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Last week I wrote about the new Hyatt property in Bahamas – the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. This is supposed to be an amazing property and the best thing is that it is currently pricing out as a category 4 hotel! I then went ahead and did another post of all the other top notch category 4 hotels in the US and Caribbean – my top three include: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, and the Hyatt Escala Lodge Park City. While I’ve only personally experienced the Escala Lodge (and loved it!), all three of these hotels can be well over $300 a night during peak times.
A category 4 hotel requires either 15,000 Hyatt points or 7,500 points + $100 per night for a free night. Also, when you use points, you are not paying taxes and typically the resort fee is waived!
So here are some ways to accrue Hyatt points to redeem for these awesome low level Hyatt hotels!
- Hyatt Rewards Credit Card: With this credit card you get a free night to use at a category 1-4 hotel annually! The free night expires 1 year after the certificate is deposited to your account so you can now save a bunch to use at once, but if you and your travel partner both have the card that will give you two free nights at these hotels. Keep in mind though that you will not receive the category 1-4 free night certificate until a year after you open the card. The first year you will instead use 2 free nights to use at any Hyatt hotel. Of course you can redeem these at a category 4 hotel, but you might get a better value at a category 7 hotel, for example! Card application link. Blog Post
- Chase Ultimate Rewards: Chase Ultimate Rewards allow you to transfer your points to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. You can accrue Chase Ultimate Reward points in a variety of ways:
- Chase Ultimate Rewards credit card – There are currently three credit cards that allow you to transfer your Ultimate Reward points to partner programs. These include the Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, and Chase Sapphire Preferred credit cards. If you are new to the program, currently the best offer is the Chase Ink Plus card since it has a limited sign up offer of 70,000 points after you spend $5,000 on the card within the first 3 months. After meeting the minimum spend requirements, you can transfer all 75,000 points to Hyatt (if you desire) and that will get you 5 free nights at a category 4 hotel! Or, you can stretch your points further and if points + cash is available, you can spend just 7,500 points a night + $100 a night. This means you can redeem all 75,000 points for 10 nights at a category 4 hotel plus $1,000 in total. Chase Ink Bold Blog Post, Chase Ink Plus Blog Post, Chase Sapphire Preferred Blog Post
- Use the Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal – This is a great way to continue to accrue points, but you must have a Chase Ultimate Reward credit card to gain access.
- Purchase Hyatt Points: You are able to purchase up to 55,000 Hyatt points per account per year. So let’s say you want to purchase enough for three nights at a category 4 hotel (45,000 points). This will cost you $1,080 total – so $360/night. But if Points + Cash is available, it will be much cheaper (note that this redemption option is capacity controlled). With this option you can purchase enough points for up 7 nights. You’ll need to purchase 53,000 points for $1,272. So $182/night + the $100 Cash portion. Ultimately this will cost you only $282 a night! This is significantly cheaper! Also, many times Hyatt offers a bonus on purchasing Hyatt points. While there is no bonus right this moment, there was recently an offer where you’d get a 30% bonus which is pretty normal. This means you can pay as low as $250/night for a category 4 hotel. And remember, if you pay for your hotel with points + cash, you can use a suite upgrade certificate! Also, your stay will count for any promotions!
I really think a Hyatt category 4 is a nice sweet spot in the awards redemption chart. You can use a category 1-4 free night certificate, use minimal points, and get some amazing hotels!