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A few days ago Hyatt re-categorized some of their hotels where 22 hotels got more expensive and 48 got less expensive when redeeming points. While I was primarily focusing on the hotels going up a category up until this point (to ensure readers booked before it was too late), there are some nice gems that actually went down a category.
Some of these hotels are pretty nice and I am glad to be able to now use less points, making these hotels now more valuable in my book! So here is my top 5 list of Hyatt hotels to look into to stretch your points further:
- Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six – By no means the nicest hotel in Ft. Lauderdale Beach, but it is still walking distance to the beach and restaurant/bars. There is also a shuttle that will take you to the beach. While I’ve never stayed at this hotel, I’ve walked through the grounds and hung out at the pool. During peak months, this hotel can cost over $200/night, but now you can use just 12,000 points for a free night.
- Grand Hyatt Washington – Depending on the time of year, staying in Washington, DC can be ridiculously expensive. The Grand Hyatt is a nice hotel with the metro only a block away. While the Park Hyatt is supposedly much nicer it is still more expensive using points (although it did go down a category as well). This hotel is now only a category 4, which means 15,000 points a night and you can use the free night certificate from the Chase Hyatt credit card.
- Hyatt French Quarter – Now a category 4 hotel and directly in the French Quarter (although some prefer to stay a little further away from Bourbon Street!). At some times throughout the year, New Orleans can be extremely expensive, so only having to use 15,000 points for a free night is great. It is now also eligible to redeem your category 1-4 free night certificate with the Chase Hyatt credit card.
- Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa – This is my favorite hotel decrease as it is a very nice resort on the West Coast of Florida. While it is not directly on the beach, they have their own private beach with a ferry that will take you there. The hotel has a lagoon style pool with a corkscrew waterslide, a climbing wall, volleyball, tennis, bocce, croquet, complimentary bicycles. Over Christmas week, this hotel can go for over $400 a night! Or, just 15,000 points! And like all the other hotels that were downgraded to a category 4, you can use a free night from the Chase Hyatt credit card.
- Hyatt Place Fort Myers – While this is not a resort in Ft. Myers it is just a few miles away from the beaches in Myers and Sanibel Island.It is also not too far from Naples, Marco Island, etc. If you do not care about the “resort” feel and just want need a clean and nice place to rest your head, this is a great option! Especially now that it is only 5,000 points per night! You also get free breakfast, which is typical for all Hyatt Place hotels (and it is really good!). I checked a few random peak time dates and found that some rates are close to $250/night. So this hotel can definitely give you at least 2 cents per point value.
Of course there are 43 other hotels that just went down in the number of points to redeem as well, but the ones above are my top picks.