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Hyatt Hotel Category Changes Coming Monday: Last Chance to Use Category 1-4 Credit Card Reward Certificates at 18 Locations

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Hyatt Hotel Category Changes Coming Monday:  Last Chance to Use Category 1-4 Credit Card Reward Certificates at 18 Locations

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This Monday March 18, 2019, at 11:01 pm Central Time, Hyatt will be shifting the reward category for 259 of their hotels.  That’s a big chunk of locations for one of the smaller major hotel chains.

So you’ve only got a couple of days to take a look and see if it’s better to book your travel now or to wait until Monday.  This is particularly important if you were planning to use a Category 1-4 free night credit card reward certificate you earned with the The World Of Hyatt Credit Card because there are 30 hotels either moving into Category 4 or out of it.

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After Monday you won’t be able to use your Hyatt category 1-4 credit card reward certificate at the Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

Hyatt Category Changes – Where to Use Your Credit Card Reward Certificates By Monday

The changes to award categories are close to evenly split between hotels going up and hotels going down in price.  So take a look at the full list of category changes here to see which specific hotels you’ll want to book before the changes and which ones you’ll want to wait on.

If you were planning on using a Hyatt Category 1-4 free night certificate at any of these hotels be sure to book by Monday March 18:

I’ve been to the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui and it has one of the nicest club lounges I’ve been to.  That one and the Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Penninsula Papagayo are disappointing losses for the Category 1-4 free night certificates.

But you’ll be able to use Category 1-4 free night certificates at these hotels after March 18th:

I’m shocked to see a hotel in Hawaii fall into Category 4.  Typically during peak season, Hawaii is one of the hardest destinations to book free hotel award nights at.

What do you think of the changes?  Anything you’re heartbroken or happy to see changing in price?

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The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

  • Earn 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total within 6 months of account opening.
  • Free nights start at 5,000 points
  • Receive 1 free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort after your Cardmember anniversary
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
  • Get automatic World of Hyatt Elite status and 5 qualifying night credits every year as long as your account is open
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status everytime you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn 9 points total for Hyatt stays - 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • Earn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airlines tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships

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There are a few positives, such as Waikiki and San Diego. The bigger negative was the major change in points+cash some time ago – I’m starting to wonder if it’s worthwhile holding a hyatt card at this point.

Even with those changes, I’m still very much a huge fan of Hyatt and I still find their points to be really valuable, especially at the high end properties.

For instance, I booked 3 nights at the Park Hyatt New York in January at 30k points per night, which saved me nearly $3,000. So I’m still sticking with Hyatt as my favorite hotel chain 🙂