6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews to Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

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One of my favorite ways to get Big Travel with Small Money is to transfer my Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt.  And then stay in luxurious rooms I wouldn’t want to pay for!

I’ve shared my top 5 Hyatt hotel experiences.  And I was delighted to check the Park Hyatt Sydney off my Top 5 Dream list!

Because of the excitement around the Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point offer (60,000 with my link) and the ongoing Chase Sapphire Preferred bonus, I asked friends and folks on the Million Mile Secrets team to participate in a show & tell about their Hyatt stays…both positive and not-so-positive.

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

You Can Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Stay at Top-Rated Hyatt Hotels Such as the All-Inclusive Hyatt Zilara Cancun

For those of y’all who have (or are considering) the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold (no longer available) cards, these mini-reviews will help you pick where to use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for memorable stays at Hyatt hotels!

After the reviews I’ll remind y’all how to earn the points for your stays!

Hyatt Zilara Cancun in the Hotel Zone of Cancun, Mexico

Link:   Hyatt Zilara Cancun

Year Stayed:   2016

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Huge Refreshing Pool at Hyatt Zilara Cancun Overlooks the Clear Caribbean Sea. Relax Poolside in a Shaded Bed or Tan on a Lounge Chair While the Staff Replenishes Your Drink. Or Make Friends at the Swim-Up Bar!

Scott:   The all-inclusive Hyatt Zilara is on one of the most beautiful beaches in Cancun and is ~5-minute taxi or ~22-minute walk to the main nightlife area.

Using 25,000 Hyatt points (25,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you transfer to Hyatt) is a good deal instead of paying the typical $350 to $450 for a room for two.

The hotel is gorgeous, there are lots of restaurants with a wide food selection, and the included alcohol is top-shelf.  But surprisingly, the hotel’s bars close at midnight and there’s no nighttime entertainment like you’ll find at some other all-inclusive hotels.

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Folks With Hyatt Platinum Status (Free With the Chase Hyatt Card) May Get Upgraded to an Oceanfront Suite With a Jacuzzi and a Hammock Overlooking the Sea Like I Did

Tip:  Like many all-inclusive hotels, the Hyatt Zilara allows you to stay to enjoy the hotel pool, food, and drinks, even after you have to check-out.  Just leave your bags with the front desk.

Hyatt Union Square New York in Manhattan, New York City

Link:   Hyatt Union Square New York

Year Stayed:   2016

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

When Taking a Break From Exploring Manhattan’s Lively East Village, You Can Work at the Desk With Plenty of Outlets. Or Relax on the Big Comfortable Bed and Watch TV

The hotel is in Manhattan’s East Village, so you’re within walking distance of countless tasty restaurants, bars, shops, comedy clubs, and 2 great free places to spend a warm New York afternoon – Washington Square Park and Union Square Park.

At 25,000 Hyatt points per night, it’s a good deal if you would’ve paid the $400 to $450 per night instead.  The room was an OK size for Manhattan standards, the Wi-Fi was reliable, and the bed was very comfortable.  The staff was welcoming, helpful, and friendly.

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

My Standard Room Didn’t Have an Amazing View. But the Outstanding Location Was Ideal for a Late-Night Ukrainian Meal, Affordable Drinks at a Pub With Friends, and People-Watching in the Park

Tip:  There was a bottle of water in my room with a price tag on it that greatly disturbed my Small Money sensibilities.  New York City tap water is good, but if you want free bottled water, head downstairs to the hotel’s excellent fitness center to grab a complimentary bottle from the fridge.

Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Downtown / The Gateway

Link:   Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Downtown / The Gateway

Year Stayed:   2015

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

If You Visit During the Winter, Check Out One of the Many Ski Resorts Located Within a ~30 Minute Drive From the City

Meghan:   During my trip to Salt Lake City, I stayed in this modern hotel in the city center, within walking distance to tons of shopping and dining, public transportation, and the Salt Palace Convention Center.  The rooms were like new, the hot breakfast was exceptional (and healthy!), and the staff was beyond friendly.

It was absolutely worth the 8,000 Hyatt points I cashed in, because I visited Salt Lake City during the Sundance Film Festival, the city’s busiest week of the year.  Almost every hotel in the city charges $400+ per night during the festival.

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Hot Breakfast at the Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Downtown / The Gateway Is Delicious! I Especially Appreciated All of the Healthy Options, Like Fresh Breakfast Sandwiches and Oatmeal!

Tip:  Visit the Red Iguana for amazing Mexican food.  It’s a ~10 minute walk from the hotel.  But be sure to make reservations, because they’re ALWAYS busy!

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Link:   Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Year Stayed:   2016

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

If You’re Traveling With Kids or Like Scheduled Activities, You Might Enjoy the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta. The Pools Are Busy and the Hotel Staff Is Always Organizing Games

I wouldn’t recommend the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta unless you’re traveling with kids and really appreciate all-inclusive resorts.  The rooms were in disrepair, the drinks were mediocre (at best!), and the pools were very crowded, though the food was decent.

Also, I like to explore when I travel, so the fact that the hotel is on a heavily trafficked road and wasn’t within walking distance to downtown Puerto Vallarta was a turnoff.

I used my 2 free night certificates from the Chase Hyatt card for our stay, and I wish I’d saved them for another trip!

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

My Favorite Part of the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta Was the Fitness Room, That Had Amazing Views of the Ocean

Tip:  Ask for a room on an upper-level floor to avoid the noise from the pool and dining areas.

Hyatt House Cypress / Anaheim

Link:   Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim

Year Stayed:   2016

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

After a Long Day at Amusement Parks, Separate Living Areas at Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim Give Parents a Chance to Unwind While the Kids Are Asleep

Andrew:   While traveling in Southern California, we chose to stay at the Hyatt House Cypress / Anaheim because it’s a family-friendly hotel that’s equidistant from Aquarium of the Pacific and Disneyland.

The $188 nightly rate was more than worth it because I was able to book a one-bedroom suite for that price, allowing the kids and adults to essentially sleep in separate bedrooms.  The hotel also provided a full complimentary breakfast, including a made-to-order omelet bar.

The one drawback of the hotel is that it’s located in a commercial business district, without much to do or see within a few miles.

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Hotel Has a Pool, Hot Tub, and Outdoor Courtyard With Grills for Barbecuing. And a Fire Pit to Gather Around After Dark

Tip:  The hotel provides a complimentary grocery shopping service, so you can take advantage of your fully-stocked kitchen within the many reasonably-priced suites.

Hyatt Times Square New York

Link:   Hyatt Times Square New York

Year Stayed:   2016

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Bar 54 Atop the Hyatt Times Square New York Is the Perfect Perch to Take in Sprawling City Views While Sipping Fine Microbrew Beers

While showing a friend around New York City, I stayed at this modern hotel conveniently located next to many of the city’s major tourist attractions.

Considering this is New York City, the hotel was a decent value at 25,000 Hyatt points per night.  Although the room was about average size, it had a very contemporary and upscale feel.  The chic bathroom and rain shower was particularly pleasing.

We also enjoyed handcrafted cocktails and a phenomenal view from the hotel’s Bar 54, the tallest hotel rooftop lounge in the city.

But one drawback of the hotel is the expensive and uninspired cuisine.  Luckily, you don’t have to wander far to find many world-class options!

6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

New York City May Never Sleep, but I Never Had a Problem in the Hyatt’s Sleek Rooms

Tip:   Work-out at their fitness center while taking in the view of Times Square from floor-to-ceiling windows.

How to Earn Points for Hyatt Stays

Link:   All the Ways to Earn Hyatt Points

Here are all the ways to earn Hyatt points!

And here’s the short version:

Why Now?

Now is a great time to plan a Hyatt stay because currently there are lucrative sign-up bonuses on cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

You must have 1 of the following 3 cards to be permitted to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to partners like Hyatt:

Chase Ink Plus

Link:   Chase Ink Plus

Link:   Chase Ink Plus In-Branch 70,000 Point Offer

With my link for the Chase Ink Plus, you’ll:

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Earn 5 points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV services each account anniversary year. Earn 2 points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at gas stations and hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel each account anniversary year. Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases-with no limit to the amount you can earn.

But if you’re near a Chase branch, apply there instead to earn a higher 70,000 point bonus!

Here’s my review of the card.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred

Link:   My Review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred

When you open a Chase Sapphire Preferred account, you’ll:

Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

This is the highest publicly available sign-up bonus I’ve seen for this card.  Check out my review!

Chase Ink Bold

This card is no longer open to new applicants.  But if you already have it, you can combine all your Chase Ultimate Rewards points and transfer them to Hyatt!

Other Cards That Earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points

When you hold 1 of the above cards, you can combine the Chase Ultimate Rewards points you earn with these next cards.  And that’ll get you Big Travel faster!

Chase Freedom

Link:   Chase Freedom

Link:   My Review of the Chase Freedom

When you open a Chase Freedom account, you”ll:

Get a $150 Bonus after spending $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.

Earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter you activate. Enjoy new 5% categories every 3 months like gas stations, restaurants, and wholesale clubs. Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases.

This is the highest public offer this year, but there was a 20,000 point offer in 2015.   I love the rotating categories where you earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1.

Here’s my review of the Chase Freedom.

Chase Freedom Unlimited

Link:   Chase Freedom Unlimited

Link:   My Review of the Chase Freedom Unlimited

With the Chase Freedom Unlimited, you’ll:

Get a $150 Bonus after spending $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.

This a relatively new card and it’s the best public offer it has had yet.  It’s great for folks who don’t want to fuss with rotating categories and instead earn 1.5X on every purchase.

You can read my review of Chase Freedom Unlimited.

Chase Sapphire

This no-annual-fee card is not open to new applicants.

Chase Ink Cash

Link:   Chase Ink Cash

Link:   My Review of the Chase Ink Cash

New Chase Ink Cash cardholders will:

Earn $200 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Last year there was a higher offer, so you may want to see if it comes around again for this no-annual-fee small business card.

Here’s my review of the Chase Ink Cash card.

Bottom Line

I love to get Big Travel with Small Money by transferring the Chase Ultimate Rewards points I’ve earned with my Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, and Freedom to Hyatt.  Because the Hyatt award chart is a great deal for the type of travel I like.

So I asked friends and Million Mile Secrets team members to share mini-reviews of their Hyatt hotel stays to give y’all more ideas of where to stay!

Here are the Top 5 Hyatt hotels for Emily and me.  And here’s a review of my stay at Park Hyatt Sydney.  For even more Hyatt ideas, have a look at:

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4 responses to “6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews to Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

  1. We (family of 4, 2 adults and 2 kids) recently stayed in Hyatt Ziva Cancun for 4 nights (July 4 to 7). Best thing was that we were able to book one room for all 4 (unlike some other Hyatt all inclusive resorts that asked us to book 2 rooms). Thus we were able to book 4 nights using my and wife’s Hyatt signup bonus.
    Got a free upgrade to 2 double bedroom on check in, didn’t even have to ask for it. And the view from our top floor room was awesome.
    The overall experience sums up as my 9 yr old daughter’s first words on entering the resort “It’s beyond dreams”.

  2. Easy Journeys

    Hyatt Cancun photo is upside down. 😉 Kinda cool!

  3. Took in 2 nights last week at the Hyatt Regency Boston. Fabulous experience. Super nice people there, rooms well done, very quiet. I combined points and cash for the stay so it was $100 / night + tax. The hotel is pretty much in the center of everything in downtown Boston. Certainly would stay there again.

  4. @Vishal – I’m so happy to hear you and your family had such a great experience at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun!

    @Easy Journeys – Thanks for pointing that out. 🙂 We got it flipped around!

    @LRonglien – Thank you for sharing! I’ll have to check out the Hyatt Regency next time I’m in Boston!

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