My wife recently applied for and (barely) got approved for The Hyatt Credit Card. Our thinking was that we’d use the two free nights on our Babymoon in Aruba where the rates at the Hyatt Regency are rather pricey. Of course, the fact that the signup offer is really good right now — $50 statement credit, 5,000 points for adding an authorized user, in addition to the two free nights — didn’t hurt either.
Since that trip is coming up in July, we were kind of in fire drill mode to see how quickly we could get the free nights to show up in her Hyatt Gold Passport account.
It turns out that it’s fast. Very fast.
June 5th: Application
She applied on June 5th and was not instantly approved. She called immediately, provided some more information, and was told that because of the number of Chase cards that she had open, it would require approval by a second level manager. (Again, she doesn’t have more than a handful of Chase cards.)
They didn’t mention any issue with regards to how many other cards she has applied for in the past two years, which again isn’t all that many.
June 15th: Approved
We didn’t hear anything for a while. I was getting nervous. But then she logged into her Chase account, and sure enough, the Hyatt card had been added to her account. Within a couple of hours, she also received an approval email from Chase.
I asked her to call Chase and request the credit card number over the phone so we could put the $1,000 spend on the card. Of course, they declined for security reasons but did offer to expedite the cards via 2nd day air. Fair enough.
June 16th: Hyatt Visa Arrives
The cards actually arrived the next day, a day ahead of when Chase promised. Interestingly, we also got another set of cards three days later, presumably because they had already sent them before we requested expedited delivery.
June 16th: Purchases Made
I completed the spend by purchasing $1,000 of Costco gift cards online. (Actually, I bought $1,025 just to be safe.) I figured Costco was as good a place as any as I don’t think it’s part of any of our regular bonus categories.
June 19th: Charges Post
It looks like Costco didn’t actually charge the card until three days after the order. I guess the card isn’t charged until the order ships? Chase actually posted the transaction on June 21st.
June 25th: Free Nights Post
The free nights showed up in her Hyatt Gold Passport account in the afternoon. (They had not been there when I checked in the morning.) Her Hyatt status was upgraded to Platinum even faster, but I don’t recall the exact date.
Now That’s Fast
I had read that the two free nights post about 10 days after the qualifying spend is achieved. In this case, it seems like it was more like six days, considering that the three days that Costco sat on the purchase shouldn’t count. Overall, that’s pretty impressive given that I don’t really expect to get the signup bonus until I’ve at least paid the credit card statement.
In hindsight, it seems that ordering cards from Costco online might not be the fastest way to get your spend completed because they may not charge your card until three days later.
Using The Nights
I had planned to use the two free nights as part of our Babymoon in Aruba. Heck, that was the purpose of this fire drill in the first place.
But when I went to book the nights, I realized that the Hyatt Regency Aruba actually makes the Hyatt Olive 8 Seattle look like amateurs in terms of how they manipulate award inventory. I, mean the Hyatt Olive 8 at least tries to make it look like they are out of standard rooms by putting them all in packages.
The Hyatt Aruba doesn’t bother with such subtlety — they’re selling standard rooms on the night in question at the Hyatt Daily Rate, all the while saying that they don’t have any rooms available on points. Lovely fellas.
I suppose I should take the advice I gave to Nick and reach out to the Hyatt Concierge on FlyerTalk or maybe Jeff Zidell himself since I guess he is interested in hearing about such cases. Or maybe I’ll write more about the issue later.
But for now, we found a charming place on AirBnB that we’re actually quite excited about.
I’m sure we’ll have plenty of opportunities to use them in the next year.
My wife applied for The Hyatt Credit Card in order to get the two free nights. They posted about six days after completing the spend. Although we won’t get to use them as I had planned, I’m still impressed at how fast they posted.
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