Hyatt Chase Visa adds annual free night benefit for category 1-4 hotels

The timing on this is funny, because earlier in the week I wrote an article on TravelSort.com about my favorite hotel credit cards. In it I had written the following about Hyatt’s fairly new Chase Visa credit card:

Given how new this card is, it will be interesting to see what they do to retain members. In my opinion they have to do something to incentivize cardholders to keep the card. The sign-up bonus is great, but that’s not doing a whole lot to encourage people to keep the card beyond a year and pay the $75 annual fee for another year.

Well it looks like we have our answer. As reported by Gary, Hyatt has added an annual free night benefit for those that have the Hyatt Chase Visa credit card. Once you hit your anniversary date with the card you’ll be issued a free night voucher good for any category 1-4 hotel.

In theory the category cap scares me, given that this could be a sign of the way Hyatt’s promotions are headed. In the past, for promotions like “Faster Free Nights,” one could redeem free night vouchers at any hotel, regardless of the category. That being said, I’m not reading into this too much. It would be unrealistic for them offer a free night at any hotel annually, given that the annual fee is only $75.

This is a great new benefit and just what Hyatt needed to retain cardholders, in my opinion.

Comments

  1. Hyatt has some pretty good properties in Cat 4, including Park Hyatts in Melbourne and Seoul, as well as the Grand Hyatt in Bangkok.

  2. Priority Club Visa gives one free night at any IHG hotel annually and their fee is only $49.

    Why is it unrealistic for Hyatt to give away a free night annually for any category hotel?

  3. I think Hyatt is trying to match the benefits of the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa card which also offers an annual free night for category 1-4. Compare the cards with this link:
    http://www9.chasecreditcards.com/400…Q31471073&
    So let’s hope this is not the start of room category restrictions. There would be a major uproar among Hyatt loyalists if Hyatt made a FFN promo with category restrictions or caps on earning free nights.

  4. The real question is, does that put this card in the same category of the Priority Club Visa, where you should own it just for the annual reward?

  5. @ Ric Garrido — I’m not going to say it’s unrealistic, but I can see why they’d shy away from it. Ever since hotels have no capacity controls on redemptions, Gold Passport has to compensate hotels at (nearly) the best available rate when the hotel is running high occupancy. I can see why Gold Passport would want to avoid shelling out $1,000 for a night at the Park Hyatt Paris just for a $75 credit card renewal.

    @ Antonio — I’d definitely say so. The card is a keeper based on that alone.

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