Many things that were supposed to happen in 2020 didn’t. Perhaps this is one of those things we’re glad was postponed—World of Hyatt implementation of peak award pricing. Unfortunately, the change will indeed come in July 2021, although we don’t know the exact date yet.

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World of Hyatt to Implement Peak/Off-Peak Point Redemptions 

Standard Rooms

At the moment, an award night at any Hyatt hotel is priced based on the hotel’s category. The award chart for free nights in standard rooms is currently as follows:

Hotel CategoryStandard Room Points Per NightRegency/Grand Club Points Per NightStandard Suite Points Per NightPremium Suite Points Per Night
15,0007,0008,00010,000
28,00012,00013,00016,000
312,00017,00020,00024,000
415,00021,00024,00030,000
520,00027,00032,00040,000
625,00033,00040,00050,000
730,00039,00048,00060,000
840,000N/AN/AN/A

When World of Hyatt implements peak and off-peak redemption rates, the current award chart will reflect standard pricing, which will remain the same, but you’ll then redeem fewer points on off-peak nights and more points on peak nights.

The new award chart for standard room types will look like this:

Hotel CategoryOff-PeakStandardPeak
13,5005,0006,500
26,5008,0009,500
39,00012,00015,000
412,00015,00018,000
517,00020,00023,000
621,00025,00029,000
725,00030,00035,000
835,00040,00045,000

The new redemption rates will fluctuate by 1,500 to 5,000 points per night in either direction, peak or off-peak. It’s worth noting that the number of hotel categories isn’t changing, only their redemption rates.

If you make an award booking at a Hyatt hotel that drops to an off-peak rate when changes take place, you’ll receive a one-time point deposit for the difference in cost back to your account.

Club rooms, suites, all-inclusive properties, Miraval resorts and Points + Cash bookings also will be affected by this change, so let’s take a look at how many points you’ll need for all these redemptions effective in July.

Regency/Grand Club Rooms

Hotel CategoryOff-PeakStandardPeak
15,5007,0008,500
210,50012,00013,500
314,00017,00020,000
418,00021,00024,000
524,00027,00030,000
629,00033,00037,000
734,00039,00044,000
845,00050,00055,000

Standard Suites

Hotel CategoryOff-PeakStandardPeak
16,5008,0009,500
211,50013,00014,500
317,00020,00023,000
421,00024,00027,000
529,00032,00035,000
636,00040,00044,000
743,00048,00053,000
856,00061,00066,000

Premium Suites

Hotel CategoryOff-PeakStandardPeak
17,00010,00013,000
213,00016,00019,000
318,00024,00030,000
424,00030,00036,000
534,00040,00046,000
642,00050,00058,000
750,00060,00070,000
870,00080,00090,000

All-Inclusive Resorts (Standard Rooms, Single or Double Occupancy)

HotelOff-PeakStandardPeak
Hyatt Zilara Cancun21,00025,00029,000
Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana21,00025,00029,000
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall21,00025,00029,000
Hyatt Ziva Cancun21,00025,00029,000
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana21,00025,00029,000
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos17,00020,00023,000
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta17,00020,00023,000
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall21,00025,00029,000

Miraval Resorts

Award TypeOff-PeakStandardPeak
Standard Room – Single Occupancy40,00045,00050,000
Standard Room – Double Occupancy57,50065,00072,000
Standard Suite – Single Occupancy65,00075,00085,000
Standard Suite – Double Occupancy82,50095,000107,000
Premium Suite – Single Occupancy95,000105,000115,000
Premium Suite – Double Occupancy112,500125,000137,000

Points + Cash (Standard Rooms)

Hotel CategoryOff-PeakStandardPeak
11,750 + cash2,500 + cash3,250 + cash
23,2500 + cash4,000 + cash4,750 + cash
34,500 + cash6,000 + cash7,500 + cash
46,000 + cash7,500 + cash9,000 + cash
58,500 + cash10,000 + cash11,500 + cash
610,500 + cash12,500 + cash14,500 + cash
712,500 + cash15,000 + cash17,500 + cash
817,500 + cash20,000 + cash22,500 + cash

For more detailed award charts for suites, all-inclusive properties or rooms with higher occupancy limits, visit this page.

Off-Peak and Peak Free Nights: What We Know So Far

When the new pricing structure is implemented, World of Hyatt program members will be able to view which hotels price at what rate (peak, standard or off-peak). From then on, the redemption rates will be available for reservations about 13 months in advance. Once peak and off-peak dates are set, they won’t change.

There will be no limit to how many nights will price at peak levels, but the majority of free nights will be available at standard redemption levels.

Free night certificates that come with a co-branded World of Hyatt Credit Card will be eligible for a redemption at Category 1-4 hotels, even if they’re pricing at peak redemption levels. This is different from the Marriott Bonvoy program in which free night certificates are capped at a certain redemption rate. 

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World of Hyatt Credit Card

Earn up to 60,000 Bonus Points
– 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
– Plus, up to 30,000 more Bonus Points with 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent on purchases that earn 1 Bonus Point up to $15,000 in the first 6 months of account opening.

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What This Means for You

Obviously, the introduction of peak award pricing isn’t going to benefit the majority of program members, especially those who routinely maximize their World of Hyatt points by redeeming them during high season when cash rates are high. The cents-per-point valuation will be lower as you’ll likely need more points to redeem for a more expensive room on peak dates.

Of course, travelers who are flexible with their vacation time will benefit from this development because they’ll be able to redeem fewer points during off-season. However, something is telling me there will be fewer off-peak rates than peak rates.

Having said that, based on the charts above, the biggest difference between a peak and a standard cost of a standard room is 5,000 World of Hyatt points. At the end of the day, it’s not that great of a difference.

Premium suites at high-category properties and Miraval Resorts are where you’re going to see the largest point spread of 10,000 to 12,000 points on peak dates. If this is where you’re looking to travel, make sure to book before peak pricing is official.

Final Thoughts

As terrible as it sounds, the coming of peak and off-peak points redemptions for free nights doesn’t look so bad. Of course, we’ll have more information about how bad it really is once this new program “enhancement” is actually in full gear.

In the meantime, I wouldn’t say you need to drop the World of Hyatt program like a dead cat. Many people qualified for Globalist, the program’s highest elite status tier, this year, and they’re still going to get a lot of value out of the program even with the peak award pricing, especially if a standard room at a slightly higher redemption level suddenly becomes a suite at check-in.