A question we often get is: “I have a TON of points, but how do I use them?”
Many people signed up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve last year and have built substantial balances, sometimes 150,000+ points! Here at Married with Miles, we believe that points should be “earned and burned,” rather than hoarded.
Chase offers a great deal to use their points at 1.5 cents each, if you book through their internal booking service. Well, we think there’s almost always a better use.
In this post, we will share how we booked an $800+ per night hotel for ZERO out-of-pocket expenses.
Mitigating the Risk of Devaluation
There are many reasons to use points now rather than in the future, but one key reason is “devaluation.”
Citi used to have a similar deal with their points, allowing you to use them for 1.6 cents each on American Airlines and 1.33 cents on other airlines. The deal was too good to be true, and they eventually nerfed the deal to 1.25 cents for all airlines. Chase could do the same at any time, assuming they’re ready to take the PR hit.
Luxury Hotel for Less
We stayed 2 amazing nights at the Andaz in Tokyo! If you have extra Chase points, you can easily transfer them to Hyatt points and book this breath-taking view in Tokyo! We also carry and recommend the Hyatt credit card offered by Chase, which gives Platinum status just for holding the card.
Originally $850/night, we booked with 25,000 Hyatt points. We had ZERO out of pocket costs.
The hotel was city chic in the heart of Tokyo. It was on the 52 floor of the tallest building in the Toranomon Hills area of Tokyo (think financial district of NYC).
The room featured everything we could image from luxurious toiletries, ironing board, a drawer full of snacks and tea options, and a loaded fridge full of complementary beverages (except the alcohol).
See video below for a “cribs” version of our hotel room at Andaz Tokyo.
The Andaz offers a complementary happy hour for guests from 6p.m.- 9 p.m. full of wine and hors d’oeuvres. We stayed the entire time ;).
We enjoyed the “health club” which featured an infinity pool, gym machinery, and even massage chairs with snacks in the locker room. Gym clothes were provided so you didn’t have to dirty your own.
They even provided us with a smartphone that gets high quality internet anywhere in the city while sightseeing.
We rank this hotel an easy 5 star experience, and it was feasible through travel hacking and converting our Chase points to Hyatt points.