Getting 2 nights at any Hyatt brand hotel in the world for free is VERY easy. All you have to do is sign up for the Hyatt Visa from Chase. It’s one of the easiest cards to earn the bonus on because it only requires $1,000 of spending within the first 3 months after approval. Here are the other benefits that are found here:
- Annual Fee – $0 Intro Annual Fee, after that $75
- 3 points for every $1 spent at all Hyatt properties with your Hyatt Credit Card.
- 2 points for every $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline and at car rental agencies
- 1 point for every $1 spent anywhere else you use your card.
- No foreign transaction fees when you use your Hyatt Credit Card on purchases made outside the U.S.
- Free night at any Category 1 – 4 property every year after your cardmember anniversary
- Hyatt Platimum Status for as long as you are a cardmember. These benefits include:
- 15% point bonus on eligible spend at all Hyatt hotels
- Complimentary in-room Internet access
- 2 pm late check out
Where To Use Your First 2 Free Nights
Hyatt has no restrictions on where you can use your first 2 free nights when you sign up. You could use it at the Park Hyatt Tokyo (where the movie Lost In Translation was filmed) or Park Hyatt Paris Vendome where rates are routinely $800 per night, or even Park Hyatt Maldives where rates begin at $1,400 per night. You won’t pay any taxes and as long as rooms are available for awards, you’ve got a free room. Side note: I’ve never seen rooms not available when I’ve tried to book them.
Where We Used Our Initial Free Nights
We used our free unrestricted (you can stay at ANY Category 1-7 hotel) nights at:
We earned these award nights while we were living in Japan, hence the reason why three of the four were used in Asia. At the time, there were not very many (and still aren’t very many) Hyatts in Asia but a few more properties have been added over the years. If I could go back in time, I would have used all four nights at the Park Hyatt in the Maldives because that is where we would have gotten the most value but we didn’t visit the Maldives until summer of 2013 and these awards expired in October of 2012. Of the hotels on this list, Grand Hyatt Tokyo was the nicest on this list and had the best amenities. I would’ve thought the famed Park Hyatt Tokyo would be the winner but the rooms were actually kind of dated and the olympic-sized swimming pool on the 40th floor didn’t impress Joy when all she wanted was a hot tub to relax in….definitely First World problems.
Where We Have Used Our Annual Free Night
We have used our annual Category 1-4 awards at:
Despite being only a Category 4 hotel, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur was our best stay of all of our free stays at Hyatt. In fact, it is the nicest hotel I’ve stayed at in any city aside from the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. The staff, food, amenities, architecture, room layout and view of the Petronas Towers were astounding. Here’s what Little J thought about it:
What Is So Special About Hyatt Platinum Status?
Honestly, based on the benefits listed above, there’s not much special about Hyatt Platinum status given that ALL members of Hyatt Gold Passport will receive free internet starting in February 2015. Upgrades aren’t guaranteed and there’s no free breakfast or club access. However, I’ve never NOT gotten at least some type of upgrade when stay as a Platinum on any stay (paid or free) because I usually call or e-mail in advance to specifically request one – good things come to those who take the time and effort to ask.
Why Get The Card
Joy and I both have the Hyatt Visa card. We don’t spend on it very often except when Chase runs occasional bonuses for extra points for meeting a certain spending threshold or for the bonus points we get when using it at Hyatt Hotels. But it was worth it to have those 2 free nights when we got the card and it more than pays for the annual $75 fee (which wasn’t waived when we first got our cards in 2011) if you use it at pricey Category 3 or 4 hotel. Even when we used our free nights last minute in San Antonio, we still got at least $175 of value. Joy and I are eying the soon-to-open Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau and Andaz Papagayo Resort near Liberia, Costa Rica for more expensive future stays.
There’s really not much else to say about this card since the free night bonuses pretty much sell themselves. If you think this card will be useful to you, sign up here.
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