Hawaii hotels can be expensive, but it’s pretty easy to save money by using points to book Hyatt properties. World of Hyatt is currently my favorite hotel loyalty program. Hyatt has several brands ranging from budget-friendly hotels to luxury hotels. World of Hyatt points are easy to earn. When it comes to redeeming points, Hyatt’s award chart is fair. Award nights at World of Hyatt properties start at just 5,000 points per night.
My only complaint is that Hyatt has a smaller footprint than some of the other hotel programs. There are only 7 Hyatt properties in Hawaii, while there are over 30 Marriott properties in Hawaii.
How to earn World of Hyatt points
- World of Hyatt credit card welcome bonus
- WOH credit card spend
- Paid stays at Hyatt properties
- Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio
- Don’t forget about the Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal since UR transfer to Hyatt!
The quickest way to earn lots of points or miles for any given award travel goal is to earn a welcome bonus on a new credit card
If you’re a beginner, it is very important to plan your strategy around Chase’s 5/24 rule. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, stop reading now and read this post first. Both cards I’ll discuss (Sapphire cards and World of Hyatt card) are Chase 5/24 cards.
While the World of Hyatt credit card from Chase may seem like the obvious choice, there is another card that allows you to earn World of Hyatt points AND other hotel points and airline miles. If you do not already have a transferable Chase Ultimate Rewards earning card, I highly suggest opening one of those first.
Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to 3 different hotel programs and 9 different airlines. One of the hotel transfer partners is Hyatt. That means you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to World of Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.
If you only use a World of Hyatt card, you’re only going to earn World of Hyatt points. World of Hyatt points cannot be transferred to other hotel programs. They can be transferred to some airlines, but the ratio is so bad that it is not even worth discussing. By earning Ultimate Rewards, you have the ability to use the points for Hyatt stays, or you can transfer them to other hotels and airlines at a 1:1 ratio.
There are 3 Chase cards that earn transferable Ultimate Rewards points:
For the average person, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is going to be my suggestion. The current offer is 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. The annual fee is reasonable at $95.
If you own a business, consider the Chase Ink Business Preferred card. The current offer is 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $15,000 in the first 3 months. The annual fee is $95.
If you want a premium card that gives you lounge access, the Chase Sapphire Reserve may suit you better than the Chase Sapphire Preferred. The annual fee is $550, but it is easily offset by the benefits and statement credits available. The welcome bonus is 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in 3 months.
World of Hyatt credit card from Chase
There is only 1 Hyatt co-branded credit card and Chase is the issuer.
The welcome bonus is nice, but this card has a benefit that makes it worth keeping year after year. Starting with your first anniversary, you will receive an annual free night certificate. This is good for any Hyatt property that is category 1-4. The annual fee is $95, but there are so many properties for which you can use the annual free night with rates significantly higher than $95.
Current offer: 30,000 Hyatt points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months, plus 2 bonus points per dollar on purchases that normally earn up to 1 point per dollar for the first 6 month on up to $15,000.
The annual fee is $95, but again, the initial bonus offer and then the annual certificate for each anniversary make this card worth opening and keeping.
This card also comes with Discoverist status, which is mid-tier at best, but Discoverist status will get you free premium internet and late checkout. in our experience, Hyatt is also generous with room upgrades, even for lower status!
The earn rate is 4 World of Hyatt points per dollar at Hyatt, 2 points per dollar at restaurants, 2 points per dollar on airfare purchased directly from airlines, 2 points per dollar on local transit, and 2 points per dollar on gym memberships.
World of Hyatt properties in Hawaii
I’m going to list the World of Hyatt properties in Hawaii by island. These prices are from random dates in fall 2019. Rates can fluctuate pretty drastically, so keep that in mind. Also, these are just the base rates, so remember that you also have taxes and fees on a paid stay.
When a Hyatt stay is booked entirely on World of Hyatt points, there are no taxes or resort fees! This is not the case with all hotel programs.
There are currently 7 Hyatt properties in Hawaii. These properties range from World of Hyatt category 3 to WOH category 7.
Remember that these redemption prices are subject to availability. In order to book a room at the “standard room points per night rate”, a standard room must be available. As with all award travel, I suggest booking as soon as you find dates that work for you.
Hyatt in Maui
There are 3 Hyatt properties in Maui
- Resort fee: $48
- Category 7 (30,000 points per night)
- Value: $495, but this is actually on the lower end. Some other dates were $700-900
- Availability is an issue. Data points and some searches of random dates suggest that there is a 6 night minimum when using points to book this property.
This is going to be your luxury property. To compare, Marriott’s luxury property in Maui, The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, is 60,000 Marriott points. Both of these currencies transfer at a 1:1 ratio from Ultimate Rewards. So you can get 2 nights at the Andaz Maui for the same amount of UR as one night at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua. See why I don’t usually suggest transferring UR to Marriott?
- Resort fee: $32
- Category 6 (25,000 points per night)
- Value: $350 and up
- Availability isn’t stellar but you can definitely find it
- Resort fee: $30
- Category 7 (30,000 points per night)
- Value: $960 and up (I’ve seen it for lower at around $650 and higher for about $1500)
- Availability can be an issue, although it’s not quite as bad as the Andaz Maui.
Hyatt in Oahu
There are 3 Hyatt properties in Oahu. I found availability for all 3 of these properties to be decent at any given time of the year.
- Resort fee: $34.55
- Category 4 (15,000 points per night)
- Value: $270
- Resort fee: $42
- Category 5 (20,000 points per night)
- Value: $216
- Destination fee: $15
- Category 3 (12,000 points per night)
- Value: $229
Hyatt in Kauai
This is one of our favorite hotels EVER!!! Availability tends to be great any time of the year.
- Resort fee: $35
- Category 6 (25,000 points per night)
- Value: $500 and up
The World of Hyatt credit card is great for a welcome bonus and for the benefits. I definitely suggest opening it, but only after you have opened a Chase Ultimate Rewards earning card such as a Chase Sapphire Preferred.
Even if a Hyatt hotel stay is your goal, I suggest earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points rather than World of Hyatt points. You can transfer Ultimate Rewards to Hyatt when needed, but you also have the option to transfer to other partners. On the other hand, if you only use a Hyatt card, you only earn Hyatt points. You would be limited to redeeming those points at Hyatt properties.
Earn your first 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points today!
The current offer on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months.
If you’re short on Hyatt points and you already have a Chase Sapphire Preferred (or other Ultimate Rewards earning card), consider opening a World of Hyatt credit card. But after earning the welcome bonus, do not use the Hyatt credit card for everyday spending. Instead, use the Ultimate Rewards earning card.
The earn rate on Chase Ultimate Rewards earning credit cards and the World of Hyatt credit card for non-category bonus spending is one point per dollar. So the earn rate is the same.
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