7 Reasons To Get The Hyatt Card Now

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I consider The Hyatt Credit Card to be one of the most valuable hotel credit cards out there. It’s a card I’ve had for a long time, and a card I plan on holding onto for a long time. With recent news of the sign-up bonus on this card changing, in this post I wanted to look at seven reasons you should consider applying for Hyatt’s co-branded credit card:

Last chance at two free nights at any property

As I wrote about a couple of days ago, the sign-up bonus on the Hyatt Card is changing as of June 29, 2017. Currently the card offers two free nights at any Hyatt property in the world upon completing minimum spend, while starting in about a week the card will offer a sign-up bonus of 40,000 points upon completing minimum spend.

Hyatt’s top hotels go for 30,000 points per night, meaning that the current sign-up bonus is worth up to 60,000 points, which is a bonus that’s up to 50% more valuable than what the new bonus will be. Now, some might prefer the new bonus — especially those who prefer redeeming at Hyatt’s lower category properties — but for those who seek out aspirational redemptions, this bonus is definitely better.


Redeem your two free nights at the gorgeous Park Hyatt Sydney

5,000 bonus points for adding an authorized user

Presently the card also offers 5,000 bonus points if you add an authorized user and have them make a purchase within three months. I’m not sure if that aspect of the sign-up bonus will stick around with the new offer, as it wasn’t mentioned in the information that has been shared with me.


5,000 points is enough for a free night at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

An annual free night certificate

My single favorite long term perk of this card is that it offers an annual free night certificate valid at any Category 1-4 Hyatt property. To me that more than justifies the card’s $75 annual fee, and makes it a keeper. There are so many great Category 1-4 properties, whether you’re looking to redeem in the Americas, the Middle East/Europe, or Asia. This is something that almost anyone should be able to come out ahead on.

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Redeem your anniversary free night at the Grand Hyatt Amman

This is one of the reasons I find hotel cards to be so worthwhile in general. The IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card and Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card also offer an annual free night certificate, so I think the cards are all worth having, if you’re eligible.

World of Hyatt Discoverist status

You receive Discoverist status for as long as you have the Hyatt Card. This is Hyatt’s entry level status, and gets you perks that include the following:

  • A 10% points bonus
  • Premium internet
  • A complimentary bottle of water
  • Priority check-in
  • 2PM late check-out
  • A preferred room within the category booked

While it’s not the world’s greatest status, it certainly helps make stays better.

World of Hyatt Explorist status after spending $50,000

In addition to getting Discoverist status for as long as you have the Hyatt Card,  you can also earn Hyatt’s mid-tier Explorist status when you spend $50,000 or more on purchases on the card in a calendar year. Explorist status gets you the following incremental perks:

  • A 20% points bonus
  • Upgrade to the best available room, excluding suites
  • Four club lounge passes annually, valid for a stay of up to seven nights on eligible rates or when redeeming points for free night awards

The late check-out, upgrades to the best available rooms (excluding suites), and the club lounge passes really add up in terms of value.


Use your Explorist club upgrades for an upgrade at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Not subjected to Chase’s 5/24 rule

This is one of Chase’s few personal cards that isn’t subjected to the “5/24” rule. That means you’re eligible for the sign-up bonus even if you’ve opened more than five accounts in the past 24 months. This is one of Chase’s few personal cards where that’s the case, along with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card and British Airways Visa Signature® Card.

Easy to add on additional nights with points

Keep in mind that World of Hyatt is transfer partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards, meaning that you can easily supplement your two free nights at any property in the world with Ultimate Rewards points. So you can transfer over points earned on cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card. This is a great use of Ultimate Rewards points, so whether you’re looking to extend your stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney or Park Hyatt Maldives, this is a great option.


A redemption at the Park Hyatt Maldives costs 25,000 points per night

Bottom line

The sign-up bonus on the Hyatt Card is changing in a matter of days, so this is your last chance to take advantage of the current offer. It’s my understanding that this is a permanent change, so I wouldn’t count on seeing the sign-up bonus of two free nights again anytime soon. This is a card that not only has a great sign-up bonus, but anecdotally it’s fairly easy to be approved for, and is also worth holding onto long term. If you don’t yet have this card, I’d seriously consider applying.

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Comments

  1. Hey Lucky,

    So, this card is *not* subject to 5/24 correct? Your heading on that section is really clear, but there is a conflicting sentence in that paragraph:

    “That means you’re eligible for the sign-up bonus on this card as long as you haven’t opened more than five accounts in the past 24 months.”

    I am thinking about pulling on this, but want to be sure that I am not going to get an immediate decline because of 5/24

  2. Can you imagine someone putting $50000 of spending on a Hyatt cc to get their worthless mid level Discoverist status? Nope, I cannot imagine anyone being that gullible.

  3. @joseph N. – Agreed. I think they would have been better off not even including that as a “perk” for the card. Makes the card seem worse than it is by offering that.

  4. @ Robbie — Yep, my apologies. Was a typo on my part. The card indeed isn’t subjected to Chase’s 5/24 rule.

  5. If I’ve closed this account within the past year, am I still eligible for the sign-up bonus?

  6. Wonder if they will change the annual free night credit to points also… 15,000 points would be a nicer annual perk over the free night.

  7. I think they might reconsider bringing back the 2 nights offer, or upping the point bonus to 60k in the future when they see how the volume of apps drop.

  8. @Rob, I still think 40,000 is a good deal – if you are currently under 5/24. It provides more flexibility. Worst case scenario, if you splurge for cat 7 you are out 20k points. You can definitely make more than 20k pts from a chase card subject to 5/24 – ie: chase ink preferred. We went to a cat6 hotel with our 2 night certs and had a great time. In this case, we would have been out 10k pts. With the 40k pt offer, you also have more than 1 year to use them as well as the free night certs expire within a year after issued.

    If you have an immediate use for the free night certs, by all means though apply!

  9. @ Josh, Fair enough, and I do see a few other bloggers and commenters saying they like the 40k points better too, so you are not alone. I don’t have any data to back this up, but my gut feeling is that the aspirational aspect of the 2 free nights in any Hyatt is a more compelling proposition to a greater number of mass market folks. Even if people eventually use them elsewhere, on sign up day they likely all have dreams of Park Hyatt New York or Sydney dancing in their brains.

  10. Lucky,

    I’m thinking of getting this card for the two free nights at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. If I get approved, how long do I have until the two free nights expire?

    Are there other taxes or fees that I would need to pay or is the room completely free for the 2 nights?

  11. Smart people out there…a question! Do the properties let you spend some cash to upgrade a room with the certificates? Specifically, if using them at the Park Hyatt Maldives, can I get an overwater room with the addition of cash? Thanks, All.

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