There is never a whole lot to like about a hotel going up in an award category. UP means more points or outside the range of a certificate.
This SLH Resort Is Going Up a Hyatt Category
But, this single move of a SLH resort going up is actually for something I had not heard of before, and I thought it was kind of cool (but not good!). The advance notice also means you could lock in at the current rate and take advantage of the new rate addition as well, so consider that.
The resort is the Sailrock Resort in Turks and Caicos. It currently sits at a Category 7 (30,000 points per night) and will move to a Category 8 (40,000 points per night) on April 8. That means that any award reservations made for this property at the lower rate need to be made before that. This includes any of you that just recently got the World of Hyatt offer that includes the 2 free nights (because the Category 8 hotels are not included).
The Reason is the Inclusion of Airfare from PLS Airport
In the words of Hyatt, this is “something we haven’t dealt with before” as far as why the change had to be made. The reason is that the Sailrock Resort has now updated all their rates to include this – “the cost of the round-trip island-hop and round-trip transfers to the resort, along with complimentary breakfast daily are all included in your room rate.”
The Sailrock Resort is 40 miles southeast of the main airport of Turks and Caicos, Providenciales, on the island of South Caicos. The airline that makes this short 30 minute hop is interCaribbean Airways. The tickets are actually pretty cheap at $108 per person round trip.
Yet, the Sailrock Resort wants to make things more seamless so they are including that reservation and airport transfers into the room rates. For award stays, that means it is now going to cost you an extra 10,000 points per night.
Kind of Cool – But Very Expensive for Points
While it is kind of cool that an award stay actually will now include round trip airfare to the island from the larger island, it isn’t cool that this cheap flight (for two people it would be a total of $216 no matter the length of the stay) will end up costing people 10K points more per night.
So, if this is a hotel you want to stay at, you better book your hotel stay with points before April 8. After that date, any changes will be at the new level.