There have been some changes to the Hyatt Visa in the past month.
- The $75 annual fee is now waived the first year.
- The two free nights worldwide after $1000 spend within three months is now stsandard for all members who apply. Diamond members do not get the added bonus of having their two nights in a suite, and existing Platinum members do bot get an extra bonus of suite upgrades on paid stays.
Since the product was first introduced about three years ago they added an annual free night benefit (up to redemption category 4) as well as double points on restaurant spend, air fare, and rental cars as well as credit towards elite status based on spending.
In fact I made what turned out to be a strategic blunder — I put $40,000 of spend on my Hyatt Visa early in the year earning 5 stays and 10 nights towards status. It turns out I don’t need those night and stay credits to requalify for my Diamond status. Not even close.
There have been lots of ideas surveyed in the past about other changes they might make to the card. Perhaps will see other changes in the future as well.
Even though they now have set the annual fee at $0 for the first year, it’s still possible to get the card with a statement credit by walking through the process of making a room reservation at Hyatt.com.
You just search for a hotel, choose the property, and select a rate and room type. On the page where you would enter your personal information, if you just scroll down towards the bottom you should see a graphic on the right side of the page (that even incorporates the price of the hotel room you’re looking at into the pitch):
Note: there are no referral links in this post, I do not receive any credit if you apply for a Hyatt Visa.