Getting a Hyatt Visa With a $75 Statement Credit is Back

The Hyatt Visa comes with two free nights at any Hyatt in the world as a signup bonus, Platinum Gold Passport members get suite upgrade certificates also, and Diamond Gold Passport members get their two free nights in suites.

Those are good offers for the card, and I find the card worth keeping despite the $75 annual fee because of the annual free night good at any hotel up to category four (such as the Hyatt 48 Lex in New York).

Unfortunately, the card doesn’t offer a first year fee waiver. Back in April I did find an offer of a $75 statement credit which covered the fee, but that link was since pulled.

Today in the comments to my post on best credit card signup bonuses, Murphy wrote:

Just an FYI for anyone wanting the Hyatt Visa…you should be able to find an offer that includes a $75 statement credit by making a dummy booking (should be offered on the page you enter guest information).

And indeed, this seems to work.

Going to the Hyatt website and going through the process to make a reservation does seem to generate an offer for the card that includes the $75 statement credit, an amount equal to the annual fee.

You’ll see that after you search for a hotel on a given set of dates, and select your rate. You get to the place where you would enter payment information, and there’s an icon on the right hand side of the screen advertising the offer.

Click on it, and you’ll be taken to an application page.

You do have to find the offer this way, though, just going to the link for the application that offers the statement credit doesn’t seem to work.

This is, of course, a better deal than the link that offers referral credit to me since that doesn’t come with the statement credit. But you certainly shouldn’t leave $75 on the table.

Thanks, Murphy, for sharing the tip!

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  1. If you read the fine print in the offer details you will see that the free night certificates are good for one year from date of issuance.

  2. Thanks for sharing this! My dad was just about to apply for this card earlier today, but decided to wait until tomorrow. Glad he did.

  3. Is it possible to get the Hyatt card a 2nd time? I cancelled in March after having it for a year.

  4. FYI – the dummy booking trick also works with the Marriott Rewards Visa. The only difference is that the fee is waived the first year also so you really do get $75 for free.

  5. I realized I wasn’t clear – you get the Marriott Rewards Visa with a $75 statement credit AND the annual fee is waived the first year (and the 50K points after first puchase), but only if you do the dummy booking.

  6. I got the Chase Sapphire card about two months ago. Is it too early to apply for the Hyatt Visa card? I was denied the card a year ago (mainly because I didn’t call the reconsideration line due to overseas travel), and was planning to apply sometime in October so it would be at least 90 days between Chase applications. Any suggestions? Thanks

  7. Can the annual free night be saved up and combined after a few years, or do they also have a one year expiration, like the two free signup bonus nights?

  8. I am sure that this is discussed elsewhere, but what exactly do are the two suite upgrade certificates for platinum members good for and how are they used?


  9. @ Jake – I believe they are to be used on revenue bookings. Each cert is good for an upgrade of an entire stay (up to 7 nights). So in theory, the two certs can be used to upgrade a total of 14 nights.

    I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong!

  10. Just received this card today. Trying to add it to my account but unable to. Does this card, for some reason, have to be managed by a separate account? Or is it just a matter of giving chase a call?

    Also I’m very new to Hyatt. Are there any cheap Hyatt properties anywhere in the world where one would have a good use for suite upgrades? I generally try to spend no more than $100-$150/night for my hotels anywhere in the world when paying so wondering if I would even be able to use this perk. So far just checked my next couple of places where I need a hotel, Manila and Beijing, and it’s $200-$300+ per night.

  11. My wife and I just applied using the method outlined above, and I’m happy to report that the offer has been raised to a $100 statement credit after first purchase.

  12. I did not already have the Gold Passport membership. I signed up for that and one month later received a targeted email to apply for the credit card with no annual fee for the first year.

  13. As of today (12/27/14), the offer via dummy booking is a $50 statement credit and no annual fee.

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