For a five night stay between July 30th- August 2nd, the Grand Hyatt Seattle cost $350 dollars per night.
$350 x 5= $1750 for an entire stay. Not so cheap.
But not so fast.
To pay for the hotel I used an old trick that I have been using for quite some time. Converting credit card reward points to a hotel program.
World of Hyatt reward points are super valuable and can be acquired by converting Chase Ultimate reward points at a rate of 1:1.
To get a free award night you have to spend 15,000 hyatt points. The Grand Hyatt is a category 4 property. I used this for two nights and it set me back 30,000 points.
The final three nights I used something called “Cash & Points”. This allows you to spend half the points and pay some cash but you are still getting a nice discount. Each of these nights cost 7500 hyatt points and $100 dollars.
In total I spent $300 dollars and 37,500 hyatt points for five nights. That is a savings of $1450 dollars on what I would have paid had I have booked it directly with the hotel.
I suggest anyone that wants to get into the credit-card points game to first get a Chase Sapphire Preferred card. This comes with a 50,000 point bonus after meeting the minimum spend and have $0 annual fee for the first year.