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New Hyatt Visa Perks: Elite Status Credits and 2x Points on Dining, Airfare and Car Rentals

by on September 12, 2012 · 16 comments

in Credit Cards, Hyatt

Hyatt announced today that starting on October 1, 2012, the Hyatt Visa will be offering some brand new features and as an existing cardmember, you will be get these new benefits as soon as they launch – you do not need to register or reapply.


Increased Point Earning
The card used to offer 1 point per dollar spend on everything besides Hyatt spend, but now you get 2 Hyatt Gold Passport points for every $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets when purchased directly from the airline, and at car rental agencies. You continue to earn 3 Hyatt Gold Passport points for every $1 spent at Hyatt properties worldwide and 1 Hyatt Gold Passport point for every $1 spent elsewhere. There are no limits to the amount of points you can earn.

Elite Status Credits
The Hyatt Visa provides automatic Platinum membership in the Hyatt Gold Passport program for as long as you are a cardmember. However, now you’ll also have an opportunity to earn nights/stay credits towards Diamond status (which I personally enjoy greatly). When you spend the following amounts in a calendar year, Hyatt will award you with credits towards Diamond status:

$ 20,000 annually = 2 stay / 5 night credits
$ 40,000 annually = an additional 3 stay / 5 night credits

Diamond status is achieved by completing either 25 stays or 50 nights at Hyatt properties each calendar year.

This is in addition to automatically receiving Hyatt Platinum just for being a cardholder, which normally requires 5 stays or 15 nights per year to achieve. Benefits of this status include a 15% bonus on earned points, room upgrades, complimentary in-room internet access, expedited check-in, 72-hour room availability guarantee and a 2pm late check-out. You will also receive Platinum Extra Awards after every third stay such as bonus points, food and beverage amenities and even free breakfast.

The current sign-up bonus for the Hyatt Visa is two free nights at any Hyatt in the world after $1,000 spend within the first 3 months, including top-tier Park Hyatts such as the one in Tokyo, where rooms can normally go for in the $400-500 range. Existing Hyatt Platinum members who sign up for this card also get two free suite upgrade certificates along with their two free nights, and Hyatt Diamond members get their two free nights in a suite. There are no foreign transaction fees with this card, and a $75 annual fee. Note: It may be possible to get this card with the first year annual waived by making a fake booking at Hyatt.com and then clicking on the credit card advertisement displayed on the guest information page. 

Also every year upon renewal of the card, you receive one free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt property. The award night is good for one night in any available standard room within 12 months from the issue date of the certificate – based on your account anniversary – at any Category 1- 4 Hyatt property, which more than pays for the $75 annual fee, in my opinion.

While I am really glad to see these enhancements, they are weaker in comparison to other cards on the market.

With $40,000 in spend, the Citi HIlton HHonors Reserve and Amex Hilton Surpass cards award top tier Hilton Diamond status altogether. The SPG American Express offers 2 stays/5 nights each year with no spend requirement, but there is no opportunity to earn more than that unless you were to get the SPG Business Amex, which gives an additional 2 stays/5 nights.

As for the 2x points on dining, airfare and car rentals, personally I’d rather get 2 points per dollar spent on all travel and dining on my Chase Sapphire Preferred because they also award a 7% annual dividend on points, so you are actually earning 2.14 points per dollar spent on those categories. Not only that, you can transfer those points to Hyatt at an instant 1:1 ratio or one of their other 8 partners like United, Marriott and British Airways. So you earn more points and have more flexibility on how to use them.

For airfare, I’d also rather put it on my Amex Premier Rewards Gold to get 3x points (4x when booked through Amex Travel) and that card also gives a 15,000 point bonus when you spend $30,000 within a calendar year.

Overall, I hope this ups the competition with the other hotel credit cards and we see more perks and benefits added over time.

That being said, I applaud new enhancements, though I don’t think the elite night/stay credits are enough for me to start putting a big portion of my spend on this card.

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  • guest

    I have a general question about using points on the program or free nights. A few hotels I was considering transfering points for all have strict limits on on only holding 2 people in a standard room (Milan, Buenos Aires, Lucerne) and I have a child that travels with us. And none of them have club room options for points, just suites. Have I just been unlucky or is that pretty much the case at all Park Hyatts? Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/mgalicki Mike Galicki

    I find it hard to ever use that anual award cert. You have to stay at somewhere like the Jersey City Hyatt if yer visiting new york. Forget about using it in Hawaii. I guess its good if you have to stay at some out of the way airport hotel for one night.
    Would be nice if the cert could be upgraded for some fee to a higher category.

  • Spencer W.

    Concerning the annual renewal benefit (free night at 1-4), is it possible to upgrade (with dollars) from a standard room using the voucher?

  • Bigredbears

    I stayed at Buenos Aires Hyatt with 3 ppl in the room and we didn’t have any issues. They even offered to bring in a third bed (wasn’t needed) for free.

    I believe it is a bigger problem in Europe.

  • Billy Mumphrey

    I used the 2 free nights at their Beaver Creek property during peak ski season. The savings were $1100/night (rate + taxes/fees). It was the most expensive Hyatt room I could find anywhere (even the Paris Vendome).

  • guest

    Thanks for the reply I went back and looked at BA and you are correct. I think I will give that hotel a try.

  • PJ

    now a card more toward to have and TO HOLD ; $75 annual fees for a 1-4 category night plus new benefits

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  • Montreal Poster

    As a platinum member, do I get upgraded to diamond status? (wasn’t that one of the former perks?)

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  • Learning Curve

    I talked with Hyatt Gold Passport yesterday and they stated that all status levels only get two free nights now; no suite upgrades or suite nights on the bonus. I have not applied yet to test it. I was waiting to get platinum then get the suite upgrades. However, since I can status match for diamond and meet the challenge, it is now irrelevant because I can get the suite upgrades on next major stays.

  • Alexandra

    The $75 is quite high given the limitations to use the anniversary free night at hotels in cat 1-4 and I’m already at platinum level so that perk is out the window as well. Very disappointing as their sign on offer was great and they are totally inflexible about letting you stay anywhere that’s not category 1-4.

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