New Hyatt Award Chart – Now 30,000 Points (From 22,000 Points) for Top Hotels & Other Changes

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Hyatt 2014 Award Chart Changes

Link:  Hyatt 2014 Award Chart Changes

As expected, Hyatt has increased and decreased the number of points needed for a free night.  These changes won’t impact most folks looking to redeem points with their family, but the high-end hotels will require more (but not substantially more) points.

Paris Day 1

We Stayed at the Park Hyatt on our Honeymoon to Paris

As a reminder, this isn’t the blog if you’re looking for me to get angry about the changes, write 10 posts on how bad the changes are, indulge in a few stream-of-consciousness rants, and pretend that I’m the smartest person in the world.  There are other places for that!

Sure, just like anyone else, I don’t like paying more.  But I don’t expect my miles and points to remain the same for years and years while the prices of everything else increase.  Airlines and hotels are businesses and changing the redemption levels follows a familiar cycle.

This is the blog where we’re thankful for taking advantage of a good deal for so long and figure out how to play the game with the new rules.  The miles and points game is far from over.

Change Highlights

No changes to standard room redemptions for category 1 to 4 hotels.

– Category 5 hotels increase by 2,000 Hyatt points for a regular room from 18,000 points to 20,000 points.

– Category 6 hotels increase by 3,000 Hyatt points for a regular room from 22,000 points to 25,000 points.

New Hyatt Award Chart

New Hyatt Award Chart From January 7, 2014

– 6 hotels in a new category 7 which cost 30,000 points for a regular room instead of 22,000 points.

– Club Room & Suite upgrades on paid stays increase from 3,000 points and 6,000 points for up to 4 days, to 3,000 and 6,000 points for each night.

– Redeeming Hyatt points for Club Rooms & Suites becomes MUCH more expensive.  But let’s face it.  Not many of us pad extra points for a suite or club room.

6 Hotels to Cost 30,000 Points (36% Increase) in New Category 7

6 of Hyatt’s most expensive and talked about Park Hyatt hotels will cost 30,000 points for a standard room, from January 7, 2014 instead of 22,000 points.  This is an increase of 8,000 points or 36%.

Remember that you can still book at the old rate of 22,000 points up to January 7, 2014.

Emily and I have stayed in the Milan, Paris and Zurich Park Hyatt hotels.  We’re glad we redeemed points to stay in a $600+ hotel room which wouldn’t be possible if we paid cash.

Emily Outside the Park Hyatt in Milan

Emily Outside the Park Hyatt in Milan

I’m not surprised to see these hotels move to a new category 7 chart, but I am surprised that the expensive Park Hyatt in the Maldives is still a category 6 hotel.

Hotels Moving Categories (More Points for Same Hotel)

~21 hotels (excluding the 6 hotels in the new category 7 above) are changing to a higher category and will require more points for a free night.

Sure, the number of Hyatt points for a free night increases, but they aren’t increasing by a LOT of points.  This isn’t as drastic as the Hilton changes earlier this year.

It was only a matter of time before the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile increased along with the hotels in New York (Hyatt Union Square and Hyatt 48 Lex).

However, the hotels jumping from category 4 to category 5 and category 5 to category 6 get a double increase – one from the new rates for category 5 and 6 and the other by jumping categories.

Category 1 to Category 2

From January 7, 2014, you will need 8,000 points instead of 5,000 points for these hotels.  This is a 60% increase.

  • Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU
  • Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington/Grand Prairie
  • Hyatt Place Dublin/Pleasanton
  • Hyatt Place San Antonio North/Stone Oak

Category 2 to Category 3

From January 7, 2014, you will need 12,000 points instead of 8,000 points for these hotels.  This is a 50% increase.

  • Grand Hyatt Jakarta
  • Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo
  • Hyatt Place New Orleans Convention Center
  • Hyatt Place South Bend/Mishwaka
  • Hyatt Place West Palm Beach
  • Hyatt Regency Osaka

Category 3 to Category 4

From January 7, 2014, you will need 15,000 points instead of 12,000 points for these hotels.  This is a 25% increase.

  • Grand Hyatt Melbourne
  • Hyatt Regency Cambridge
  • Hyatt Regency Louisville
  • Hyatt Regency Perth

Category 4 to Category 5

From January 7, 2014, you will need 20,000 points instead of 15,000 points for these hotels.  This is a 33% increase.

If you had the Chase Hyatt card, you could redeem for a free night at a category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel every year.  This change means that you will not be able to redeem your free night at these hotels.  But you can lock-in a booking at the old rate up to January 7, 2014.

  • Andaz West Hollywood
  • Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
  • Hyatt Place New York/Midtown South
  • Park Hyatt Melbourne

Category 5 to Category 6

From January 7, 2014, you will need 25,000 points instead of 18,000 points for these hotels.  This is a 39% increase.

  • Andaz Liverpool Street London
  • Hyatt 48 Lex
  • Hyatt Union Square New York.

Hotels Moving Categories (Less Points For Same Hotel)

I’m glad to see that 17 hotels will cost fewer points.  For example, the Hyatt Regency in Maui will cost 20,000 points instead of 22,000 points.

Hyatt Regency Maui

Hyatt Regency Maui Costs 20,000 Points Instead of 22,000 Points

Hyatt says that you will automatically get back the extra points if you’ve already booked a hotel which will cost less points after January 7, 2014.  That said, it doesn’t hurt to check your account and call Hyatt to get back the extra points!

Category 6 to Category 5

From January 7, 2014, you will need 20,000 points instead of 22,000 points for these hotels.  This is a 9% decrease.

  • Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
  • Park Hyatt Changbaishan
  • Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
  • Hyatt Regency Maui

Category 5 to Category 4

From January 7, 2014, you will need 15,000 points instead of 18,000 points for these hotels.  This is a 17% decrease.

  • Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi
  • Hyatt Regency Changbaishan

Category 4 to Category 3

From January 7, 2014, you will need 12,000 points instead of 15,000 points for these hotels.  This is a 20% decrease.

  • Park Hyatt Chennai
  • Park Hyatt Hyderabad

Category 3 to Category 2

From January 7, 2014, you will need 8,000 points instead of 12,000 points for these hotels.  This is a 33% decrease.

  • Hyatt North Houston
  • Hyatt Regency Incheon

Category 2 to Category 1

From January 7, 2014, you will need 5,000 points instead of 8,000 points for these hotels.  This is a 38% decrease.

  • Hyatt House Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville
  • Hyatt Place Chicago Warrenville/Naperville
  • Hyatt Place Cincinnati-Northeast
  • Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine
  • Hyatt Place Fort Worth/Cityview
  • Hyatt Place San Antonio Airport/Quarry Market
  • Hyatt Place San Antonio-Northwest/Medical Center

More Points for Suite Upgrade on Paid Stays

One of the best uses of Hyatt points is to upgrade paid stays to a Club room for only 3,000 points and to a suite for only 6,000 points.  

More importantly, you pay a flat rate of 6,000 Hyatt points for up to 4 nights!

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

Upgrade To A Suite in a Hyatt Hotel For Only 6,000 Points

And you can confirm the suite upgrade at the time of booking, so you’re not biting your nails wondering if you’ll get a suite or not.

This was a heck of a deal because there were many ways to get 6,000 Hyatt points including buying 6,000 Hyatt points for $144.

We used this many times including upgrading Emily’s mom to a suite in Goa.

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

We Upgraded Emily’s Mom To A Suite At The Park Hyatt Goa For 6,000 Hyatt Points!

However, after January 7, 2014, you have to pay 3,000 points for an upgrade to a club room or 6,000 points for an upgrade to a suite, PER NIGHT (instead of previously where you paid a flat rate for up to 4 nights).

This is a reasonable increase to me, and the old flat rate of 6,000 points for a suite upgrade of up to 4 nights was so generous, that it was only a matter of time before it was increased.  Remember that if there is a deal which is too good to be true, it usually is, so take advantage of it, and don’t be angry when it goes away!

This is still very low – even with the increase (300% if I wanted to whip you in a frenzy!) – and is much better priced than other hotel changes.

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

Starwood Suite Upgrades Cost a Whopping 3,000 to 35,000 Points Per Night!

For example, Suite upgrades at Starwood hotels start at 3,000 points per night in a Category 1 hotel and can cost as much as 35,000 points per night in a Category 7 hotel!  And you can confirm them only 5 days in advance.

You can buy 6,000 Hyatt points for $144, so you’re effectively paying $144 a night to upgrade to a suite.

$144 more per night is often less than the retail price to book a suite, and you can fit in more people (kids!) in a  suite and also get access to the lounge which could save you money.

Bottom Line

It was only a matter of time before Hyatt increased the number of points needed for a free night.  The good news is that there are no changes in the number of points needed for category 1 to 4 hotels.

But the more popular and higher-end hotels will require more points.  However, this isn’t a very drastic increase like when Hilton changed their award chart.  Only 6 Hyatt hotels will cost 30,000 points (instead of 22,000 points).  Suite upgrades on paid stays increase as well, but it still costs fewer Hyatt points to upgrade to a suite or club room, on paid stays, compared to other hotels.

Sure, I don’t like paying more points, but on-the-whole these changes are reasonable.

And there is a big increase in the number of Hyatt points needed to book a Club room (with lounge access) or a suite.  But I usually never redeemed my points for a Club Room or suite, so this isn’t a big deal to me.

Remember that you can still lock-in the old rate, by booking your awards before January 7, 2013! 

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42 responses to “New Hyatt Award Chart – Now 30,000 Points (From 22,000 Points) for Top Hotels & Other Changes

  1. I agree with you Darius…The changes are reasonable and I feel as if we all saw this coming!

  2. When you say book, does this mean book before january for stay in let say july 2014 is still using old points system? Or do you mean any stay after january 7 2014 whether book now or later will use new point system? Thanks

  3. This is getting ridiculous … 2013 will be known as the year of the devaluations!

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  5. Similar query to Leslie-thinking of making a Paris stay to build a subsequent trip around.

    If I book at old rate now for Paris next September,will they accept that at 22,000/night?

    Also,if I cancel ,are those points returned to me or forfeited.

  6. Thanks for this post and breaking down the devaluation. As you indicated this was something everyone expected and the damage (overall) may not be too terrible, but this is a big hit to the Hyatt card’s value, at least for those like me looking to redeem the free category 1-4 night in NYC, as there is no longer a Hyatt hotel in NYC where you can use the anniversary night—I remember at least’s year’s category changes the Midtown south location was intentionally kept at a 4 to ensure there would be a NYC redemption option. It is disappointing to say the least that there will no longer be a NYC option, which for me, will change this from a keep in “perpetuity card” to one where it may not be worth it to keep.

  7. Which is the best with no status for redeeming points. Grand Hyatt Sydney, Tokyo or Paris as far as close to public transportation , attractions and room itself.

  8. Good Info..thanks!

    Question my Hyatt card is up for renewal this month.

    If I close it… I presume I could re churn it in one years’ time?
    Would that not be better than just paying the annual fee and getting one night?

  9. @leslie – it means as long as you make your points booking before January 7, 2014 (even for stays after January 7, 2014) the old chart rates will apply. So your July 2014 booking will be based on the old points rate IF you book before January 7, 2014.

    @Jfa – If you book Paris for September before January 7, 2014, you would pay the 22,000 points per night rate.

    If you cancel before the hotel cancellation penalties begin, your points will be returned to you.

    @Sil – I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Sydney (haven’t stayed in Tokyo or Paris yet, although I’m a Diamond), it’s right at the pier so if you wanted to take the ferry to Manly it’s easy and it’s about 5 minutes from bus stops.

    @misty – the Hyatt card (since it’s from Chase) isn’t churnable.

  10. You say there are 6 hotels in new category 7 but you only list 5. What’s the 6th?

    • @leslie @Jfa – I mean that you can book a stay for AFTER January 7, 2014 at the old rates now. So you can book a stay for September 2014 at 22,000 points a night before January 7, 2014. If you book a stay for September 2014 after January 7, 2014, the new rates will apply. If you cancel the reservation, you will get your points back (as long as you cancel within the cancelation period).

      @milesdavis – It does impact the value of the card, especially if you were keeping the card just to use for hotel stays in New York.

      @Sil – The Park Hyatt is Tokyo is far from the city. Both the Park Hyatt in Sydney and Paris are well located and are good hotels.

      @Latvwriter – It is the Park Hyatt Beaver creek, which I just added to the list. Thanks!

  11. Well written article.

  12. I’m only about 3 years into the points game, and have been focused on SPG because of the affordable point costs redemptions at lower-tier hotels and the general consensus of the high value of SPG points.

    However, reading through this post I am wondering if my eyes might have just been opened to Hyatt’s program as a much better value for the higher-end hotels (especially since I have embraced the general consensus that SPG points are some of the most difficult to accumulate in large amounts). 30,000 for the highest tier seems pretty lucrative. Does this sound like a fair general assessment? I’m always looking to expand my understanding 🙂

  13. I assume this includes the newly added Vegas properties….such as the Bellagio was 22,000 points per night and will now move to 25, 000 per night. Is that correct ?

  14. I just was approved for the Chase Hyatt Card. How does this affect my 2 free nights sign up bonus? I plan to book the 2 nights in Paris in September. Do I have to do it before Jan 7? Or are 2 free night still 2 free nights no matter what the point value?

  15. All a moot point for anyone other than a prominent blogger, top corporate executive, or movie star. With a few exceptions, {dining, car rental}, spend on a card that will get you Hyatt points, whether the Hyatt cc itself, or a card where you can transfer points to Hyatt, is going to get you a measly one point per $.

    At 1 point per $, you need to spend $30K on the Hyatt card to get enough points for one night at a top Park Hyatt. Whereas $10K spent on the Club Carlson card, at 5 points per $, will get you two nights at their top locations. So MS to get a night at a Carlson location is $80 for two nights, ie $40 a night. MS for a Park Hyatt will run you $240 a night for a “free” room. And with BB capped at $50K a year, you can’t even get enough points per year for 2 nights. Even if you aren’t interested in also getting airline miles with MS.

    A 7 day stay at a top Park Hyatt formerly required $154,000 in cc spend. Which will now become $210,000. Of course, you do get 3 Hyatt points per $ spent at Hyatt properties, so $10,000 spent at Hyatt locations will also get you one “free” night.

    Yes, there are people this will matter to, I just don’t personally know a single one of them. For most of us, we’ll pay the $75 annual fee for the first year on a Hyatt cc, stay 2 nights at a Park Hyatt with the certificates, then cancel the card and never stay at a Park Hyatt ever again.

  16. My wife and I also just did part of our honeymoon last month at the Park Hyatt Vendome Paris…. for 4 nights free on points… and now im glad I got it in at 22,000/pts a night…. But the fact I was able to do it so easily with the Hyatt Visa card (using the 2 free award nights plus CC purchases throughout the year) made it feel too good to be true…..4 free nights at a hotel that cost $1,000/night. Figured Im not the only one who did this so I can only think alot of the Hyatt Properties took a big financial hit…. and now that the economy is improving they have the luxury now to raise the point levels…oh well!

  17. I just realized I left out the Ink cards, for those with considerable business spend. Not having a business, I tend to forget about them. So pretending I’m about to start one would get me enough points for two nights at a PH at todays rates. And 5X on phone and internet would get me half a night per year. But then it still ends, since there is no way I’m going to be able to spend $6K at Staples even once, much less regularly. Now that VR are gone…..

  18. I am running out of credit cards to apply for. I figure the only way to be able to build up my bonus miles is to cancel 2 of my cards right now so I can wait 1 year, 18 months or 2 years so I can apply again for the same card. Those cards would be Aadvantage Citi that was activated on 11/08/2011 and Delta SkyMiles AMEX activated on 06/18/2012. The Delta was originally a Gold Delta SkyMiles Card but before the annual fee I changed it to the Blue Card with no fee. What problems do you forsee if I cancel these cards?

    • @Jeff – I agree that Hyatt is very lucrative for the hotels in the top category (especially when compared to SPG).

      @scott – I believe that is correct.

      @Gail – Your free nights are valid at any Hyatt hotel, even for the new category 7 hotels.

      @Robert Hanson – I agree that Club Carlson is more lucrative if you’re looking for a basic hotel room. But, in my opinion, Hyatt is still better for the top-end hotels.

      @Eric G – Exactly!

      @StephenM – See this post.

  19. I just recently signed up for the Hyatt Visa and Southwest Visa. I’m planning on taking a trip to NYC for my anniversary in May. I was going to wait until the first of the year to have my wife apply for the Hyatt Visa as well (need to get a little revolving debt off of her report) so we’d have 4 free nights. However, after reading this post, I’m thinking of applying for the Chase Ink (I do sell items on eBay and have sales of roughly $600-800/month so nothing great) in order to get the 50,000 points and booking the extra two nights plus a suite upgrade with those points. My only concern is how soon the 50,000 points will post to my account. It says it takes 6-8 weeks so if that’s truly the case then none of this matters. On top of that, I can’t apply for a Chase card for 30 days (as of last week) since I just got approved for 2 cards. If I can’t get the Ink or my wife can’t get the Hyatt, I can always apply for the Chase Sapphire (I have plenty of credit to move around with Chase). I’m just wondering the best course of action from people that have been doing this longer than me. Thanks a lot.

    • @Doug – The sign-on bonus will usually post a few days after the statement in which you complete the minimum spending closes (as long as you completed the minimum spending 8 to 10 days before the statement closing period). If you want a suite, better to book before the rates go up on January 7, 2013. Otherwise, you can use the 2 free nights from the card to stay in a room at the Hyatt.

  20. @Daraius – Thanks for the reply. Given I can’t apply for another Chase card until December, I’m not sure I could get the points to post before January 7th. I don’t necessarily NEED the suite, but I thought it would be a good use of 6,000 points. I think I’ll just stick to my original plan of having my wife apply for the Hyatt card at the beginning of the year when we are able to reduce her credit utilization to 0%. If that doesn’t work for some reason, which I’m not sure why she’d get denied as her score should be in the mid 700s, then I’ll just apply for another Chase card and move around some credit lines if needed. Thanks for the reply and this site. It’s been a great help!

  21. This a bit off point, but still on the subject of Hyatt. What do you know about doing a Hyatt Diamond matching challenge? I’m wanting to take a family trip (2 adults 3 kids) to NYC next summer, and would love to get an upgraded room and hopefully free breakfast at a high-end Hyatt. My strategy is to apply for the Hyatt Chase (2 free nights) and transfer existing points from Chase Sapphire for additional free nights. I’d also apply for the Citi Hilton Reserve to get Hilton Gold Status. With this Hilton Gold status, I’d then ask for a status challenge with Hyatt a few weeks before my trip. Will this strategy work? And will I get any real tangible benefits by obtaining Hyatt Diamond this way? This is the only trip I’d use it on, but if I can get a bigger room and free breakfast for 5 people, I’d be happy. What do you think?

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  25. Would diamond members still be able to get suite upgraded without spending extra points?
    What are the chances of doing this the the Hyatt vendome?

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  27. Thanks for the great info, Darious. Question: are there any more reservation modifications besides date changes that could be made by Feb 15, 2014, and still retain the old points structure if reserved by Jan 7? (like hotel changes?)

    • @Helga – That’s always a possibility based on the hotel, but I wouldn’t expect to get upgrades very often.

      @Marie – I believe you can only make date changes until February 15, 2014. But it doesn’t hurt to ask.

  28. Darious,
    I have not redeemed for a Hyatt room before. When you spend the points for a standard room, how many people are you allowed in the room? I have a family of 3 – (grown kid tho over 18). Thanks!

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  30. With the Chase Hyatt Visa, are the 2 free nights good for a year after the date the $1,000 spend is met? Or, is it from the date of card approval or first purchase?

  31. Thanks Darius. So I get the certificates after I meet the spend requirement? Not from date of approval? Sorry for being so dense.

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