My husband and I each have the Chase World of Hyatt credit card. Initially, we applied for this credit card a few years ago because of the sign-up bonus (which was 60k World of Hyatt points at the time). However, we keep this card and pay the $95 annual fee each year because the card includes a free night certificate for a Category 1-4 hotel every year.
In the past few years, we’ve gotten some great value from these free night certificates. Just before the pandemic, we stayed at a beachfront hotel in Miami (which unfortunately has since moved up a category) with a value of almost $1000 for two nights. We’ve also used our free nights at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport and our local Hyatt Regency Dallas. Leana recently used her free nights at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando (see post here).
So, our free night certificates just dropped into our accounts, and of course I already have plans for them.
Hyatt Regency Miami
I decided to use both certificates to stay two nights pre-cruise (our free Carnival cruise) at Hyatt Regency Miami. I chose this particular hotel for several reasons:
- It’s close to the Miami cruise port, only 2 miles away
- The hotel is located in the Brickell area of Miami, which we haven’t explored yet
- It’s close to Frost Science Aquarium and Planetarium and SkyViews Miami Observation Wheel, which we plan to visit
The cost for us is the cost of our two cards’ annual fees, or $190. The cash price for our room for two nights on this holiday weekend would have been:
If I didn’t have the points or free night certificates, I’d probably just pay cash for the nearby airport Hyatt Place. However, two nights there still runs over $400. Inflation has definitely hit the travel industry! So, I feel there is a lot of value in keeping the credit card for the free night certificates.
Have you made plans with your hotel credit card free nights?
How does my family travel so much? We use miles and points from credit card bonuses. See my Travel Hacking 101 post as well as current credit card offers here.