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It’s back….one of my favorite travel incentives in 2020 just got extended for a short time period in 2021.

What’s the deal

  • Book with Hyatt, and get 15% up to 25% points back
  • Enjoy staying at properties and do NOT pay resort fees
  • Get FREE parking
  • FREE nights count toward your tier status

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

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 January 15, 2021
  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 February 28, 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
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Here’s how it works:
  1. Register for this exclusive offer by January 15, 2021.
  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, 2020 and February 28, 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.

To read details how to apply for these credit cards, read below.

How I took advantage of this offer

 

 

I have 2 examples which allowed me to take advantage of this offer
Hyatt 25% Bonus

1. Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

We took advantage of their Buy One Night Get One Night Free Option, and stayed at the All-Inclusive Resort in Texas. Click here to know more how we did this.
  • 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 (value of 135,000 Hyatt points)
    • We only used
  • 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

For a recap of our stay at Miraval Austin, click here.

2. Ventana Big Sur

One of my recent favorite getaways was visiting this all-inclusive resort in Northern California, Ventana Big Sur. We booked a stay here for 30,000 points per night (60,000 points for 2 nights), and we received 25% of our points back = 15,000. Here’s a recap how we booked this stay at Ventana Big Sur.

How we booked two (2) FREE nights at Hyatt’s all-inclusive, luxurious, California coastal resort, Ventana Big Sur worth over $5,000

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

So the question, how does earn all of these  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

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.

What other cards could you use to stay here using points?

Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the perfect starter credit card. This card alone, and its sign-up bonus points of 80,000 Ultimate Rewards are very close enough to get you  up two (4) free nights at Miraval Resorts. How? You can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to your Hyatt account, and the transfer, in my experience is instantaneous. The 80K bonus offer expires on 11/8/2020. Take note. This is subject to change.
Image courtesy of Chase

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 Miraval Resorts, getting the Chase Sapphire Reserve earns you 50,000 bonus points. Remember, a night a Miraval starts at 45,000 points for 1 person. So you have just about enough for one night with your 65,000 bonus points for 2 people.
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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.
https://daddytravelsnow.com/2018/07/30/how-to-get-started-in-earning-free-travel-reward/

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 are Chase Ink Business Preferred, the Chase Ink Unlimited, the Chase Ink Cash. Those are all excellent cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards.

I hope this helps you if you were planning on doing the same. Any questions, join me and my Facebook travel page, and feel free to ask there.

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By Jason

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