Many people think that travel is too expensive. So when I planned my trip to Austin and decided to add a single night in San Antonio, I was asked why I would take on that additional expense. After all, hotel costs are not negligible, especially if one wishes to stay in an area of a city convenient to the sights.

The Grand Hyatt San Antonio is a beautiful property. The location could not be better, as the Riverwalk was accessible from the lobby, and the Alamo was a short two block walk away. 

The best part of all? Thanks to my Chase Hyatt Credit Card, it was free! One of the perks of this card – a must have for any frequent traveler – is a free night each year in a Hyatt category 1-4 hotel. While Hyatt properties extend to category 7, there are some incredible properties to be found in the lower tiers, like this one. (The regular room rate was $210 per night, not even including the upgrade they gave me.)

I realize many people are uncomfortable taking out credit cards, but assuming you do so responsibly, this card is worth the process. The current sign up bonus is 40,000 Hyatt points after spending $2,000 within the first three months, plus a $75 annual fee. Those points can easily be worth $800 or more if spent properly, making this an incredible 40% return on your initial spend! Add in the free night that you’ll receive on your cardmember anniversary and you, like me, could be off on a complimentary adventure.

And if San Antonio is a possible destination for you, this property was fantastic. From bottles of water at check-in to an upgrade to a deluxe view room, the staff went above and beyond to make my stay as relaxing as possible. I recommend it highly!

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