Hyatt Gold Passport posted on Flyertalk early this morning that they’d be making changes to their award chart.
Currently hotels are spread across five categories. They’re creating a new category 6 as of June 4 at 22,000 points per night. That will include 20 properties.
They’re also moving hotels up and down in categories, a total of 89 going up (including the 20 moving to category 6) and 65 going down. On the whole it seems that the reductions are all at the low end, e.g. there are 46 category 2 properties moving down to category 1. And the increases are more evenly distributed and even clustered towards the high end.
There are even some two-category jumps, like the Grand Hyatt New York going from Category 4 to Category 6. Hey, I remember when you could priceline that dog for $77. Those were the days! I’d never spend Gold Passport points there after the miserable night I spent with paper thin walls and a party going on in the room next door, and surly lounge staff who waited in the buffet line to fill their own plates.
Details of which properties will be changing are now up on the Hyatt website.
As far as category changes go, all hotel chains do it and this one isn’t nearly as bad as Hilton’s recent one was. I suppose I’m not outraged because I’ve been expecting it for awhile, Hyatt has been too generous for awhile. And they’re about to be flooded with points as they inttroduce a co-branded credit card. They probably figure it’s better to make the adjustments before the credit card product comes online than after when their new credit card customers might perceive a bait and switch.
Hyatt is also being flexible in allowing members to use the current award chart —
They’ve also said they’ll refund points for reservations booked before the change where points requirements have gone down. That’s not as generous as it sounds, because except in cases of sellouts a member could just cancel and rebook. But more convenient at least.