2019 Hyatt Changes Effecting Disney Area Hotels

We love Hyatt. They have our favorite hotel loyalty program for Disney vacations. They’ve just announced their category changes for the year which will take effect on March 18th. They are generally common sense changes. There’s some good news and some bad news, but the changes are logical for the most part. Here they are:

Disney World

  • Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress (15,000 to 12,000)
  • Hyatt Regency Orlando (15,000 to 12,000)

Universal Orlando

  • Hyatt House Across from Universal Orlando (8,000 to 12,000)
  • Hyatt Place Across from Universal Orlando (8,000 to 12,000)

Disneyland

  • Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center (12,000 to 15,000)
  • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport/Newport Beach (12,000 to 8,000)

Aulani

  • Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach (20,000 to 15,000)

Analysis

First, you’ll notice that 4 hotels went down in points and 3 went up. And, you’ll notice that ALL of these hotels are 15,000 points or less which means they are all eligible for the annual free night that comes with the World of Hyatt Credit Card. This is really important since the annual fee is only $95 and these hotels are all basically $200 a night or more.

If the hotel you prefer is going up in points, book before March 18th. Hyatt is giving you plenty of time. If the hotel you want to book is going down in points, wait to book it. Or, if you’ve already booked it, you can cancel on March 18th and re-book at the lower rate.

Disney World

At Disney World, the news is amazing. With Hyatt, you don’t pay the resort fee when you stay on points. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress after taxes and resort fees commonly costs more than $250 a night. It’s on the same level as a Disney deluxe hotel (minus the Disney theme) just minutes from Disney Springs. Staying for only 12,000 points is a great deal.

Universal Orlando

At Universal Orlando, it’s not great news and only somewhat surprising. The Hyatt House and Hyatt Place are next door to each other and within walking distance of the parks. The Hyatt House is a brand new beautiful property. We loved our stay this summer. It’s not necessarily a surprise that they increased it to 12,000 points per night. The Hyatt Place on the other hand is an older property and should have stayed at the lower category in our humble opinion.

Disneyland

With the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge this summer at Disneyland, hotels are starting to get quite expensive. We have a booked stay at the Hyatt House during the 4th of July week and the rooms are going for $300+ a night. It’s too bad to see this hotel going up in points but it’s not necessarily surprising.

Aulani

Bringing the Hyatt Centric to 15,000 points is an exciting change. It’s a relatively new hotel. And, hotels across Hawaii are really expensive. With the Hyatt Centric you’ll get quite a nice place to stay for a day or two in Honolulu before you head out to Aulani. Plus, now that it’s 15,000 points per night, you can use a free night certificate with your World of Hyatt Credit Card.

World of Hyatt Credit Card

With the World of Hyatt Credit Card, you get a 50,000 point sign up bonus. You get an initial 25,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months. You get another 25,000 after spending a total of $6,000 in the first six months.

You get a free night each year with your $95 annual fee. And, you get a second free night if you spend $15,000 during a calendar year (plus the points you earn). These free nights can be used at any hotel that is 15,000 points or less. This perk, a chance to earn two free nights each year, is why we actually have two of these cards in our household.

If you decide to get a World of Hyatt Credit Card, we would love it if you used that referral link. You get the same great deal and we get some points for pointing you in the right direction. Thanks!