1 day left before Hyatt Category Changes!

I just wanted to give everyone a friendly reminder that some of the best uses for the Hyatt annual free night certificate, from the Hyatt credit card by Chase, are disappearing on Aug 1. 

According to Hyatt there are 50 hotels moving to a higher category and 56 hotels moving to a lower one. Though this may seem acceptable, there are 4 hotels on the list going to category 5, which sting: Hyatt Centric Park City, Hyatt Centric Chicago, Hyatt Regency Jersey City, and Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

Here’s why they sting:

  • As Sasidhar mentioned in his post earlier, the Hyatt Regency Jersey City features the best location of any hotel on any side of the river for views of the New York skyline.

    A long exposure shot I captured right across from the Hyatt Regency Jersey City.
  • The Hyatt Annual Night was a cheap way to stay in Park City, Utah during the ski season when rates are exorbitantly high ($500+)
  • Hyatt Centric Chicago was one of Hyatt’s newest hotels in Chicago, and the only full service hotel with 100% renovated rooms in downtown Chicago. I stayed there recently and I was impressed with the service, and location (2 blocks from Millennium Park). It also has a club lounge open to everyone, which features a few small snacks, coffee, soft drinks, and board games.

    The Lounge at the Hyatt Centric is open to ALL CUSTOMERS and offers some snacks and soft drinks
  •  Hyatt Regency SF is also a hotel I’ve stayed at before and it certainly provides an awesome location for exploring San Francisco being across from the Bay Bridge, and much of the shopping. Since Grand Hyatt San Francisco is already a category 5, this just leaves Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf (which I’ve heard as being the inferior  property of the 3) as the remaining full service SF location where your annual night is redeemable.

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    San Francisco sunrise over the bay bridge as seen from the Hyatt Regency SF Club Lounge

Bottom Line: This is a pretty big hit to the Hyatt annual free night benefit. If y
ou have the certificate and plan on being in one of these 4 cities, use it up by tomorrow!

I copied and pasted the table for the properties going up in price for your convenience. I also put in bold once again the ones you need to be concerned about for your annual free night certificates.

 

Hotel Current

Category

New

Category

Hyatt House Dallas/Frisco 1 2
Hyatt House Dallas/Lincoln Park 1 2
Hyatt House Dallas/Uptown 1 2
Hyatt House Denver/Lakwood at Belmar 1 2
Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst 1 2
Hyatt Place Augusta 1 2
Hyatt Place Champaign 1 2
Hyatt Place Corpus Christi 1 2
Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine 1 2
Hyatt Place Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs 1 2
Hyatt Place Nashville/Hendersonville 1 2
Hyatt Place North Charleston 1 2
Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville 1 2
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport 1 2
Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura 1 2
Hyatt Place Savannah Airport 1 2
Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest 1 2
Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown 1 3
Grand Hyatt Amman 2 3
Grand Hyatt Chengdu 2 3
Grand Hyatt Incheon 2 3
Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown 2 3
Hyatt House Belmont/Redwood Shores 2 3
Hyatt House Boston/Waltham 2 3
Hyatt House Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area 2 3
Hyatt House Falls Church/Merrifield 2 3
Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue 2 3
Hyatt House Pleasanton 2 3
Hyatt House San Diego/Sorrento Mesa 2 3
Hyatt House San Juan 2 3
Hyatt House Santa Clara 2 3
Grand Hyatt Santiago 2 3
Hyatt Place Chicago South University 2 3
Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards 2 3
Hyatt Place Garden City 2 3
Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands 2 3
Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun 2 3
Hyatt Place Portland Airport 2 3
Hyatt Place San Juan/City Center 2 3
Hyatt Regency Dallas 2 3
Hyatt Regency SF Airport 2 3
Hyatt Valencia 2 3
*Grand Hyatt DFW 3 4
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach 3 4
Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown 3 4
*Hyatt Regency McCormick Place 3 4
Hyatt Centric Park City 4 5
Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago 4 5
Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson 4 5
Hyatt Regency San Francisco 4 5

*You might be wondering why I have these italicized. It’s because I would look out for these properties to make another move up in a year since they have the last two times. 

Have you spotted any other properties, that we should be concerned about?

  • Giovanni di Rosario

    Did you apply a Diamond suite upgrade or you paid extra for the suite?

    • grabamile

      I used cash+points and then applied a diamond suite upgrade. However they ended up giving me an upgrade on top of that to the executive suite.