Hotel cards are often overlooked in the credit card game, but they shouldn’t be. Many of them have lucrative sign-up and anniversary bonuses. The Chase Hyatt credit card is no exception. In fact, many see it as one of the best hotel rewards cards out there.
- Receive 2 free nights at any Hyatt property in the world after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months of opening the card
- 3 points per dollar spent at all Hyatt properties
- 2 points per dollar spent at restaurants, airline tickets purchased directly from the airline, and car rental agencies
- 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else
- No foreign transaction fees
- Upgrade to Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum elite status (benefits here)
- 1 free night at any category 1-4 property every year on your anniversary
- EMV Chip-enabled
- Receive 2 stay credits and 5 night credits toward Diamond status upon spending $20,000 in each calendar year.
- Receive an additional 3 stay credits and 5 night credits toward Diamond status upon spending $40,000 in each calendar year.
- $0 intro fee for the first year. After that, $75
2 Free Nights
The 2 free nights can be used at any Hyatt property worldwide, providing there is award space available. In my searches, I have almost never run into an issue of award availability.
I used the 2 free nights to book us at the fairly new Andaz Maui at Wailea in September. I’ve been tracking the rates for months and they’ve never been below $400 so I would say this is going to be a GREAT use for these 2 free nights.
For the rest of our stay at the Andaz Maui, I used 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night that I booked before Hyatt’s devaluation. The amount for the Andaz Maui is now 25,000 points per night.
1 Free Anniversary Night
One of the better perks of the credit card is the free award night every year on your anniversary. The night is only valid is Category 1-4 hotels, but this surely makes up for the $75 annual fee.
I just received the email letting me know that the anniversary award night has been added to my account. I can log in to see it and it is searchable and bookable online. It’s very easy and quick to redeem.
Hyatt Gold Passport Loyalty Program
Gold Passport members earn 5 points per dollar spent at any Hyatt property. Platinum members will earn 15% more; Diamond members 30% more.
Other ways to earn Gold Passport points besides the Chase Hyatt card and the traditional staying at Hyatt properties are through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Ultimate Rewards points instantly transfer to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio so don’t forget about your Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Bold/Plus!
When it comes to burning my Hyatt points, I usually stick to Free Nights – either in standard rooms or in suites. Hyatt has one of the most competitive award charts in the market.
Points + Cash, new for 2014, is also a viable option and many like them because they can be upgrade with Hyatt’s suite upgrade certificates.
You can also upgrade your paid stays to a Club room for 3,000 points or a suite for 6,000 per night.
For even more redemption options, check out the Hyatt web site.
This card has proven itself to be a keeper for me. The annual free award night is worth the $75 annual fee (which was waived the first year). I can easily get more than $75 worth of value out of that free night.
It’s also nice to have a card that will earn 2x on dining + no foreign exchange fees for when we travel out of the country. The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the king of dining, but since I’ve downgraded it recently, the Hyatt card has taken its place.
If you’re looking for a card that has a great sign-up bonus that you can keep for the long term, definitely put the Chase Hyatt in the discussion.
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