Hyatt Credit Card Holders
If you’re a Hyatt Credit Card check your email for a nice a discount available at Whole Foods. Hyatt is sending out a targeted offer to some of it’s users. If you spend $50 at Whole Foods you’ll receive $20 cash back in the form of a statement credit. The offer is through a partnership with TrialPay which is a commerce/sales platform owned by Visa. All you need to do is enter your card number and phone number and you’re set.
This is an interesting discount and unlike anything I’ve seen before from Chase. It’s very similar to the awesome Amex Offers from American Express. I’ve saved thousands of dollars by frequently checking for new Amex Offers like $25 off $50 at Amazon. Bank of America has a similar program though it’s pretty pathetic. It’s an interesting discussion about who pays for these deals. In any case it works – I switched my insurance payment from Chase to Amex about a year ago to save $10 with an offer and have just left it there since.
I don’t know if this is just a one off or the beginning of a new program but it would be great to see Chase start offering these types of discounts regularly.
As I mentioned this does appear to be a targeted offer. I received the email and was able to register. I tried my girlfriend’s card, who did not receive the email, and got an error message.
Should I get the Hyatt Credit Card
The Hyatt Card is one of the best hotel credit cards available. I would put it up there with the American Express SPG in terms of value. The current offer is 40,000 points after spending $2000 within the first 3 months. This is a great offer though not as good as the previous sign up bonus of 2 nights at any Hyatt property worldwide. I used that bonus for a fantastic stay at the amazing Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris.
On points this hotel goes for 30,000 a night so the current bonus would only net you 1 and 1/3 nights. Nobody knows if the old offer will ever return so it’s hard to say whether you should apply now or wait. I personally would wait.
An interesting tidbit – I was actually invited to a consumer feedback panel a while back with Hyatt executives along with the The Timeshare Guru. One of the their main questions was how they might change their sign up bonus. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t listen to our wise feedback and changed it for the worse….
Should You Keep the Chase Hyatt Card
The Chase Hyatt credit card is one of the best cards to hold onto long term. For a $75 annual fee you get a free night certificate at any Category 4 hotel. There are some real diamonds out there in this category. We will be using it in two weeks to stay at the Hyatt Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica
How to Save Money on Groceries
While the $20 back is nice it won’t make much of a dent in your average families grocery bill. USA Today found a family of four spends close to $1,000 a month on groceries. Many families struggle to afford this.
One of the best ways to lessen the impact is to have a card that offers a good percentage back at grocery stores. They best one currently is the American Express Blue Cash Preferred which offers a whopping 6% back. Luckily there is a great incognito offer currently around giving you $200 back and no annual fee the first year. The Chase Freedom is another great option with a quarterly bonus of 5% back at supermarkets usually once per year.
How to Save Money at Whole Foods
First of all, the best way to save to save money at supermarkets is not to shop at Whole Foods. It’s called “Whole Paycheck” for a reason. If you just need to have your overpriced organic quinoa or it’s just the closest grocery store to you (like in my situation) here are a couple ways to soften the blow.
Get the Whole Foods app – You can keep your shopping list in it and just scan your barcode in the app when you get to the register to automatically add any available coupons.
Buy Discounted Gift Cards – use a site like Ebay or one of the many other re-sellers to buy discounted gift cards for Whole Foods. You can usually save 5-10% if not more.
With Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods there is bound to be some fantastic deals arising over the next couple of years. I spoke with the WSJ and Fox about my thoughts on the acquisition after it happened. Be sure to check back at DealsATX regularly to make sure you never miss them.
Summary – Deal or No Deal?
This is nice deal for Chase Hyatt card holders. Be sure to check your email to see if you’re targeted. You can also use this link to check if it’s available on your card