You would think that as a loyal Hyatt Globalist, I would have had the Hyatt Credit Card from Chase for many years. But I just applied for it today. You should too if you enjoy staying at high-end Hyatt properties.
I don’t have an affiliate link so it’s not like I have any vested financial interest in you signing up for this card. Instead, I think the annual free night (in a Category 1-4 property) more than offsets the $75 annual fee. And while that alone makes the card worthwhile, the sign-up bonus is why I write about this today.
Application Link: Hyatt Credit Card
Today is the last today to sign-up for the card under the old sign-up bonus, which is two free nights at any Hyatt property worldwide after spending $2,000 in the first three months of opening the card. Under the link above, you also receive $50 statement credit after your first purchase.
These free nights are not capacity controlled: as long as Hyatt is selling a standard room, you can use your free night. Redeem your free nights at top hotels like the Park Hyatt Paris, Zurich, or Sydney and you’re getting (in some cases) $1,000+/night in value.
Starting tomorrow, the sign-up bonus will transition from two free nights to 40,000 points. If you’re using those points at lower category hotels, you come out ahead with the new offer. For example, the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a Category 1 (5,000 points per night) so your sign-up bonus would cover eight nights. But top-end properties run 30,000 points per night for a standard room, meaning you come out much worse than before if aspirational properties are your aim.
I am certainly the type who likes to use free nights at aspirational properties, so the old offer makes much more sense than the new offer. But why haven’t I ever applied before? I have been loyal to Hyatt for years.
The honest answer is I wanted to use the free nights for a very special occasion and never got around to applying. Instead, I just dipped into my points for prior special occasions, fearing the space I needed would be gone by the time the free credit card nights posted. The free nights are valid for one year.
But with the offer changing, it seemed like now or never and I applied earlier today.
Initially I received the following message–
This is not uncommon when you hold several Chase cards. I called Chase and simply had to move some credit around from another card in order to finalize approval. The card is now in the mail.
The Hyatt Credit Card from Chase is a great card to keep in your wallet even if you don’t put much spending on it. The $75 annual fee is offset by the free night and the card does not count against Chase’s 5/24 rule. But apply today for the two-night bonus if you like high-end properties.