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The Best Card For Earning Hyatt Points

The True Cost of Manufactured Spending Hyatt Traveling Well For Less

Using Vanilla Reloads for manufactured spending

 

You can earn lots of miles and points through spending.

But is it really worth it?  Are you getting a good value on your spending?

In this series, we’ll take a look at the best cards for earning miles and points for each airline and hotel program.

We’ll look at which credit cards to use so that your cost to spend is less.

The Best Card For Earning Series:

1.  Earning Hyatt points

Earning Hyatt points

Since the Hyatt award chart is changing on January 7, 2014, we’ll look at them first.

Let’s say you want to go to Hawaii, specifically Maui.

You can pay $482.55 (including $30 resort fee) for one night at the Hyatt Regency Maui during the summer.

The True Cost of Manufactured Spending Hyatt Traveling Well For Less

One Night at the Hyatt Regency Maui Costs $483

 

Or you can redeem 20,000 points a night to stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui (after January 7, 2014).

You have no Hyatt points because you’re just starting out or you’ve redeemed all your points.

You can spend in several ways such as Vanilla Reloads, gift cards, Amazon Payments, and PayPal.

For the purpose of this series, because of the limitations of Amazon Payments and the risks of PayPal, we’re only looking at spending through Vanilla Reloads and gift cards.

 1.  Vanilla Reloads

The True Cost of Manufactured Spending Hyatt Traveling Well For Less

Using Vanilla Reloads for manufactured spending

 

A) Hyatt credit card

To earn 20,000 Hyatt points you have to purchase 40 Vanilla Reloads (20,000 ÷ 500 = 40) using the Hyatt credit card.

A Vanilla Reload costs $3.95;  40 Vanilla Reloads would cost you $158.

You’d save $327.55 by buying 40 Vanilla Reloads to earn 20,000 points instead of paying the cash rate of $482.55.

B) Chase Freedom card

The Chase Freedom gives you 5X Ultimate Rewards points at select bonus categories each quarter.

The True Cost of Manufactured Spending Hyatt Traveling Well For Less

Chase Freedom 2014 bonus categories

 

Some gas stations will still let you buy Vanilla Reloads with your credit card.

Taking advantage of the gas station bonus categories, you could buy $1,500 worth of Vanilla Reloads and earn 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points.

Ultimate Rewards points earned from the Chase Freedom can be transferred to Hyatt if you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold card.

You only need 28 Vanilla Reloads (25 Vanilla Reloads purchased with Hyatt card = 12,500 points + 3 Vanilla Reloads purchased with Chase Freedom at a gas station = 7,500 points), if you have the Hyatt card, the Chase Freedom card, and the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, when gas stations are a bonus category.

Your cost for 28 Vanilla Reloads would be $110.60.

You’d save $371.95 by buying 28 Vanilla Reloads to get 20,000 Hyatt points.

C) Ink Bold or Ink Plus

The Chase Ink Bold and the Ink Plus gives you 2X Ultimate Rewards purchases at gas stations.

The True Cost of Manufactured Spending Hyatt Traveling Well For Less

The Ink Plus and Ink Bold gives you 2X Ultimate Rewards points at gas stations

 

To earn 20,000 Hyatt points you have to buy 20 Vanilla Reloads from gas stations.

Your cost would be $79.

You’d save $403.55 using your Ink Bold or Ink Plus card buying Vanilla Reloads to get 20,000 Hyatt points.

2.  Gift Cards

The True Cost of Manufactured Spending Hyatt Traveling Well For Less

Manufacturing spend with gift card

 

A) Hyatt credit card

To earn 20,000 Hyatt points you have to purchase 40, $500 Mastercard gift cards (20,000 ÷ 500 = 40) using the Hyatt credit card.

A Mastercard costs $5.95.  40 gift cards would cost you $238.

Converting the gift cards to money orders at Wal-Mart will cost an additional $28 and extra time, for a total cost of $266.

You’d save $216.55 buying gift cards with your Hyatt credit card instead of paying cash.

B) Chase Freedom card

You can get 5X Ultimate Rewards points at gas stations when you use your Chase Freedom card.

You can buy $1,500 worth of gift cards and earn 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points.

Then you’d transfer the Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt if you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold card.

It only takes 28 gift cards (25 gift cards purchased with Hyatt card = 12,500 points + 3 gift cards purchased with Chase Freedom at a gas station = 7,500 points), if you have the Hyatt card, the Chase Freedom card, and the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

Your cost for 28 gift cards would be $166.60.

You’ll pay an additional $19.60 to convert the gift cards to money orders at Wal-Mart, for a total cost of $186.20.

You’d save $296.35 buying 28 gift cards to get 20,000 Hyatt points.

C) Ink Bold or Ink Plus

1) You can buy gift cards with your Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus for 2X Ultimate Rewards at gas stations.

To get 20,000 Hyatt points you have to buy 20 $500 gift cards.

Your cost would be $119.

You will pay an additional $14 plus your time to convert the gift cards to money orders at Wal-Mart, for a total cost of $133.

You’d save $349.55 using your Ink Bold or Ink Plus card to buy gift cards to get 20,000 Hyatt points.

2) You can buy gift cards with your Chase Ink Bold or Ink Plus for 5X Ultimate Rewards at office supply stores.

To get 20,000 Hyatt points you have to buy 20, $200 gift cards.  (The largest denomination of gift cards carried by office supply stores is $200.)

Your cost would be $139.

You will pay an additional $14 plus your time to convert the gift cards to money orders at Wal-Mart, for a total cost of $153.

You’d save $329.55 using your Ink Bold or Ink Plus card to buy gift cards to get 20,000 Hyatt points.

How much does it cost to earn 20,000 Hyatt points using Vanilla Reloads?

A) You will pay $158 to earn 20,000 Hyatt points using the Hyatt credit card.

B) You will pay $110.60 to earn 20,000 Hyatt points using the Chase Freedom card.

C) You will pay $79 to earn 20,000 Hyatt points using the Ink Bold or Ink Plus credit card.

How much does it cost to earn 20,000 Hyatt points using gift cards?

A) You will pay $266 to earn 20,000 Hyatt points using the Hyatt credit card.

B) You will pay $186.20 to earn 20,000 Hyatt points using the Chase Freedom card.

C) You will pay $133 to earn 20,000 Hyatt points using the Ink Bold or Ink Plus credit card.

The Best Card For Earning For Hyatt Points

If you want to save money you can couch surf, stay in a hostel, or rent a room from Airbnb.  But if you want to stay at Hyatt, you’ll need points.

The best card to use for earning for Hyatt points is the Ink Bold or Ink Plus to buy Vanilla Reloads at gas stations.

If the gas stations near you no longer accept credit cards for Vanilla Reloads, then you could use your Ink Bold or Ink Plus to buy gift cards.

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The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for beginning travel hackers. It is the first card you should get to start traveling for free because the welcome offer is 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first three months.  
My favorite perks about this card are earning 5X points on travel when booked through the Chase portal (2X if direct purchase), 3X points on dining , $50 yearly credit on hotels booked through the Chase portal, no foreign transaction fees, and transferring points to 13 airline and hotel partners like Hyatt, United, and Southwest.
 

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

The Chase Freedom Unlimited is one of my favorite cards for earning cash back card and travel rewards. It offers a welcome offer of 3% cash back = an extra 1.5% cash back on up to $20,000 in purchases your first year.
 
My favorite perks about this card are earning 6.5% cash back on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal , 4.5% cash back at drugstores and restaurants, unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases and no annual fee. When paired with cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card, you can use your points to travel for free.
 

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Kadence

Friday 3rd of January 2014

What about gift cards at office supply with Ink?

Traveling Well For Less

Friday 3rd of January 2014

Hi Kadence,

Thanks, I thought I had that in the post and realized it wasn't. I've added it. :)

jiffy

Friday 3rd of January 2014

Have had zero success finding VR's at gas stations. ANy direction as to stations that will sell fro CC?

Traveling Well For Less

Friday 3rd of January 2014

Hi Jiffy,

Try Sunoco.

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