In a wonderful customer-friendly move, Hyatt just revealed they will be delaying the following award changes until 2021. Here are the details and the 5 hotels that will still change award categories on March 22, 2020.
Hyatt Delaying Award Changes Until 2021
The full award changes that had been announced to go into effect March 22, 2020 (can be found here) will now be delayed until 2021. This is a great move by Hyatt to reduce the headache of dealing with getting hotel bookings in before the changes go into effect.
There are 5 hotels that will still change award category on March 22, 2020. They are:
- Parky Hyatt Mallorca – From Category 6 to Category 5
- Hyatt Centric Park City – From Category 6 to Category 7
- Park Hyatt Shenzhen – From Category 4 to Category 5
- Alila Yanshuo – From Category 4 to Category 5
- Park Hyatt Ningbo – From Category 3 to Category 4
Off-Peak and Peak Point Redemption
This was announced before (read the post here) and it will kick in 2021. Here is what Hyatt has re-iterated about these changes:
- We will introduce three point redemption values for free nights: Off-peak, Standard and Peak.
- This new structure will offer members more flexibility when redeeming points for free nights.
- Plus, free night point redemption will be identified as Peak, Standard or Off-Peak as soon as nights are available for reservations (usually 13 months in advance)
- They will not change once posted
While I prefer the current structure of one set rate per category, any one that travels during non-peak times may end up saving some points. We will have to see. I like that they will not be changing the structure once the date becomes available and that these changes will not be handled by the hotels themselves.