Reflecting on Hyatt award chart changes and India impact

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Earlier this week, Hyatt GoldPassport announced their award category changes for 2015. Award category movements are an annual feature, and for 2015, they will move on to the new chart as of January 22, 2015. This means till January 21, you can use the existing chart to book these hotels, and if you were charged a higher points rate, the refund will come back to your account. However, if you paid a lower points price, you can still keep the award at the lower rate for the dates later in the year. Overall, 70 hotels are seeing a readjustment of categories.

Impact on Indian properties of the Hyatt

Very interesting story here. All the 5 Indian Hyatt hotels that made it to this list, are going down in pricing, including a Park Hyatt.

  • Hyatt Bangalore: 3->2
  • Hyatt Regency Chennai: 3->2
  • Park Hyatt Chennai: 3->2
  • Hyatt Regency Delhi: 4->3
  • Hyatt Regency Gurgaon: 3->2

The other Indian properties from the Hyatt are already in this same bracket between Category 4 – 1

Clearly, Indian properties don’t price as much in the $ index of Hyatt and hence they come cheap, which is a good thing for us in India, because apart from staying at Hyatt’s across the world, there is no way to get Hyatt points for us in India.

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About Ajay Awtaney

Ajay is a financial services pro, working to bring order to the chaos of the financial industry on an everyday basis! Beyond that, he dons the hat of India's favourite frequent traveller, trying to help people elevate their travel experience via tips and tricks they never knew before, or introduce them to the world of miles and points. Armed with an MBA from MDI Gurgaon and graduate degree in computer science from the University of Delhi, Ajay brings a systematic and objective approach on the table for his audience in dissecting travel and loyalty programs in India and around the world, and how to benefit from them. Ajay has been quoted in various reputed traditional and online media including The Hindustan Times, Inside Flyer, Bloomberg, DNA India, Conde Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror, Mint, MoneyLife and The USA Today.

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  1. I don’t understand Hyatt’s policy for their hotels in India. Hyatt Regency Delhi is definitely a cat 4 hotel and Park Hyatt Chennai down to cat 2? I’ve stayed at worse cat 2/3/4 hotels abroad!

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