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World of Hyatt Announces 2023 Category Changes

World of Hyatt Announces 2023 Category Changes

World of Hyatt has announced upcoming category changes, which are set to kick in on March 28, 2023. A whopping 372 hotels will change categories this year, with 214 moving up and 158 moving down.

If you’ve been collecting World of Hyatt points for some high-value stays or looking to make use of your Hyatt Globalist status, make sure to lock in some bookings with points or Free Night Awards before the changes take place.

World of Hyatt Award Chart + Peak & Off-Peak Pricing

It’s important to note that there aren’t any changes to the award chart pricing structure. There will still be eight categories, with off-peak, standard, and peak pricing for each.

As a reminder, World of Hyatt’s award chart for Standard Room redemptions is as follows:

You can also book into Club-Level rooms, as per the following chart:

The program also allows direct redemptions into Standard Suites, as per the following chart:

And you can also book directly into Premium Suites, as per the following chart:

Bookings made prior to March 28 will follow the existing hotel categories, even if the price is higher after the changes kick in.

If the price is lower after the category changes take effect on March 28, members will receive a refund of the points difference, although any subsequent changes to the reservation would be subject to the new pricing. 

World of Hyatt remains the only major hotel loyalty program that still offers an award chart with fixed pricing for redemptions, as most others have moved to dynamic pricing.

Luxury Hotels Increasing in Category

Overall, Hyatt’s 2023 category changes can be described as quite negative. As is usually the case, the hotels that are dropping down aren’t very impactful, while the ones that rise are some of the more aspirational properties that many Hyatt members look to redeem points for.

On the luxury end of the spectrum, 28 properties are rising from Category 7 to the highest Category 8. This includes both Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties.

In North America, the following properties are rising to Category 8:

  • Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas
  • Carmel Valley Ranch
  • Hyatt Carmel Highlands
  • Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort
  • Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa
  • The Lodge at Spruce Creek
  • Wentworth Mansion

In Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, the following properties are rising to Category 8:

  • Ksar Char-Bagh
  • Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
  • Viceroy…

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