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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 at 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.
Yesterday I wrote a post about 10 great properties in the Americas where you can redeem your Hyatt anniversary free night certificate, while in this post I wanted to look at 10 great hotels in Asia where you can redeem the anniversary night certificate offered by The Hyatt Credit Card. Some of Hyatt’s best properties are in Asia, and many of them are Category 4 or below.
In no particular order:
The Andaz is one of my favorite properties in Shanghai. Everyone has has an area of the city that they prefer, and personally I really like the Xintiandi area, as it has some nice pedestrian zones and great restaurants. The rooms at this hotel are a good size, and I found the Globalist treatment to be very good.
I just stayed here a few months ago, and haven’t gotten around to writing a review yet. Cash rates at this hotel can be quite high, so being able to use an anniversary certificate here is a great deal. While the town of Siem Reap as such isn’t terribly interesting, Angkor Wat is a must see, even if just for a few days.
While this isn’t the world’s best Park Hyatt, it’s a solid hotel.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Beijing over the years, it’s that there’s no perfect hotel. I’ve stayed at the Park Hyatt, St. Regis, W, Sheraton, etc., and I can’t say I have a single hotel that’s an absolute winner for me. That being said, the Grand Hyatt is a solid option, with a pretty good club lounge, and also the coolest indoor pool I’ve ever seen.
Hong Kong can be an expensive hotel market, so it’s great that Hyatt has a category 4 property there. The Hyatt Regency has a convenient location in Kowloon with great views of the skyline, as well as a nice club lounge and modern rooms.
I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur shortly after it opened, and was impressed. The hotel has nice views of the Petronas Towers, and a fantastic club lounge. The Kuala Lumpur hotel market is nicely improving, however, and there are other good options, like the St. Regis.
I’m intrigued by the Park Hyatt Ningbo, which opened several years back, and looks pretty nice. It’s not a very long train ride from Shanghai, so maybe I’ll make a detour to this resort the next time I’m in Shanghai.
I love Vietnam, though it has been a while since I’ve actually planned a proper trip there. I hope to make it to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the not too distant future, and when I do, will definitely stay at the Park Hyatt.
Looking at a different part of Asia, the Andaz Delhi just recently opened. I love the Andaz brand, so would be curious to see what it’s like in India. I’m in the process of planning a trip to India, so hope to stay here when I’m in Delhi (though I realize there are tons of good hotel options there).
Goa is one of the most popular vacation destinations in India, and there are several good hotels there. Among those is the Park Hyatt, which is one of the other category 4 or below Park Hyatt properties in Asia. I’m trying to combine a visit here with a visit to the Andaz Delhi.
While this is a bit different than the other hotels on my list, I seem to have more than my fair share of overnights near Incheon Airport. The most practical place to overnight near the airport is at the Grand Hyatt, given that it offers a free shuttle, and given that the city of Seoul is quite a ways from Incheon. The hotel was recently renovated, and snagging a room here for the equivalent of the $75 annual fee on the Hyatt Card is a steal.
There are lots of great hotels where you can redeem the category 1-4 anniversary free night certificate offered by The Hyatt Credit Card. However, I’d say some of the best eligible hotels are in Asia, including some Park Hyatt and Andaz properties. Of course this isn’t especially practical for a weekend getaway if you’re US-based, but if you’re planning a trip to Asia, I’d definitely consider redeeming my anniversary free night certificate at a property there.
Furthermore, keep in mind that if your spouse/friend/travel companion signs up for The Hyatt Credit Card, you can potentially book two back-to-back nights by using your anniversary free night certificates for the same stay.
Do you have a favorite category 1-4 Hyatt property in Asia?