10 Great Weekend Getaways To Plan With Your Hyatt Anniversary Night

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Yesterday I published a post sharing 10 great hotels where you can redeem the two free nights offered as part of the sign-up bonus on The Hyatt Credit Card. Upon completing the minimum spend on the card, you receive two free nights valid at any Hyatt property in the world — as long as a standard room is available for sale, you can redeem these certificates for it. This includes Hyatt’s category 7 hotels, some of which retail for over $1,000 per night.

To stretch the value you get even further, you and your spouse/friend/travel companion can both sign up for the card, and then you can combine your two nights each to spend four nights in one hotel. This is potentially one of the all around best sign-up bonuses out there, given the types of hotels you can redeem at.

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Redeem your free nights from the sign-up bonus for the Park Hyatt Maldives

The Hyatt Visa Card anniversary free night certificate

In addition to the huge initial sign-up bonus, the card also offers an anniversary free night certificate on your account anniversary each year, which is valid at category 1-4 properties. I’ve explained the terms of this certificate in the past, and find that this is yet another reason to get the card. The card has a $75 annual fee, and almost anyone should be able to get more than $75 worth of value out of that anniversary night certificate.

While the limitation of only being able to redeem at category 1-4 properties does exclude some properties, there are many awesome hotels that belong in those categories. This by no means limits you to Hyatt Place properties in third rate cities.

For those based in the US (which I assume is most people with The Hyatt Credit Card, since the card is only issued here), I wanted to share 10 great hotels where you can redeem your free category 1-4 annual night for a weekend getaway. I’ll have a separate post about properties in Asia and Europe where you can redeem these, as there are even better properties there, in many cases.

In no particular order:

Hyatt at Olive 8 Seattle

For a while this was my home hotel, and I absolutely love it. The hotel has a great saltwater pool, Globalists get breakfast in the restaurant, and this hotel has very nice suites that Globalist members are eligible to be upgraded to (however, even the base rooms here are nice). Most importantly, hotels in the Pacific Northwest can be outrageously expensive in summer, so you can easily use this certificates on dates where the rate would be $450+ per night.

Alternatively, the Grand Hyatt Seattle is right across the street, and you can also redeem your certificate there.

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Park Hyatt Toronto

This is the only Park Hyatt in North America that’s a category 4 or below. Toronto is a great city, and the Park Hyatt is presently undergoing a renovation, and the new guest rooms look great.

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Grand Hyatt Washington DC

If you’re looking to visit DC, the Grand Hyatt is a great option. The hotel has a convenient location, the rooms are nice, and for those who are Globalist members, the Grand Club is one of the better ones in the US as well.

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Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Much like Seattle, hotel rates in high season can be outrageous. I’m seeing rates of 500CAD+ on some nights, so being able to redeem a certificate there is a great option.

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Andaz Savannah

I’ve visited Savannah once, maybe 15 years ago, and remember loving it. There’s now an Andaz there, which seems like one of the best hotels in town. I love the Andaz brand, so hope to visit this hotel (and return to Savannah) soon.

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Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most expensive hotel markets in the US, especially when there’s a conference in town. While I haven’t yet stayed at the Hyatt Centric, being able to redeem a free night certificate there is a good option based on the city alone. Since the annual fee on the card is $75 per year, that’s like paying $75 for the hotel night, which is cheaper than just about anything else in the city.

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Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara

If you live on the California coast (or are visiting), there’s nothing like a road trip up or down the Pacific Coast Highway. Santa Barbara is a cute town. I did this road trip from LA last year, and had a great time. It’s worth it for the beauty of the drive alone, and the town itself is a nice added bonus.

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

When I was a little kid I loved the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Heck, I loved everything about Orlando. For a family getaway this is an excellent hotel, especially since rates here can be high in peak season.

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Hyatt Centric New Orleans

I’m somewhat selfishly putting this hotel on my list, since I haven’t visited New Orleans as an adult. It’s definitely on my top five list of US cities I want to visit. Overall New Orleans doesn’t seem to be an amazing hotel market, so the Hyatt Centric seems like a solid option.

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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

If you’re willing to take a flight to Central America for the weekend, the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo looks great, and is only a category 4 property. I’m planning on visiting this hotel soon, and can’t wait. I’ve heard great things about it, and the points value here is a bargain.

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Bottom line

Not only does The Hyatt Credit Card have a great sign-up bonus that gets you two free nights at any Hyatt property in the world, but it’s also a card that’s worth holding onto long term for the annual free night certificate that it offers. Almost anyone should be able to get outsized value out of the free night certificate, given that the card’s annual fee is only $75.

The above are just a few examples of the weekend getaways you can get with this card using the anniversary certificate. To get even more value out of it, have your spouse or friend sign up for the card as well, and then you get two free nights per year, which you can use for a back-to-back stay.

What’s your favorite hotel for redeeming The Hyatt Credit Card annual free night certificate?

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Comments

  1. @ Lucky – The Andaz in Savannah is pretty fantastic. I’ve stayed there a handful of times and outside of the first time I stayed there, I’ve had nothing but great experiences. Great location to explore Savannah as well and the breakfast spread there is pretty good.

  2. Will be at the Hyatt Centric NOLA this weekend! Don’t think it will be super impressive, but definitely better than most of the SPG/Marriott options.

    I’ve stayed at Park Hyatt Toronto 20+ times, and it’s hit or miss. Front desk staff and concierge are usually very good, but food is pretty poor. Location is nice for tourists but not for people heading downtown.

  3. Unfortunately we are not allowed to use our club upgrades with the anniversary night. At least thats what the phone supervisor just told me.

  4. Lucky, how many of these hotels have you actually stayed at? For example, Hyatt Santa Barbara is in a good location but rooms are old and junky

  5. If you get $10 for every clearly promo induced Hyatt post you would pull in 10+ million this year alone!!

    You used to be a bit more informational and a lot less paid off.

    I love your blog but please PLEASE please be true to yourself and not the checkbook paying you off. It is so beyond obvious at this point. I bet you won’t even post this due to my truth exposing yours but I hope just reading this helps…

  6. @DizzyRas he has been posting a lot on the negatives of the new program. Take a look back…

  7. Hyatt Centric Long Beach is a great property with an amazing roof pool deck and bar in a great location.

  8. @ Brian — Agreed! Surprised that the HR Grand Cypress is on this list over Coconut Point.

    Also, I’m not sure all of us would consider a “weekend getaway” to be limited merely to US/Canadian destinations. 🙂

  9. Hyatt Centric NOLA is our favorite hotel in New Orleans. If you can get them to give you a courtyard poolside room at check in, then do it! You’ll open your door right out onto the pool deck. When you go to NOLA I would take a plantation tour of Oak Alley – half a day. Well worth the trip.

  10. Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf was a fun place, great location. Stayed as a Diamond last year and scored an upgrade to the only suite in the hotel (yup, only one). Breakfast in the restaurant was OK, if it hadn’t been free for Diamond we would have gone outside the hotel for sure. I enjoyed this location much better than another weekend trip at Le Meridien…

    What about the Park Hyatt Aviara? It’s not a beach location but San Diego is a lot of fun.

  11. I beg to differ on your comment about New Orleans not having a great hotel market. Sure, the best ones are concentrated in the French Quarter and CBD area, but it’s worth another look.

  12. Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara is an awful place. Old, dirty, and rundown. Does not belong on this list at all.

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