Hyatt’s ‘Amex Offers’ Adds a New $30 Off Groceries/Drugstores

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The Hyatt Credit Card has been offering several value-added promotions on top of its usual benefits.

Key things to know about the card

Signup Bonus: 40,000 Bonus Points after you make $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. You also get 5000 bonus points for adding an authorized user to your account and making a purchase with your card during the same time period.

Reports Are 5/24 Doesn’t Apply: Chase doesn’t appear to exclude customers who have had 5 or more new card applications within the past 24 months from being approved for the Hyatt Visa.

Anniversary Free Night: The card‘s $75 annual fee is more than made worth it because you get a Category 1-4 free night each year on your card anniversary and that night is valid for a year.

Elite Status: Just for having the card you receive Discoverist status which gets you 2 p.m. late checkout and upgrades to the best room in category reserved such as a higher floor and better view. Your Discoverist status from Hyatt matches to MGM M life Rewards Pearl status.

View from the Hyatt Regency Austin

Exclusive Promotions and Rebates

For the past several years Hyatt has offered cardholders a rebate on award redemptions ranging from 10% – 20% of points back without limit.

In the fall of 2016 they also began experimenting with rebates for targeting kinds of spending. They offered $50 back for spending $500 at Hyatt Regencys. Then this past fall they offered $20 back for spending $50 at Whole Foods and $50 back for spending $300 at Hyatt House and Hyatt Place.

Now they’re offering a $30 statement credit for spending $300 cumulatively across purchases through the end of the month at “grocery stores and/or drug stores in the U.S.” Registration is required.

You can earn the $30 once for a total of $300 or more in purchases that post under the merchant codes for U.S. drug stores and grocery stores. The terms say the offer is targeted but it is not and if you have a valid Hyatt Credit Card you should be able to register.

Terms and conditions:

This offer is only valid for Hyatt Credit Cardmembers in good standing who receive this offer and register for it by 2/28/2018. This offer only applies to Qualifying Transactions made with your Hyatt Credit Card during the promotional period (2/1/2018 – 2/28/2018) in the amount of $300 or more in total at grocery stores and/or drug stores in the United States. Offer valid only for in-store purchases at grocery stores and/or drug stores.

Grocery Store Purchases: Merchants in the grocery stores category include supermarkets, merchants that offer a full service grocery line of merchandise including a deli and bakery as well as smaller grocery stores. Please note that some merchants that sell grocery items are not included in this category; for example, larger stores that sell a wide variety of goods and groceries, such as warehouse clubs, discount stores and some smaller merchants such as drugstores, and merchants that specialize in only a few grocery items. In addition, please note that purchases made at gas stations from merchants who also operate grocery stores are not included in this category. In addition, delivery service merchants will not be included in this category unless the merchant has set up such purchases to be classified in the grocery stores category.

Drug Store Purchases: Merchants in the drug stores category specialize in selling prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines, supplements and various health-related items. These merchants may also sell cosmetics, toiletries, greeting cards, and various household items such as cleaning supplies and packaged foods and drinks. Please note that some merchants that sell a wide variety of goods including these items, and which may contain an onsite pharmacy, for example, warehouse clubs, discount stores, or grocery stores, are not included in this category.

To qualify, transactions must be identified as qualifying transactions on Visa’s proprietary network (VisaNet). Grocery and drug store merchants must submit the transactions under the appropriate merchant code for the transaction to be identified as a qualifying purchase for the purposes of this offer. “Qualifying Transactions” are purchases of goods and services made by you or any authorized user on your account, and do not include balance transfers, cash advances, cash-like charges such as travelers checks, foreign currency, and money orders, any checks that access your account, overdraft advances, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, or fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable. Chargeback/returns will not be tracked for this offer.

Maximum statement credit accumulation during the promotional period is $30. Credit card product changes during the promotional period will forfeit this offer. To qualify for this offer, account must be open and not in default at the time of fulfillment. This offer is non-transferable.

Hyatt reserves the right to alter or withdraw this offer with a suitable substitute offer of equal value (if legally required) at any time due to actual circumstances. This promotion is subject to the terms and conditions of World of Hyatt available at

Chase is only responsible for receiving information from Visa in order to post the statement credit to your credit card account. The statement credit will appear on your credit card account within 6-8 weeks of making a qualifying purchase.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Since it isn’t specific to an individual merchant there’s no funding in this case from, say, Whole Foods. The terms indicate Chase is merely posting the statement credit and their logo isn’t on the offer. So appears to be primarily a collaboration between Hyatt and Visa trying to goose spend in ‘everyday’ categories.

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  1. Chase/Hyatt hasn’t fulfilled on the last promo for card use ($50 credit for $300 spend at Hyatt Place/House locations) for me, I’m really hesitant to believe they’ll do it this time. Countless calls to Chase have referred me to Hyatt and back again. Good thing I don’t put any spend on this card, it’s really been troublesome.

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