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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.
A couple of days ago I wrote a post about 10 great properties in the Americas where you can redeem your Hyatt anniversary free night certificate, and yesterday I wrote a post about 10 great properties in Asia where you can redeem your Hyatt anniversary free night certificate. In this post I wanted to look at 10 great hotels in Europe and the Middle East where you can redeem the anniversary night certificate offered by The Hyatt Credit Card.
In general Europe isn’t Hyatt’s strongest region, especially for lower category properties. However, there are still some great redemption opportunities for the anniversary night certificate, given how expensive hotels in Europe can be. The Middle East is a stronger region for Hyatt, as I’ll outline below.
In no particular order, here are 10 great hotels where you can redeem your category 1-4 anniversary night certificate:
I stayed at the Grand Hyatt a couple of years ago and had a great stay. To me, the hotel feels more like a Park Hyatt than a Grand Hyatt in terms of design. The rooms are nicely furnished, the Grand Club is lovely, and the hotel has a good location for exploring Berlin.
This is the only Park Hyatt in Europe that’s a category 4 or below. While I’ve heard it’s not quite up to the standard of the Park Hyatts in Paris, Milan, Vienna, etc., it still looks like a solid hotel.
Paris is a very expensive hotel market, so having a category 4 property there is a good opportunity to redeem these certificates. For example, in summer rates at this hotel can be about $500 per night, so redeeming the certificate you receive from a card with a $75 annual fee is a heck of a deal.
The Hyatt Regency Amsterdam just recently opened, and nicely complements the Andaz Amsterdam. In summer, rates here can be over $250 per night, so again, redeeming a certificate from a $75 annual fee card is a great option.
Funny enough I’ve redeemed my anniversary night certificate at this property for two years in a row, both when I had quick overnight layovers in Abu Dhabi. The Hyatt Capital Gate isn’t far from Abu Dhabi airport, and is a beautiful property. The two times I redeemed my certificate here, the paid rate would have been about $250 per night.
Muscat is one of my favorite major cities in the Middle East, and the Grand Hyatt is solid. I love that the hotel actually feels like it’s in Oman, rather than having a generic design.
If you like mega hotels, the Grand Hyatt Dubai is a great place to stay. It has a huge pool, a bunch of great restaurants, a very nice Grand Club, and it’s conveniently located between the airport and many of Dubai’s most popular attractions.
Doha’s hotel market has expanded very nicely over the past several years, and the Grand Hyatt is pretty good based on what I’ve heard. I’ve stayed at the W and St. Regis in Doha, and am planning on staying at the Grand Hyatt the next time I pass through Doha.
I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Amman a few months ago, and had a very nice stay. Many of the guest rooms are renovated, the hotel’s Grand Club is nice, and Amman is an all around cool city.
There are lots of great hotels where you can redeem the category 1-4 anniversary free night certificate offered by The Hyatt Credit Card. While Europe isn’t Hyatt’s strongest continent, they have some good hotels there, especially when you consider how much they’d cost if paying cash. Hyatt’s footprint is even better in the Middle East, in my opinion.
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 Europe or the Middle East?