If you are a Visa Signature card holder (just to name a few: CapitalOne Venture, Marriott Rewards, AAdvantage, Chase Sapphire Preferred, etc.) you can get a free 90 day trial of platinum status. This promotion ends Friday May 11th, so tomorrow is your last day to register. You can register here. Also,t he 90 day trial will start the day you register.
So what does Platinum status at Hyatt get you?
- Preferred room based on availability (I wouldn’t count on a huge suite upgrade with Platinum status, but it never hurts to try)
- Complimentary in-room internet
- 2pm late checkout
- 15% point bonus on all base points earned (if you are instead going for the Hyatt 5x airline promotion, you will not get the 15% bonus points)
There is absolutely no reason to not go for the trial even if you have no intentions of staying at a Hyatt hotel.
The other good thing is that if you were interested in getting the Hyatt credit card the current offer of 2 free nights will give you 2 additional suite upgrades to use on a paid stay if you are a Platinum.
The best current offer for the Hyatt credit card is the following (application link):
- 2 free nights after you spend $1,000 on the card in the first three months
- If you are a Platinum member: 2 free suite upgrades on paid stays for a maximum of 7 nights (unfortunately they cannot be used with your free night redemption)
- If you are a Diamond member: Those two free nights you earn are actually Suite free nights (keep in mind that suites are not available at all hotels; also hotels that are already all suites will not upgrade you to the next category)
- The 2 free nights/2 free suite upgrades expire one year after they are earned (after your first purchase on the card)
- Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum membership for as long as you are a cardmember
- No foreign transaction fees
- One free category 1-4 night each anniversary year (award will post to your account 6-8 weeks from your account anniversary date) – free night certificate is expires 12 months from issued
- Earn 3 points per $1 spent at all Hyatt hotels and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
- $75 annual fee (not waived for the first year)
This is a card I personally do not have right now, but can foresee getting in the near future (assuming the 2 free night offer is still around). Since the 2 free nights expire 12 months after getting the card, I have no current valuable use for those free nights. My plan is to get this card prior to a vacation which involves an expensive Hyatt stay – i.e., Paris, Tokyo, Maldives, etc. Those hotels go for $600-$1,000/night. The other reason I like this card, similar to the Marriott credit card, is that the annual free night certificate (if used properly) outweighs the $75 annual fee. There are some category 4 gem’s available for a high cost. I stayed at the Hyatt Escala Lodge in Park City a few months ago, which was going for about $300/night. This is a slope-side category 4 property!
Other than the free nights, this card serves very little value to me right now. I stay at Hyatt enough to earn Platinum or Diamond status each year, so the Platinum status benefit is not important to me. I also get no foreign transaction fees with a few other cards in my wallet now anyways, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Marriott Rewards Visa, CapitalOne Venture. While the 3 points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels can be valuable, the Chase Sapphire Preferred gets 2 points per $1 spent on all hotels (along with air, car rental, etc.) plus a 7% annual bonus so in theory I am only losing minimal points by using my Sapphire Preferred over Hyatt and my paid stays are not very expensive.
Let’s hope the two free night offer stays around for awhile! And remember to register for your free 90 day platinum status by tomorrow!