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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?
Ink Bold® Business Card
Ink Plus® Business Card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
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.
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