EXTENDED: Hyatt Deal up to 25% points back + free parking

Do you have a World of Hyatt credit card? Are you a World of Hyatt member? If not, this is one of  those deals or reasons why you should consider getting a World of Hyatt credit card.

I recently did back-to-back bookings with World of Hyatt. We’ve got an upcoming stay at Ventana Big Sur and Miraval Austin – both properties are all inclusive Hyatt-affiliated luxurious resorts. There was an offer from Hyatt that they launched in the summer where you get:

  • 15% back + free parking for ALL World of Hyatt members
  • 25% back + free parking for ALL World of Hyatt Credit Cardmembers
  • Offer valid for stays through October 8, 2020
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The not-so-good news (with my bookings)

The not-so-good: Our booking at Ventana Big Sur (where we spent 60,000 World of Hyatt points) was booked for November (the first available dates at the time of my call). This means we did not qualify since the offer was only valid for stays through October 8th. Bummer!!!

The good news with my bookings and your future bookings

Our second booking, our Miraval Austin getaway is coming up before the end of September, therefore we do qualify to get 25% of our World of Hyatt points back. We used 135,000 points to book our 4-night stay at this all-inclusive property.

  • Free shuttle to/from the airport to the resort (no need to rent a car)
  • Each night costs 65,000 World of Hyatt Points, you get the 2nd night free
  • Each guest gets $175 resort credit per night that is booked
    • That’s $350 resort credit for the two of us per each night that we book
    • Could be used for the spa or classes that are not part of the all-inclusive
  • BOGO Promo valid dates: Stay between July 15 and December 31, 2020
  • Stay before October 8, World of Hyatt Credit cardholders also get 25% points credit
  • If you’re not a cardmember, but a World of Hyatt member, you get 15% points credit.

With our booking of 130,000 World of Hyatt points, we would get 25% back, or 32,500!!!

Breakdown of our 4 nights – Miraval Austin

GREAT NEWS! World of Hyatt discounts EXTENDED

And now for even better news. Hyatt had extended this offer of up to 25% points credit into early 2021. This means our November stay at Ventana Big Sur is now going to get 25% points credit back. We booked that visit using 60,000 World of Hyatt points (minus 25% credit) = 15,000 points to be credit back. It makes this stay at the luxurious Ventana Big Sur costing us 22,500 vs the regular 30,000 points per night. Insane! And the value of our visit if we paid in cash? Nearly $6,000….and all we used were points earned from our credit cards.

How I’ll be earning 47,500 World of Hyatt points back

That’s right. My bookings for both all-inclusive properties cost me 190,000 World of Hyatt points. But thanks to the 25% credit promotion, I will receive a credit of 47,500 points:

How to book your next Hyatt vacation and get up to 25%

First of all, you have to be a World of Hyatt member, and joining is easy and FREE. Click here.

Remember, World of Hyatt members who use points get 15% back, and if you’re a World of Hyatt credit cardholder, you get 25% points credit.

To book, according to Hyatt:

  1. Register for this exclusive offer by December 1, 2020.
  2. Redeem your points for Free Night Awards, Points + Cash stays, toward room upgrades, dining and spa services, Exhale classes and spa therapies completed between July 8 and January 4, 2021.
  3. You’ll get up to 25% of the points you redeem back as Bonus Points. They’ll automatically be deposited into your World of Hyatt account after your points have been used

Which points will work at Hyatt

World of Hyatt Points – If you have enough points, at least 30,000 Hyatt point sitting in your Hyatt account, you could book at least one (1) night at Ventana Big Sur. If you have 60K or more, then the more nights you could book. Or you could book at other World of Hyatt properties and calculate your savings.

Chase Ultimate Reward Points – If you DON’T have any points in your Hyatt account, you can easily transfer points from your Chase credit card directly to Hyatt (we will cover the ones with this benefit below). You can do this online or over the phone with a Chase rep, and in my experience, the transfer was quick….as in within that same minute. YMMV.

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What credit cards could you use to book a stay at Ventana?

So the question, how does earn 60,000 Hyatt points? You don’t have to be a frequent traveler to earn these points. In my case, it’s all about having the right set of credit cards. The following credit cards could make this easily possible:

World of Hyatt Credit Card

For the ones who are not that familiar with how to earn these points, one quick easy way of earning Hyatt points is by applying for a World of Hyatt credit card – this gets you 50,000 bonus points, you do have an annual fee of $95…..but look, if and when used wisely, the card bonus points could get you one night at this property valued up to $2500, or if you keep earning points up to 60,000, you just turned your $95 annual fee and get yourself a stay at an all-inclusive luxurious property for up to $5,000 value. This is the card that could make this $5000 value stay so easily attainable by simply using bonus points that you’ve earned.
Image courtesy of Chase World of Hyatt

What’s the catch:

To get the 50,000 sign-up bonus:
  • Earn 25,000 Bonus Points – after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.same page link to offer details reference*
  • Earn an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening
  • Annual Fee – $95

What else do you get once you meet the requirements

1 free night every year

  • Receive one free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort every year after your cardmember anniversary.

Plus, 1 additional free night

  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year.
You can apply as an individual, or if you and your significant other applies as well, you both have the opportunity of easily getting 100K bonus points. Click here to apply for a World of Hyatt credit card or to obtain more information.

How to book using World of Hyatt points

If you have enough points with Hyatt, you can book everything online at Hyatt.com, or you could call 1-888-591-1234 and book your stay with a World of Hyatt agent
 
Image courtesy of Hyatt Ventana Big Sur
 

Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the perfect starter credit card. This card alone, and its sign-up bonus points of 60,000 Ultimate Rewards are enough to get you two (2) free nights at Ventana Big Sur. How? You can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to your Hyatt account, and the transfer, in my experience is instantaneous.

What’s the catch

To get your 60,000 sign-up bonus with Chase Sapphire Preferred
  • Spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Annual fee is $95
If you have enough points to book a stay, you could transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards to your Hyatt account. It is a 1:1 transfer ratio. You can do this yourself online or by calling Chase directly and have them transfer your points for you.

Chase Sapphire Reserve

This is the creme de la creme of Chase’s suite of credit cards. If we’re talking specifically of booking Ventana Big Sur, getting the Chase Sapphire Reserve earns you 50,000 bonus points. Remember, a night a Ventana Big Sur starts at 30,000 points. So you have just about enough for one night with your 50,000 bonus points.
Image courtesy of Chase
Image courtesy of Chase

What’s the catch

To get your 50,000 sign-up bonus:
  • Spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Annual fee is $550
If you have enough points to book a stay, you could transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards to your Hyatt account. It is a 1:1 transfer ratio. You can do this yourself online or by calling Chase directly and have them transfer your points for you.
 
Can’t decide between the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Sapphire Reserve? Here’s an article I wrote over 2 years ago, that I think is still pretty timely, some links might be outdated, but the general idea is still relevant.

Chase Freedom Unlimited

This is Chase credit card has no Annual Fee –  Chase Freedom Unlimited. This card gets you 1.5x for every dollar that you spend. This would be great card to use when the purchase would normally earn you 1x per dollar, instead you get 1.5x.
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How to earn $200 cash back with Chase Freedom Unlimited

  • Spend $500 in the first three months the account is open.
  • Annual fee = $0
  • In addition, there is a current offer where you will earn 5% cash back on grocery store purchases (not including Target® or Walmart® purchases) on up to $12,000 spent in the first year. (offer is subject to change without notice)

The catch with this card? The points you earn are Ultimate Reward points. With these point, you can use the Chase Travel Portal and book. HOWEVER, you CANNOT transfer your points to a travel partner such as Hyatt. So, is there a workaround? Yes. If you carry a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can transfer your points from your Chase Freedom Unlimited to your Sapphire and then be able to transfer to a travel partner.

Other cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards

  • Chase Freedom
  • Chase Ink Business Preferred,
  • Chase Ink Unlimited
  • Chase Ink Cash

These are all excellent cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Final tip

If and when you are ready to book a stay at the Hyatt, I highly suggest calling Hyatt customer directly. They have access to the entire calendar and available dates, this was you are not having to go in blindly.

Good luck, and let me know if you are able to book this property.

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2 Comments

  1. Such a great write up! So, do you have two Hyatt accounts and cards? Trying to figure out how you came up with 135K
    #mathishard

    1. Love the hashtag. We have two Hyatt cards but we’ve used our sign up bonuses awhile ago. These days, it was all about the earning from Chase URs, easy and quick transfer to Hyatt within a minute. Oh my math is harder. It was just 130K for the Miraval (65K per night x 2 = 130K). The other 2 nights were free. 🙂

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