Last week, some attention came when people discovered that Hyatt had a greyed-out new award category with a big point jump. Also, Hyatt released a new military rate ahead of Veterans Day. Here are the details on those news bits.
Hyatt News Update
New Luxury Award Category Coming
At this time, Hyatt has 7 award categories requiring from 5,000 points to 30,000 points per night. In the top tier Category 7, there are hotels like the Park Hyatt New York, Park Hyatt Sydney, and a few others. Those are the hotels that cost the most in both cash rate per night and award rate per night.
However, Hyatt is going to be introducing a new award category – Category 8. This will jump the required points for their top category 33% as the Category 8 hotels will require 40,000 points per night.
The good news is that, at this time, Hyatt will not be putting Hyatt brands in that category. They are prepping this category for their new hotels that will enter the Hyatt program, both through alliance (Small Luxury Hotels of the World) and acquisition (Two Roads Hospitality). This is actually good news because some of these new hotels are very luxurious hotels and it had been wondered how Hyatt would work these new properties into their award program.
We don’t know yet which properties will be included in this new Category 8 (after all, one of their new “properties” is actually a ship!). But, it is good news to see that Hyatt is making room on their award chart for luxury properties – even if they will cost a lot of points. Even with the increased cost for luxury properties like this, it should still be cheaper than the cash rates required for these luxurious hotels.
I am fairly certain that some of the top Hyatt hotels will find their way into this new Category 8 at some point but at least it is a comfort that it is not now. It makes sense that they would not move any of their own properties into this category right now anyway since they promote the new World of Hyatt card as having enough points for 2 nights (60,000 points).
New Military Rate
Hyatt also released a new military rate for members of the US Armed Forces and veterans. This rate is good for 10%-15% off the standard rate and is not a prepaid rate (so it is better than the member advanced purchase rate). The code is MILVET and should be entered in the Special Offer Code box. It is good for anyone who has served or is currently serving in any official government-sponsored branch of the United States armed services, as well as their immediate family members.
The military member can book up to 2 guest rooms per stay. This rate is now live and active. ID will be required at checkin.
Featured images is the Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada. I do now know if this property will be included in the new Category 8 or not.