This may be a very unpopular viewpoint, but the Hyatt “updates” announced yesterday (really big news in the points and miles community) are totally okay with me. They don’t upset me at all.
Well, I gotta say, I am still very grateful to be able to redeem points for free nights at some of the best hotels in the world. If it costs me an additional 8,000 points a night, so be it. Before I discovered how to earn/use points and miles, most of these hotels would have been way outside my budget. Now, they are well within my reach, and I think that is amazing.
For your reference, a few details of the updated award chart are as follows:
- the updates go into effect on January 7, 2014
- with the updates, you will need more points for award stays in Category 5 and 6 hotels
- Hyatt is also adding a 7th category to the chart which includes six Park Hyatt hotels in Beaver Creek, Milan, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich, and requires 30,000 points per night.
- using points for suite upgrades (on paid stays) will cost more points. A lot more, in fact. With the old program, you could use 6,000 points for up to 4 nights in a suite. With the new program, you’ll need 6,000 points per night.
- there are probably more changes and details that I’m not including here. If you are really curious, or furious, you should probably get the details from the horse’s mouth, or find solace in a thread on Flyertalk or on another blog.
Here is a look at both charts (old and new) so you can see for yourself:
In other words: thank you, Hyatt, for all the free nights, the wonderful service, the fabulous amenities and for providing me with the opportunity to take my family on vacation for (almost) free. I think you’re great, and I still love you. xo.
Does anyone else out there agree with me?