Hyatt just announced upcoming changes to their award chart, which will go into effect August 1, 2016.

In total the changes included 50 hotels moving up to a higher category and 56 hotels moving down to a lower category.

Hyatt Award Chart Changes Effective August 1, 2016-01

You’ll be able to book award stays at the current award chart rate until August 1, 2016, so be sure to take a look at which hotels are increasing before you make an Hyatt award stay.

Also, you don’t have to worry about waiting until after the changes take place to book at a hotel moving down a category. Per the terms: “Existing reservations for stays after August 1, 2016, will receive a refund for the point difference if the hotel moved to a lower category.”

If you book a stay at a hotel moving up to a higher category before August 1, 2016 the reservation will not be affected and no additional points will be required.

The takeaway is that you’ll want to book before August 1, 2016 at hotel that will be moving up a category, but it won’t matter for bookings made at a hotel moving down a category. You’ll pay the same price in points if you book before or after the changes go into effect.

Hyatt Award Chart Changes 2016

Here is the complete list of Hyatt properties moving up a category:

HotelCurrent
Category
New
Category
Hyatt House Dallas/Frisco12
Hyatt House Dallas/Lincoln Park12
Hyatt House Dallas/Uptown12
Hyatt House Denver/Lakwood at Belmar12
Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst12
Hyatt Place Augusta12
Hyatt Place Champaign12
Hyatt Place Corpus Christi12
Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine12
Hyatt Place Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs12
Hyatt Place Nashville/Hendersonville12
Hyatt Place North Charleston12
Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville12
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport12
Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura12
Hyatt Place Savannah Airport12
Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest12
Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown13
Grand Hyatt Amman23
Grand Hyatt Chengdu23
Grand Hyatt Incheon23
Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown23
Hyatt House Belmont/Redwood Shores23
Hyatt House Boston/Waltham23
Hyatt House Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area23
Hyatt House Falls Church/Merrifield23
Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue23
Hyatt House Pleasanton23
Hyatt House San Diego/Sorrento Mesa23
Hyatt House San Juan23
Hyatt House Santa Clara23
Grand Hyatt Santiago23
Hyatt Place Chicago South University23
Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards23
Hyatt Place Garden City23
Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands23
Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun23
Hyatt Place Portland Airport23
Hyatt Place San Juan/City Center23
Hyatt Regency Dallas23
Hyatt Regency SF Airport23
Hyatt Valencia23
Grand Hyatt DFW34
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach34
Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown34
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place34
Hyatt Centric Park City45
Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago45
Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson45
Hyatt Regency San Francisco45

Here is the complete list of Hyatt properties moving down a category:

HotelCurrent
Category
New
Category
Hyatt Ahmedabad21
Hyatt Amritsar21
Hyatt Bangalore21
Hyatt House Gaithersburg21
Hyatt House Mt. Laurel21
Hyatt Hyderabad21
Hyatt Place Albuquerque/Uptown21
Hyatt Place Ciudad del Carmen21
Hyatt Place Dallas/Arlington/Grand Prairie21
Hyatt Place El Paso Airport21
Hyatt Place Fredericksburg UMW21
Hyatt Place La Paz21
Hyatt Place Los Cabos21
Hyatt Place Mt. Laurel21
Hyatt Place Phoenix Chandler-Fashion Center21
Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert21
Hyatt Place Phoenix-Mesa21
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh Airport21
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh/Cranberry21
Hyatt Place San Antonio North/Stone Oak21
Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport21
Hyatt Pune21
Hyatt Raipur21
Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad21
Hyatt Regency Chandigarh21
Hyatt Regency Changchun21
Hyatt Regency Chennai21
Hyatt Regency Chongqing21
Hyatt Regency Dulles21
Hyatt Regency Fairfax21
Hyatt Regency Guiyang21
Hyatt Regency Gurgaon21
Hyatt Regency Kolkata21
Hyatt Regency Ludhiana21
Hyatt Regnecy Tianjin East21
Park Hyatt Chennai21
Hyatt Place Secaucus/Meadowlands32
Hyatt Regency Belgrade32
Hyatt Regency Delhi32
Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg32
Hyatt Regency Mumbai32
Hyatt Regency Pune32
Hyatt Regency Qingdao32
Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki32
Park Hyatt Hyderabad32
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur43
Grand Hyatt Lijiang43
Grand Hyatt Mumbai43
Hyatt Regency Baku43
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan43
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria43
Hyatt Regency Perth43
Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort43
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort54
Hyatt Regency Sochi54
Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami64

Remember that the current Hyatt Gold Passport award chart consists of the following redemption categories:

  • Category 1 = 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
  • Category 2 = 8,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
  • Category 3 = 12,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
  • Category 4 = 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
  • Category 5 = 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
  • Category 6 = 25,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
  • Category 7 = 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points

The Bottom Line

At first glance the changes overall don’t look to terrible, but of course with almost all award chart changes more highly desirable hotels are moving up and many undesirable hotel are moving down.

The good news is that you have until August 1, 2016 to lock in the current award chart prices if you are booking at a hotel that is moving up a category. If you plan on booking at a hotel moving down a category you can either book now or wait, the cost will be the same.