Here’s How a Free Stay Using Travel Credit Card Rewards Points at These Hotels Ended Up Costing Me

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I’m a fan of saving money, and I’m a fan of saving my hard earned travel credit card rewards points!  Sometimes, I’ll book a cheap points-price hotel without doing my research, though.  Some of these super cheap points hotels can be located in far off locations, requiring you to spend a lot of time and money commuting.

Here are a few points hotels I’ve stayed in that have been far, and not worth the price paid in points!

The Hilton Rome Cavalieri Was Far Away From the Tourist Sites, Costing Me Valuable Vacation Time and Money

Hyatt Regency Osaka, Japan

We paid ~8,000 Hyatt points per night for a room at the Hyatt Regency Osaka and were upgraded to a corner suite that was HUGE!  The bathroom was the size of a New York apartment.  The room was very nice, but we spent ~30 minutes commuting back and forth from the city center each way.  I think this hotel might be a better fit for business travelers who have business nearby, NOT tourists.  But a luxury hotel stay for only 8,000 points is still hard to pass up.

To put the points price into perspective,  you can earn up to 60,000 bonus points with The World Of Hyatt Credit Card. You can earn 40,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.  Plus, an additional 20,000 bonus points after you spend a total of $6,000 on purchases in the first 6 months of account opening.

60,000 Hyatt points can get you 7 nights at the Hyatt Regency Osaka!

This Hotel Bathroom Was So Nice!  But Was It Worth It?

Hilton Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

The Hilton Rome Cavalieri was a very nice hotel (with an excellent restaurant!), but it was NOT located anywhere near Rome’s top tourist destinations.  The hotel offers a free shuttle, but you have to arrive super early to stand in line, and are not guaranteed a place on the bus.  A taxi ride into town is expensive, too.

The Hilton Rome Cavalieri Required a Taxi or Shuttle Ride Into Town

Hyatt House San Diego / Sorrento Mesa

I actually loved the Hyatt House in San Diego / Sorrento Mesa, but others may not love the location.  If you don’t get a rental car while in San Diego, then you’ll spend a lot of time and money commuting to the top tourist sites in San Diego.  However, this hotel was only 12,000 points per night, making it a steal!

With the bonus earned from The World Of Hyatt Credit Card, you can stay for 5 nights, FREE!

The Hyatt House in San Diego / Sorrento Mesa Worked Great For Our Family, But The Location may Be Too Far For Others

What hotels have you stayed in that you’d advise readers to avoid?  Share with us in the comments below!