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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
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.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • 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
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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