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Transferring points to Hyatt is 1 of my favorite uses of Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Emily and I have had great experiences staying in their hotels, and their top-category hotels are fabulous (and usually very expensive if you’re not staying on points!).
You can get a lot of value by transferring the 70,000 point sign-up bonus from the Chase Ink Plus card to Hyatt.
Note: The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point bonus offer ends today, October 19, 2014.
Whether you get more nights from your points by staying in lower category hotels, or treat yourself to a couple of nights in their top category hotels, you’ll definitely be getting Big Travel with Small Money!
I’ll show you different ways you can use 70,000 Hyatt points and find out where you’ll get the most value.
What Can You Get With 70,000 Hyatt Points?
Link: Hyatt Award Chart
- Category 1 – 5,000 points per night
- Category 2 – 8,000 points per night
- Category 3 – 12,000 points per night
- Category 4 – 15,000 points per night
- Category 5 – 20,000 points per night
- Category 6 – 25,000 points per night
- Category 7 – 30,000 points per night
So by transferring the Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point sign-up bonus to Hyatt (plus up to 5,000 points from meeting minimum spending requirements), you could get:
- 15 nights in a Category 1 hotel (75,000 points)
- 9 nights in a Category 2 hotel (72,000 points)
- 6 nights in a Category 3 hotel (72,000 points)
- 5 nights in a Category 4 hotel (75,000 points)
- 3 nights in a Category 5 hotel (60,000 points)
- 3 nights in a Category 6 hotel (75,000 points)
- 2 nights in a Category 7 hotel (60,000 points)
Will splurging for 2 nights in a Category 7 hotel be worth more than 15 nights in a Category 1 hotel? Let’s find out!
Link: Hyatt Category 1 Hotels
Hyatt Category 1 includes mostly Hyatt House and Hyatt Place hotels in North America, with a few other Hyatt brands in Asia. Even though it’s the lowest category, there are some very nice Hyatt hotels in Category 1!
You could get 15 nights in a Category 1 hotel with the 70,000 point Chase Ink Plus sign-up bonus, plus 5,000 points from minimum spending.
I searched for a 15-night stay in March (low season) and the average daily rate was ~$119 before tax. The total cost for 15 nights was ~$2,017. In high season, the nightly rate goes up to over $150 per night.
If you’re looking for something more exotic, the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is 1 of Nepal’s top luxury 5 star hotels, and it’s also Category 1.
A stay here in June costs an average of ~$165 per night plus tax, or ~$3,076 total for 15 nights!
Link: Hyatt Category 2 Hotels
There’s a broader selection of Hyatt Category 2 hotels, including several 5-star Grand Hyatts!
The 70,000 point Chase Ink Plus sign-up bonus, plus 2,000 points from minimum spending, is enough for 9 nights in a Category 2 Hyatt.
The Hyatt Regency Toronto is located downtown, within walking distance of major attractions, restaurants, and bars.
In June, the average nightly rate is ~$260 plus tax, so a 9-night stay costs ~$2,716.
The Grand Hyatt Santiago is a top-rated, 5-star luxury hotel in Chile’s capital with views of the Andes mountains and a lagoon-style outdoor pool.
The average nightly rate in March is $326 plus tax, so a 9-night stay costs ~$3,489.
Link: Hyatt Category 3 Hotels
Hyatt Category 3 includes hotels in many popular tourist destinations, including Hawaii, Florida, and Europe.
You could get 6 nights in a Category 3 hotel for 72,000 points (70,000 from the Chase Ink Plus sign-up bonus and 2,000 more from meeting minimum spending).
The Hyatt Place Waikiki is a short walk from the beach, not far from the Honolulu Zoo.
In April, the average nightly rate is ~$199 plus taxes. For 6 nights, you’d pay ~$1,361.
The 5-star Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki in Greece is a popular city resort with both indoor and outdoor pools.
During the peak summer season, the average nightly rate is ~$278 including taxes. You’d pay ~$1,671 for 6 nights.
Link: Hyatt Category 4 Hotels
Hyatt Category 4 includes several luxury Park Hyatt hotels. For 75,000 points (70,000 from the Chase Ink Plus sign-up bonus and 5,000 from meeting minimum spending requirements), you could get 5 nights at a spectacular resort!
In January, the average nightly rate is ~$488 plus tax. Five nights will cost ~$2,913!
Closer to home, the Hyatt Regency Cambridge is right across the Charles River from downtown Boston and is a short distance from Harvard University and MIT.
The average nightly rate in May is ~$379 plus tax. For 5 nights, you’d pay ~$2,169.
Link: Hyatt Category 5 Hotels
There are fewer hotels in Hyatt Category 5, because most are high-end resorts or luxury hotels in larger cities.
For 60,000 points, you can get 3 nights in a very nice hotel, and have 10,000 points left over from the Chase Ink Plus sign-up bonus!
The average nightly rate in April is $409 plus tax. So a 3-night stay costs ~$1,400.
If you’re traveling to the Middle East, the 5-star Park Hyatt Dubai features several pools, fine dining, and a yacht club and golf course next door. It was voted 1 of the Top 100 Hotels in the World by Conde Nast Traveler.
You’ll pay an average nightly rate of ~$434 in March, so 3 nights will cost ~$1,580.
Link: Hyatt Category 6 Hotels
Hyatt Category 6 includes trendy boutique hotels and exclusive luxury resorts. For 75,000 points (70,000 from the Chase Ink Plus sign-up bonus plus 5,000 points from minimum spending) you’ll get 3 nights to remember at a deluxe hotel!
Perhaps you’d like to fly your sweetheart to Paris in the spring for a romantic long weekend? You could stay 3 nights at the Hyatt Paris Madeleine, which is within walking distance of the River Seine, the Louvre, and the Champs-Elysees.
In May, you’ll pay an average nightly rate of ~$673 including taxes. For a 3-day weekend, the total cost is $2,019.
If you want true luxury, the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is located on its own remote island, accessible by floatplane.
One night in a garden villa costs an average of $1,270, not including taxes and fees. A 3 night stay including taxes and service charges costs $4,694!
And YES, there are award nights available! I checked!
Link: Hyatt Category 7 Hotels
Category 7 is Hyatt’s top-tier and includes just 7 hotels, all of which are Park Hyatts.
For 60,000 points, you can get 2 nights in the most exclusive (and expensive) hotels in the world! And you’ll have 10,000 points left over from the Chase Ink Plus sign-up bonus.
The Park Hyatt New York opened in August 2014 and is located in a 90-story tower, designed by prizewinning architect Christian de Portzamparc.
This hotel is NOT cheap! The average nightly rate in May is $1,175 plus taxes. So 2 nights would cost ~$2,704 with tax.
The Park Hyatt Sydney, on Sydney Harbor, has views of the Sydney Opera House. All rooms overlook the harbor and come with 24-hour butler service.
In February, the average nightly rate is ~$947 including taxes. You”ll pay ~$1,893 for 2 nights.
So What’s the Best Deal?
It depends on how you like to travel and the exact hotels you choose.
If you want a longer stay, Category 1 and 2 hotels will get you a lot of nights (8 to 15) and potentially over $3,000 in value. That’s an amazing deal from 1 credit card sign-up bonus!
You’ll get fewer nights at mid-tier hotels, and possibly less value (depending on the hotel), but again it depends on the exact hotels you choose. But you could still get as much as ~$3,000 worth of hotel nights.
And you’ll only get 2 to 3 nights in the top Category 6 and 7 Hyatt hotels. But the value of your stay could be over $4,000! That’s HUGE Travel with Small Money!
In general, you’ll probably get the most dollar value from your stay in either the lowest or highest categories. But what matters most is that you get travel that’s important and memorable for you!
Depending on how you use them, the 70,000 points from the Chase Ink Plus sign-up bonus (plus up to 5,000 more from meeting minimum spending requirements) could get you more than $4,000 worth of nights at Hyatt hotels.
Whether you make your points last by redeeming them at lower category hotels, or splurge on 2 to 3 nights at a top-tier luxury resort, you’ll still get thousands of dollars in travel from 1 credit card sign-up bonus.
That’s a fantastic deal!
What’s your favorite Hyatt hotel? How do you like to use your points?
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