Did you know that the card_name has a wide range of possible uses for its Chase Ultimate Rewards points?

While Lyn often touts its points for use with Southwest Airlines, since Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer instantly at a 1:1 ratio, there are lots of other ways to use the points.

In fact, you can use the points to book flights on other airlines, as well as for hotels, rental cars, cruises and more to get you traveling nearly free. That’s why you’re here, right?! 🙂

Chase Sapphire Preferred

The card_name is Lyn’s FAVORITE travel credit card.

Read Lyn’s full review on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card to see if it’s for you.

When you apply for the card_name, you’ll earn the current bonus of 60,000 points after a $4,000 minimum spend.

There are even MORE benefits, including:

  • 3X points on dining (including delivery)
  • 3X points on online grocery purchases (including grocery delivery services)
  • 2X points on travel 
  • 1X points on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Points transfer to all participating frequent travel programs at 1 to 1 travel ratio
  • Primary auto collision damage waiver
  • 25% MORE VALUE when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal (That makes 60,000 points worth $750 toward travel)

All for a low $95 annual fee! Whew, how’s that for benefits?!

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Why I Use Chase Sapphire Preferred to Book FREE Hyatt Stays

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

When Lyn asked me to write this article, I had to think about how I’ve actually used Chase Ultimate Rewards points. I looked in my portal, and in every single instance, I had used them to book Hyatt hotel stays!

Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer 1:1 to members of World of Hyatt, Hyatt’s loyalty program, INSTANTLY.

Since I got serious about the “travel for nearly free” game a few years ago, my husband stopped traveling for work, so he was no longer racking up hotel points. I read tons of articles about which hotel chain seemed to give the best bang for the buck and Hyatt exceeded them all by far in my eyes! 

Living in a smaller Midwest town that has an 10-gate airport is not my best bet for getting “nearly free” flights. We need to fly out of an airport serviced by Southwest, and the nearest one to me is Indianapolis, which is 2 hours away (with no traffic or construction), which means we often need to stay the night at a hotel in Indianapolis before or after our travels.

We enjoy staying at a nearby Hyatt Place, which has rooms that include a “separate” seating and desk area, as well as a wet bar with a mini-fridge.

It serves a delicious hot breakfast to loyalty members, has a fitness room and outdoor pool, a free shuttle to the airport and lets you park your car for 14 days for $30 all for only 6,500 points off peak!

The cheapest rate at this hotel is around $200 for 2 people and $220 for 4, but it’s STILL only 6,500 points whether you have 2 OR 4 people.

Translate that those bonus points you just earned into 9 or more hotel nights, depending on the current bonus offer.

That’s why I consider transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to World of Hyatt a fantastic deal!

We’ve also stayed a few times at the Hyatt Place within shuttle distance of the Chicago O’Hare airport when on our way out of the country. With a mere 8,000 points, 4 of us eagerly anticipated our flight to Ireland during our overnight stay in Chicago! 

For us, Hyatt Place has everything we need and more for a short stay.

The Hyatt brand encompasses more than 850 hotels around the world, including 15 different brands. These include…

  • Andaz (Lyn’s a fan of the Andaz Napa in California)
  • Hyatt Centric
  • Park Hyatt (try the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in Colorado)
  • Miraval
  • Grand Hyatt
  • Hyatt House and more
Andaz Napa Hotel
The Hip Andaz Napa Hotel in Napa, California

Our family has also stayed at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa in an oceanfront gulf-view room with full kitchen for 25,000 points per night and NO resort fees!

If you’re in the mood to splurge, they have a hotel for that, too! 🙂 In fact, Hyatt has over 100 all-inclusive properties (including the former AMR Collection) that grant you BOTH accommodations AND food and drinks for a very reasonable points price.

My husband and I were delighted to stay at the Impression Moxche, an all-inclusive, adults-only resort in Playa del Carmen using points. We had an AMAZING time and I highly recommend this resort. Making it even better, we flew for free using Southwest points!

You can also read how Nancy used points to book a stay at Hyatt Ziva Cancun

 

How to Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Book Hyatt Stays

Inside of the Families Fly Free membership, we have an entire course on how to stay for free in hotels with separate videos for all the major hotel chains, including Hyatt.

1. Sign up for World of Hyatt

Before you can take advantage of a free hotel stay using points, you’ll need to sign up for a World of Hyatt membership.

This will get you free breakfast at some of their brands and you’ll need it in order to transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards.

2. Check Number of Points 

While logged in to the Hyatt website, check the number of points you’ll need to make a reservation by checking the box “Use Points.” Fill in the rest of the information and hit “Find Hotels.” You’ll see how many points you’ll need to transfer in order to pay with points.

3. Log into the Chase Ultimate Rewards Portal

Log into the Ultimate Rewards portal on Chase and choose your Sapphire Preferred card from the Welcome menu. Click the down arrow next to “Travel” at the top of the screen and select “Transfer points to partners.”

4. Transfer Your Points

Choose “World of Hyatt” from the list, “Transfer” and then enter your membership number. You must transfer in 1,000-point increments so it helps to know EXACTLY how many points you’ll need for your booking. Click to continue and if everything looks fine, hit “Submit.”

5. Reserve Your Stay With Points

Go back to the Hyatt website and while logged in, check your points balance and then reserve your room with points. So easy!

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  • Cami Sauder

    Cami Sauder, a member of the Families Travel Free team, is a longtime traveler who aims to be away from home at least 1/3 of the year. She's mastered the art of using miles and points to save on flights and hotels and saved more than $16,000 on travel using points in the last year. She and her husband have a goal to see as many National Parks as possible.