I don’t for a second take for granted the fact that I get to do what I love every day, from my 10 second commute from my bedroom to my living room, to the fact that I don’t have to report to anyone except you guys. And one of the ways I’m able to do that is through the blog.
Anyway, I just wanted to mention that I now have an affiliate link for the Chase Hyatt Visa credit card. Previously they only allowed select publishers to promote the card, though we now have access to it as well. The link appears both at the top of the post as well as on the “Best Credit Card Offers” page of the blog. The reason I mention it is because I’m always surprised by the generosity of some of you guys. When I don’t have a link to a certain credit card I often get emails from readers asking if there’s a link of mine they can use to support the blog. Typically when I don’t post an affiliate link of mine it’s because there’s a better publicly available offer or because the card doesn’t have one.
The Chase Hyatt Visa really is a great card, though. The standard sign-up bonus is two free nights at any Hyatt hotel in the world after your first purchase. If you’re a Platinum member you get two free nights plus two confirmed suite upgrades you can use on a revenue stay. And if you’re a Diamond member you get two free nights in a suite at any Hyatt in the world.
The cool thing is that Hyatt is currently offering a free 90-day Platinum trial if you have a Visa Signature credit card (such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred, British Airways card, etc.). That means that if you sign up for the Platinum trial and then sign-up for the credit card you’ll receive both the two free nights and two confirmed suite upgrades.
Those confirmed suite upgrades can be used to upgrade any Hyatt revenue Hyatt stay for up to seven nights each. I’ve used my suite upgrades at the Andaz West Hollywood, Park Hyatt Shanghai, Andaz 5th Avenue, and Andaz Wall Street, just to name a few.
So anyway, while there’s no rush to sign-up, it is a very good sign-up bonus that I plan on taking advantage of during my next churn (I’m one of the more cautious people when it comes to Chase personal applications).
As far as the sign-up bonus goes, in the past I recommended that non-Diamond members get the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card instead, given that it used to offered 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points. Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to Hyatt, and the highest category Hyatt costs 22,000 points per night, so you could get that card and still come out ahead compared to the Chase Hyatt Visa. But now that the bonus has dropped to 40,000 points, the Hyatt offer is once again more compelling.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that while the annual fee is $75, you get a free night at any category 1-4 Hyatt upon your card anniversary each year, so that more than covers the annual fee (you can find a list of category four Hyatt hotels here). Furthermore, you get Gold Passport Platinum status for as long as you have the card, which gets you free internet, late check-out, and the occasional room upgrade at Hyatt hotels. That makes this a card that’s not just worth getting for the sign-up bonus, but actually worth keeping.
And on an unrelated note, tonight or tomorrow I get to announce a really exciting promo/contest/whatchamacallit that will have me going some fun places, and a handful of you going to fun places as well!
And once again, a sincere thanks to all of you for the continued support. I hope to cross paths with more of you over the coming months.