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Is The Chase Hyatt Visa Changing?

Written by Charlie

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!

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Chase Hyatt Visa

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?

Chase Hyatt Visa

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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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • Any insights on the timing of receipt of the 2 free nights? Is it immediately after $1000 posts to the account, or after it’s billed, or something else?

    Also, any idea of the expiry date versus the month applied? For example, if I apply/am approved on, say, January 5, and say the 2 nights post pretty quickly (say January 15), when do they expire–12/31/2015 or 1/31/2016, or an exact date 365 days out? I want to use the award nights in January, 2016 so don’t want to risk applying too soon. Suggestions?

    • With Chase, the bonus posts after the billing statement closes for the period in which you met the spend. So, if you apply in January, you don’t have to meet the spend until 90 days after being approved. Let’s say you meet the $1,000 spending in the middle of March. The free nights will post within 5 days after that statement closes and you have one year from that month to use them. So, no problem!