How Can I Combine Hyatt Free Nights With a Points Reservation?

Jun 12, 2017

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The Hyatt Credit Card comes with a sign-up bonus of two free nights, plus another free night at each cardmember anniversary. But what if you want to book a longer reservation by combining free nights from others or adding points, as TPG reader Thomas asked us in a Facebook message…

If I get a Hyatt card and my wife gets one, can we put the 4 nights together for a single stay? And can I combine some of my Chase Sapphire Reserve points for 3 more nights?

TPG Reader Thomas

The two free nights that come as a sign-up bonus with the Hyatt Visa credit card after you spend $2,000 in the first three months from account opening can be used at any Hyatt in the world. That makes them incredibly valuable given that top-tier Hyatt hotels can easily cost over $1,000 per night. But many folks would love to spend more than just two nights in a place like the Park Hyatt Sydney or the Andaz Tokyo. So is it possible to combine free nights from multiple people, and perhaps splash in a few award nights as well?

The answer is yes… kind of. If you call Hyatt, you may be able to combine free nights and points on the same reservation. But you likely won’t be able to put free nights from multiple people together on one reservation. However, what you can do is make separate reservations using free nights from different accounts and even a stay booked with points, and then ask the hotel to link the reservations together either before you arrive or when you first check in.

Now, there are a couple tips to keep in mind if you’re going to do this. First, when you’re making all the different bookings, you’ll need to be sure you’re selecting the identical room type, and that includes the bed. If you choose a room with a King bed using points but two Queens with your free nights, it’ll be difficult if not impossible for the hotel to keep you in the same room for your entire stay. While it’s not the end of the world if you have to change rooms, it’s a lot easier if you don’t have to.

My bed at the Park Hyatt
Make sure to choose the same type of room across all your reservations, including the bed.

You’l also want to make sure the room occupants are listed on all the reservations, especially if you’re planning to use free nights from two or more different people. It’s easy to add a second person to an existing reservation just by calling Hyatt, and that way it’ll be clear to the hotel that the same people are staying across all the different reservations.

Finally, be aware that while award reservations are now eligible for upgrades, the two free nights from the Hyatt credit card sign-up bonus are not. So if you’re a Hyatt Globalist, you can add your World of Hyatt account number to the reservations for other elite perks but don’t expect to be able to use a suite upgrade.

It’s possible that even if you follow all these steps, in some cases the property you’re visiting won’t be able to guarantee you the same room for your entire stay. But it’s usually not an issue, and if you contact the hotel a few days ahead of time to let them know about your multiple reservations, it’s relatively likely that you’ll be able to keep the same room across all your nights.

Enjoy your seven-night free Hyatt stay, Thomas, and thanks for the question. If you’re a TPG reader who’d like us to answer a question of your own, tweet us at @thepointsguy, message us on Facebook or email us at info@thepointsguy.com.

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