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When I first reported on Hyatt’s April 1- June 30, 2011 promo “Possibilities,” I wasn’t blown away, but I wasn’t completely bored with it either. The promotion (register here) allows you to earn 10,000 points after 5 nights and then 5,000 points for every two nights after that, up to 60,000 points in total. 60,000 points can get you 2 free nights at Hyatt’s top category 6 hotels and then another night at a Category 4 hotel – not too shabby, especially compared to the competition.
Hyatt also just announced that Hyatt Visa cardholders get an additional 5,000 points after the first 5 nights and their total maximum points for the promotion is now 65,000.
Not huge, but 5,000 points is a free night at a Category 1 hotel, so it’s worth noting.
I’m going to do a detailed review of the Hyatt card soon, but the current offer for new cardholders is pretty enticing: 2 free nights at ANY Hyatt in the world (Diamond members get two nights in a suite), instant Platinum Hyatt Gold Passport membership, and no foreign transaction fees – all for a $75 annual fee. Note that the Hyatt card is issued by Chase, so if you want to get in on the British Airways 100,000 point extravaganza, I recommend doing that now and then applying for the Hyatt card in a couple months. The BA deal is slated to end May 6, but can be pulled at any time if Chase feels like they’ve gotten enough new members.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards