Chase Hyatt Visa now has no annual fee the first year, though no more Platinum/Diamond benefits with sign-up bonus

It looks like the Chase Hyatt Visa has updated the terms of the card in a couple of ways. First of all, they’re now waiving the annual fee for the first year, which was previously $75, so that’s good news. As usual if you go to hyatt.com to make a booking you’ll further be given an offer with the same bonus except it also has a $50 statement credit, so that’s even better. You just have to get as far as the booking page for a new reservation.

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The bad news is that they’ve changed the bonuses you get for being a Platinum/Diamond member. Previously if you applied as a Platinum member you’d get two suite upgrades to redeem on a revenue stay in addition to the two nights in a standard room, and if you were a Diamond member the two nights you’d receive as a sign-up bonus would be in a suite. Unfortunately that’s no longer the case, so now the sign-up bonus is two nights in a standard room for everyone.

On the whole this is a positive change for base Gold Passport members and a negative change for Platinum and Diamond members. All the other benefits of the card remain the same, including the free anniversary night valid at up to a category four property. I tend to think this is still the most compelling hotel sign-up bonus out there for high end hotels, given the number of luxury properties that Hyatt has, along with the lack of blackout dates.

(Tip of the hat to Gary)


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Comments

  1. I hope the 2 free nights stay for awhile. I’ve been saving my application for this card until my daughter’s first overseas trip & I want to use the nights in either Paris or Tokyo

  2. Another downgrade by Hyatt. No suites for Diamnonds or suite upgrade certs for Platinums. The removal of Faster Free Nights and Gx bonus offers are truly missed by what was once the best hotel loyalty program. The current Hyatt promos are bonus points offers similar to what the Gx bonus offers used to be. Along with more limited locations, rooms often command a 20 to 50 percent premium relative to Marriott or Hilton. Hyatt has some excellent hotels, but the loyalty program has been severly downgraded and does not offer compelling promotions.

  3. @ tony — I’d be willing to bet the two free nights will stay for a while. It’s a pretty standard sign-up offer for a hotel credit card.

  4. Hey lucky, do you know if one can receive this bonus is they’ve already had the card? Mine was cancelled over two years ago but there is some language in the offer regarding first time card holders. Have you heard any success stories about getting the card a second time after a long delay?
    Thanks!

  5. I applied 2 moths ago when i was Diamond (status match for 60 days) I will now complete my spending. Is my award going to be suites since I was a diamond at application & approval or regular rooms since now I am only platinum & even the regular program changed for diamonds?

  6. @ Alex @ Ang – Chase generally doesn’t allow you to receive a bonus on a card multiple times, so I would generally say no, though if the card was cancelled over two years ago you may have a better chance.

  7. @ ih – The bonus should be based on your status at time of application, so my guess is you’ll receive Suite Nights.

  8. Somewhat of a bummer. Was about to apply for this and use them in a suite at the Park Hyatt Sydney in a few months. I guess I can deal with a standard room 🙂

  9. I used my Hyatt Visa in Costa Rica because there are no foreign currency transaction fees. However, when I got my statement, one of the vendors put charges through as a cash advance rather than a credit charge. This resulted in a $10 fee and $0.50 interest charge. I called Hyatt VISA and their solution was to call the vendor in Costa Rica and have them reverse the entry and to reenter as a credit charge. This obviously is impractical and I had no idea that this card even had a cash advance feature. All of my other transactions came through as credit charges as I intended. Even after talking to the supervisor Susi, Hyatt VISA refused to be helpful and would not reverse the minor fees or offer any other viable solution. In frustration, I told them to cancel the card. Totally worthless customer service.:mad:

  10. @Lucky I applied for this card a few weeks ago and should hit the 1k spending by end of February to get the 2 free nights. Do you know if you have to actually use the free nights within a year or just have them booked within a year? I was thinking of using them for Paris in September 2015. Also going to Andaz Maui this May so worst case I could use them then even though I booked with c&p already. Thanks!

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