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Review: Hyatt House Colorado Springs
BoardingArea had a little get together over the weekend and I needed a place to crash for the night to attend the festivities. Rates were ridiculously high to pay cash…$219 for a Hyatt House? Cahmon! Luckily the Hyatt House Colorado Springs is a Tier 1 World of Hyatt property and can be redeemed for just 5000 points. The hotel is almost $250 with taxes – that’s almost $0.05 per point. Usually I like to redeem cash + points rates because it increases the valuation, qualifies for elite requirements, AND towards qualifying for a free category 4 night by staying at 5 different properties. Unfortunately, cash + points weren’t available when I booked the hotel, but at 5000 World of Hyatt points ( still feels weird to say) I thought the Hyatt House Colorado Springs was an excellent value play.
See I’m not lying…it was that much!
- When: June 2017
- Where: Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Loyalty: World of Hyatt
- Status: Explorist
- Category: 1
- Rate: 5k points
- Benefits: Free internet, breakfast ( which is included for everyone)
Check in –
Both DW from AcCountingYourPoints and I had interesting check in experiences. I arrived SUPER late and think I just got someone who was working the graveyard shift and was having a bit of fun. He had some issues on his reservation and we had a chuckle the following morning over breakfast. He and I ran into Tyler from Resort Traveler the next morning – this hotel was getting full on reviewed! The guys from No Mas Coach and a few others hit up the Hyatt Place down the road – all in all – points were being spent in Colorado Springs at entry level Hyatt properties. Jeez, ok, enough about my social life on to the review!
The hotel has quite nice views!
5000 points is all this is? The room is huge with a small kitchenette, has a separate living room, and comes with free breakfast. I had a similar experience staying at the Hyatt Place in Charlotte – I could see myself staying in one of these for a longer stay. Is this the lap of luxury? Obviously not, but pound for point, it’s VERY solid and I’m a fan. I could see this as a great way for a small family or group of friends taking over a suite and loving it.
The really cool thing about Hyatt House is the kitchen. It’s fully stocked and they’ll even get your groceries for you.
If you’re accustomed to entry level hotel breakfast I think you’d be pleasantly surprised – it’s a small thing, but they had Almond milk…that’s pretty nice when you don’t use soy or normal milk. I was udderly impressed 😉
Pool and Fitness:
Small, but enough to work up a sweat, and honestly…I wasn’t expecting it to have these facilities. Plus, when you’re at this altitude, you’ll be out of breath walking up a flight of stairs.
I’ll be heading back to Colorado Springs in the fall and if points are available…I’m back here. 5000 points – are you kidding me? They even have a bar that I didn’t visit and a sundry store, little business center – 5k points? When you can transfer those bad boys in from Chase it’s a absolute no brainer. The only thing that would make it better is if Cash + Points were avail.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
Super solid welcome offer.
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.