Tips for Using the Hyatt Visa Award Nights

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I recently acquired the Hyatt Visa credit card and I wanted to share a few tips about the card and some information about how quickly the two award nights post to your account after meeting the spending requirement.

The Hyatt Visa Sign-up Bonus:

The Hyatt Visa awards two award nights to use at any Hyatt around the world after you spend $1,000 on the card in the first 3 months.  There is also a version of the offer that sometimes displays on Hyatt.com that also awards a $50 statement credit after first purchase for those who are making a booking on Hyatt.com (I recommend actually making a booking to ensure the $50 credit).  There is a $0 introductory fee the first year and $75 annual fee in subsequent years.

Use your nights at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Use your nights at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

How Quickly Hyatt Visa Award Nights Post:

Within 5 days of making my first purchase on the card the $50 statement credit had already posted to my account.  Then within 2-3 days of hitting the $1,000 spending requirement the two award nights had posted to my Hyatt.com account, and I was informed of their deposit via an email.  Given that some sign-up bonuses can take well over a month to post, this was pretty exceptional if you were looking to use your award nights as soon as possible.

I don’t think that they always post within 2-3 days, but I would fully expect them to post within about 10 days of hitting the spending requirement.

Hyatt Visa Award Night

How to Use Hyatt Visa Award Nights:

You have one year to use the award nights, and that means that the stay has to actually occur within that year, not just be booked within a year.  This means that you should time your application with having a plan to use the award nights since you must do it within 12 months.

You can book the award nights online by logging into your Hyatt.com account and going to “My Awards” (as shown above).  There you can see the number of award nights you have (should be two from the card), and you can use them by hitting the blue “Reserve” button also shown above.  You can type in the city/property you would like to visit and search to see if they have award availability on your desired dates.  I think the award night search feature is a little clunkier than the regular Hyatt.com search screen, but it will work just fine for some reservations.

Use Hyatt Visa Award Night

You need to search for and book your desired dates one night at a time.  If you want to use two nights on one reservation you will need to call Hyatt to make that booking.  If you want to use your nights at the all-inclusive Ziva or Zilara resorts you will also have to call Hyatt (or potentially direct message them @Hyatt_Concierge on Twitter) to get that booking made since it can’t currently be done online using points or award nights.

In theory you should be able to use your Hyatt award nights at any property that has standard rooms available for sale/available for booking with points, but I did run across a couple instances where the online site would let me book with points, but not with the credit card award night.  In those instances you need to again reach out to Hyatt and they should be able to help you make the reservation you desire using the credit card award nights.

If Your Hyatt Visa Nights Are Going to Expire:

First, let me re-emphasize not to apply for this credit card until you have a plan for how you will use the nights in the next 12 months.  I also do not recommend waiting close to the full 12 months to use the nights because what if something unforeseen happens and you have to cancel that trip?  Trust me, it happens You could then find yourself in a situation where you are unable to get the maximum value for the nights before they expire.  I would recommend having a plan to use the nights within 6-8 months of getting the card in most situations so you have a little time buffer if your plans change.

Hyatt Regency Aruba

Hyatt Regency Aruba

However, if you find yourself in a situation with expiring nights from the credit card then here is what Hyatt Concierge shared this week about expiring credit card award nights.

  • We do offer 10,000 points per Award for the initial 2 Free Night Awards if the Member has met Platinum status with 5 eligible stays or 15 eligible nights. Please note that the Awards must still be valid to receive compensation. Once the Award has expired it is no longer eligible to receive this compensation.
  • We do offer 20,000 points per Award for the initial 2 Free Night Awards if the Member has met Diamond status with 25 eligible stays or 50 eligible nights. Please note that the Awards must still be valid to receive compensation. Once the Award has expired it is no longer eligible to receive this compensation.
  • Anniversary Awards –Valid in Category 1-4 hotels will be allowed a one-time 30 day extension per award if the award is not yet expired. If the Anniversary Award is expired or has been previously extended, no further extensions are to be made.

How to Get Maximum Value for your Hyatt Visa Nights:

In order to get maximum value from your Hyatt Visa nights you probably want to look to using them at higher category 6 or 7 properties or the Ziva and Zilara all-inclusive properties.  If you want to use your awards at lower tier category properties then you are probably better served with a rewards card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card where you are awarded points that you can transfer to Hyatt 1:1 and use in chunks as small as 5,000 points per night for Category 1 Hyatt properties.

Stay at an all-inclusive resort like this one in Jamaica!

Stay at an all-inclusive resort like this one in Jamaica!

Of course, I have both cards so it doesn’t have to be an either/or situation, but the Hyatt Visa nights specifically will get the max value at high tier properties like Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Park Hyatt Maldives, Park Hyatt Zurich, Park Hyatt Tokyo, Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, Hyatt Regency Aruba, Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hyatt Regency London, Andaz Maui, and all-inclusive Ziva and Zilara properties where the number of points per night can be 25,000 – 30,000+.

I plan to use my Hyatt Visa nights either for a weekend of skiing at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek next ski season or potentially at one of their all-inclusive properties with my family since that way we will not just have our accommodations covered, but food and activities, too!

Skiing at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Skiing at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Do you have the Hyatt Visa?  If so, I’d love to hear where you used your two award nights and if you have any other tips for new cardholders or those considering the card!

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  1. Thoughts on using these free nights at GH Kauai? Can you easily make a booking with free nights connected to additional nights paying cash assuming same standard room availability?

    • We just used our 2 free nights at the GH Kauai last month. It was super easy and I combined the stay with an additional 2 nights on points transferred from my CSP. I was only able to book by calling in and having them book the 2 nights consecutively on the same reservation then they tied it to my other 2 nights booked on points.

  2. Using them next week at Park Hyatt Paris Vendome. Got upgraded to Park King Suite after emailing GM. $1250/night value. Love this card and its anniversary reward night in Cat 1-4.

      • “I am entitled to an upgrade even though I am staying absolutely for free, and irrespective of the fact that I will dress in shorts and sneakers the whole time I am there while the regular clientele are dressed to the nines”

        • Jeez, no wonder most of the world regard Americans as entitled, tasteless clods. Thank you for your contribution towards further solidifying that impression.

  3. Hi Summer, I had a vague recollection that if you were Diamond, you could apply a suite upgrade to these nights, do you know if that has been changed, or if I am mistaken? I just redeemed for PH NY and was told no dice on that. Many thanks if you know. Andy

  4. My husband and I both got the card last year and used our combined 4 nights at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. We booked a 5th night with points. It was a great hotel and I think a good use of our free nights. The hotel rates can be pretty high depending on when you book.

  5. This year so far my wife and I have used the free nights to stay at the Park Hyatt New York, Park Hyatt Sydney, and Park Hyatt Vendome. We were also upgraded to Park King Suite at the Vendome.

  6. I have had this card 3 times over the past 10 years and have stayed at the Park Hyatt Chicago, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. The one in Buenos Aires was the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in, hands down. You must go there! We signed in with a Mont Blanc pen. I have had many many points credit cards and think this is the best card out there because you can use the free nights at any Hyatt, no limitations. I recently heard that people like me can no longer cancel and reapply and also get the free nights again, but that is not gonna keep me from trying!

  7. Hi, quick question – can i used the award for my family members? My parents have a trip coming up and I won’t be with them to this trip, but I think its better to use it for them than to lose it. Thoughts?

  8. Hi Mommy Points, thanks for the tip on potentially being able to convert free nights into points at the stated values prior to expiry period. Would you happen to know if any such possibility also exists for free anniversary night on Chase IHG card?

  9. My husband and I both got this card late last spring and used it for 4 nights at the Andaz Maui. We originally planned to go the first week in December, but a week before our trip we had to cancel everything. So I can relate to not waiting until close to the end of the 12 months time frame. It was a bit hectic trying to rebook award flights and hotels – finding dates that worked for everything – so we ended up going in late February. Turned out great – especially since we missed 3 snow storms while we were away!

  10. We used our free nights to book two nights at the Park Hyatt in New York the weekend before Christmas. Those nights came in at $1100 a night and so far are the most expensive room we have stayed in before.

  11. I am about to apply for the card now, and expect to complete the $1000 spend in 1 month. So I should have the award night by mid June.

    In your (people who have booked) experience, does that leave me with enough time to book award nights sometime between 24th Dec – 1st Jan; or is that too late ? I am planning to book zillara, ziva or vienna.

    thanks,

  12. Do you know whether just the booking has to happen within 12 months, or the actual stay has to fall within 12 months?

  13. Just got the card. Spent $1000 on it with a few days. Got the free nights email yesterday. Went online to try to book two days at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Couldn’t do it. So, I called Hyatt. They were able to book it for me. My wife and I are very much looking forward to our stay in Hong Kong at the Grand Hyatt.

  14. Do you know if I can book the Vendome for 3 adults and 1 infant using the 2 free nights cert? I’m taking my mom, sis-in-law and my 1 year old niece to Paris and wanted them to experience the Vendome. Do you know how I can go about booking the Vendome using the cert for us to share a room? Thank you 🙂

    • Zainab, to do so your only hope is the certs + a cash copay to get a larger room. To be honest, I’m not sure you can realistically pull off 3 adults + an infant at that hotel, but check with the hotel directly to see if you can work anything out.

  15. looking to use an award cert at park Hyatt Tokyo. Can I upgrade to a suite win Hyatt points? Thanks for the helpful tips on your blog!

    • Sam, not with points using certificates but you could try to negotiate a cash upgrade amount directly with the hotel

  16. I have always used the online booking for my award reservations. However, I don’t see this option on the website any more. Hyatt emailed me that I’d have to call. What a bummer!

  17. Beware of service reps trying to up-sell you on upgrades, claiming that the dates you want for standard rooms are sold out when the hotel’s own website clearly shows as available. I had to ask them to contact the hotel directly before they booked the rooms using rewards.

  18. Just a caution… I was attempting to use my two free nights at the Andaz in Maui. They have a policy that with the rewards night, there must be a total minimum stay of 5 nights. No, it is not anywhere in writing per the manager. This is confirmed via both the Gold Passport number as well as the manager of the hotel. I would likely not have signed up for the card had I know these restrictions, as I could have leveraged other points systems. So beware- if you have a location set, better call ahead, because my two free nights at this location would cost me over $1500 when adding the other three required.

  19. Curious how much extra it costs (points or cash) to get upgraded to a suite. How do you figure that out? Or is there some sort of status that gets you upgraded to a suite? I think that standard would be tight with 2 adults 2 kids… and theres that whole awkward what do you do after they are asleep? Also for the all inclusive, is one free night good for 2 adults and 2 kids all inclusive? or do you need to pay extra? If so how much? (cash or points) also has anyone here done the all inclusives? are they nice? how’s the food?

    Thanks

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