From time-to-time, World of Hyatt makes adjustments to their hotel chart by shifting hotels to a higher or lower category. World of Hyatt made such an announcement yesterday, effective 12:01 am CST December 13, 2017. The latest adjustment is rather minimal affecting a total of 9 hotels (8 changed to higher categories and 1 to a lower category).
For those not familiar with Hyatt, here is the award redemption chart. The category of the hotel will affect how many points need to be redeemed for free nights, room upgrades and/or points-and-cash stays.
The following eight hotels will shift into a higher award category.
|ORLZA||Hyatt Place Orlando Airport||1||2|
|MCOZL||Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Mary||1||2|
|MSPZS||Hyatt Place St. Paul||1||2|
|AGSZA||Hyatt Place Augusta||2||3|
|SJCZS||Hyatt Place Santa Cruz||2||4|
|HIGPH||Highlands Inn, a Hyatt Hotel||6||7|
|LGAZL||Hyatt Place Long Island/New York City||2||3|
|SZXZS||Hyatt Place Shenzhen, Dongmen||1||2|
The following hotel will move into a lower award category.
|MIAOB||The Confidante Hotel, Miami||6||4|
Any redemption booked before 12:01am CST on 12/13/17 will follow the current award chart. After that, bookings will follow the new chart (but World of Hyatt will make an adjustment for a hotel which moved to a lower category).
I have stayed at both of the Orlando Hyatt Place hotels affected. I particularly liked the Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Mary. A change from a category one to a category two, in my opinion is not significant. I would happily return to either at a category two hotel.
I have written about the Hyatt Place Long Island City on a number of occasions.
Although the Hyatt Place Long Island City is not in Manhattan, it is one subway stop away and a perfect hotel for people visiting New York City who don’t want to pay exorbitant Manhattan hotel prices. I speculated right from the start that the category of this hotel would be increased immediately, and (unfortunately) I was right. (I predict it will be further increased to at least a category four within the next year). I also note that, although points-and-cash stays were bookable initially, they have been blocked for months. Hopefully, when the hotel does become a category three, points-and-cash stays will become available again.
I have not yet been to the Confidante Hotel in Miami, which is moving from a category six to a category four. I see this as a positive change – – I would like to visit the hotel and either use points for an award redemption, points-and-cash, or a free night (the annual free night from the Chase Hyatt Visa card is for a category one-through four hotel!).
Which of these hotels have you visited?