Up until now, most of the research that I've been doing around the World of Hyatt program since seasonal pricing was introduced hasn't thrown up anything that's hugely negative or anything that was totally unexpected. That was until I started trying to work out just how far out I'd have to book to be able to reserve the amazing Alila Venata Big Sur at no more than 35,000 points per night (Category 7 peak rate). What I've discovered is more than a little disappointing.
Last week we saw the World of Hyatt emailing members with a targeted offer in which 30,000 bonus points are on offer for every 10 nights consumed and which looks tailor-made for road warriors. Now we're hearing about another targeted offer that's out there in the wild in which fewer points are on offer but which will work a lot better for guests staying fewer nights.
Hyatt appears to be targeting select World of Hyatt members for a promotion that could be very lucrative for anyone planning to enjoy quite a few nights at Hyatt properties in the next 10 weeks. The offer is being emailed to targeted World of Hyatt members but in case your spam filters are a little too aggressive, there's a link to the registration page in this post where you can check to see if Hyatt has chosen you for this offer.
On 26 October, seasonal pricing was introduced to the World of Hyatt program meaning that while no properties moved hotel categories on that date, Hyatt stays from March 2022 onwards can now cost up to 25% more than they currently do. With Hyatt's seasonal calendars now live, I've taken a look at a few regular Hyatt properties and a few well-known and higher-end Hyatt properties to see what the calendars show and to see if I can answer three key questions that have been on my mind.
As most people reading this will probably know, the World of Hyatt introduced peak and off-peak pricing yesterday, 26 October, and while the new pricing system doesn't affect stays made before the end of February 2022, all of Hyatt's properties are now displaying their respective award calendars for all bookable dates from 1 March 2022 onwards.
Hyatt originally planned to introduce peak and off-peak pricing back in March 2020 but the pandemic got in the way of those plans and the devaluation was postponed. Now, however, the postponements are over and Hyatt's move to peak, off-peak, and standard award pricing comes into effect tomorrow and with some bookings set to cost up to 25% more, now is the time to make any bookings that you think you may need.
Yesterday was the day when we finally had official confirmation that the World of Hyatt would, after numerous postponements, finally introduce peak and off-peak season pricing from Tuesday, 26 October 2021 at 10:00 am CT for stays made on or after 1 March 2022. While clearly devaluation, this isn't as bad as it could have been, and one of the silver linings around the dark cloud of seasonal spring is that Hyatt's free night awards will not be affected by what's on the way.
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Hyatt has been offering 500 bonus points/night to World of Hyatt members who stay at the newest properties in its portfolio for some time (it even offered a bonus of 1,000 points/night earlier this year) so as we've seen numerous new properties added to the Hyatt portfolio since I last wrote about this deal in March, this seems like a good time to remind readers of where you can pick up some very easy points around the world.
For a limited time, Hyatt has brought back a popular (with some) dining promotion that we first saw offered back in July last year and which ran for a significant number of months. The hotelier has also introduced a limited-time deal in which it's offering guests free nights when they use their World of Hyatt points to book stays at any of its Miraval properties.