These Hyatt Hotels Just Got More Expensive

Some Hyatt hotels moved to a higher award category in March 2021, which means they now require more points to book.

Sally FrenchJun 24, 2021
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As of March 25, 2021, the number of points required to book a free night at 10 Hyatt hotels worldwide just got more expensive.

Points-smart travelers will lock in stays at domestic properties like the Hyatt House Nashville/Downtown-SoBro, which will likely stay in high demand as closed borders keep many U.S. travelers close to home. There's also deals to be had at luxury resorts in secluded areas — like the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows. It's likely these properties will continue to appeal to travelers still apprehensive about crowds.

Both of those hotels are among the 10 that — in March 2021 — became more expensive to book on points. Here's what you need to know about the changes:

How Hyatt point pricing works

The cost to book a room using World of Hyatt points is based on an award chart. Hotels are assigned award categories from 1-8, and each category corresponds with a fixed number of points required to book. Standard rooms at Category 1 hotels start at 5,000 points per night, whereas the same type of room at Category 8 hotels will cost you 40,000 points.

Hyatt periodically shifts hotels between award categories to better align with cash rates. Aging hotels might drop an award category, while a recently renovated property might move up one. Hotels in locations that have suddenly become more desirable might also move up a category.

NerdWallet values Hyatt points at 1.9 cents each. Use this calculator to estimate the cash value of those points:

Which Hyatt properties are changing

Hyatt announced that the following 10 properties moved up an award category as of March 25, 2021:

Property

Current award category

New award category

Number of points required to book a standard room per night (as of March 25, 2021)

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

5

6

25,000

Park Hyatt Aviara

5

6

25,000

Mar Monte Hotel, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

4

5

20,000

Hyatt House Nashville/Downtown-SoBro

4

5

20,000

Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico

3

4

15,000

Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort

2

3

12,000

Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport

2

3

12,000

Hyatt Place Delano

1

2

8,000

Hyatt Place Fair Lawn/Paramus

1

2

8,000

Hyatt Place Palm Bay/Melbourne

1

2

8,000

It’s not all bad news though. One Hyatt hotel shifted to a lower award category, as the Hyatt Place Houston Downtown drops from a Category 3 to a Category 2 property.

You can still use other Hyatt deals

Even though you might have missed an opportunity to book these hotels at lower rates, you can still take advantage of other Hyatt promotions happening right now.

One of the best ones is the ability to earn elite status faster.  Many hotels reduced the requirements to earn elite status this year, and Hyatt is no exception. This year, you can qualify or re-qualify for elite status with half the nights or points usually needed to attain Hyatt elite status.

5 best Hyatt hotels that saw price increases (and why they're still great)

The following five Hyatt hotels are among the 10 that saw category increases, and it’s no surprise — as they’re especially hot properties. But even though they're more expensive, here are 5 delightful properties (and why we still love them):

1. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

Photo courtesy of Hyatt.

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona.

Category: Was Category 5 (20,000 points), became Category 6 (25,000 points) on March 25, 2021.

The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is ideal for social distancing. Each of the hotel’s 185 rooms are bungalow-style, so you don’t need to worry about sharing an elevator or long hallway with strangers. Each room has its own patio and private terrace, so you can guarantee your own slice of outdoor space. As far as activities, head out for a hike at Camelback Mountain, or just chill out at one of the hotel’s three pools.

2. Mar Monte Hotel, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Photo courtesy of Hyatt.

Location: Santa Barbara, California.

Category: Was Category 4 (15,000 points), became Category 5 (20,000 points) on March 25, 2021.

The Mar Monte Hotel provides a reprieve from the stresses of your daily life: Borrow a hotel bike to explore downtown Santa Barbara or participate in one of the hotel’s activities, like beach yoga. Most rooms have either ocean or mountain views, and a private walkout balcony can help you stay away from the crowds.

3. Hyatt House Nashville/Downtown-SoBro

Photo courtesy of Hyatt.

Location: Nashville, Tennessee.

Category: Was Category 4 (15,000 points), became Category 5 (20,000 points) on March 25, 2021.

Hyatt House Nashville/Downtown-SoBro is one of the company’s newer hotels. Rooms include full kitchens, which might be appealing if you’re not ready to return to restaurants yet (or simply want to save some money and cook a few meals on your own). Plus, this hotel also includes free breakfast.

4. Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico

Photo courtesy of Hyatt.

Location: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Category: Was Category 3 (12,000 points), became Category 4 (15,000 points) on March 25, 2021.

You might be ready to get out of the contiguous U.S., but international travel still might feel a bit too complicated. Luckily, Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, so Americans generally don’t even need proof of a negative test to board their return flight, and no passport is needed.

The Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is an ultimate beachside getaway. Lounge by the lagoon-style pool, get a round of golf in or get off hotel property with a tour of nearby Old San Juan.

5. Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport

Location: Newport Beach, California.

Category: Was Category 2 (8,000 points), became Category 3 (12,000 points) on March 25, 2021.

There are tons of reasons to head to Orange County, California, including the many beaches, outdoor shopping and dining at the Irvine Spectrum Center. You can also explore the temporary art installations at Laguna Beach’s The Promenade on Forest (the city’s main street that became pedestrian-only in light of the pandemic). Or perhaps you want to head to the Disneyland Resort’s “A Touch of Disney” ticketed event.

The Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport is centrally located for all of your Southern California adventures.

The bottom line

COVID-era travel is picking up, and as more people get vaccinated and their itch to travel grows stronger, it’s going to get harder (and more expensive) to book your next trip. Book now, because who knows what other hotels will undergo similar point increases in the coming months.

Top photo courtesy of Hyatt.


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