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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.
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
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.