Chase Hyatt Free Anniversary Night

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Chase Hyatt Free Anniversary Night

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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?

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I’m thinking about using my free nights to stay at the Park Hyatt in Manhattan. But for the amount of tax on the room, I can stay someplace cheap. Should I save my nights and use them where there’s a lower tax or do you get out of the taxes too?

Also, do you know if a family of 4 can get a room using the free deal or is room occupancy limited?

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@KJ – You don’t pay tax on the room. Also, there are usually occupancy restrictions depending on the hotel…

I have two of these cards (spouse and me) so we have 2 free anniversary nights to use. Has anyone tried using their free nights at the end of the year, right before the next set of anniversary nights are awarded. This would allow 4 straight nights in my case. Is this possible?

Hi! I was wondering if you know anything about combining anniversary night rewards? Is it possible to use one anniversary night from person A and one anniversary night from person B for a 2 night stay? Thanks!

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@Karen – That is possible. Just book the rooms individually and then email or call the hotel to let them know that you would like the same room for both nights.

Hey Darius, I just had to cancel my Hyatt card in order to get approved for the second SW card to get the companion pass. I have not used my 2 free night certificates that came with the sign up bonus yet…. Do you know if they will take those back or if they are in my account to stay?

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@Jess – You can still use them by calling Hyatt because they are attached to your Hyatt account.

I used my Hyatt Visa in Costa Rica because there are no foreign currency transaction fees. However, when I got my statement, one of the vendors put charges through as a cash advance rather than a credit charge. This resulted in a $10 fee and $0.50 interest charge. I called Hyatt VISA and their solution was to call the vendor in Costa Rica and have them reverse the entry and to reenter as a credit charge. This obviously is impractical and I had no idea that this card even had a cash advance feature. All of my other transactions came through as credit charges as I intended. Even after talking to the supervisor Susi, Hyatt VISA refused to be helpful and would not reverse the minor fees or offer any other viable solution. In frustration, I told them to cancel the card. Totally worthless customer service.:mad:

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@tom – They expire 12 months from when they are issued.

@Wil – Sorry to hear about that. Chase usually has very good customer service, so I’d write them a message or call them.

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