Can You Use 2 Free Hyatt Nights for Someone Else?

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Million Mile Secrets reader Robbie commented:

Hi Daraius,

Can I make a reservation for someone else using my free nights from the Chase Hyatt credit card? I read that the free night award is not transferable but does that mean that I can’t even reserve it in someone else name?

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Can Robbie Use His 2 Free Nights From the Hyatt Card to Book a Room for His Friend at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco?

Robbie wants to know if he can use his 2 free nights from the Hyatt card to book a room in someone else’s name.

Robbie can NOT directly book the room in someone else’s name (when he uses his free nights from the card), but he CAN add someone as the additional guest on the reservation and have them check-in.  

This is different from booking a hotel using Hyatt points, where you CAN book the room directly in someone else’s name. 

2 Free Nights From Hyatt Card

Link:   Hyatt card

Robbie gets 2 free nights after spending $1,000 on the Hyatt card within the 3 months.

The Hyatt card gets Robbie:

  • 3 Hyatt points per $1 he spends at Hyatt hotels
  • 1 free night in a Category 1 to 4 hotel each card anniversary
  • Hyatt Platinum elite status (free internet, upgrades, late check-out)
  • Access to “My Elite Rates“ (20% discount on standard rooms)
  • NO foreign transaction fee

However, per the terms of the Hyatt card, Robbie can NOT transfer his 2 free nights from his Hyatt card to someone else.

Can You Use 2 Free Hyatt Nights For Someone Else

The 2 Free Nights From the Hyatt Card Can Not Be Used for Someone Else

But Robbie can call Hyatt at 888-591-1234 and add his friend’s name to the reservation so his friend could use the 2 free nights.  But he should only do this for reservations in the US and NOT for international reservations because the hotel might expect Robbie to show up.

While the terms say Robbie can’t use his 2 free nights for someone else, some folks on this FlyerTalk thread report being able to use their 2 free nights for someone else.  Although Robbie may not have the same experience.

Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Hyatt

However, Robbie can use his Hyatt points (as opposed to the free nights from the card) to book a room for someone else.

Robbie can also use his Chase Ultimate Rewards points transferred to his Hyatt account from his Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Plus card to book a room for his friend.

And Robbie can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from his Chase Freedom to his Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Plus card.  And then transfer them to his Hyatt account to book a room for his friend.

Bottom Line

Robbie can NOT use his 2 free nights from the Hyatt card to book a room in someone else’s name.  But he can add his friend’s name to his reservation.

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5 Responses to Can You Use 2 Free Hyatt Nights for Someone Else?

  1. When adding a guests name to the reservation, is there a chance they’ll require the main person on the reservation to check in? I’m thinking of doing this in Hawaii.

  2. I have a question that builds off of this one. So for the Hyatt card if you and your friend is both getting the card and books the 4 nights in succession, is it possible to combine the 2 and 2 into one reservation if your name is on both reservation as main and guest and vice versa? Having to checkout checkin halfway through the 4 nights would be kind of an annoyance.

  3. My spouse and I had this dilemma two years ago. We had to call to make the reservations so when we did the four free nights (consecutive two free nights) we asked if they could tie the reservation together and it was no problem. When we checked in it was all smooth.

  4. This will fall flat if they ask for the main cardholder’s physical presence, and often, their credit card as well. Many Hyatt staff at the best representatives (Park, Grand Hyatt) have been made aware of the “game” where someone uses their free nights and sells them, etc and is said “to use them for a friend”- thus, they get asked where the main person is…

  5. @Mark – Usually not in the US, but you never know!

    @Vince – That is possible and hotels will make it easy so you don’t have to check in and out.

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