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259 Hyatt Hotels are Changing Categories – The Good and the Bad and a Sortable List

Written by Charlie

The 2019 Hyatt Award Category changes are here. Check out the good and the bad as well as all award changes in a sortable table to get all your information!

As is the normal case each year around this time, hotels announce their category changes for the purpose of awards. Hyatt has announced their Hyatt award category changes for 2019 and they will affect 259 Hyatt hotels in all. Here are all the details about these category changes.

The 2019 Hyatt Award Category Changes

Link: 2019 Hyatt Award Category Changes

Quick Details

Of the 259 Hyatt hotels changing categories, 130 will be going up and 129 will be going down in award categories. It is really a shame, for the pure optics alone, that they could not find their way to make it be 130 going down and 129 going up. This way, they could have said “over 50% of the hotels are going down in the category ranking.” Oh well, opportunity missed! 🙂

Effective as of Monday, March 18 at 11:01 pm CST, these changes will go into affect. There are no new categories and no movement of Hyatt properties to the new Category 8. This means that you have until March 18 to book hotels (that are going up in category) at the current rate through the end of schedule and have it honored.

It also means that any hotels that go down after March 18 that you have already booked will have your points proactively refunded back to your account on March 19 (for the difference between the old category and new category).

The Good and the Bad with the 2019 Hyatt Award Category Changes

Free Night Certificates – Good and Bad

2019 Hyatt Award Category

The Park Hyatt Istanbul will now be bookable with a free night certificate

I will have a post with more details on these but there will be 12 hotels that will become bookable with free night certificates and 18 hotels that will no longer be bookable with the free night certificates for Category 1 – 4 hotels.

Great Value Hotels Changing – Bad

Park Hyatt Mallorca Resort

The large pool with the Poolside Bar in the background – Park Hyatt Mallorca Resort

For a while, there have been some hotels that we bloggers reference as being great deals for points. Some of these will be going up in award categories which will mean they will cost you more after March 18 (in points).

Some of those hotels are:

  • Hyatt Place Washington DC Downtown/White House – from Category 3 -> 4
  • Hyatt Place hotels in Phoenix area – there are 5 Phoenix area Hyatt places that will be going from Category 1 to a Category 2, not good for vacationers or Spring Training buffs
  • Park Hyatt Maldives – from Category 6 -> 7
  • Park Hyatt Seoul – from Category 5 -> 6
  • Park Hyatt Mallorca – from Category 5 -> 6
  • Park Hyatt hotels – in total, 10 Park Hyatt properties are bumping up in cost

No Double Category Changes – Good

In a somewhat rare move, Hyatt is not having any double category changes. That means, at worst, a hotel will go up 5,000 points in cost per night.

New York City Is Getting More Affordable, With Points – Good

For some reasons (probably because it is NYC), Hyatt has had their Manhattan properties at Category 6 or 7 for a while. That just never made sense, especially since hotels like the Hyatt Herald Square can be booked for less than $200! Well, now, 5 NYC-area hotels are going down in cost (3 of them in Manhattan). Nice move with Grand Hyatt since it will actually be torn down next year. 😉

No Category 8 Hyatts

This is a relief – no Hyatt properties will be moving into the new Category 8 listing!

Hyatt Hotels Going Down in Award Category

HotelPrevious CategoryNew CategoryPoint Difference
Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty21-3,000
Hyatt House Hartford North/Windsor21-3,000
Hyatt House Houston/Galleria21-3,000
Hyatt House Mexico City Santa Fe21-3,000
Hyatt House Philadelphia/Plymouth Meeting21-3,000
Hyatt House Pleasant Grove21-3,000
Hyatt House Shanghai Hongqioa CBD21-3,000
Hyatt House Shanghai New Hongqiao21-3,000
Hyatt House Shelton21-3,000
Hyatt Place Austin Airport21-3,000
Hyatt Place Baltimore/BWI Airport21-3,000
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Owings Mills21-3,000
Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit21-3,000
Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier21-3,000
Hyatt Place Cincinnati/Sharonville Convention Center21-3,000
Hyatt Place Dubai/Al Rigga21-3,000
Hyatt Place Dubai/Baniyas Square21-3,000
Hyatt Place Fair Lawn/Paramus21-3,000
Hyatt Centric Goa Candolim21-3,000
Hyatt Place Houston Galleria21-3,000
Hyatt Place Houston-Northwest/CY-Fair21-3,000
Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land21-3,000
Hyatt Place Lexington21-3,000
Hyatt Place Milford/New Haven21-3,000
Hyatt Place Nashville/Hendersonville21-3,000
Hyatt Place North Charleston21-3,000
Hyatt Place Phuket Patong21-3,000
Hyatt Place Provo21-3,000
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Lehi21-3,000
Hyatt Place San Jose Pinares21-3,000
Hyatt Place Sao Jose do Rio Preto21-3,000
Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqioa CBD21-3,000
Hyatt Place Shanghai New Hongqiao21-3,000
Hyatt Place Shanghai Tianshan Plaza21-3,000
Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen21-3,000
Hyatt Place St George/Convention Center21-3,000
Hyatt Place Yerevan21-3,000
Hyatt Place Zhuhai Jinshi21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Belgrade21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Deerfield21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Delhi21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Dushanbe21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Fuzhou Cangshan21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Jinan21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Mumbai21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Shanghai Jiading21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley21-3,000
Hyatt Regency Wuxi21-3,000
Grand Hyatt Amman32-4,000
Grand Hyatt Bali32-4,000
Grand Hyatt Changsha32-4,000
Grand Hyatt Chengdu32-4,000
Grand Hyatt Mumbai32-4,000
Grand Hyatt Xi'an32-4,000
Andaz Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi32-4,000
Hyatt Centric Guatemala City32-4,000
Hyatt Centric Levent Istanbul32-4,000
Hyatt Centric Montevideo32-4,000
Hyatt House San Diego/Carlsbad32-4,000
Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport32-4,000
Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor32-4,000
Hyatt Place College Station32-4,000
Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport32-4,000
Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands32-4,000
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport32-4,000
Hyatt Place Marlborough Apex Center32-4,000
Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields32-4,000
Hyatt Place West London Hayes32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Atlanta32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Baku32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Bishkek32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Dubai32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Greenwich32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Houston32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Istanbul Atakoy32-4,000
Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Paris Charles de Gaulle32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Perth32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor32-4,000
Hyatt Regency Valencia32-4,000
Jinmao Hotel Lijiang32-4,000
Andaz Delhi43-3,000
Grand Hyatt Beijing43-3,000
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok43-3,000
Grand Hyatt Istanbul43-3,000
Grand Hyatt Manila43-3,000
Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro43-3,000
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo43-3,000
Hyatt Centric San Isidro Lima43-3,000
Hyatt Hotel Canberra - Park Hyatt43-3,000
Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai43-3,000
Hyatt Place Page Lake Powell43-3,000
Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor43-3,000
Hyatt Regency Chicago43-3,000
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress43-3,000
Hyatt Regency Hua Hin43-3,000
Hyatt Regency La Jolla43-3,000
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay43-3,000
Hyatt Regency New Orleans43-3,000
Hyatt Regency Orlando43-3,000
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort43-3,000
Hyatt Regency Trinidad43-3,000
Park Hyatt Siem Reap43-3,000
Spirit Ridge43-3,000
Andaz San Diego54-5,000
Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile54-5,000
Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago54-5,000
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach54-5,000
Hyatt House Jersey City54-5,000
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay54-5,000
Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson54-5,000
Hyatt Regency Kiev54-5,000
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego54-5,000
Park Hyatt Hangzhou54-5,000
Park Hyatt Istanbul - Macka Palas54-5,000
Park Hyatt Zanzibar54-5,000
Andaz Liverpool Street London65-5,000
Andaz Singapore65-5,000
Andaz Wall Street65-5,000
Grand Hyatt New York65-5,000
Hyatt Centric La Rosiere65-5,000
Hyatt Herald Square New York65-5,000

Hyatt Hotels Going Up

HotelPrevious CategoryNew CategoryPoint Differences
Hyatt House Atlanta Cobb Galleria123,000
Hyatt House Dallas/Las Colinas123,000
Hyatt House Fishkill/Poughkeepsie123,000
Hyatt Place Atlanta/Cobb Galleria123,000
Hyatt Place Boise/Downtown123,000
Hyatt Place Cleveland/Lyndhurst/Legacy Village123,000
Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park123,000
Hyatt Place Detroit/Royal Oak123,000
Hyatt Place Fort Myers/At the Forum123,000
Hyatt Place Lansing Eastwood Towne Center123,000
Hyatt Place Novi123,000
Hyatt Place Phoenix Chandler-Fashion Center123,000
Hyatt Place Phoenix-Mesa123,000
Hyatt Place Phoenix-North123,000
Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert123,000
Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport123,000
Hyatt Regency Bali123,000
Hyatt Regency Green Bay123,000
Hyatt House Anchorage234,000
Hyatt House Boston/Burlington234,000
Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston234,000
Hyatt House Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port234,000
Hyatt House Morristown234,000
Hyatt House Orlando Universal234,000
Hyatt House Pleasant Hill234,000
Hyatt House San Ramon234,000
Hyatt House Scottsdale/Old Town234,000
Hyatt House Seattle/Bellevue234,000
Hyatt Place Ann Arbor234,000
Hyatt Place Athens Downtown234,000
Hyatt Place Biloxi234,000
Hyatt Place Bloomington Indiana234,000
Hyatt Place Boston/Medford234,000
Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street234,000
Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana234,000
Hyatt Place Coconut Point234,000
Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista234,000
Hyatt Place Dublin/Pleasanton234,000
Hyatt Place Fremont/Silicon Valley234,000
Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale 17th Street Convention Center234,000
Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port234,000
Hyatt Place Madison Downtown234,000
Hyatt Place Manati234,000
Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown234,000
Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal234,000
Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown234,000
Hyatt Place Saratoga/Malta234,000
Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town234,000
Hyatt Place UC Davis234,000
Hyatt Regency Cartagena234,000
Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade234,000
Hyatt Regency Fukuoka234,000
Hyatt Regency Morristown at HQP234,000
Hyatt Regency Moscow Petrovsky Park234,000
Hyatt Regency Saipan234,000
Hyatt Regency Tashkent234,000
Park Hyatt Mendoza234,000
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka343,000
Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center343,000
Hyatt House Augusta Downtown343,000
Hyatt House Belmont/Redwood Shores343,000
Hyatt House Charleston/Historic District343,000
Hyatt House Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area343,000
Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue343,000
Hyatt House Pleasanton343,000
Hyatt House San Jose/Silicon Valley343,000
Hyatt House Santa Clara343,000
Hyatt House Seattle Downtown343,000
Hyatt Place Augusta343,000
Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District343,000
Hyatt Place Chicago – South/University Medical Center343,000
Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown-The Loop343,000
Hyatt Place Delray Beach343,000
Hyatt Place Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area343,000
Hyatt Place Long Island/East End343,000
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore343,000
Hyatt Place Portland - Old Port343,000
Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown343,000
Hyatt Place South Bend/Mishawaka343,000
Hyatt Place State College343,000
Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House343,000
Hyatt Regency Bellevue343,000
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan343,000
Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa343,000
Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf343,000
Hyatt Regency Louisville343,000
Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa343,000
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara343,000
Hyatt Regency Sarasota343,000
Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country343,000
Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center343,000
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo455,000
Grand Hyatt DFW455,000
Grand Hyatt Seattle455,000
Hyatt at Olive 8455,000
Hyatt Centric Fishermans Wharf SF455,000
Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami455,000
Hyatt House Virginia Beach/Oceanfront455,000
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach455,000
Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown455,000
Hyatt Regency Amsterdam455,000
Hyatt Regency Boston455,000
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa455,000
Hyatt Regency Cologne455,000
Hyatt Regency Guam455,000
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui455,000
Hyatt Regency Sochi455,000
Park Hyatt Busan455,000
Park Hyatt Hamburg455,000
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya565,000
Andaz Napa565,000
Carmelo Resort & Spa, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt565,000
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort565,000
Hotel du Louvre565,000
Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo565,000
Hyatt Centric Park City565,000
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa565,000
Hyatt Regency Kyoto565,000
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe565,000
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa565,000
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi565,000
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires565,000
Park Hyatt Jeddah Marina, Club and Spa565,000
Park Hyatt Mallorca565,000
Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort565,000
Park Hyatt Seoul565,000
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort675,000
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills675,000
Hotel Martinez675,000
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa675,000

Featured image is the Park Hyatt Maldives which is going from a Category 6 to a Category 7, image courtesy of Hyatt.

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.