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With the Hyatt Rewards credit card you get a free night certificate every year after paying the annual fee. This is a great perk to the card and one that definitely gets card members to keep the card year after year. Hyatt has 7 category levels (1 being the lowest, and 7 being the highest), and the free night certificate is capped at a category 4 hotel. So while there are 3 tier levels you cannot redeem the free night certificate at (category 5, 6, and 7 hotels), there are still MANY amazing (and expensive!) category 4 hotels within the United States and Caribbean. Some are high level hotels that you probably didn’t even realize fall into this lower category tier. So here are all the category 4 hotels in the US that I personally think will give you a good value:
- Hyatt Regency San Francisco – This can be a great option during peak times when San Francisco hotels are outrageously expensive
- Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course – I’ve actually stayed at this hotel and while I thought it was just okay, it is about $200 a night and in an area where hotels are expensive in general
- Hyatt Santa Barbara – I’ve also stayed at this property and really liked it. It is in a great location and hotels in Santa Barbara during the summer months can be very pricey
- Andaz Savannah – While you can find some relatively inexpensive hotels just a few miles away from the downtown area, this is a really nice hotel
- Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City – I’ve stayed at this property and it is AWESOME! It is right at the bottom of The Canyons mountain. During the winter months, this hotel can be around $400/night! ** probably one of the better values
- Hyatt Regency Boston – Depending on the time of year, hotels in Boston can be very expensive or relatively cheap. During a peak time getting a free night hear is great. I’ve stayed at this property and it is in a good location. Your typical business hotel.
- Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort – This hotel has gotten great reviews and can be very expensive. ** probably one of the better values
- Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar – A new property in the Bahamas that will not be open until June 1, 2015. This will be an expensive resort, especially during peak times. Next summer is about $300/night + taxes. ** probably one of the better values
Of course there are other category 4 hotels (along with category, 1, 2, and 3 hotels) where you can redeem, but the above will probably give you the best value in my opinion. You can also use this free night certificate worldwide and are not limited to just the US. While this post is targeted to hotels within the US and Caribbean, you can also find a great value in Melbourne, Beijing, or Seoul, for example. The annual fee for the card is $75 so as long as you get a $76 or more value for your hotel room you are ahead. Remember, with the free night certificate you do not pay taxes and at some resorts you do not even need to pay the resort fee! So take in these extra fees as well when calculating the value of the certificate. You can check out all the category 4 hotels here.
Full disclaimer: I am actually not yet a Hyatt credit card cardmember! This is because I am waiting for a great opportunity to take advantage of the 2 free night sign up bonus. With the sign up bonus you get 2 free nights at ANY hyatt hotel, so I want to make sure to use these two free nights at a kick-a$$ hotel that would have otherwise required a lot of points or cash. While in my ideal world I’d love to use them at the Maldives, I do not foresee myself going there in the near future.
- Hyatt Rewards Credit Card: 2 Free nights at any Hyatt hotel after you spend $1,000 within the first three months. Earn 3 Hyatt Gold Passport points for every $1 spent at Hyatt properties; Earn 2 Hyatt Gold Passport points for every $1 spent on airfare and at restaurants; Earn 1 Hyatt Gold Passport point for every $1 spent on all other purchases; Annual category 1-4 free night; No foreign transaction fees; Automatic Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum status. $0 introduction annual fee, then $75 annually. Card application link. Blog Post
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