Hyatt Announces 2016 Hotel Category Changes

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Hyatt has announced their category changes for 2016, which go into effect for bookings starting August 1, 2016. In total 50 hotels will move to a higher award category and 56 hotels will move to a lower award category.


50 hotels will move to a higher award category. Free night award redemptions at these hotels will require additional Hyatt Gold Passport points effective 12:01 am CST, August 1, 2016:

Hotels that are increasing in category include:

  • Hyatt House Dallas/Frisco
  • Hyatt House Dallas/Lincoln Park
  • Hyatt House Dallas/Uptown
  • Hyatt House Denver/Lakewood at Belmar Hyatt Place Augusta
  • Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst
  • Hyatt Place Champaign
  • Hyatt Place Corpus Christi
  • Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine
  • Hyatt Place Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs
  • Hyatt Place Nashville/Hendersonville
  • Hyatt Place North Charleston
  • Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville
  • Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport
  • Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura
  • Hyatt Place Savannah Airport
  • Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest
  • Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown
  • Grand Hyatt Amman
  • Grand Hyatt Chengdu
  • Grand Hyatt Incheon
  • Grand Hyatt Santiago
  • Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown
  • Hyatt House Belmont/Redwood Shores
  • Hyatt House Boston/Waltham
  • Hyatt House Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area
  • Hyatt House Falls Church/Merrifield
  • Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue
  • Hyatt House Pleasanton
  • Hyatt House San Diego/Sorrento Mesa
  • Hyatt House San Juan
  • Hyatt House Santa Clara
  • Hyatt Place Chicago South University
  • Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
  • Hyatt Place Garden City
  • Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands
  • Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun
  • Hyatt Place Portland Airport
  • Hyatt Place San Juan/City Center
  • Hyatt Regency Dallas
  • Hyatt Regency SF Airport
  • Hyatt Valencia
  • Grand Hyatt DFW
  • Hyatt Place Dewey Beach
  • Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown
  • Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
  • Hyatt Centric Park City
  • Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
  • Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson
  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco

56 hotels will move to a lower award category. Free night award redemptions at these hotels will require fewer Hyatt Gold Passport points effective 12:01 am CST, August 1, 2016:

Hyatt Centric South Beach

Hotels that are decreasing in category include:

  • Hyatt Ahmedabad
  • Hyatt Amritsar
  • Hyatt Bangalore
  • Hyatt House Gaithersburg
  • Hyatt House Mt. Laurel
  • Hyatt Hyderabad
  • Hyatt Place Albuquerque/Uptown
  • Hyatt Place Ciudad del Carmen
  • Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington/Grand Prairie
  • Hyatt Place El Paso Airport
  • Hyatt Place Fredericksburg UMW
  • Hyatt Place La Paz
  • Hyatt Place Los Cabos
  • Hyatt Place Mt. Laurel
  • Hyatt Place Phoenix Chandler-Fashion Center
  • Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert
  • Hyatt Place Phoenix-Mesa
  • Hyatt Place Pittsburgh Airport
  • Hyatt Place Pittsburgh/Cranberry
  • Hyatt Place San Antonio North/Stone Oak
  • Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport
  • Hyatt Pune
  • Hyatt Raipur
  • Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad
  • Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
  • Hyatt Regency Changchun
  • Hyatt Regency Chennai
  • Hyatt Regency Chongqing
  • Hyatt Regency Dulles
  • Hyatt Regency Fairfax
  • Hyatt Regency Guiyang
  • Hyatt Regency Gurgaon
  • Hyatt Regency Kolkata
  • Hyatt Regency Ludhiana
  • Hyatt Regency Tianjin East
  • Park Hyatt Chennai
  • Hyatt Place Secaucus/Meadowlands Hyatt Regency Belgrade
  • Hyatt Regency Delhi
  • Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg
  • Hyatt Regency Mumbai
  • Hyatt Regency Pune
  • Hyatt Regency Qingdao
  • Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki
  • Park Hyatt Hyderabad
  • Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
  • Grand Hyatt Lijiang
  • Grand Hyatt Mumbai
  • Hyatt Regency Baku
  • Hyatt Regency Changbaishan
  • Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria Hyatt Regency Perth
  • Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort
  • Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort Hyatt Regency Sochi
  • Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami
Bottom Line
If you are looking to make a points redemption reservation at one of the hotels that is going up in category; you should really do it before August 1st so that you can save on points! If you are planning on making a reservation at one of the hotels that is going down in category; go ahead and make your reservation now but, make sure to call after August 1st and change the reservation to get the lower category redemption.
Any changes that you’re either excited about or very disappointed with, feel free to comment below.
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  1. This might be slightly OT but how do they determine what the points cost should be? Higher the price – Higher the cost in points?

    If that is the case here is an interesting anomaly in that that scenario…
    Hyatt Place Downtown the Loop is going for $324 and 12,000 points
    Hyatt Place River North is going for $247 and 15,000 points.

  2. @Patrick
    These are category changes, not price changes. Irrespective of the price, the number of points for redemption is based on the category.

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