World of Hyatt Category Changes for 2018

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World of Hyatt routinely evaluates their hotels within their award categories, and will generally make changes once a year. Hyatt has announced their latest round of changes, and it’s a very small number of hotels shifting into a higher award category, with one property moving down to a lower category, affecting a total of only 9 hotels.

Anything booked prior to December 13, 2017 will be booked at the current categories.

The following hotels will shift into a higher award category:

The following will shift into a lower award category:

The biggest win here is with The Confidante moving down to a Category 4. This means that those with the both the Hyatt Credit Card anniversary night and the 5 Brand Free Night Award will now have an alternative to redeem at besides the Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami, which is also a Category 4.

As you can see most of the hotels moving up in categories this year are within the Hyatt Place brand. Overall, I don’t find these changes all that thrilling either way.

Redemptions for Hotels Moving to a Higher Category: Any Free Night Award booked at a property, prior to 12:01am CST12/13/17 that is shifting to a higher category and requires more points will not be affected. Reservations will remain in place at the original point level.

Redemptions for Hotels Moving to a Lower Category: Any Free Night Award booked at a property, prior to 12:01am CST12/13/17 that is shifting to a lower category and requires fewer points will receive an adjustment. World of Hyatt Customer Service will proactively deposit the point difference into a member’s account.

What are your thoughts on the latest category changes to the World of Hyatt program? Feel free to share your thoughts below. 

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  1. The confidante is not a win. It should be a category 2 at most. Stayed there briefly before moving to the regency.

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