Use points or cash for Hyatt’s Find Experiences ( wellness experiences, tours, etc )

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I was in NYC earlier this week and had the pleasure of attending a Hyatt event announcing over 200 new Hyatt Find Experiences premiering across 85 destinations in 30 countries. There were cocktails inspired from Japan and Mexico, chefs from the Park Hyatt Toronto and Andaz Scottsdale, an aerialist, and a sound bath from the Hyatt Regency Kyoto. It was all done to highlight the new experiences that featured properties around the world have curated and can be booked with either cash or points.

The these was in line with the Find Experiences motto: Feel, Fuel, Function

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How many Hyatt points does it cost to book these Find Experiences?

The experiences range in price and length. They have Japanese whiskey tastings, historic Savannah walking tours and the point redemption isn’t that bad actually… I perused the cash rates and if you opted to use points, it was roughly 1.4c per point for redemption. Not horrible, but personally, I value World of Hyatt points betweeen 1.7 and 2 cents so I’d choose to use cash if I were to book any of these experiences.

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How many points do I earn?

Should you choose to book them with cash you’ll earn 10x points per dollar. If you have a World of Hyatt credit card, you’ll earn an additional 4x.

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Overall – go here to peruse

While I’m not sure I’d use points to book these experiences, my interest is definitely piqued via cash rates. If properties have specially curated experiences, I’m always interested and many of these sound very cool. I haven’t checked pricing to see if similar tours/experiences are offered nearby, so I’d definitely do that, but knowing I can earn 10x on them is a big plus in my book.

A glimpse at the soundbath from the event this past week

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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 including Hyatt, Southwest, United, IHG, and Marriott.

Welcome Offer

Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 

*you may find an elevated offer walking into a branch – see below

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Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
    • That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠
    • Some people have seen Chase branches offering the following:
      • 75k Ultimate Rewards After $4k spend in 3 months + 10k Ultimate Rewards after $6k in 6 months 
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Travel℠
  • 3x on dining, including eligible delivery services for takeout & dining out
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit via Chase Travel℠
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 2x on all other travel
  • 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℠ and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver ( primary ), purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 14 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in Chase Travel℠ for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver is my favorite
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024
  • $95 Annual Fee

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

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. 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.

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.

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