Update: All the Ways to Earn Hyatt Points!

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In 2012 I wrote about all the ways to earn Hyatt points.  So it’s time for an update!

Emily and I love Hyatt and we’ve had many memorable stays at their hotels, all using points or free night certificates.

And having elite status with Hyatt hasn’t hurt, either.  We’ve gotten suite upgrades, lounge access, and free food and drinks on lots of trips!

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Emily and I Have Enjoyed Free Stays at Many Hyatt Hotels, Including the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Let’s see how folks can earn lots of Hyatt points from credit card sign-up bonuses and spending!

How to Earn Hyatt Points Directly

Link:   Chase Hyatt

Link:   My Review of the Chase Hyatt Card

There’s only ONE credit card that earns Hyatt points directly.  The Chase Hyatt card gets you 2 free nights at any Hyatt after you spend $1,000 in purchases in the 1st 3 months from opening your account.

Hyatt hotels include:

If you use the 2 free nights at a top category 7 Hyatt (which normally cost 30,000 points per night), the sign-up bonus is worth 60,000 points (30,000 points per night x 2 nights).

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You Could Use the 2 Free Nights From the Chase Hyatt Card at the Top-Tier Park Hyatt New York

With this card, you also get:

  • 3 points per $1 you spend at Hyatt hotels
  • 2 points per $1 you spend at restaurants, airline tickets purchased directly from the airline, and car rental agencies
  • 1 point per $1 you spend on everything else
  • Platinum elite status (free premium internet, better rooms when available, late check-out)
  • A free night in a category 1 to 4 Hyatt each year on your account anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees

The $75 annual fee is waived for the 1st year.  It’s worth keeping the card because the free night at a category 1 to 4 Hyatt on your account anniversary more than makes up for the annual fee!

And there are sometimes deals targeted to Chase Hyatt cardholders, like a promotion to get 20% of your points back on award stays.

How to Earn Hyatt Points Indirectly

Link:   Chase Ultimate Rewards

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.  There’s no fee to convert points, and transfers are usually instant.

Here’s a list of credit cards which earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

Personal CardsBusiness Cards
Chase Sapphire ReserveChase Ink Plus
Chase Sapphire PreferredChase Ink Bold (No Longer Available to New Applicants)
Chase FreedomChase Ink Cash
Chase Freedom Unlimited
Chase Sapphire (No Longer Available to New Applicants)
Note: Points earned from the Chase Freedom, Sapphire, and Ink Cash cards can only be transferred to travel partners if you also have a Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold card.

Keep in mind, you’ll earn even more points if you do your online shopping through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal!

1.   Chase Sapphire Preferred

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred

Link:   My Review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred

You’ll earn 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your Chase Sapphire Preferred account.

And another 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and they make a purchase in the same time frame.

You’ll also get:

  • 2 points per $1 you spend on travel and at restaurants
  • 1 point per $1 you spend on everything else
  • No foreign transaction fees

The annual fee of $95 is waived for the 1st year.

You could use the 50,000 point sign-up bonus for up to 10 nights at a category 1 Hyatt (5,000 points per night x 10 nights).  Or splurge on 2 nights at a category 6 hotel (25,000 points per night), like the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa where Emily and I stayed.

Kauai Grand Hyatt

You Could Use the Chase Sapphire Preferred Sign-Up Bonus to Relax the by Pool at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

2.   Chase Ink Plus

Link:   Chase Ink Plus

Link:   My Review of the Chase Ink Plus

The sign-up bonus on the Chase Ink Plus is 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $5,000 in new purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

This card makes it easy to earn lots of Chase Ultimate Rewards points!  That’s because you get:

  • 5 points for every $1 you spend at office supply stores and cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV (to a maximum of $50,000 in combined purchases per account anniversary year)
  • 2 points for every $1 you spend on gas and hotels
  • 1 points for every $1 you spend on everything else
  • No foreign transaction fees

You could get 2 nights at a top category 7 Hyatt with 60,000 points, like the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.  Rooms there can cost over $1,000 per night!

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Treat Yourself to a Stay at the Luxury 5-Star Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa With 30,000 Points

3.   Chase Freedom

Link:   Chase Freedom

Link:   My Review of the Chase Freedom

If you also have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Ink Bold (no longer available), you can transfer points earned with the Chase Freedom card to Hyatt.

The sign-up bonus is 15,000 points after you spend $500 on purchases in the 1st 3 months from opening your account.  And you’ll get another 2,500 points when you add an authorized user and they make a purchase in the 1st 3 months of account opening.

Combined, that’s more than enough for a night at a category 3 hotel, like the Hyatt Regency Toronto.

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Located in the Entertainment District, the Hyatt Regency Toronto Costs 12,000 Points per Night

My favorite thing about the Chase Freedom is the rotating 5X point category bonuses.  Each quarter, you’ll earn 5 points per $1 you spend (to a maximum of $1,500 in spending per quarter) in categories like gas stations, restaurants, or Amazon.

The Chase Freedom has no annual fee, which makes it a good card to keep for a long time.  This could help your credit score (and build a relationship with Chase, which has some of the best miles and points cards!).

4.   Chase Ink Cash

Link:   Chase Ink Cash

Link:   My Review of the Chase Ink Cash

Like the Chase Freedom, points earned from the Chase Ink Cash card can be transferred to Hyatt if you also have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Ink Bold card.

With this card, you’ll get:

  • 20,000 points after you spend $3,000 in purchases in the 1st 3 months from opening your account
  • 5 points per $1 you spend on the 1st $25,000 spent per year at office supply stores and on cell phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services
  • 2 points per $1 you spend on the 1st $25,000 spent per year at restaurants and gas stations combined
  • 1 point per $1 you spend on everything else
  • Primary auto rental insurance (CDW) when renting for business purposes, plus purchase and extended warranty protection
  • NO annual fee

You could transfer the sign-up bonus to Hyatt and get a free night at all-inclusive hotels like the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos or Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

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You Can Use Points for Stays at All-Inclusive Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Hotels

Emily and I haven’t tried Hyatt’s all-inclusive hotels yet, but folks who have say they’re fantastic!

Bottom Line

There are lots of ways to get Hyatt points through credit card sign-up bonuses and spending!  And that can get you lots of Big Travel with Small Money at some very nice hotels!

The Chase Hyatt card earns Hyatt points directly (and has a great sign-up bonus of 2 free nights at any Hyatt!).  You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Plus.

I prefer transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt because there are lots of ways to earn extra points through category bonuses or shopping through the Chase Ultimate Rewards mall.

What’s your favorite way to earn Hyatt points?

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15 responses to “Update: All the Ways to Earn Hyatt Points!

  1. Thanks for the post Daraius! I was just thinking that you should update the Hyatt page and here it is. I used all my points for a RTW trip this summer and need to stock up on more. I’ll definitely click on your links when I plan out my and my family’s app strategy for more Hyatt stays. Aloha!

  2. ::sigh:: This turned into a “Here are all the Chase cards you can get” post really fast. Could have made this post 1 sentence.

    “Either get the Hyatt card or get a card that accumulates UR points.”

  3. My favorite way to earn Hyatt or Southwest points is by purchasing grocery store (Albertson’s) gift cards at my office supply store using my Chase Ink card. Every time I purchase my groceries, I’m getting 5x the points. OR, if you are a Whole Foods shopper, buy the e gift cards online at Staples and get 7x the points by shopping at Staples through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Shopping portal. Use the Chase Ultimate shopping portal for buying Groupons, or your other online shopping and the points will really add up.

  4. Seeing this post reminded me that I wanted to thank you for all of your insight. I am not your typical points person. I started collecting about 1 1/2 years ago, trying to find ways to alleviate costs associated with being a “baseball family”. We have 4 boys and spend a lot of money traveling for baseball tournaments. After spending $10,000+ in the summer of 2013, I knew we could not keep that up. That is when I happened upon your site. We managed to pay for all hotels this past summer/fall (at least 20 nights) with points! My wife and I also managed a trip to New York (using Southwest with the companion and Hyatt two free nights) just for us – all in the last 18 months. I wasn’t sure about the Hyatt card at first but LOVE it now. Your post about transferring points from Chase Saphire made it even more clear. I just booked our room for a 9 day tournament in Atlanta for this summer. I had enough points for 1 night and my free night certificate for 1 night. I transferred 35000 points from Saphire for the other 7 nights. This is a $1800 stay that will not cost me a penny!! And lets not forget I will get 8000 points back by signing up for the Hyatt 20% bonus back! I am still in shock by the transfer value of those points from my Saphire card. In my mind (and please educate me if I am wrong) that is the equivalent of those points being worth 5 cent per point (points I got just for signing up) as the room would have cost me $200 per night – and this does not include taxes that are not charged when you use points!! Sorry for the long ramble, but just wanted to say thanks! Hopefully one day I will be able to take advantage of a nice trip for my wife and I. But for now, I have tailored this to what helps my family.

  5. People always forget about Diner’s Club. You get 3x points at gas, grocery, and drug stores. This is effectively 1.8 Hyatt points per dollar spend at these categories.

  6. My husband and I took advantage of 2 free nights offer with Chase about 3 years ago. Do you know if this card is churnable? If so, how long does one need to wait? We really want to take advantage of it again 🙂

    Thank you!

  7. Hi Darius,
    I am also a big fan of Hyatt. With all your help we recently had a great vacation in Andaz Maui. It was awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeee…They were running special at that time to pay for 2 nights and get 2 nights free. So we paid around $800 and get 4 nights in Andaz Maui.
    I currently have 4,937 points in my Hyatt account. Need another 63 points to redeem for 1 night of 5,000 points. I do not want to transfer my UR points since the minimum it will require me to transfer is 1,000 points. I will be wasting my 937 points this way. Are there any surveys (Like Opinion Mile, e-mile etc…) or any other method you can recommend to earn 63 points? Please let me know. Thanks in advance….

  8. Awesome blog! all the way from South Africa , wish we had all these sign up bonus with credit cards.

  9. @Sheryar – I’ve been looking for ways to earn Hyatt points aside from credit cards and there doesn’t seem to be much options. Surveys like e-miles, e-rewards, etc. don’t have Hyatt as a partner. Points.com is not a good value. And purchasing points start at 1k points. I have the Hyatt credit card and Ink Plus business card, which are good ways to earn. I’ll need more though, so I’ll likely apply for the Saphirre Preferred and Freedom one day. I love Hyatt!

  10. Can you do a list like this of all the points that can be transferred INTO Hyatt? Like any airline partners, other hotel partners (Hyatt has the thing with mlife now, but not sure what it means for points), or any other ways to score Hyatt points?

  11. What about ways to earn points without using credit cards? Do they have an eshopping site like airlines do? Can’t find it so far

  12. I agree with @lostmybuzz. It would be nice to have a comprehensive list of sources that can transfer points/miles INTO Hyatt. As well as the best ways to transfer (like direct or thru the 3rd party).

  13. Is The Sapphire Preferred a different card than the Sapphire? Can I get the Preferred if I have the regular Sapphire?

  14. I can no longer travel due to disability. I used Hyatt to travel many times previously. Now I am only 91 points short of a reward. I do not have a Chase card and prefer not to damage my credit score by applying for a new card.

    So I wonder if you know of any way Hyatt would reward me the 91 points without Chase or a stay, dinner at Hyatt? Thank you,

  15. You can buy Hyatt points in 1000 point increments for $24.00. Log into your Hyatt Gold Passport account and look for Earning Options.