World of Hyatt Makes Premium Suites Available on Points but Makes Points + Cash More Expensive

There has been plenty of speculation going on in the industry and the suspicions have been confirmed - World of Hyatt members will be required to pay 'more' for free nights using Points + Cash from 01 November 2018. At the time of writing, there is a 40% bonus for World of Hyatt points and I highly recommend everyone to take advantage of this offer since this may be the last chance for you to take advantage of the current Points + Cash rates. On the bright side, members will also be able to use their points for free nights in premium suites and there will no longer be a minimum length of stay for free nights in suites.

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Being able to use your World of Hyatt points for a free night in a premium suite is definitely a much-welcomed change since it opens up a lot of possibilities for non-elite members. It appears that premium suites cost twice as many points as a standard room on points redemption but this may be a good option for non-elites since premium suites are typically a lot bigger and they usually come with club access (which means breakfast will be included).

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The most significant (and also the most detrimental) change in my opinion is the way Points + Cash will become. Right now Points + Cash rates have a fixed cash component and this makes it extremely worthwhile to redeem it various places where the room rates are high. I have already made a number of reservations for the Hyatt Regency Tokyo next year since this offers incredible value. Starting from 01 November 2018 however, the cash portion of Points + Cash rates will be based on the flexible daily rate (or the BAR). Paying 50% of the standard rate makes the Points + Cash option a lot less attractive and I am certainly not looking forward to that.

Members will continue to upgrade a qualifying paid night moving forward and they will soon have the option to upgrade to a premium suite using points at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts and Miraval for 9,000 World of Hyatt points a night. On the whole, the upcoming changes are not at all impressive (at least to us consumers) and I would be interested to see how this shifts the loyalty landscape in the coming months.