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Hotels are changing award category for 2019. First was the Radisson Rewards and then Marriott. Now, we have learned that Hyatt is also updating award category for 2019. Half of the properties are going up on points, and half are going down on points, effective March 18, 2019.
Our focus here is to use the Haytt’s free night certificate for the best Hyatt properties that will go down to category 4 starting March 18, and to evaluate whether to lock in now for the ones that will go up category or require more points on March 18. For those that are not familiar with Hyatt’s free night certificate, there are two ways to earn it:
- The Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card offers 1 free night every year. You receive one free night at any category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort every year after your card member anniversary, and one additional free night at any category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort after you spend $15,000 during your card member anniversary year. The annual fee of the Hyatt credit card is $95. Therefore, in order to maximize that fee, you really want to stay at a Hyatt property that costs more than $95.
- Moreover for every Hyatt member status, you receive a free night at any category 1-4 Hyatt hotels or resorts once you stay at 5 different Hyatt brands.
- Andaz San Diego – California, US
- Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – California, US
- Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach – Hawaii, US
- Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile – Illinois, US
- Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago – Illinois, US
- Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina – Maryland, US
- Park Hyatt Istanbul – Macka Palas – Turkey
- Hyatt Regency Kiev – Ukraine
- Park Hyatt Zanzibar – Tanzania
- Park Hyatt Hangzhou – China
Best Hyatt Properties Go Up Category
Category 1 (5,000) to Category 2 (8,000) Points Properties:
Category 3 (12,000) to Category 4 (15,000) Points Properties:
- Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa – Vietnam
Category 4 (15,000) to Category 5 (20,000) Points Properties:
- Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami – Florida, US
- Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Florida, US
- Hyatt Regency Boston – Massachusetts, US
- Grand Hyatt Seattle – Washington, US
- Hyatt at Olive 8 – Washington, US
- Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo – Costa Rica
- Hyatt Regency Guam – US Territory
- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – Hawaii, US
- Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino – Nevada, US
- Hyatt Regency Kyoto – Japan
- Park Hyatt Seoul – South Korea