30% bonus when you buy points. You pay just 1.35p per point.

Park Hyatt Paris
Park Hyatt Paris

When do Hyatt’s category changes take effect?

These changes come into effect from 22nd March.

This means that you still have a month to lock in bookings at the current price for any hotel which is becoming more expensive. As long as you book by 22nd March your booked price will be protected, unless you make any changes at a later date.

You will receive an automatic refund if you have an existing booking at a hotel whose category is being lowered on 22nd March. This will be processed from the 23rd. This is surprisingly generous – other hotel chains do not do this – and saves you having to cancel and rebook your existing reservations.

The full list of hotels changing categories can be found on the Hyatt website here.

World of Hyatt update – August 2022:

Get bonus points: World of Hyatt is not currently running a global promotion.

New to World of Hyatt?  Read our overview of World of Hyatt here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on what we think World of Hyatt points are worth is here.

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Comments (28)

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  • BJ says:

    What about the “Europe sees lots of reductions” in the title … seriously Rhys, you expect us readers to do all the hard work ourselves 🙂

  • John T says:

    Headline doesn’t really match the article.

    P.S. how are you earning 30,000 Hyatt points Rob?

    • Rob says:

      Bizarrely, AwardWallet. They give me 1,000 for every 10 or so readers that register. I also buy a lot – Park Hyatt NY is done on bought points.

      I wrote the headline, Rhys wrote the article 🙂 Click the link of category moves and you’ll see it is correct.

  • Rob H says:

    The way their peak pricing works seems really odd. We have six nights booked in a Cat 5 Las Vegas Hotel in October and the nights are as follows..

    Night 1 – off peak
    Night 2 – off peak
    Night 3 – off peak
    Night 4 – standard
    Night 5 – standard
    Night 6 – peak

    The cash prices change every day quite significantly sometimes with one of our nights at currently at $139 and one at $699 (last month this date was $359), so we booked some on points and some with cash a while ago.

    Whilst a bit of a faff, using points for some of the nights has saved us a ton of dollars.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Don’t believe any programme that uses peak/standard/off peak relates to the cash rate. It’s purely when they think it’s more popular for a reward.

      Dynamic rewards like IHG/Hilton are meant to be related to the cash price per night.

    • dougzz99 says:

      Las Vegas is a Friday/Saturday place, how do your nights match days of week?

      • Rob H says:

        Night 1 is Monday hence you are correct that Fri and Sat at the two top dollar prices and much better value to book with pts.

  • CamFlyer says:

    The Hyatt Place Heathrow at Category 1 is a fantastic deal. Not that it is the most exciting property, but 5,000 (or less) points is excellent value compared to, eg, the various Marriott properties.

    I have found some other outstanding value Hyatt redemptions in Europe, achieving valuations of around 1.7 – 2 euro cents per point.

    My problem with Hyatt in Europe is that there are more good value redemptions, that opportunities to earn.

    Rob – enjoy the PH NY. I stayed there on points a few years ago in an emergency when the hotel I originally booked was a complete failure, and in addition to a great stay (as at every PH I have ever stayed at) at breakfast they gave us the table next to a very well known actor.

  • JDB says:

    Park Hyatt Buenos Aires where we are staying at the moment is very good value on points. Cash rates for the top hotels here are consistently high, so 2-3p point value, depending on which room/suite reward you choose. It is worth nothing that in Argentina generally, any rate literally for cash is considerably reduced if you exchange money at the ‘blue’ rate vs the official rate charged on a card.

    • YC says:

      How does the ‘blue rate’ work? Sounds like a money changer in BA who exchanges USD/£ to Pesos? And you can pay in pesos everywhere in Argentina? At the moment, blue rate seems double official rate so u are effectively paying 50% of hotel rate by paying in cash at the hotels like Park Hyatt? Is that accurate?

      • JDB says:

        Yes, that is right! It is easy to change cash at exchange places on the street, although of course it is not official. You can also send money to yourself via Western Union who use the blue rate – I got 286.39 for GBP on Friday vs the central bank rate of 147. One thing to note is that foreigners are exempt from the 21% VAT on hotel rates, but that doesn’t apply if you pay cash, but the saving is still huge.

  • Gordon says:

    I am a keen customer of Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Properties,
    They are Cat 6 and shows 21,000 O.P. and 29,000 P.
    As these properties are in the Caribbean/Mexico
    On the Hyatt site I looked under the tab “Caribbean, Canada & Latin American”
    But does not show on there.

  • Lady London says:

    Is anyone else hoping the Chase card will link up with Hyatt and make Hyatt points earning possible for UK cardholders?

    • meta says:

      For start Amex could team up, they have a line of communication given the recent spend offers.

  • Max says:

    Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome is a joke. They have managed to get the “Palace” distinction which means they are the finest of the finest 5stars in France. I’ve had 5 stays in this hotel and they fall short from the standard. Broken marble, heavily scratched carpentry, broken toilet, dust all over the place. Save some headache and walk down to Ritz.

    • Rob says:

      I stayed there once, a decade ago, and was unimpressed even then.

    • Chas says:

      Genuine question (not being sarcy), but why did you go back 4 times if the first time you thought it was a joke? Something must have been good enough to off-set the lower standards, even if it was the price?

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