The 100 all-inclusive properties that Hyatt acquired with the purchase of Apple Leisure Group had a separate award chart. Hyatt announced that another 52 people from across the Americas would be joining the program on May 9th, in addition to the six hotels which were immediately bookable within the program.
The number of on-board AMC properties has increased to 59, with 52 new properties now bookable within the World of Hyatt program. None of them will cost more than 29,000 points in the peak season.
Hyatt created an award chart that applies to all of the new properties. The numbers used on the traditional award chart are different to the letters used for the categories.
Redemptions start at 12,000 points and go all the way up to 58,000 points, subject to peak, off-peak and standard pricing.
The chart goes from a traditional Category 4 to a new Category 9 and Miraval is left out.
In March, six more resorts were added to the area, along with their corresponding categories.
Today, there were new properties added as well as their categories.
59 additional properties from the ALG aquisition have been added. The breakdown by category is:
In the Americas, there is nothing higher than a category C, or 29,000 points/night in peak season. There are nine all-inclusive properties that can be booked for as low as 180000 points. It will be great news for many people, although the fact that category 1-4 certificates are not able to be used at them is disappointing.
I'm sure that there will be more D, E and F properties, but the options so far represent good value based on current cash prices. The average of the days I searched was between 1.5-4 cents per point.
The reviews at the time were mixed and, looking over recent reviews, they continue to be. It's not surprising to see them at Category A-C., Zo tries to look like a lovely set of properties. Deltahater described the differences.
Sunscape is the low-budget family property Now and Dreams are family properties with Dreams being more sophisticated Breathless and Secrets are adults-only
Zoetry is more for the elderly among us
I have stayed at Dreams for the last 12 years. They are NOT like Ziva/Zilara. One step below. (Zoetry is probably a notch above Ziva/Zilara)
The most exciting properties for me are the ZoEB;trys, and there are some pretty cool possibilities there. While most of these properties are in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, there are other options in Panama, Costa Rica, and St. Martin.
All seven AMC brands will count towards the Brand Explorer program. 40% of Hyatt's total brands will be all-inclusive once that happens, a huge change from just a couple of years ago. It is good to know that elite benefits will apply at all of these brands.
There are more than 40 properties scheduled to be released this year and we will learn more as people start to book these properties.