World of Hyatt Category Changes: Good News for Disney & Universal

It’s that time of year. Hotels are changing their rewards categories. Marriott went last week and Hyatt has announced theirs this week. The good is that it’s good news for Disney World and Universal area hotels.

Good News

There are two hotels in the Orlando area that we thought were a little overpriced that we’re glad to see moving down the award chart.

Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista – This hotel is only a couple years old and located just over a mile from Disney Springs. It offers free breakfast, free parking, and spacious rooms; perfect for the family driving to Walt Disney World.

The Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista is dropping from 12,000 to 8,000 points per night (from category 3 to 2). That 33% decrease in the points you’ll pay per night makes this one of our new favorites. We will be planning a stay here at the new level.

Hyatt Place Across from Universal Orlando Resort – It’s about a one mile walk or shuttle ride to Universal. We’ve stayed at this hotel and enjoyed our stay. Similar to the Hyatt Place near Disney Springs, you’ll get spacious rooms and free breakfast, but you’ll pay $15 a day for parking.

The Hyatt Place Across from Universal Orlando Resort is dropping from 12,000 points per night to 8,000 points as well (from category 3 to 2). This is back to the level it was at two years ago and more reasonable for what you’ll get, but this isn’t necessarily an amazing deal, just reasonable.

Reminder of Hyatt Categories

And Some Bad News

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport – Not long ago we had an atrociously early morning flight. So, we decided to stay at the Hyatt ‘inside’ the airport and just walk down in the morning. It made that early morning just a little less terrible.

They Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport is moving up from 12,000 to 15,000 point per night. But, if you have a World of Hyatt credit card, your free night certificate is good for any hotel that is 15,000 points or less. So you could still use it here.

Earning World of Hyatt Points

You can’t go wrong with the World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase. You get a total of 50,000 points with your sign up bonus, 25k after spending $3k in the first 3 months and then another 25k after spending a total of $6k in the first 6 months. You also get a free night each year in any hotel that is 15,000 points per night or less. And, you get another free night at the same level if you spend at least $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year.

You can also transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards if you have an card with an annual fee like the Chase Sapphire Preferred. It’s coming with a 60,000 point sign up bonus right now.

If you apply for either of those card, consider using our links. You get the same great deal and we get some points for pointing you in the right direction.