Final day to book 214 Hyatt properties before award prices increase Tuesday

27 March 2023

If you haven’t had a chance to book a stay, know that Monday is the final day to book World of Hyatt properties before the award rates for many popular spots increase.

Starting Tuesday, 214 hotels in the World of Hyatt portfolio will require more points.

Across the properties going up, there will be an average price increase of more than 5,000 World of Hyatt points … per night. That’s not great news, but there is still time to lock in redemptions at some of our favorite hotels before prices increase.

Related: Suddenly, my Hyatt free night certificates feel worthless

At most properties, you can lock in stays for 13 months out (through April 2024) at the current award rates. Also, the vast majority allow free cancellations if your plans ultimately change.

However, there are a few exceptions to that general rule, especially around the winter holiday week, when some stays are nonrefundable. Some all-inclusive properties, such as some Secrets properties, charge a $50 cancellation fee at any point that you change your mind.

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Read the fine print carefully before making a booking you are unsure about keeping, but know that most bookings are penalty-free until a few days before check-in.

If you want to make bookings but don’t currently have Hyatt points in your account, there are a few ways to do that.

First, if you have Hyatt Globalist status, you can have Hyatt make you some bookings without points needed until you get closer to check-in. Beyond that option, a few credit card transferable points programs, including Chase and Bilt, can typically transfer points instantly to Hyatt.

Here’s a guide on how to book Hyatt stays without enough points in your account.

Here are some properties to prioritize if you want to lock in some stays today before they cost more starting Tuesday.

Hotels going from Category 4 to 5

Unfortunately, there are many popular properties that will soon be out of reach via the most common Hyatt free night certificates.

These awards are given out in several ways, including via the World of Hyatt Credit Card or by reaching certain qualifying night thresholds during the year.

Here’s a partial list of those properties that will no longer be eligible.

Andaz San Diego.
Chicago Athletic Association.
The Eliza Jane.
Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico.
Grand Hyatt Jeju.
Grand Hyatt Seoul.
Park Hyatt Saigon.
Hyatt Regency Amsterdam.
Thompson Madrid.
Hyatt Place Moab.
Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue.
Lahaina Shores Beach Resort, a Destination by Hyatt Residence.

Let’s take a closer look at three of these properties that represent particularly great value.

Related: The 23 best Hyatt hotels in the world

Andaz San Diego

Why you should stay there

Andaz San Diego is a nice property in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, close to popular restaurants and a ton of nightlife. The rooms are contemporary and the service is friendly and efficient, from the front desk to the restaurant staff. There is a hopping rooftop bar with great views of the city.

What it will cost

The Andaz San Diego will go from Category 4 to Category 5. When this change takes effect, it will go out of range of a Category 4 award certificate.
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 12,000-18,000 points per night to 17,000-23,000 points per night.

Chicago Athletic Association

Why you should stay there

Chicago Athletic Association is housed in a classic building — formerly an 1890s-era private athletic club. The building may date to the late 19th century, but the rooms are refreshed and midcentury modern.

The central Chicago location is also a selling point, as the property sits near Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. It even has an on-site Shake Shack and a bocce ball court.

What it will cost

Chicago Athletic Association is going from Category 4 to Category 5. When this change takes effect, it will go out of range of a Category 4 award certificate.
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 12,000-18,000 points per night to 17,000-23,000 points per night.

Related: Book this, not that in Chicago

The Eliza Jane

Why you should stay there

The Eliza Jane was a sweet spot for many looking to visit New Orleans as it was new, trendy, well located and still eligible for the Hyatt Category 1-4 award nights.

What it will cost

Eliza Jane is going from Category 4 to Category 5. When this change takes effect, it will go out of range of a Category 4 award certificate.
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 12,000-18,000 points per night to 17,000-23,000 points per night.

Related: Here’s how to quickly stock up on Hyatt points for your next vacation

Hotels going from Category 7 to 8

Unfortunately, Hyatt is also making some properties out of reach for even its more exclusive free night certificates. Category 1-7 free night certificates are provided when you pass 60 elite nights and qualify for World of Hyatt Globalist status.

These properties are moving out of range of that valuable certificate:

Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas.
Carmel Valley Ranch.
Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Overlooking Big Sur Coast & Highlands Inn, A Hyatt Residence Club.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa.
Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa.
Wentworth Mansion.
The Lodge at Spruce Creek.
Ksar Char-Bagh.
Viceroy Bali.
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.
Keemala.
Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik.
Hotel Martinez.
Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Spa.
Boheme Hotel.
Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa.
7Pines Resort Sardinia.
Ca’Sagredo Hotel.
Grand Hotel Cocumella.
La Villa del Re.
Margutta 19.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli.
Villa Geba.
El Lodge Ski and Spa.
Nobu Hotel Marbella.
Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola.
Park Hyatt Zurich.
Villa Orselina.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Why you should stay there

The Park Hyatt Zurich is a sleek and modern midrise in the heart of the financial capital of Zurich. The modern artwork hanging on nearly every hotel wall is worth a visit alone.

What it will cost

The Park Hyatt Zurich is going from Category 7 to Category 8. When this change takes effect, it will go out of range of Category 1-7 award certificates.
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 25,000-35,000 points per night to 35,000-45,000 points per night.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Why you should stay there

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is a five-star option in essentially every way if you want a ski-out Colorado mountain vacation.

Standard rooms routinely cost over $1,000 per night during the peak ski season. Staying with points is a way to have a ski vacation that’s as easy as stepping out onto the snow and being right next to the gondola without spending thousands of dollars on lodging.

Booking with points also means you get to skip the nightly resort fee. Those with Hyatt Globalist status luck out, too, with saving on mountain prices for breakfast each day.

What it will cost

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is going from Category 7 to Category 8. When this change takes effect, it will go out of range of a Category 7 award certificate.
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 25,000-35,000 points per night to 35,000-45,000 points per night.
Expect ski season nights to be at the high end of that range.

Related: Review of the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Popular leisure and big-city destinations increasing

In addition to the painful number of properties climbing from Category 4 to 5 and Category 7 to 8, plenty of hotels are moving up other levels on the award chart.

Many popular leisure resorts and busy city destinations will inch up from Category 6 to 7, meaning extra points for stays booked as of March 28.

Here’s a breakdown of some popular spots that you should strongly consider booking now before prices increase.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Why you should stay there

Grand Hyatt Kauai is a large, lush Hawaiian resort in sunny Poipu. It has one of the best pool complexes you’ll find anywhere, with a 1 1/2-acre saltwater lagoon, 150-foot waterslide and multiple layers of pools for playing, sunning and swimming.

This hotel also has an above-average club lounge, so those who have or purchase access can save on food costs by indulging there.

Standard rooms can cost close to $1,000 per night during peak times, making this a popular award redemption location.

What it will cost

The Grand Hyatt Kauai is going from Category 6 to Category 7.
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 21,000-29,000 points per night to 25,000-35,000 points per night.

Related: Review of the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Andaz 5th Avenue

Why you should stay there

It’s hard to beat the location of the Andaz 5th Avenue, given its proximity not only to Fifth Avenue but the New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Broadway and more. It’s close to almost everything without being in too frantic of a location.

What it will cost

Andaz 5th Avenue is going from Category 6 to Category 7.
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 21,000-29,000 points per night to 25,000-35,000 points per night.

Related: Review of the Andaz 5th Avenue 

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Hyatt Regency Maui. CLINT HENDERSON/THE POINTS GUY

Why you should stay there

The Hyatt Regency Maui offers an excellent location near Lahaina on Maui. It’s set on 40 acres on Kaanapali Beach and has a giant feature-filled swimming pool with a grotto bar, waterslide and bridge right next to the beach.

There are a total of 806 guest rooms and 31 suites, many with dramatic views of the ocean. This has traditionally been a great way to redeem World of Hyatt points (when available). However, cash prices have soared since the pandemic.

What it will cost

The Hyatt Regency Maui goes from Category 6 to Category 7.
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 21,000-29,000 points per night to 25,000-35,000 points per night.

Related: A review of the Hyatt Regency Maui

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino

Why you should stay there

The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino has many amenities in a central location on the beach. On top of that, it has a large pool complex with a waterslide, activity pool and adults pool. Rooms were recently renovated, and as the name implies, there’s an on-site casino.

What it will cost

The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino goes from Category 6 to Category 7.
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 21,000-29,000 points per night to 25,000-35,000 points per night.

Grand Hyatt Vail

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Why you should stay there

Grand Hyatt Vail is a full-service ski hotel without quite as high a price tag as the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. That will still be true, but both are going up in award cost.

Right now, the maximum you’ll pay for mountain-adjacent lodging at the Grand Hyatt is just 29,000 Hyatt points per night, which is a great deal while you can lock it in.

This is not as ski-out as the Park Hyatt. However, during the heart of the season, an on-site ski lift will take you up the mountain, though you need to be an advanced beginner to an intermediate skier to traverse that terrain. In other words, new skiers will still need to take the shuttle to ski school.

What it will cost

The Grand Hyatt Vail is going from Category 6 to Category 7.
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 21,000-29,000 points per night to 25,000-35,000 points per night.
Expect standard rooms to fall at the top end of those ranges during much of the ski season.

Related: Guide to visiting Vail

All-inclusive resorts are going up

The all-inclusive resorts in the World of Hyatt program will also take a hit. Some will go from costing 25,000 points per night for double occupancy to 40,000 points per night. Hyatt uses a letter system for all-inclusives instead of numbered categories.

Lots of properties are increasing one category (for example, from C to D), and some are going up two categories (C to E). Some of the popular all-inclusive resorts changing categories are:

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana.
Zoetry Casa del Mar Los Cabos.
Zoetry Montego Bay Jamaica.
Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana.
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana.
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall.
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun.
Hyatt Zilara Cancun.
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta.
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica.
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay.
Secrets St. James Montego Bay.
Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa.

However, before locking in your stays, carefully review the cancellation policy. Many of these properties impose a $50 fee if you need to cancel — and most require this at least four days prior to arrival.

Related: These are the most luxurious all-inclusive resorts

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Why you should stay there

The Zoetry brand has multiple properties going up in award cost, including the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana. It’s next to the water with multiple on-site restaurants and standard rooms that start at over 700 square feet.

What will cost

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is going from Category C to Category E (moving up two categories).
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 25,000 to 40,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana

Why you should stay there

The Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic are side-by-side resorts, one dedicated to adults and the other for family travelers. There’s an on-site beach, pool and even a water park, making for a fun one-stop-shop resort.

What it will cost

The Hyatt Ziva and Zilara in Cap Cana are going from Category C to Category E (increasing two categories).
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 25,000 to 40,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Rose Hall

Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Rose Hall. CLINT HENDERSON/THE POINTS GUY.

Why you should stay there

The Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall are two of the best all-inclusives in Jamaica. They have been favorite redemptions for folks at TPG over the years, offering good value in a setting where food and drinks are included.

Between the two neighboring resorts (one is adults-only, one family-friendly), you’ll find multiple pools, beaches and lounge areas.

What it will cost

The Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica, are going from Category C to Category D.
Award nights for standard rooms increase from 25,000 per night to 30,000 World of Hyatt points per night.

Bottom line

If you want to maximize your free night awards and World of Hyatt points at any of the 214 properties going up in price (view the full list), you need to do it Monday.

As mentioned, you can book future stays as far out as the calendar allows, typically 13 months. These changes go into effect for bookings made or modified on or after Tuesday.

Related reading:

Everything you need to know about World of Hyatt
The best credit cards to reach elite status
What is World of Hyatt elite status worth?
Which credit cards offer the most lucrative rewards for hotel stays?
The best hotel rewards programs in the world
Best hotel credit cards

Additional reporting by Kyle Olsen.

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