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Free 90 Day Hyatt Platinum Trial

by on April 13, 2012 · 32 comments

in Elite Status, Hyatt

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Until May 11, 2012, you can sign up (registration link) to get free Hyatt Platinum status for 90 days if you have any Visa Signature card. The registration page is buggy and works best if you use Internet Explorer. Hyatt Platinum members get a 15% point bonus on stays, free internet, preferred rooms and 2pm late checkout.
To retain the status you can do one of two things:

1) Stay 8 paid nights at any Hyatt within the 90 days of your trial membership
or
2) Get the Hyatt Visa, which automatically grants Platinum status. The reason why you’d want to enroll in this challenge before getting the card is that Hyatt gives two suite upgrade certificates to those who have Platinum status when they apply for the card (those who have Diamond status get their free nights in a suite) and spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. So once your account reflects Platinum and you get the card, you’ll get two certificates that will upgrade any paid room reservation to a suite for up to 7 days each. These are the same suite upgrades that Diamond members get every year.

TPG reader Mason also tipped me off about a current offer for the Hyatt Card that will issue you a statement credit of $75, effectively waiving the first year’s annual fee, with your first purchase. You can find the details on the offer page. So effectively, with this combination you’d be getting at least 90 days of of Platinum status, two nights at any Hyatt and two suite upgrade certificates all for free.

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  • http://twitter.com/ImJohnHime ImJohnHime

    Link to Hyatt page seems to be broken. I get a “can’t find that page” message.

  • Ben

    Link not working!

  • Rebecca D.

    I signed up for the free Platinum status last week and a few days later, after seeing my Hyatt account upgraded to Platinum, I applied for the Hyatt Visa. Once approved I confirmed with the rep that I would get the 2 free nights and 2 suite upgrades, which is great! Question: I want to use both free nights and both suite upgrades at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong in January 2013. From your post above it sounds like I can’t use the suite upgrades on the free night certificates because they have to be used with paid nights. Is that correct? Thanks.

  • thepointsguy

    Fixed

  • thepointsguy

    Fixed

  • RakSiam

    Having to use IE for this is a bit of a pain. But it was the only way I could get it to work too. Platinum status showed up on my account very quickly (less than a day). Now to apply for the Hyatt card. Hopefully I can find a cheap rate at the GH Taipei to use the upgrades.

  • Markcheng1203

    I read that there is a diamond challenge, no?
    Have you heard of any difficulty in signing for that challenge?
    Oh TPG does this challenge repeat every quarter? I think most of my stays are concentrated in the later half of the year.
    Thx
    M

  • Markcheng1203

    There’s an Auto convention going on now, so prices are pretty steep in TPE.

  • http://twitter.com/ImJohnHime ImJohnHime

    Thanks. Was able to sign up through the Visa Signature page using Chrome — no issues.

  • Joseph Palmiotti

    Thank you thank you! Worked fine in Chrome, staying with my Chase Sapphire points in the Park Hyatt Paris in ~1 month or so! Free internet, woo! :) Saving 19 euro a day…

  • BaigoB

    Are suite upgrades good for Park Hyatt properties? And are they valid beyond the 90 day Platinum trial period? Lastly, its one certificate per entire stay, right?

  • thepointsguy

    Suite upgrades are good on Park Hyatts, though there are a couple excluded properties including PH Paris and Sydney I believe.

    One certificate per stay, up to 7 days.

  • Dutchguypdx

    Just signed up and worked for me in one go (ps I dont have the Visa card .Now I will wait to to get the CC card !!

  • mattolo

    Ok so lets say I get Platinum status for 90 days through the Visa offer, and then I apply for the Hyatt Chase card and get the 2 suite upgrade certificates, do I have to use the suite upgrade certs before the 90 day Platinum trial expires, or can they be used after I drop back down to regular status?

  • thepointsguy

    The Certs expire feb 2013

  • mattolo

    Also, does anyone know if you book a suite with the upgrade certs but don’t have status are you entitled (or usually given) to club access?

  • Konrad

    First time I tried it didn’t give a confirmation after I put in my cc number. Before I tried the second time I first logged in to my Hyatt account then it worked.

  • Derek

    How long does it take for the account to get upgraded? I did it last night and still on Gold…

  • Ecomajor

    WOuld there be any way to parlay this to a status matching with another chain?

  • Derek

    My account still hasn’t been upgraded, anyone else facing this issue?

  • Georockc

    In my experience, Club Carlson seems to be good at status matching if you email and ask.

  • Dave

    If I book and pay for two rooms (one for myself and one for a family member), would I get credit for 2 (out of the 8) nights or just the one I am physically staying in?

  • Alex Post

    Thanks for all of your great work. I have a question for you on this promotion. You get Platinum Status with Hyatt for 90 days but when looking at the terms and condition it says that you then need spend 8 nights in a Hyatt to maintain Platinum status thru Feb. 2013. So my question is… if I have 3 stays so far this year and only need 2 more to get Platinum (via the normal, 5 stay / 10 night requirement)… if I sign up for the promotion does that mean that I get Platinum for the rest of the year once I hit 5 stays (2 more needed) or 8 additional nights from signing up? Based on the T&Cs it looks like the latter (which would be a worse deal for me since I have 2 stays already planned). It’s just not clear to me.
    Thanks for your help in advance!
    Alex

  • Ddawk1504

    what constitutes a visa signature card? I would like to take advantage of this offer and i am planning on applying for sapphire preferred and freedom here in the next few days would either one of those count? if not what counts as a visa signature card? thanks.

  • thepointsguy

    The main sapphire preferred card is a visa signature

  • Ddawk1504

    Thanks so much for the prompt response..I’m planning to apply for sapphire preferred with 40K (devoted towards hyatt points), sign up for the hyatt platinum challenge, then apply for the hyatt visa which would yield an additional 2 nights (plus the 2 suite certificates). Because both cards are chase and both are visa i’m assuming i will run into problems qualifying for both. any suggestions how long i need to wait to apply for the hyatt? Also in mind i would like to apply for the freedom card as well in the very near future. Thanks again for all the hard work you put in!

  • Ddawk4

    any insight into utilizing the free award nights at high end properties such as the Vendome in Paris? I’ve come across several posts on throughout this website saying that it has been very difficult to redeem at the higher end properties. What has been your experience? Will i be better served if i’m booking a year in advance? Thanks

  • Ddawk1504

    Another thought I had was to apply for the diamond challenge prior to signing up for the Hyatt Visa, is it possible to sign up for both the platinum trial wait a couple of weeks, apply for the Diamond challenge and then apply for the Hyatt Visa so you are gaining the Diamond perks?

  • todd

    Now that I have platinum status, I was intending to apply my recent trip to hong kong on there, but found a better deal with hilton. Any ideas on maintaining platinum in the 90 days

  • AG

    I did this a week ago and it hasn’t been updated yet… did it again today for both myself and my husband (but used my sapphre pref. number for both of us).. any ideas on a “correct” way of doing this? I also tried logging in first and then registering as someone had suggested. waiting to see if it works out..

  • Ddawk1504

    is anyone having difficulty with the sign up page? i enter in my card # information and type the required words but it then proceeds to say the page has timed out and to try again, yet when i do i get the same result? is there anyone i can call to set this up since this does not seem to be working?

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