Most beginners to the miles and points hobby (a.k.a. travel hacking) focus on earning miles for reward flights. Earning enough miles to fly for free or nearly free helps you save money in your travel budget.
Hotel stays, though, can also be quite costly. Earning points for reward stays is obviously an important piece to any travel hacking strategy. To get started, it can be helpful to have a beginners guide to hotel reward programs to give an overview of popular hotel loyalty programs.
Digging deeper, let’s focus in on Hyatt and how to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book Hyatt award stays.
Bonus! Once you know how to transfer points to Hyatt, just repeat the process to transfer points to any of Chase’s other airline or hotel partners!
Chase Ultimate Rewards points are my favorite points currency because of their strong value and fantastic transfer partners. Hyatt has gorgeous properties around the world that would give an excellent return in value on your Ulitmate Rewards points.
Before we continue, make sure you have completed the following.
1. You must know how to log in to your Chase Ultimate Rewards credit card account on Chase’s website. If you haven’t set up your online access yet, simply choose the “not enrolled” option and follow each step to set up your username and password.
2. You must also have a Hyatt Gold Passport member number. If you don’t, you can sign up here for free.
Once this is set, you’re ready to transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt.
There are two ways to access the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.
1. From your Chase online account page, click on the blue “Go to Ultimate Rewards” link in the top right corner. The link is inside a small gray box that shows your total points available.
2. Go directly to the Chase Ultimate Rewards Portal and use your Chase username and password to log in.
Once you log in and if you have more than one Ultimate Rewards credit card, you’ll be prompted to choose which Chase credit card points balance you want to access. If you have only one Chase credit card that earns Ultimate Rewards points, you’ll be taken directly to the main screen.
Click the drop down arrow next to “Use Points” and select the “Transfer to Travel Partners” option from the menu.
The next page on your screen will list all of Chase’s airline and hotel travel partners. Scroll down to the list of hotels. Chase’s hotel transfer partners are Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton.
By clicking on the arrow next to the “Transfer Points” button, the Hyatt row in the chart will drop down and show additional information. The Hyatt brands and their logos are shown. Importantly, though, in the bottom left corner is the time it will take for the points to transfer. Chase Ultimate Rewards points will transfer to your Hyatt account instantly.
Now, click the “Transfer Points” button in the Hyatt row on the chart. At this point, you’ll be prompted to enter in your Hyatt Gold Passport number.
Chase allows Ultimate Rewards points to be transferred to a loyalty account belonging to the primary card holder and one authorized user who lives in the same household. For business cards, like the Chase Ink Plus, points may be transferred to the primary card holder and one authorized user who is also an owner of the business.
Select the recipient or type in the name of the person who is to receive the points transfer. Enter the Hyatt Gold Passport number twice to confirm. Then, click “Continue.”
On the next screen, type in the number of points you’d like to transfer from your Chase account to Hyatt. Points can be transferred in increments of 1,000. It’s best to transfer only the amount of points you need to Hyatt (or any of Chase’s transfer partners). Should a loyalty program devalue, your points will retain their value as Chase points, but lose value if they’re sitting in the account of that devalued program.
Not sure how many points you need? Check out the Hyatt Award Chart. Remember, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt (and all of their travel transfer partners) at a 1:1 ratio.
Continue onto the next screen. You’ll have the opportunity to review your transaction once more before completing it.
On this final page, review everything carefully. Make sure your Hyatt Gold Passport member number is correct. Make sure you have typed in the correct amount of points to transfer. All transfer transactions are final and cannot be reversed.
If everything appears as it should, click the green “Confirm & Submit” button. After a few seconds, you will see a “Congrats!” page confirming the transfer was a success.
Head over to your Hyatt account to see the points registered in your account. (If you had your Hyatt account open beforehand, you may need to refresh the page to show your new points balance.)
Enjoy your Hyatt award stay!
Have you transferred Ultimate Rewards Points to Hyatt or another Chase transfer partner? Which Hyatt award stay was your biggest success?
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