Emily and I prefer to use our favorite flexible points for free hotel stays at Hyatt hotels. Because Hyatt points go further than most other hotel points. And they have many terrific hotels around the world, including Miraval Arizona, which recently became part of the Hyatt chain.
I’ll share why using Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Hyatt award stays is a great deal! And remind y’all how to earn flexible points with Chase!
6 Reasons Hyatt Is the Best Chase Hotel Transfer Partner
It’s easy to get Big Travel with Small Money at Hyatt hotels! That’s why many folks on the Million Mile Secrets team, including Emily and me, prefer to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt instead of other hotel partners.
Here are 6 reasons why!
1. Book Award Nights With Fewer Points
You’ll pay 5,000 to 30,000 Hyatt points for a Hyatt award night, depending on the category:
- Category 1 – 5,000 points
- Category 2 – 8,000 points
- Category 3 – 12,000 points
- Category 4 – 15,000 points
- Category 5 – 20,000 points
- Category 6 – 25,000 points
- Category 7 – 30,000 points
Compared to other Chase hotel transfer partners, the Hyatt award chart offers the best deal.
For example, you can transfer 30,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt for a free night at the luxurious Park Hyatt New York. Team member Jasmin stayed at this hotel and had a fantastic experience.
Meanwhile, an award night at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park would require you to transfer 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to your hotel loyalty account.
Plus, the Park Hyatt New York ranks higher than The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park based on TripAdvisor reviews. So you’ll use less than half the number of Chase Ultimate Rewards points to stay at a higher rated hotel!
Similarly, you can book free nights at Category 1 Hyatt hotels by transferring 5,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to your loyalty account. But a stay at the lowest category Marriott hotel costs 7,500 points. And the cheapest free nights at IHG hotels cost 10,000 points, unless its a PointBreaks hotel, which costs 5,000 points.
If you’re looking for Hyatt hotel inspiration, here are previous posts with my top picks and team member reviews:
- 5 Great European Hotels to Book With Hyatt Points
- 5 Top Hyatt Hotels in the US
- 5 Outstanding Hyatt Hotels in the Caribbean & Mexico
- 5 Luxurious Hyatt Hotels in Asia & Australia
- 5 Terrific Hyatt Hotels in Central & South America
- 5 of the Best US Beaches With Hyatt Hotels
- 6 Hyatt Hotel Reviews to Help You Get Big Travel With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
- Top 5 Hyatt hotels for Emily and Me
- My Stay at Park Hyatt Sydney
2. Excellent All-Inclusive Options
You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt to book award stays at these all-inclusive hotels:
- Hyatt Zilara Cancun
- Hyatt Ziva Cancun
- Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
- Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
- Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
- Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
It costs 20,000 to 25,000 Hyatt points per night to book a standard room for 2 people at one of these hotels, which covers:
- Unlimited drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and meals
- Live bands and theatre performances
- Wi-Fi internet access
Team member Scott wasn’t interested in paying the cash price to stay at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun. But he thought using 25,000 points per night was a fantastic deal. Because it covered all of his meals and the beachfront location was amazing!
3. No Blackout Dates
Hyatt has a no “blackout date” policy. As long as a standard room is available for sale, you can book it using points! This isn’t the case at other Chase hotel transfer partners.
For example, I found a sample 5-night award stay at the Grand Hyatt New York in December 2017. This hotel is a short walk from Times Square where the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. It’s great that you can use points for a free stay during such a busy travel season!
4. Get ~4+ Cents per Chase Ultimate Rewards Point in Value
Because Hyatt has no blackout dates, you can get incredible value for your points. Especially during peak travel season or when a special event is going on near the hotel.
For example, team member Keith transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt to book 2 nights at the Hyatt Place Park City during the Sundance Film Festival when hotels in the area are very expensive. Using 15,000 Hyatt points per night was a phenomenal deal because room rates were $600+ at the time! This means he got 4 cents per point (~$600 cost of room / 15,000 Hyatt points for free night).
5. Never Pay Resort Fees When Booking a Hyatt Award Night
And these fees can add up. At some resorts, you’ll pay ~$30+ per night! So if you’re looking to save money, redeeming Hyatt points for an award night is the way to go!
6. Stretch Your Points With Points + Cash
With Hyatt Points + Cash, you’ll use half the number of points you’d usually need for an award night plus pay a fixed cash rate.
For example, at a Category 1 Hyatt hotel, you’ll pay 2,500 points + $50 instead of 5,000 points for a completely free night.
You’ll also earn points and credit toward elite status when you book with Points + Cash. And remember to use the special Corporate Code to find all of the Hyatt hotels in a city or region that have available room nights using Hyatt Points + Cash!
Earn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points With Terrific Sign-Up Bonuses on These 3 Cards!
Now is a great time to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points to use toward free Hyatt stays because there are lucrative sign-up bonuses available!
Here are 3 great picks! Just keep in mind these cards are impacted by Chase’s stricter application rules. So if you’ve opened 5+ cards from any bank (except these business cards) in the past 24 months, it’s unlikely you’ll be approved.
1. Ink Business Preferred
This is the highest sign-up bonus currently available on any card earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
This card has a $95 annual fee, which is NOT waived the first year.
2. Chase Sapphire Preferred
The annual fee is $0 for the first year, then $95. This makes it easy to evaluate the card for ~10 months without a fee to see how you like it!
3. Chase Sapphire Reserve
Link: Chase Sapphire Reserve
This card has a $450 annual fee, which is NOT waived the first year. But cardholders get amazing perks like up to a $300 statement credit each account anniversary year, which offsets travel purchases for hotels, airfare, car rentals, and much more!
Besides booking award nights with fewer points, transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt is fantastic because you can:
- Book free nights at excellent all-inclusive hotels, like the Hyatt Zilara Cancun
- Get incredible value of ~4+ cents per point during peak travel dates!
- Stretch your points using Hyatt Points + Cash
In an upcoming post, I’ll show you how to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt to book award nights!