The Hyatt Card Sign-Up Bonus Is Changing As Of June 29, 2017

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I consider The Hyatt Credit Card to be one of the all around most compelling hotel credit cards out there. As of now it offers:

  • A sign-up bonus of two free nights valid at any Hyatt property in the world after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months, plus 5,000 World of Hyatt points after adding an authorized user and having them make their first purchase within that same timeframe
  • An annual free night certificate valid at any Category 1-4 property, which alone more than justifies the card’s $75 annual fee, in my opinion
  • Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as you have the card

That’s a huge sign-up bonus that can get you two nights at any of Hyatt’s top properties, that sometimes otherwise retail for $1,000+ per night. If you’ve been considering getting this card, I’ve just gotten word that the sign-up bonus on the The Hyatt Credit Card is changing as of June 29, 2017. As of June 29, 2017, the Hyatt Card’s new standard sign-up bonus will be 40,000 World of Hyatt bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months.

Some will prefer the current sign-up bonus of two free nights valid at any property, while others will prefer the flexibility of 40,000 points. As a reminder, here’s the World of Hyatt award chart for free night as well as Points + Cash redemptions:

So, what are the benefits of each of these offers?

The current offer on The Hyatt Credit Card is much better for those who would be able to redeem the two free night certificates at a Hyatt Category 6-7 Hyatt property within a year of when the card was issued. Two nights at a Category 7 property would otherwise retail for 60,000 points, meaning that bonus is 50% better than what the new bonus will be.


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The new offer is certainly more flexible, since you can use your points whenever you want. If you’re someone who prefers redeeming for Points + Cash awards at lower end properties, the new bonus will get you a lot further.

Keep in mind that The Hyatt Credit Card isn’t subjected to Chase’s 5/24 rule, so you can be approved for this card even if you’ve opened more than five new accounts in the past 24 months. This is one of Chase’s few cards not subjected to the 5/24 rule, along with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card and British Airways Visa Signature® Card.


The Park Hyatt Maldives is a Category 6 property that would cost 25,000 points per night

Bottom line

If you haven’t yet picked up The Hyatt Credit Card, I’d highly recommend doing so in the next week. The current sign-up bonus is more lucrative for those looking to redeem at Hyatt’s top hotels. Meanwhile if you’re someone who prefers redeeming at Hyatt’s lower category hotels and/or who can’t redeem within a year, you may want to wait for the new sign-up bonus on this card.

Which Hyatt Card bonus do you prefer — two free nights or 40,000 points upon completing minimum spend?

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Comments

  1. Would you be able to get the card again, since this deal is changing from two nights to 40,000 points. I just closed my Hyatt about 6 months ago. Since the terms are changing would this allow me to get the card again or do I still need to wait 2 years?

  2. Noooo! I wanted to churn it again for two more free nights. Already used two at PH Sydney and two at PH Tokyo.

  3. @ dave — It’s just the details of the bonus that are changing, so I don’t believe you’d be eligible for the card any sooner.

  4. Will this be the nail in the coffin for this card? Probably not BUT I think most people get the card just for the 2 free nights and then keep it for the one free night annually. I don’t know anyone that actually puts spend on it now that they have removed the option to earn stay/night credit with spend as part of their WOH “enhancements!”

  5. Started the CC game last fall but these offers keep changing faster than I can get them. First the Citi Hilton cards now this.

    Do we know if the new version will still have the free anniversary nights?

  6. I think there Is there an option to cash in the free nights for points if you do not use them. Would that amount change to 20,000 pounds to per night after the change?

  7. This sucks big time…2 FNs with no cat gap was one of the best sign up bonuses out there.
    It’ll be nice if Chase/Hyatt can at least make the annual cert better and increase the cat gap to at least 5 for the annaul cert.
    Cat 4 is just too low IMO.

  8. Lucky,

    Applied through you link, got this:

    Thank you for your request.

    We need to review your request a little longer. We will let you know of our decision by U.S. mail. This could take up to 30 days.

    Thank you for choosing The Hyatt Credit Card.

    Is there a recon line or a way to push this through? Thanks!

  9. @ DB — Thanks for the support! With Chase I’d generally recommend waiting a bit. I imagine the approval will come through within a few days at most, hopefully.

  10. @ WT — Unfortunately I’m not sure, though I’d guess not, as it wasn’t mentioned in the offer that was communicated to me. I could be mistaken, though.

  11. Thing is this card was on my list to get after I fell below 5/24 in a couple months and was able to pick up the CSR and Ink Preferred. But to get it now, it would push back my 5/24 date wouldn’t it?

  12. Lucky…do you think the 40k pts will be standard offer for the next few years in the way the two free nights has been for many years in the past? Do you think Hyatt might be thinking they will play around with the promotion offers going forward – say, maybe running increased sign up bonus to 50k, 60k or more from time to time?

  13. Canceled this card earlier this month and was planning to reapply next month. I know folks recommend waiting 30 days for Chase’s computers to reset, but any DPs showing that I can reapply before this offer expires?

  14. Can you clarify on booking/redeeming the free nights. If I book within a year and my stay falls slightly past the 1 year mark will my free nights still work? For example, book for July 5&6th 2018?

  15. I originally signed up for the Hyatt card in January 2015 (earned the 2-night stay bonus in May 2015). Would I be able to cancel my current card and reapply within the next week and still qualify for the current 2-night bonus?

  16. I suppose this is potentially better for those needing to qualify or requalify, as a cash and points stay using the bonus would count. Still, the two anywhere nights were pretty awesome.

  17. One additional benefit to the new bonus structure is that Hyatt points can be easily transferred to another Hyatt customer (once every 30 days), while the 2 free night certs cannot. Transferring points is a great way to take advantage of elite benefits if a Globalist is traveling with a non-Globalist.

  18. Lucky –

    Don’t you mean that you have one year to use the 2 free nights once you meet the $2,000 spend within the 3 month time frame once the card is issued?

    If one were to apply ~ 6/29/17, and one makes that spend within the latter part of 3 months, would they not have until ~ 9/29/18 to use those 2 free night certificates??

  19. What a bummer. I was planning to reapply in August – when my 24 month from last Chase Hyatt bonus time frame ends.

  20. @Josh That is not true. I had four free nights from two different accounts (sister and mother) transferred to my name after making a reservation. All of us were Discoverist from the credit card.

  21. @ Josh To add: I think the ability to transfer nights was added once the World of Hyatt program was implemented.

  22. So all you guys cancelling and reapplying is no doubt a factor in Hyatt discontinuing the more generous offer.

  23. @Eric – to clarify my example, the scenario was a non-Globalist signing up for the credit card, receiving the bonus points, then transferring the points into a Globalist’s account for the hypothetical reservation. Since the reservation is being made under the Globalist’s #, the elite perks DO apply.

  24. Lucky: Follow-up question to the one year rule for using the 2 free nights. I’ve been holding off applying for the Hyatt card as I want to use the two free nights at the Park Hyatt Vienna circa 1-3 August 2018. Now, it looks like I’ve been closed out of that option. Can you suggest any strategies or work-arounds to having my cake and eating it, too?

  25. Thanks for the post Lucky! gotta grab two nights at PH when I could. As a DP, I applied for my second Hyatt cobrand, right after the 2-yr wait ended. Received same note as ‘We need to review your request a little longer. We will let you know of our decision by U.S. mail. This could take up to 30 days.’ Then called the recon line, the agent took a review and approved my card.

  26. Thanks Lucky! I love your posts and this one was fantastic . Due to your blog I have opened over 24 credits cards in the past to years. I have funded funded 4 round trip business class tickets and over thirty night of hotels plus spending from all your recommendations. As I work for Chase I was very leary that the 5/24 rule would kick in but to my surprise I was instantly approved for a $33K credit limit (this is the second time for the bonus). Looks like I’ll be closing out my IHG card and reapplying for that next month. Thank you again!!!

    Also congrats to you and Ford…all the best for ever and ever!

  27. just got approved for the card! followed your link because your blog has given me the information to change my life! thanks so much, all the best

  28. @DB

    this recently happened to me when I applied, I waited 3-4 days then called the recon line and they said they needed to move credit around. Moved some over from my CSR and they approved me on the line. Same thing happened with my fiance except they reached out to him via phone to ask him to reallocate. We’re both over 5/24 so I was worried they might have tightened restrictions, but they haven’t. I wouldn’t stress.

  29. Just a reminder regarding reapplying for a Chase credit card if you’ve received a past bonus….your previous card must be closed and you must give yourself two years plus the additional time before the bonus has posted to your account. As a banker with Chase I have seen so many people who have come in telling me they wasted a credit pull doing an online app at the 24 month mark. Make sure you count the extra time that passed for the bonus to post too. Then apply.

    Definitely do the online app through Lucky’s link but make sure your time frame is correct to get that new credit card.

    As Michael said, Lucky you have changed my life with all your travel tips, links, etc. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  30. If I applied and got approved for the card today 6/25 will I still get the 2 free nights? Or will I not get them because I will not have met the minimum spend before 6/29? Also if my husband also gets the card and 2 free nights how do we go about combining them?

  31. @ Daphne — You sure would! It’s based on when you apply and not when you complete the spend. If your husband gets it as well then you can just book them as back to back nights out of your respective accounts, and let the hotel know in advance that you’d like the same room for the whole stay. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  32. @ David — Yes, as long as you don’t have the card right now, and haven’t gotten the bonus in the past 24 months.

  33. Hi Lucky,

    If I have to wait for a pending approval, and I applied today on 6/26, if it gets approved after 6/29, does that mean I won’t get the 2 Night bonus? Is it the date I apply or the date I get approved? Should I call before 6/29?

    Thanks,
    Emma

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