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, effective Tuesday, March 22, 2022 with 146 hotels changing categories this year, a huge increase over last year’s changes.
For 2022, World of Hyatt members will see the following changes: 70 hotels will shift into a higher award category with 76 shifting to a lower award category. However, don’t let the numbers fool you as their are tons of great properties increasing categories.
Additionally, 9 Hyatt properties increase to World of Hyatt Category 8, which used to only be for SLH hotels and Destination by Hyatt residences. You can view the full list of list of hotels and award changes.
Here’s a look at some of the hotels that will be increasing as of March 22, 2022:
- Alila Napa Valley increasing from a Category 7 to Category 8
- Alila Ventana Big Sur increasing from a Category 7 to Category 8
- Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress increasing from a Category 3 to Category 4
- The Confidante Miami Beach increasing from a Category 4 to Category 5
- Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort increasing from a Category 7 to Category 8
- The Elms Hotel & Spa increasing from a Category 2 to Category 3
- Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel increasing from a Category 4 to Category 5
- Park Hyatt New York increasing from a Category 7 to Category 8
Here’s a look at some of the hotels that will be decreasing as of March 22, 2022:
- Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria decreasing from a Category 4 to Category 3
- Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia decreasing from a Category 5 to Category 4
- Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland decreasing from a Category 4 to Category 3
- Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport decreasing from a Category 3 to Category 2
- Hyatt Regency Amsterdam decreasing from a Category 5 to Category 4
Some added information:
- All free night award and Points + Cash redemptions booked before 8:00 am CDT on Tuesday, March 22 will follow the current Award Chart regardless of stay dates, even if the hotel is shifting to a higher award category.
- Any free night award and Points + Cash redemptions booked on or after 8:00 am CDT on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, will follow the new Award Chart.
- Members who have existing award bookings as of 8:00 am CDT on Tuesday, March 22 for a night on or after Tuesday, March 22 at a Hyatt hotel that moved down to a lower category, will receive an automatic one-time refund on the point difference. Points will be returned to members’ accounts starting Thursday, March 23.
- Once changes go into effect on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. CDT, any adjustments made to existing reservations will follow the terms of the new Award Chart.
- You can reference the Award Chart Changes FAQs here.