One of my all-time favorite hotel credit cards is the Chase Hyatt Visa. It gives a great bonus – 2 free nights at any Hyatt – after spending only $1,000 in 3 months. Plus, it gives mid-tier elite status (Platinum) and an anniversary night each year upon renewing (and paying the annual fee of $75). Personally, I have always been able to get a lot more than $75 value out of the annual night that I use. In fact, just the last couple that my wife and I have burned have been at a hotel that was over $240 per night!
Chase Hyatt Visa
– Application Link – Chase Hyatt Visa – 2 Free Nights
The Chase Hyatt Visa has been a pretty stable card for a while. It has had a few changes but nothing overly dramatic – it used to be one purchase for the bonus, it used to charge the annual fee up front, it used to give Diamond members 2 free nights in a suite, it used to come with suite upgrade certificates, etc. None of those changes were anything too much.
In fact, I prefer the current balance – no annual fee and a (low) minimum spend. But, is this about to change?
Is The Chase Hyatt Visa Going to Change?
I received an e-mail last weekend that was a sales pitch for the card and concluded it with the words “Apply for the Hyatt Credit Card before 01/17/2015.”
So, what is happening after that? I know that we will be hearing on January 12th what their new promo is for stays (but I doubt that has to do with the credit card offer) and that Hyatt has suspended their Diamond Challenge. I also know that Chase recently hiked the spending requirement on their Chase Sapphire Preferred from $3,000 in 3 months to $4,000 in 3 months. That has been a trend with credit cards – require a higher spend to receive the bonus. Is that what is going to happen with this card?
With hotel credit cards, it is not common to have as big of a minimum spending threshold as the regular point cards have (in fact, that is true for airline cards as well). What might be happening is that they may be putting the annual fee ($75) back on the first year again. The British Airways Avios card from Chase currently has the annual fee of $95 waived (until December 31), so maybe that is what is happening here.
Anyway, those are simple guesses on my part but it does appear that something may change after January 17, 2015 with the Chase Hyatt Visa. If you have not applied for it yet, now may be a good time to do so. Chase has always been pretty good about matching you to a higher offer if you had applied within the last 90 days, so there should not be a fear that you will miss out on something better.
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