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How To Use Ultimate Rewards To Get 8 Free Nights At Hyatt

As I’ve talked about before, the Chase Hyatt Visa Card offers 2 free nights at any Hyatt owned property in the world.

Unlike normal Hotel Credit Cards like the Chase Marriott Visa or Starwood Preferred Guest AMEX, which offer a fixed amount of points for signing up, the Hyatt Visa Card comes with 2 free night certificates that have no limitations on where they can be used.

Link To Sign Up For The Hyatt Visa

You can redeem your certificates for some of the most expensive Hyatt properties in the world like the Park Hyatt Tokyo or Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, or you can use your free nights at some of the cheaper Hyatt brands like the Hyatt Place properties. The choice is up to you.

Hotel Categorization

While I knew that Hyatt was an Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner at 1:1 ratio, I had never really looked into the Hyatt Gold Passport program even though I do have free Platinum status : )

In my opinion, the number one factor that impacts how valuable a hotel loyalty program relates to how they categorize their properties.

Almost all hotel loyalty programs put their hotel properties into different categories depending on how expensive each property is. Simply put, the more expensive the hotel’s regular room rate, the higher the category, the more points it will cost you for a free night. Makes perfect sense.

Most of my past hotel experiences have been with Starwood, so for their categorization, it goes from Category 1 -7, with Category 7 being St. Regis type hotels which cost upwards of 30,000-35,000 SPG points a night.

The current SPG AMEX sign up bonus offers 25,000 SPG points for signing up, meaning that if you wanted to stay at the St. Regis, you would not have enough points for even 1 night since it is a Category 7 property : (

This differs greatly from the Hyatt offer which provides 2 free night certificates that can be used at any Hyatt, regardless of how many points it would normally cost or what category the property falls under.

When I took a look at Hyatt’s property categorization chart, I found it interesting that their most expensive hotels (Category 6) only cost 22,000 – 27,000 Gold Passport Points a night.

This includes the uber expensive properties I mentioned above like the Park Hyatt Tokyo & Park Hyatt Paris Vendome.

Full List Of Hyatt Properties By Catagory

How To Get 8 Free Nights, Instead Of 4

You may be wondering why it matters that the highest Hyatt properties cost only 27,000 points a night, when the 2 free night certificates aren’t tied to points. 

It all comes back to the fact that Hyatt is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.

From all the emails I’ve gotten asking for the Chase Sapphire Preferred screen shot, I suspect a lot of people have 50,000+ Ultimate Rewards points laying around.

I personally have 130,000+ Ultimate Reward points from signing up for both the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase INK Bold Cards.

In the past, as with all travel credit cards and promotions, I have advocated that if you are considering getting the Hyatt Card for the 2 free nights, that you should double down on the offer.

This means that you should get your travel partner (spouse, significant other, friend, lover, family member, etc) to also get whatever card you are signing up for because then you can double the amount of benefits you are getting.

In the case of the Hyatt Card, by each signing up, you will each get 2 free nights, for a grand total of 4 free nights.

Since most people travel, at a minimum, with another person, I think this concept of doubling down can be extremely advantageous.

With the ability to transfer from Ultimate Rewards to Hyatt at 1:1 ratio and the most expensive Hyatt properties only costing 27,000 Gold Passport Points a night, it is pretty easy to do the math and see what an opportunity this can be to get some additional free Hyatt night.

If you and your travel partner both signed up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred and got the 50,000 offer and completed the minimum spend requirement, by transferring your Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt, you should each have enough for 2 free nights at Hyatt, for a grand total of 4 free nights.

If you both have already, or are planning to, sign up for the Hyatt Visa, that is another 2 free nights for each of you. This brings you to a grand total of 8 FREE NIGHTS at any Hyatt property around the world.

To put in perspective how awesome an opportunity this is, I have selected a few of my favorite Hyatt Properties below along with their cost for a randomly selected day in December.

I obviously write about this kind of stuff everyday on the blog, but even I was amazed at some of these prices!

But What About The Flight?

If you are reading this and saying, okay I guess that makes sense, but why wouldn’t I just use the Ultimate Rewards for free flights.

That is a valid question and you are free to do that and in many cases, that might make more sense.

If you were so inclined, you and your travel partner could both sign up for the Hyatt card and be happy with 4 free nights total, and then use your previously earned  Ultimate Rewards points to cover the cost of flights.

9/10 times that is probably what I would do because to be honest, I’m sure 8 nights at 1 property could be a little over kill. However, in the same token, you could easily split the 8 nights into 2 separate trips of 4 nights each. That is probably far more reasonable.

The only reason I bring up transferring Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt is because generally an Economy flight anywhere in the world at most will cost $1,500. So even if you had to spend out of pocket for the flight, the lodging at any 5 star Hyatt of your choice would be free.

In addition, there is also the United 65,000 Offer + $50 Statement Credit offer and British Airways 100,000 mile offer out there, so either one of those could be used to cover the airfare.

After looking at all the amazing Hyatt properties around the world, I am seriously considering taking a 4 day pit stop at the Park Hyatt Maldives enroute to India. If anyone has been, please let me know what you thought of it!

As you can see, as long as you do some Long Range Planning for your next trip, there is absolutely no reason why your airfare & lodging at a 5 star hotel can’t be 100% free!

If you are thinking about a honeymoon, second honeymoon, anniversary, etc, this is definitely the way to go!

-Parag

How To Take Advantage Of Radisson’s 50,000 Point Big Night Giveaway

 Club Carlson 50,000 Point Big Night Giveaway

As MommyPoints had mentioned, there was a rumor Radisson’s 50,000 Point Big Night Giveaway was once again returning this year.

It looks like she was right on the money, and Radisson is once again bring the promotion back with some added twists.

Depending on which Club Carlson properties you stay at between 5/15/12 – 7/15/12, you can do any of the following:

  • For a 1 night stay at Radisson, you can get 50,000 Club Carlson points.
  • For a 1 night stay at Park Inn/Park Plaza, you can get 44,000 Club Carlson points.
  • For a 1 night stay at Country Inn & Suites, you can get 44,000 Club Carlson points.

You do have to register for the promotion and it is limited to the first 100,000 people but the promotions are stackable meaning you can do all 3 of them and potentially get 138,000 points!

Registration begins at 12:01 Am CDT on May 15, 2012.

Not all the sites are live yet, so if you get an error, check back on May 15, 2012.

If you aren’t already a Club Carlson member, please check out my post from yesterday where you can get an additional 4,500 miles just for signing up.

Depending on which offer you do, with the new user sign up bonus, you could potentially get 54,500 points from this promotion!

Is This A Good Deal?

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not really that familiar with the Club Carlson program, so just like you, I am learning along the way. However as my hotel booking last weekend taught me, you never know when you will need random hotel points, therefore I am definitely going to partake in this promotion.

Although registration for this promotion opens on May 15, it is always good idea to do a little prep work to make sure you are prepared to take advantage of the offer when it goes live.

So for those of you that are planning on partaking in this offer, I suggest the following:

Check To Make Sure There Are Club Carlson Properties Around You

The first thing I did was to check Kayak.com to see if there is a Radisson, Park Inn, or Country Inn near me and how much do they cost.

From my search on Kayak, it seems there is only 1 Radisson within downtown Chicago and that is the Radisson Blu, which costs $254 a night.

Although it would get me 55,000 points, it is hard for me to justify spending that much just to earn some points, so I took a look at some other options.

Airports typically have tons of different hotel options that vary greatly in terms of brands and costs.

Plugging in O’Hare into Kayak, it pulled up quite a few Radissons and Country Inns.

The cheapest Radisson costs $113 a night and the cheapest Country Inn costs $69 a night, which is far more in line with my budget for this promotion.

Although I would only get the 44,000 Club Carlson points if I did the Country Inn promotion, with the new user sign up bonus of 4,500 and the 500 or so points earn from the stay, it is hard to beat 50,000 points for $69!

What Are Club Carlson Points Worth
After confirming that I can take part in this promotion since there are in fact Radissons and Country Inns near me, it is time to check what exactly 50,000 Club Carlson points get you.

Checking out the Club Carlson Award Chart, it looks like award nights start at 9,000 points a night for Category 1, while Category 6 properties go for 50,000 a night.

Curious to see what constitutes a Category 6 hotel, I clicked on the link and the first hotel that popped up was the Radisson Blu Chicago!

Ultimately it depends on where you are planning to visit, but from what I saw it looks like there are quite a Radisson Blu properties around the world that are quite expensive if you had to pay for them out-of-pocket.

Tying It All Together
Now that we know how much it costs to take advantage of this promotion and what exactly 50,000 points can get you, it is time to put it all together.

From our original Kayak search, we know that it costs $254 a night to stay at the Radisson Blu Chicago and $69 a night to stay at the Country Inn.

From looking at Club Carlson’s Award Chart, we know the Radisson Blu Chicago is a Category 6 property and costs 50,000 Club Carlson points a night.

Therefore, by “investing” $69 for a 1 night stat at Country Inn, I would get around 50,000 Club Carlson points (44k + 4.5k + 500), which I could then hypothetically redeem for a 1 night stay at $254 a night Category 6 Radisson Blu Chicago.

It does not take a genius to conclude that spending $69 to stay at a $254 a night hotel is a GREAT DEAL!

You are essentially getting your stay for 72% off!

Obviously, you could also redeem your 50,000 points for lower category properties so as to get more nights out of your points.

Recap

As I always say, a great way to maximize a deal is to have your “Travel Partner” also get in on it!

This promotion is no different!

I will probably have my Girlfriend get in on this offer, so between the both of us we can get 100,000 Club Carlson points for $138.

What is really amazing is that if you and your “Travel Partner” both got in on this offer, and then both signed up for the Hyatt Visa, which currently offers 2 free nights just for signing up, you could potentially get 6 free nights (4 from Hyatt & 2 from Radisson) at some of the finest luxury hotels around the world for less than $200!

AMAZING!

-Parag