As I suggested several weeks ago, it was time to try the Hyatt program and I requested a status match based on my current hotel status with Marriott (Gold) and Hilton (Gold). Both of those just happen to be promos I found that got me the status, but I did have 25 nights between the two programs so far this year. (Most were award stays at Marriotts, but who is counting?)
I got a call from Bill at nap time and immediately sprung into my nice polite guy mode. I was rewarded with news that I had an old Hyatt number. I could not use my last Hyatt Priceline stay as they could not find it.
There were some points in that account and they decided to keep my old number (remind me of it) and jack my status up to Diamond for the rest of 2009 and all of 2010 plus the first two months of 2011. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
I immediately logged into my account, created a password, and registered for the 2,500 point bonus per stay for using a Mastercard between now and…?
I fulfilled one of my Ann Arbor DO promises to myself and now just need to have all you Hyatt guys and gals tell me the hot promos going on and how to proceed from here. Then I can pass my experience on to other Hyatt newbies and the “Circle of Life” (ahh) will continue.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you experts and enjoying top tier with Hyatt for the next 17 months. And explain these G1 or F1 whatever they are to me will ya?
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49