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Although Hyatt has a great points program with some amazing redemption opportunities like being able to book award nights at top-tier Park Hyatts for just 22,000 points, until now, one of the drawbacks to trying to book award nights with Hyatt is that unless you had enough points in your Gold Passport account to actually book the award you wanted, the Gold Passport website would not show you award night availability.

Instead, you would have to call the Gold Passport line, ask about availability on various dates and hope they were available.

In a big overhaul of its website, though, Hyatt has now added the ability to search for award nights and availability to Hyatt.com, bringing it in line (finally!) with the other hotel programs and cutting a step out of the award booking process.

To test it out, I just plugged in a date in May at a property I’m eventually interested in staying at, the newly renovated Park Hyatt Sydney in Australia.

Although the normal paid rates came up, there’s now a little box at the top of the results page that says “Show Hyatt Gold Passport Points.”

Park Hyatt Sydney rates

When you click it, the results automatically repopulate and show both paid rates as well as the points rates per night and the various room types you can choose using points.

Park Hyatt Sydney Points Rates

Then you just click on the button that says Book With HPG Points, log into your account and book the room. Note, only one room can be booked using points per reservation.

I even just used it myself to book a room at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome – one of my favorite Hyatt properties in the world – a few months from now. I love the fact that I was able to see availability and book using points and compare it to the room rate all on one screen so I could decide whether to redeem or not. Of course I redeemed – I love the hotel, but 660 EUR ($860) is too much for me!

I was able to compare my options and redeem points directly through Hyatt.com.
I was able to compare my options and redeem points directly through Hyatt.com.

Although it’s not a revolutionary development, but rather a much-needed update for Hyatt, I’m still glad that the hotel chain finally added this capability to its website. Now if only they’d add some other interesting options like cash & points awards, that would be a fantastic evolution!

As a reminder, Hyatt Gold Passport is an instant transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus at a 1:1 ratio.

Hat tip: Mommy Points.

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With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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