Reader Question: How to Rack up Hyatt Points

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One of the questions I received via email this week was about Hyatt Hotels and how to rack up their points for reward night stays. This is one of my favorite things to do as I think Hyatts are great, so I wanted to answer the email here in case it benefits others as well. Here is the full question:

Since you often talk about loving Hyatt hotels, I was wondering the best ways to build up Hyatt points. I am contemplating a ski trip to Beaver Creek Colorado, but currently we only have approximately 5,000 points, and need quite a bit more for 4 nights. I know you can open a credit card get 2 free nights (we did that once and our family stayed in Clearwater beach over spring break for 2 nights). We do not have any chase sapphire preferred cards or business credit cards—is that what you use and transfer points to Hyatt? Suggestions?
I have been to the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, and the location alone at the base of the mountain makes it worth the Category 6 (top tier) rating. That means it will cost you 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night – for a total of 88,000 for the four nights this family hopes to have. So, the bad news is they have a ways to go starting from just 5,000 points, but the good news is it is very easy to get there. This is especially true in their case as it is indicated they don’t have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card or any business credit cards. Given that info, here are my recommendations for racking up enough Hyatt points for four nights at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, or any other Hyatt properties.
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Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Chase Ultimate Rewards:
In my opinion, the very best way to rack up Hyatt points in a hurry is via the Chase Ultimate Rewards program. This is true both in terms of the sign-up bonuses for the cards that earn Ultimate Rewards and the everyday spending power that those cards have. This works because Chase Ultimate Reward points transfer instantly to Hyatt Gold Passport at a 1:1 ratio. Here are some of the Ultimate Rewards earning cards that would work:

Ink Bold® Business Card

Ink Plus® Business Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Those three cards listed above can all transfer to Hyatt on their own. You can also get one of the Ultimate Reward cards listed below, but would need one of the three listed above in addition in order to transfer the points to Hyatt, or other Ultimate Reward partners.
Chase Freedom® 
Ink Cash® Business Card
Chase Ink Classic Business Card
These cards are all great not only for their sign-up bonuses which could get you several Hyatt nights in a hurry, but they also earn up to 5x on certain categories of spending. For example, the Ink cards award 5x on cell phones, cable bills, internet bills, and at office supply stores (up to an annual limit that varies by card). The Freedom awards 5x at rotating types of stores each quarter. Past categories have included restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, drug stores, Amazon, and more. The Sapphire Preferred gives 2x on dining and travel expenses. It all really, really adds up to a whole bunch of Ultimate Reward points that you can easily and instantly transfer to Hyatt.

Hyatt Stays:

Obviously you can earn Hyatt points on eligible Hyatt stays. A basic member earns 5 points per dollar on eligible charges at Hyatt hotels. In addition to that, Platinum members earn a 15% bonus and Diamond members earn a 30% bonus. Diamond members can also get a 500 or 1,000 points welcome amenity bonus on each stay (in lieu of the food and beverage amenity). On top of this, several times per year there are promotions you can register for that will result in additional points if you meet the promotion requirements. I keep the promotions up to date on this page, but the promo that runs through May 31st awards 3,000 bonus points after every third eligible stay.

While some promos in years past made it lucrative to book Hyatt stays purely for the points or free nights earned via the promo itself, that has not been the case for years, and likely won’t return to those days in the foreseeable future. In other words, absolutely make sure to earn Hyatt points when you are staying at a Hyatt, but that is not the quickest or most cost effective to rack up points in a hurry.
Hyatt also has their own credit card that has a great sign-up bonus. The standard sign-up bonus is two free nights at any Hyatt after spending $1,000 in the first three months, but those with elite status with Hyatt when they apply get some extra perks on top of that. There is a $75 annual fee that is not waived the first year. I recommend trying to make a reservation on the Hyatt site to see if you are given an offer that also includes a statement credit. This card awards 3 points per dollar for charges at Hyatts and two points per dollar on dining, airline, and car rental expenses.
Those are typically the best ways to go about obtaining Hyatt points. Every now and then there are promos like the Daily Getaways that offer blocks of Hyatt points for sale at a decent rate, but that is too rare to go into detail on in this case. In their case, I would just get the Ink Bold or Ink Plus and the Chase Sapphire Preferred (since they already had the Hyatt card), and call it a day. Once the spending requirements are hit, they will have more than enough points that they can transfer to Hyatt for four nights at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, or any other top tier Hyatt if their plans change.
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Park Hyatt Beaver Creek as seen from ski slopes

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  1. Sorry, but it’s obvious this is a credit card advertisement peddling the same old cards instead of an actual blog article

  2. Tom, in this case credit cards (and in large part their sign-up bonuses) are one of the very best ways to get Hyatt points, so that info is included. If you have some better suggestions to rack up Hyatt points please feel free to add them and I’ll get it added to the post. Thanks!

  3. I think your suggestion of buying them on the cheap during daily Getaways is the best idea. The problem is.. well maybe this year won’t be bad.

  4. My point is, it’s gotten obvious bloggers now have shifted to trying to find a subject to write that will indirectly actually focus on credit cards, instead of talking about a valuable subject. It’s easy to set up a question with the answer being ‘open credit cards’. What readers actually want is valuable information, and in turn we will click your affiliate links. I used to exclusively use your blog for affiliate links because you have the best actual content, but that seems to be declining.

  5. Tim2, hopefully there will be enough Daily Getaway packages to go around this year. 😉
    Thomas, I received the question as written and the easiest way I know of to rack up Hyatt points without spending a ton or traveling a ton is via credit cards. If you know of another way, please share! 😉
    JAG, happy to help remind ya! It is one of my favorite transfer partners, along with United.

  6. You really can’t win. Write about substance other than credit cards and you kill the deal. Write about credit cards and you’re repetitious. Maybe you should write about the Infinite Vault of Free Ultimate Rewards Points advertised on the Chase website.

    • Corky Putt Putt, ha ha. If you would like to do a guest post on the unlimited vault of Chase UR points you are 100% welcome to do so and I’ll get it published front and center! 😉 I try to write about things that I hope are helpful. My family loves Hyatts and loves to use Chase UR points to “pay” for them. It may not be as exciting as a vault of unlimited points, but it’s the best way I know of to do it. Can’t please everyone I suppose. 😉

  7. I think the question was aking how to rack up points without having to open new cards…that’s the way I read it. Opinions on how to do that?

  8. Writing about families and what to pack, what toys to bring, how to keep kids safe at TSA checkpoints, these are some of the ideas people like to read, specially now that Summer is around the corner.

    How about a series of kids at Yellowstone? Whether to fly to Jackson Hole or rent a car in Denver and drive thru Wyoming? What to expect on the drive. What hotels offer best value in Orlando? Nanny services in Orlando so daddy and mommy can enjoy a night out? Gosh I just gave you so many ideas.

    Repeating CC offers gets boring and you lose credibility.

  9. Mommypoints, keep doing what you’re doing. Filter out all the unnecessary chatter. If some people don’t like your content, they are free to look elsewhere….or maybe start their own business! As a parent of an almost 6 year old, I think your blog and mix of topics is great.

  10. No even joking right now… I would love a post about drop in nannies and what hotels use them and what not. My wife and I went on a retreat for her job and they got one for all the little ones so the parents could play. I had never heard of this and thought this was an awesome idea. MP, have you ever used this type of service?

  11. I just don’t understand why people always feel the need to comment negatively on blog posts. People, you do not pay for this blog service…if you don’t like the content, do not read it. It’s impossible to please 100% of the readers 100% of the time, and if you have nothing nice to say, then just don’t say it! Mommypoints is free to write about whatever she wants to write – it is her blog. The same goes for all of the other blogs that I see attacked on a daily basis. If any of you commenting on how bad this post is think you can write something better, then start your own blog. Mommypoints, I appreciate your daily posts – some are relevant to me and some are not, and that’s completely how I would expect it to be. I also do not mind at all when you post your affiliate links…you deserve to earn a bit from all of the tips you post that we benefit from (and if anyone feels otherwise, they simply do not need to apply for credit cards from your links).

  12. Tim2, I just used a similar service for the first time while in Colorado Springs, so I will happily report on that. In short, it is available almost everywhere, but often is arranged with a company not affiliated with the hotel. The hotels usually don’t offer kid’s facility until the kids have reached somewhere between 3 and 5.

    For those who didn’t like this post and/or the links in the post, I’m sorry to hear it. I wish there were 97 ways to earn Hyatt points, but there just aren’t. Again, I am still all ears if someone has another way to earn Hyatt points that I missed. Outside of travel, credit cards are the main way to rack up Hyatt points. So, apologies for those who wanted more “meat”, but in this case there just isn’t much more answer to the question.

    Always feel free to skip any posts that are not of interest. Some posts are on credit cards, some are on travel gear, some are on crying babies, some are hotel reviews, some are on promos, some are on redemptions, etc. There are a variety of topics and sadly there is a 0% chance that every post will be of interest to everyone.

    Recently there are a few vocal folks who post on multiple sites who very much don’t like affiliate links. I get that, but at the end of the day I will only link to the best offers (whether they are my links or not), and only when I feel it is relevant. Those links make it possible for me to devote to this site, and they don’t cost any readers a single cent. I appreciate those who choose to support this site by using our links when they apply for a card, and I appreciate those who simply take the time to read our site even if they never use any of our links.

    There are a bajillion miles, points, and travel blogs. I very much hope you all find this one useful more often than not, but if you don’t, then undoubtedly there is probably another site out there that might better suit your needs.

    Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend!

  13. I think readers should be savvy enough to stop reading a post if they don’t like the content.

    According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of a blog is a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer.

    “PAersonal journal” – MommyPoints can write what ever she wants and the readers can not read it if they want. If you don’t like the links, close the page.

  14. Thanks for the response Mommy Points. But there is one big flaw in both your argument (as well as many other bloggers) that if you don’t like the content, simply read another blog.

    Think of that argument from a business perspective. I, like many of the other commenters who wish blogging wouldn’t turn into just nonstop credit card pitches, have been following your blog since it’s inception. I also choose to give you affiliate links which average 100-200 each in compensation. As such, I’m your customer. Bloggers are more than willing to provide negative feedback when they are customers to airlines, hotels, etc, so how is it unfair that we provide feedback when we feel you are taking advantage of the readers? Also, how is it good business practice to recommend to a loyal reader that they no longer read your blog after one constructive comment?

    Boarding Area bloggers in particular need to remember that this is a blog and an online content provider. All online content providers have the ‘comments’ section for a reason, and it’s not to only praise each article with positive responses. If bloggers can’t take a little constructive criticism by faithful readers who can see that you are slowly selling out, change the section to simply be ‘praises’ or remove it altogether.

    • Thomas, happy to take constructive criticism, but this was an actual question from an actual reader. The answer to the question is the best one I know. It clearly is not a topic (or answer?) that is for you, but that does not mean it is not helpful for others. Questions like this really are quite common among my readers. I would hope you will find info here helpful and keep visiting, but clearly I can’t please everyone at the same time.

      In my opinion the main function of the comments section is to exchange ideas about the topic so we all continue to learn. For example, if I missed a way to earn Hyatt points I would hope someone would remind me in the comments. Of course, it can certainly be used to express happiness or unhappiness regarding the content of the post.

      My email inbox is always open as well.

  15. Hi Mommypoints,

    Sure, and I’m sure you receive 100’s of questions per day. It’s much easier (and more financially rewarding in the short term) to choose a question that leads to a simple credit card push than to create one with original content. I mean, cmon, this article is structured exactly the same as so many other BA articles where the advice is to open a credit card (which I’ve heard is exactly what was discussed at BAcon)!

    While short term these might give you revenue, think long term- once everyone has done all the basic cards and no new great offers exist, what will you talk about then? And what if all the loyal readers are gone by then?

    Sorry to keep ranting. Thanks for listening.

    • Thomas, sorry don’t think we will agree on this. I do appreciate you reading and your comments though.

  16. “Thomas, I received the question as written and the easiest way I know of to rack up Hyatt points without spending a ton or traveling a ton is via credit cards”

    And while I’m sure you do an admirable job responding to any email questions you receive, since this one was a lobbed meatball excuse to post all the Chase links you decided to answer this one as a public blog post

    Anyone else think if someone asked the best way to rack up Choice Privileges or Club Carlson posts that this would’ve been responded to by email?

  17. Dear Mommypoints.

    I agree credit card signup bonus is still the best way to rack up miles and points PERIOD and you do not need to apologize to anyone for your post. We could never have afforded our vacations otherwise. No chance of us spending enough on my Chase Sapphire to earn 40,000 points because we simply don’t spend that much even in a year. We live on the cheap.

    Case in point: Our recent vacation at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa. Heavenly!! (Hyatt card 2 free nights + UR points). Breakfast brought to our SUITE each morning-priceless!! (We got upgraded to a suite because Hyatt made a boo-boo and wanted to make up for it which was nice of them because we didn’t expect it at all) 2 Round trip=Southwest points. Car rental(7 days)= Southwest points + UR transfer. Our only out of pocket expense was gas and gifts to take back for our friends. We even paid for some of our food with points!!

    I guess those critics have bad credit so you hit a nerve with them? Perhaps. I wonder what they do for a living? They seem so petty and miserable. Maybe they hate their jobs, or their lives? Maybe you should do a post on how they can repair their credit to take advantage of credit card sign up bonuses so they can stop with all the jealousy and hatred. Just can’t help miserable souls in this world no matter how much we try. They just need to find their own “happy place”. Oh well…

    I’m already planning our trip to Europe for our 7th anniversary. Here’s how I plan to do that.

    ****Critics – take notes please****

    Hyatt anniversary night + Hyatt points + UR points = 3 nights in Thessaloniki, Greece. 120,000 Hilton points = 3 nights, Athens. 155,000 Delta Skymiles = 2 round trip via Paris. All I need to do now is apply for the Hilton Reserve card for 2 weekend nights in Paris. I’m very conservative so I do one card at a time so I have the option to pay it off and decide if I want to keep it or shelf it. If I don’t get the card I have a back up plan.

    @ Thomas – Let me know where you live so I’ll waive when I’m flying over your state on the way to my European adventure next year 🙂

  18. I love your blog, and linked from it to apply for the Hyatt Chase card. I wanted to let you know that your information is outdated – the link is for a waived annual fee the first year! That was a nice surprise.

  19. Hi! You seem to have a lot of knowledge about this. I’m wondering if you can answer this? I just got approved for the Hyatt Credit Card. When I applied, the form said that I would automatically be assigned a Gold Passport number. However, I am not on the system yet. I want to book a room within the next couple days. How can I make sure I get points and get the volume on my card before it comes in the mail?

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