Last year, my husband and I both signed up for the new Chase World of Hyatt credit card. Just a few days ago, we finally got our Hyatt anniversary certificates! I was beginning to wonder if they would ever come.
The Timeline for Hyatt Anniversary Certificates
We each applied for the Chase World of Hyatt card at the end of June 2018. In addition to the sign-up bonus, the card comes with a free anniversary night good at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel. The card’s annual fee is $95, so essentially we are getting a “free” hotel night for a discount.
Up until this past year, people reported receiving their Hyatt anniversary certificates on or a few days after their card anniversary. Based on that, we expected to receive our certs in late June or early July of this year. We had plans to use them this past summer at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa.
However, July came and went without receiving the anniversary certs. I contacted both Hyatt and Chase, and they said the certs are now taking up to 10 weeks to arrive.
Finally, we both received them in our World of Hyatt accounts nine weeks after our anniversary.
Redeeming Our Hyatt Anniversary Certs
Originally, our plan was to go back to our previous plans from this summer and redeem the certs at Hyatt Regency Hill Country NEXT summer. We could take a weekend trip and enjoy the lazy river and Flow Rider in the summer temperatures.
But then we discovered that we really traveled too much this past summer, and we want to be home more next summer. So, I focused my attention on the spring break trip we already have planned to Costa Rica.
We used miles to book flights to and from Costa Rica, except that we still have to add a leg from DFW to Miami. I decided to fly my younger kids out with me two days early to spend some time in Miami. Despite my numerous trips to the state of Florida, I’ve never been to Miami!
The Confidante Miami Beach is perfect for what we need. It’s a Category 4 hotel, so it qualifies for free nights using the anniversary certs. The hotel is right on the beach, and it has a nice pool area.
For two nights during spring break, the cash price is almost $1000. So paying $190 in annual fees is a great deal. Plus, we can use the Hyatt anniversary certs within our existing travel plans.
Our free nights from the Hyatt anniversary certificates took much longer to arrive than we had planned. In October, we are coming up on our anniversary for our IHG cards. I have a feeling we will also have to wait 8-10 weeks to get our free IHG nights, so I’m not counting on using the anniversary certs before the end of the year.
What has been your experience with the Hyatt anniversary free night certificates? What are your plans?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.