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The Hyatt Credit Card is one of my all around favorite hotel credit cards. The card offers a sign-up bonus of 40,000 World of Hyatt points after spending $2,000 within three months, plus a further 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and have them make a purchase within the same period. To stretch the value you get even further, you and your spouse/friend/travel companion can both sign up for the card, and then combined you’d have 80,000-90,000 points to redeem towards one stay.
Redeem your points 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not only does The Hyatt Credit Card have a great sign-up bonus, 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?