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I applied for the Chase Hyatt credit card (see here for how to get a $100 statement credit which is better than my affiliate link) in March 2012 and used the 2 free nights at the Park Hyatt in Paris for our honeymoon. Since those 2 free nights were valid at any Hyatt, I wanted to use them at a Hyatt which I wouldn’t pay cash for and the $800+ a night Park Hyatt fit the bill!
So I was surprised when I received a mailer saying “Happy Anniversary” a few weeks ago.
Turns out that Chase and Hyatt were reminding me that I would get 1 free night at any category 1 to 4 Hyatt for keeping the card (and paying the $75 annual fee) and that the award would be deposited directly into my Hyatt account in March. But the fine print says that it could take 4 to 6 weeks from my anniversary date to receive the certificate. The mailer said that the award night would be valid for 1 year from when it was issued.
The Chase Hyatt card isn’t a very good card for putting spending on since you earn only 1 Hyatt point for regular spending and 2 Hyatt points per $1 spent at restaurants, car rental agencies and airline tickets purchased directly from airlines.
You do earn 3 points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels. But you also get a 5% discount at Hyatt hotels (excluding Hyatt Place, Hyatt House and Hyatt Residence Club locations) for using certain American Express business cards through the American Express OPEN program. So the Hyatt card isn’t necessarily the best card for using at Hyatt hotels, except for Hyatt hotels outside the US since the Hyatt card doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee (and most American Express cards do charge a foreign transaction fee and the OPEN savings aren’t valid outside the US).
But I will keep this card for a long time because of the free annual night (at a cost of the $75 annual fee)! It isn’t as good as the free night from the Priority Club card which is valid at ANY Priority Club hotel. We used our free nights from the Priority Club card in Bora Bora last year!
I don’t know why I’m been reminded of an anniversary night which will hit my account two months away, but at least I can study up on which category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel to best use my free night certificate! Any suggestions?