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

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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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