Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
The United Club Card and United Presidential Plus Card from Chase both offer the perk of Hyatt Platinum level elite status as long as you’re a cardmember.
Historically, it was done in a loose way with phone registration.
Now, things are getting more formal.
If you have one of the cards, and want to keep your Hyatt Platinum status, you need to go to HyattStatus.MileagePlus.com and link your MileagePlus account with your Hyatt Gold Passport account.
If you don’t, your Hyatt Platinum status will lapse on February 29, 2016.
Fortunately, this is just a one time thing. Once you’re registered you don’t need to re-register to renew your Hyatt status each year.
If you forget to register by February 29, you can still activate your status after then, though it may take up to 4 weeks for it to take hold.
And if you’re a brand new cardholder you can use the registration page to activate your benefit any time.
Hyatt Platinum status is Hyatt’s entry level elite tier.
It normally requires 5 stays or 15 nights a year to earn and offers basic benefits like:
Nothing earth shattering, but Hyatt is better than most about treating its elites better since it’s a smaller chain than Hilton or Marriott.
And if you want to reach top tier Diamond status, be aware you’ll need to qualify from the ground up. You don’t get the 5 stays / 15 nights normally required for Platinum status credited toward earning Diamond status each year.
That gets you some upgrades when you rent with Hertz, though don’t expect anything dramatic.
Hyatt Platinum status is also a perk of the $75 per year Hyatt Credit Card from Chase.
And if you’re a United MileagePlus Gold Premier or higher member you can also get Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status, which is Marriott’s mid tier and earns you free breakfast or lounge access at most properties.
So as a MileagePlus Premier member you could get a trifecta of non-airline status: Marriott Gold, Hyatt Platinum, and Hertz President’s Circle, giving you shorter lines and better benefits throughout your travels.
No other mileage program has a more top to bottom sharing of status across your travels.
Delta SkyMiles has a partnership with perks at Starwood hotels, though Delta’s Medallions don’t actually get full fledged elite status, and there is no car rental relationship.
American AAdvantage has no such partnerships yet…though Hilton or IHG are opportunities to hope for.
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