(Update: Certificates Being Awarded Early) Legacy Hyatt Card Offer: Spend $4,000 & Get Category 1-4 Free Night Cert (Spend By 12/31/20)

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Update 12/15/20: The terms of this offer said to allow 4 weeks from the promotion’s end date for the free night certificate to be awarded. We’d already completed the $4,000 of spend on my wife’s card and she received her certificate yesterday, so it doesn’t look like you’ll necessarily have to wait until the end of January in order to get the certificate.

We’d confirmed with a Hyatt rep at the time that the certificates would be valid for 365 days and I can confirm that what’s being awarded is indeed valid for 365 days.

Hyatt legacy card free night certificate

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Hyatt is targeting holders of its legacy credit card with a great spending offer, giving a category 1-4 free night certificate after spending $4,000 on the card by the end of the year.

Hyatt spending offer $4,000 free category 1-4 certificate

The Deal

  • Spend $4,000 on a legacy Hyatt credit card by December 31, 2020 & earn a category 1-4 free night certificate.
  • Direct link to registration.

Key Terms

  • Registration required by November 30, 2020.
  • This promotion is valid only for World of Hyatt members who register for the promotion at https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/offers/hyatt-credit-card-promotion.html between 10/27/2020 and 11/30/2020.
  • You will qualify for and receive your category 1-4 Free Night if you make Purchases with your credit card that total an amount at or above the specified target amount during the promotional period.
  • Purchases posted to your account with a transaction date during the offer period are eligible for this offer. Delays by the merchant, such as shipping, could extend the transaction date beyond the offer period. (“Purchases” do not include balance transfers, cash advances, travelers checks, foreign currency, money orders, wire transfers or similar cash-like transactions, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, race track wagers or similar betting transactions, any checks that access your account, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, or fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable.)
  • To qualify for this bonus offer, account must be open and not in default at the time of fulfillment.
  • This promotional offer is non-transferable.
  • Please allow 4 weeks from the end of the promotion period for the Free Night Award to be issued to your World of Hyatt account at worldofhyatt.com.
  • Free Night Award not valid at properties in any other category or at Miraval, Hyatt Zilara or Hyatt Ziva resorts.
  • To find category 1-4 hotels or resorts, visit worldofhyatt.com.
  • An authorized user will not receive this Free Night Award.
  • Hyatt reserves the right to reclassify any hotel or resort at any time for any reason in its sole discretion (provided that reclassification of a hotel or resort will not affect a previously booked award reservation).
  • Free Night Awards must be redeemed for a reservation with a checkout date before the expiration date of the award.
  • Free Night Awards cannot be redeemed for packages.
  • Resort, destination or facility fees, where charged by the applicable hotel or resort, will be waived for cardmembers for the specific redeemed Free Night Award (excluding Hyatt Residence Club resorts). In some instances, a hotel or resort may charge other fees (such as a “service fee” for room service) that are independent of any resort, destination or facility fee charged by that hotel or resort. These fees will not be waived when redeeming a Free Night Award.
  • Reservations for Free Night Award redemption are subject to availability and must be made in advance by visiting the My Awards page within your account at worldofhyatt.com, or by calling 888.75.HYATT or your nearest Hyatt Global Contact Center.
  • Except as otherwise expressly set forth here, redemption of a Free Night Award is subject to all terms as set forth in the World of Hyatt terms and conditions, available at worldofhyatt.com/terms.
  • Chase is not responsible for offer fulfillment or the provision of or failure to provide the stated benefits and services.

Quick Thoughts

This is a surprisingly generous offer from Hyatt. Getting a free night certificate after only spending $4,000 on an existing credit card (rather than as part of a signup bonus) is excellent. If you were to redeem the certificate at a category 4 property which usually costs 15,000 points per night, that’s like earning 3.75 bonus points per dollar. You’ll already earn at least 1x per dollar, so you’ll get at least 4,000 points from the spend as well.

Even more surprising is the fact that this is being targeted at legacy credit cardholders. My wife has the old Hyatt credit card and was able to register for this offer, whereas I received a message advising I wasn’t eligible for this promotion when trying to register my World of Hyatt card.

It’s surprising that legacy cards have been targeted because you’d usually expect Hyatt and/or Chase to offer an incentive to upgrade the card rather than encouraging you to put spend on that card and keep it open through the new year in order to be eligible for the certificate seeing as the account has to be open for fulfillment of the offer.

We’d been planning on closing my wife’s Hyatt card at some point and applying for the World of Hyatt card seeing as she’s below 5/24 and I wanted to take advantage of the fact that she could earn a category 1-4 night after spending $15,000 on the card in addition to the signup bonus. We’ll therefore hold off on doing that for now seeing as we can get the free night for only $4,000 of spend instead, even though it means missing out on the signup bonus for now. I think renewal of her card comes in March, so we’ll likely wait until then now so that we can get her additional category 1-4 certificate from renewing the card.

The terms mention that an authorized user won’t receive the free night award, but that should be a moot point. I’m an authorized user on my wife’s Hyatt credit card and my card number, expiry date and CVV are all identical to her card. Spend placed on my card will therefore still count towards the $4,000 spending threshold; I guess it just means that the award will appear on her account rather than mine.

Be sure to register for this by November 30 in order to be eligible for this promotion, as it would be a shame to miss out on the free night.

The terms don’t mention when the free night certificate expires; anniversary certificates when renewing your credit card last a year, but others expire after 6 months. I suspect that the certificate earned from the $4,000 of spend will expire after 6 months too, but I’ll reach out to our contact to see if I can get any clarification.

Update: We’ve received confirmation that the category 1-4 certificate you earn from this promotion will be valid for 365 days from issuance which is great news.

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PlugNPray

I have legacy Chase Hyatt card and received the $4,000 spending for 1-night certificate offer. I’ve already finished the $4,000 spending. As we know, the legacy Chase Hyatt card will be converted to world of hyatt card next January. My question is that if I spent $1,000 more after the conversion, can I get the 2 elite night (benefit of world of hyatt card after spending $5,000)? My annual membership fee was charged at 03/01/2020. If so, it will helpful for my mattress run for globalist status.

PlugNPray

Thanks for your reply. You point out the key issue, whether the $4k of previous spending can be rolled over to the new card or not.

Boonie

Too bad it was only 1 certificate but glad I have already been awarded it

r2e

Do you get an email or does it just show up in your account?

HoKo

So based on the 12/14/21 expiration date is it safe to say that they are counting the 365 expiration day policy from the issue date (as opposed to the date your wife actually completed the spend)?

Barry

It’s probably in Hyatt’s best interest to award the certificates early. The certificates will expire before next year’s holiday travel season.

Blueclue

How to check if I already registered for this promotion?

Slomichael

Free night posted before CC closing date. Valid until 12/31/21.

[…] $4K of spend in December in order to earn a free night.  Make sure to register first!  See: Legacy Hyatt Card Offer: Spend $4,000 & Get Category 1-4 Free Night Cert (Spend By 12/31/20).  If you use that free night certificate in January or February 2021, you’ll earn 2 elite […]

[…] Earn a free Cat 1-4 night with $4K spend. Cardholders who have the old (“legacy”) Hyatt credit card (no longer available to new applicants) can register and earn a Category 1-4 free night certificate with $4K spend by December 31, 2020. See this post for more. […]

[…] and/or Hyatt is also being shady with the date chosen for this change to occur. They launched a spending promotion last month offering a free category 1-4 night certificate when spending $5,000 on the legacy card by December […]

[…] I’d mentioned in the original post that I’d been unable to activate my wife’s Hyatt offer due to the last 4 digits of her Hyatt card being the same as her IHG card. I’ve now been able to register that card using the link in the email from Chase. That’s been timed nicely so that we can get $3,000 of spend spread out over two months to contribute towards the $4,000 in spend needed for a free category 1-4 certificate. […]

J B

Plz confirm $4k Staples visa spend will meet the fine print qualifiers for the free night

jdh

Wonderful. I wouldn’t know about this stuff had I not seen this article!

paul5795

Didn’t work for either my card or my wife’s. And not sure if we have “legacy” cards, but both of us have had these cards for awhile.

PeterSFO

Weird that it’s only for one and not the other and that the card getting the promo is the legacy one. Do you think it was a mistake on Hyatt’s end and that the promo will be extended to WoH cardholders too?

dan

P2’s acct is targeted although no longer had the card for 2 yrs

Buzz

Not bad. All my timeshare maintenance fees are due and I usually use them to meet minimum spend on a new card. But, I’m not going for any new cards currently. I just paid one fee this morning before I saw this! Darn!

Barry

I got both the free night offer and the 5X Amazon/3X grocery offer on the same card!

Buzz

Was that a targeted offer or is there a link? Haven’t seen that one.

Keith

Me too!

john

“Reliable source of info” would in that case be incorrect claiming legacy cards will be converted to Hyatt World in November 2020. I received my annual award night on a legacy card a few days and have cancelled the card yesterday to avoid this conversion. The conversion that is apparently not happening… of course I would have preferred to sign up for this deal.

Matt audie

You canceled a card based on a rumor? And are now upset about it?
That is 100% on you buddy. Why not just wait until chase themselves announced a change was coming?

john

The thinking was: I reaped the reward night and did not incur the renewal fee $75. Getting under 5/24 in August 2021 will hopefully re-introduce the new card with bonus of 50k points. It is just a comment. No emotions there as I’m no losing.

Paul

Targeted?

Paul

Got the response that you are not eligible….kinda sucks.

HARRY

I’d rather spend $4000 on a Chase card that gets me 5points per $ for a total of 20,000 points and then transfer to Hyatt with the amount I need and when I need and not worry about when I have to use the free night by.
ie. fee free Visa gift cards get 5 points per $ and I can use then instead of the Hyatt card!

ABC

There’s a tradeoff here. If you spend $4,000 on the Hyatt card you earn 4,000 Hyatt points plus a Cat 1-4 free night that expires in one year. If you spend $4,000 at Staples using an Ink Cash or Ink+ for fee-free GCs, you earn 20,000 UR points that never expire. I guess it depends on your preference.

tom

No Ink + No Staples = No go for me.

Also have both the Legacy card and the WoH card and my account does not seem to be eligible.

tom

There was a very limited time (maybe a week or two) when WoH was first released where you could double dip the signup bonuses for the legacy card and WoH card on the same day. I was able to pull that off.

Kevin Hong

Plus I have a $3500 property tax payment coming up. Can’t be split up. There is no visa gift card that has that limit.

Matt B

YMMV but seems most likely to me from Hyatt’s current covid policy that the free night would be extended through 12/31/2021. https://help.hyatt.com/en/faqs/world-of-hyatt/covid-19.html

jason

It’s unclear when the free night will expire