Chase has refreshed the Hyatt card to include a Smart Chip. If you have traveled in Europe or Asia you probably know that your credit cards don’t work at many terminals that require am embedded chip in your card. With a Smart Chip card you will now be able to use your card even when abroad at these terminals.
The Hyatt card does not charge a foreign transaction fee and gives triple points for spending at Hyatts. Hopefully Chase will bring this technology to the Sapphire Preferred card, which also has no foreign transaction fees, in the future.
In another improvement announced today, non-elites will no longer have to spend $1,000 to get their 2 free nights for opening the Hyatt card. If you applied for the card in the past 92 days then you can send Chase a secure message and they should match the terms of the new offer.
The signup bonus is now as follows:
Current non-members and non-elites: 2 free nights at any Hyatt worldwide for spending $1 and get free Hyatt Platinum status for as long as you are a cardholder. Platinum status get you free wifi, free upgrades, bonus points, 2pm late checkout, and more on all stays.
Current Hyatt Platinums: 2 free nights at any Hyatt worldwide for spending $1 and get 2 free suite upgrades on paid stays.
Current Hyatt Diamonds: 2 free nights in a suite for spending $1.
All members also receive a bonus free night every year at category 1-4 Hyatts (like Hyatt 48Lex in Manhattan and Andaz West Hollywood in Los Angeles) just for having the card.
With some Hyatts (like Park Hyatts in Paris, Sydney, and the Maldives) charging $1,000 per night, it’s a pretty sweet signup offer!