How to Navigate Hyatt Award Categories

Filtering your hotel searches by category can help you find properties within your range of Hyatt points.
Aug 10, 2020
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The World of Hyatt loyalty program provides lots of opportunities to redeem points for stays at hotels and resorts across the globe. Properties ranging from convenient airport locations to five-star Park Hyatt hotels are divided into categories that determine how many points you need for an award night. Navigating these categories can be challenging, so here are some tips to keep in mind when embarking on your journey into World of Hyatt redemption categories.

What are Hyatt award categories?

Every World of Hyatt property falls into a category, from 1 through 8. The higher the category, the more points you need to redeem an award night.

Generally speaking, a hotel’s category is determined by variables like location, type of property and demand. Upscale Hyatt brands like Park Hyatt and Hyatt Regency, as well as hotels in desirable locations, are usually in categories 5 through 8.

As an example, if you’re planning a trip to Miami, you could choose a Category 2 property like Hyatt Place Miami Airport-East, located across from the international airport. If a glamorous boutique hotel in Miami’s South Beach is more your style, a Category 5 property such as The Plymouth South Beach could be your choice.

How to find a hotel that fits your points budget

With some hotel loyalty programs, it can be difficult to find properties where you’ll have enough points for an award stay. You have to keep searching for different dates or cities in a hit-or-miss strategy to find a room in your points budget.

But Hyatt has a better way — if you know where to look. Starting at the "Use Your Rewards" page, you can find a helpful tool that lets you search for hotels by category. Click "Explore the Map" and you’ll see "Filters" in the top right-hand corner of the page. Click on it to sort properties by hotel brand, amenities, and most helpful for award night searches, categories with the number of points you need for a stay in each category clearly displayed.

Peak and off-peak pricing

Right now, the number of points required to stay at your chosen World of Hyatt property doesn’t go up or down based on time of year or demand.

But that changes soon, as World of Hyatt has announced it will start using peak and off-peak pricing. In every category, hotels and resorts will have three redemption levels: off-peak, standard and peak. This dynamic pricing will apply across room offerings including standard rooms, standard suites, premium suites, Regency/Grand Club, all Points + Cash rooms, all-inclusive resorts and Miraval resorts.

  • Standard: Points will follow the current structure, starting at 5,000 points per night.

  • Peak: More points are required when hotels are busiest, starting at 6,500 per night.

  • Off-peak: Fewer points are needed when hotels are less busy, offering the best value, starting at 3,500 points per night.

To browse the number of points you’ll need starting in 2022 for rooms of every type and in every category, see the new charts here.

The actual hotels and dates affected will be announced in mid-October 2021, and those prices will be applicable to stays beginning in March 2022 and beyond.

Once the individual properties post the peak and off-peak redemption levels, these won’t change. So you don’t have to worry about a sudden surge in demand (say, for a convention) hurting your travel plans.

The bottom line

World of Hyatt points can take you almost anywhere you want to go. But getting the most out of them means understanding how that room redemption you want is priced now and in the future.

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