8 More Hyatt Reviews to Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

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Yesterday I shared 6 Hyatt mini-reviews from friends & folks on the Million Mile Secrets team.  And reader Vishal added a great review in the comments!  Today, we’ll share 8 more quick reviews!

Hyatt is my favorite hotel chain for value and comfort.  And one of the best ways to get Big Travel with Small Money is to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt.  Emily and I have had many terrific luxury Hyatt stays we wouldn’t have wanted to pay cash for!

And it’s a great time to earn Hyatt points because of the current Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point offer (60,000 with my link) and the ongoing Chase Sapphire Preferred bonus. 

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

You Could Enjoy a Luxury Stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai With Hyatt Points Transferred From Chase Ultimate Rewards – Just Like a Million Mile Secrets Team Member Did!

If you have (or are considering) the Chase Sapphire PreferredInk 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 at the Bellevue – Philadelphia

Link:   Hyatt at the Bellevue

Year Stayed:  2016

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Top Floor Has a Gorgeous Ballroom, Restaurant, and Bar – All With Wonderful Views of Philadelphia!

Harlan:   This hotel is located in Center City, and is easy walking distance to many historic attractions like the Liberty Bell and Reading Terminal Market (the hotel itself also has quite a history!).  I used the annual free night certificate from my Chase Hyatt card to cover the cost of the room.  This is a Hyatt Category 4 hotel, and rooms were selling for over $500 per night when I stayed!

I loved being able to walk to Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square – both areas are full of great restaurants and lots of fun nightlife.

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Bellevue Was Once Considered the Most Elegant Hotel in the US. You Can Still Find Beautiful Touches Through the Building, Starting With the Entrance

Tip:   Be sure to grab a drink at the bar on the top floor during happy hour.  The city views during sunset are incredible!

Hyatt Regency Boston – Boston

Link:   Hyatt Regency Boston

Year Stayed:  2015

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Boston Are Clean and Quiet – Ask If You Can Get a Room With a View of Downtown

The Hyatt Regency Boston is right in the middle of Boston – you can walk to the harbor, Boston Common, or anywhere downtown.  I loved seeing the ocean and the historic buildings downtown.  You can redeem 15,000 Hyatt points for a night here, which is a great deal for the area.  If you want to explore Boston, this hotel is a wonderful home base.

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Go on a Walking Tour to See Several Sites Full of American History. I Also Hear Boston Throws Some Great Tea Parties ;)

Tip:   Walk ~15 minutes from the hotel through Boston Common to Beacon Hill to see the park (especially in fall!) and enjoy dinner and drinks after.

Hyatt French Quarter – New Orleans

Link:   Hyatt French Quarter – New Orleans

Year Stayed:  2015

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Vibe of the Hyatt French Quarter Is Modern and Fun, and Has Great Front Desk Service

I was able to get a free night here during Mardi Gras with the annual free night certificate from the Chase Hyatt card.  The hotel is perfectly located within the French Quarter, less than a block from Bourbon Street and the parade route on Canal Street.

If you visit in summer, they have a great swimming pool with lots of spots to relax with a drink in hand.  Despite being in the French Quarter, the rooms are quiet, even at night.

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

I Loved the Peaceful, Clean Rooms. Perfect for Resting up for a Night on Bourbon Street!

Tip:   Ask for a room overlooking the courtyard on the 3rd or 4th floor because they’re the most quiet.

Andaz Amsterdam – Amsterdam

Link:   Andaz Amsterdam

Year Stayed:  2016

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Lobby of Andaz Amsterdam Is Very Modern and You Get a Great View of the Former Public Library as You Take Elevator Up to Your Room

Keith:   On my honeymoon, I stayed in this fantastic hotel located within walking distance to Amsterdam’s city center main attractions like the Anne Frank House, and many of the tops restaurants and bars.  At this hotel you’ll have a lovely view of the Prinsengracht canal upon walking outside, or if you’re in an upgraded canal view room.

This hotel was definitely worth the 25,000 Hyatt points I used because the check-in service was fantastic and the concierge was excellent about recommending places to see.

One negative was no one at the hotel offered to help bring our bags to the room, so we had to carry them ourselves.

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Rooms at the Andaz Amsterdam Are Very Chic With the King Bed and Sink Area Located Close Together

Tip:   You might be able to check-in extra early if a room is ready for no extra charge and without elite status.  I was able to check-in at 8:00 am despite the normal check-in time being 3:00 pm.

Grand Hyatt New York – Manhattan Midtown

Link:   Grand Hyatt New York

Year Stayed:  2016

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Grand Hyatt New York Is Massive and Is One of the Largest Hotels in New York City With More Than 1,300 Rooms

The hotel is conveniently located within 20 minutes (by subway, walking, or taxi) to most of Manhattan’s major attractions, including Central Park, Times Square, World Trade Center, and Rockefeller Center.  

This hotel was worth ~$351 per night because it’s connected to Grand Central Station, which is great if you need a subway or train to the New York suburbs.  

Because this is a very large and busy hotel, one drawback is it can take time for the elevator to get to you, especially if you’re on a high floor.

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Rooms at the Grand Hyatt New York Are Spacious, but Very Basic. Amenities Like In-Room Water or Coffee Machines Are Not Included

Tip:  Check-in online before you get to the hotel and Hyatt will let you know once your room is ready.  You’ll save a lot of time instead of waiting on the check-in line, which was very long when I arrived.

Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile – Chicago

Link:   Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile

Year Stayed:  2015

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile Is Located Just Off Michigan Avenue With Its Amazing Shopping and Restaurants

This recently renovated Hyatt had excellent amenities like nightly live music at the bar.  And there’s a Starbucks in the lobby to get your daily morning cup of coffee or breakfast.

This hotel was definitely worth ~$103 per night because you can’t find a hotel with such great value located just off Chicago’s most famous Michigan Avenue.

One small drawback is check-in is located on the 2nd floor, so you need to take separate elevators to get to the lobby to check-in and to the rooms.

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Hotel Pool Is Small, But It’s Great If You Want to Take a Quick Swim. And, It’s Connected to a Phenomenal Gym With Great Exercise Equipment

Tip:  Valet parking at the hotel is expensive at ~$65 night!

Grand Hyatt Berlin

Link:   Grand Hyatt Berlin

Year stayed:  2014

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

The Grand Hyatt Berlin Is in an Excellent Location Near Popular Sites and Major Train Station

Jasmin:  I spent 4 nights at the Grand Hyatt Berlin in the summer of 2014, and it was lovely!  Because it’s a Hyatt Category 4 hotel, I used the annual free category 1 to 4 night from the Chase Hyatt card for this stay.  And paid 15,000 Hyatt points per night for the remaining nights.

The Grand Hyatt Berlin is in an excellent location – walking distance from Potsdamer Platz, the Holocaust Memorial, and Brandenburg Gate

We were upgraded to a Club King room, and the lounge was excellent, with free snacks, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks in the evening.  As a Diamond elite member, we could have breakfast in the lounge or in the restaurant.  Both choices were delicious.

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Pastries and Breads of All Kinds – Free for Diamond Guests at the Grand Hyatt Berlin

Tip:  Restaurants in this area are very good, but expensive.  If you venture a few blocks away from the hotel, you’ll find better food – for half the price!  And there’s a supermarket at the Potsdamer Platz station.

Grand Hyatt Kauai

Link:   Grand Hyatt Kauai

Year stayed:  2015

 

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Tropical Paradise! The Grand Hyatt Kauai Is Worth Every Penny (or Point!)

I attended a friend’s wedding in Kauai and used 25,000 Hyatt points for a night at the category 6 Grand Hyatt Kauai.  The hotel grounds are gorgeous and the staff is incredible.

Rooms at this hotel regularly sell for $500+ so spending 25,000 Hyatt points is a bargain!

There are a number of pools and lagoons for swimming and relaxation.  Or head to the beach for some surf time.

We were upgraded to a Grand Club room with executive lounge access.  The free hors d’oeuvres in the evening were substantial enough for dinner, and the breakfast was delicious.

8 More Hyatt Reviews To Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Plenty of Spots to Chill Out and Relax at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Tip:  Our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, but the nice folks at the front desk gave us vouchers for free drinks at the hotel bar while we were waiting.  It doesn’t hurt to ask!

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 $300 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

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!

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2 responses to “8 More Hyatt Reviews to Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

  1. farnorthtrader

    The assertion that the rooms are quiet at the Hyatt New Orleans French Quarter is not correct. There may be some rooms that are quiet, but our suite when we stayed there most definitely was not. To their credit, they did warn us that it was going to be loud, but readers should know that before they book.

  2. Transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt is one of my favorite features on the CSP. I was able to book a room at the Hyatt Regency in Mainz, Germany for 12,000pts, and just booked the Hyatt Regency in Kowloon, HK for 15,000. One thing to note is the name on the CSP and the Hyatt Goldpassport account has to match 100%, otherwise the system will not let you make the transfer.