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Hyatt Regency JFK Resorts World
The Hyatt Regency JFK Resorts World opened in the fall of 2021 and it piqued my interest since I’m often positioning myself to airports where business or first class award space is available, and often that is JFK. I’ve stayed a few times at the TWA hotel which is super convenient and has very cool throwback vibes. It’s had a few devaluations, principally the rooftop pool has a fee even for guests, so I’ve been interested in finding another option. I have to say… I think this is a great hotel and its only real drawback is it isn’t actually at the airport. It’s a 10 minute uber ride away. Let’s take a look at this Hyatt property.
- When: December 2022
- Where: NYC – Queens
- Rate: 12k points
- Status: Globalist
- Club lounge access
- 4pm late check out
- Upgraded to King Corner Suite
I used 12k World of Hyatt points that I transferred from my Bilt Rewards account. This was a very good value since rates were over $200 without taxes for the night.
Getting to the hotel is one of the complaints I have. You could take a free shuttle; however, you need to get to the Aqueduct stop on the A train… there isn’t a shuttle from the airport itself. I opted for an uber that cost me about $15.
The hotel is immediately to the left if you’re entering the complex main entrance. Everything is new, but remarkably quiet on this December day. I was checked in quickly and told about my Globalist benefits, access to the club, and if I needed 4pm late check out.
One nice thing is the hotel has a Starbucks in the Grab n Go which is on your right as you’re entering the hotel. The prices are sky high though so watch out
I was upgraded to a fantastic One Bedroom King Suite that featured floor to ceiling windows and two full bathrooms. It was a rainy day in NYC, but the suite was massive and flooded with light. Ample space to hang out and clearly is setup to have people stay in the living room that may want full bathroom facilities.
This is the first full bathroom you’ll see on your right when entering
And a small bar area with a mini fridge and safe
The main bedroom
The main bathroom
One thing I really appreciated was the individual amenities. I know the move towards shareable shower products is all the jazz these days, but I like having my own and even taking them home to put in a guest bath for visitors or donate to a local shelter.
Large Soaker Tub
One thing that was cool was down the hall from the rooms was the combo ice machine, sodas, and snacks
The hotel has a very nice sized gym with plenty of equipment to get a good work out in…which I made 0 use of lol.
The Regency Club
Since I’m Globalist I had access to the Regency Club for breakfast and evening canapes. The space is bright and on the first floor just behind check in. I didn’t really find much to eat that suited my diet, but I did grab some juices, water, coffee, and a couple rice krispy treats.
Other Dining Option: Sugar Factory
I’d never been to a Sugar Factory so I decided to try it out.
I had a turkey burger and fries. Perfect for what I was wanting at the time and the restaurant was completely empty.
This biggest downside is the location. If you’re going to shuttle from the A train then this could save some money, but add on quite a bit of time. Otherwise, you should factor in $30 to $40 roundtrip Uber fares on top of your hotel rate. Personally, I really liked the hotel, but I’m not so sure I’d choose to stay here over the TWA Hotel if I were purely wanting a night to position for a flight, etc. If you’re a gambler, that’s a different story since the hotel is right attached to the casino. The biggest positive is the price in points…just 12k points. A great hotel at that rate and certainly would save some cash compared to the TWA hotel attached to the airport.
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.