11 Things I Love About the New Hyatt Card

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The World of Hyatt Credit Card

I’ve been a Hyatt Visa cardholder almost since the product first launched. I’m a top tier Hyatt frequent guest, and I keep the card because each year it gives me a free night that’s worth far more than the cost of the card.

And now I have the new World of Hyatt Credit Card and I’m using it for spending because Chase really improved earning with this card, and integrated it well with Hyatt’s elite program which makes it even more rewarding.

Here are 11 things I love about the product:

  1. Signup Bonus: There’s a limited-time offer of up to 60,000 points with this card. You earn 40,000 points after $3000 in spend on purchases in the first 3 months from account open and an additional 20,000 points if you spend $6000 total within the first 6 months.

    And 60,000 points is enough for 2 free nights at any Hyatt hotel except for all-inclusive Miraval. (Or 12 nights at category 1 properties.)

    Park Hyatt Vendome, Paris

    In fact if you and your travel companion each get the card and meet the spending requirement together you’ll have nearly 140,000 points to work with. Hyatt lets you transfer points between accounts for free.

  2. 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 World of Hyatt Credit Card.

    So it’s a Chase card that you can get, and it makes it one of the easiest Chase cards to get approved for.

    Park Hyatt Hadahaa, Maldives

  3. Anniversary Free Night: The card‘s $95 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.

    View of the Petronas Towers from the Category 3 Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

    Unlike some chains were anniversary free nights are highly restricted, there’s only about a hundred hotels where these anniversary free night certificates aren’t valid.

  4. A second free night for spending $15,000 each year. this new card will give you an additional free night at a category 1-4 Hyatt property after spending $15,000 in a cardmember anniversary year. That makes putting $15,000 annual spend on the card attractive.

    Andaz Papagayo Costa Rica

  5. Faster points-earning. They’ve solved one of the problems with the old card, which was that Chase was rewarding Hyatt stays more with their own cards than with the Hyatt card. Now you earn 4 points per dollar on Hyatt spend; 2 points per dollar with restaurants; airline tickets purchased through the airline; fitness club and gym memberships; local transit and commuting including ride share services; 1 point per dollar on other purchases.

  6. Discoverist 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.

  7. MGM Resorts Status, Too: Your Discoverist status from Hyatt matches to MGM M life Rewards Pearl status. That’s good for free self parking and buffet line passes as well when staying at properties like Bellagio, MGM Grand, and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

  8. Spend for higher Hyatt status. You get 5 elite nights just for having the card, and then you earn 2 elite qualifying nights for every $5,000 spent on the card. There is no cap to the number of elite nights you can earn.

    You could earn Globalist (top tier elite) with nothing but credit card spend. An existing Globalist renews their status with 55 nights, 5 of which come with the card. And your free award nights count towards status — so the annual anniversary night and the category 1-4 night for spending $15,000 count, too.

    So let’s say you have 7 elite nights and need 48 more to requalify for Globalist status. That’s $120,000 in spend on the card which gets you club lounge access at properties with lounges; 4 suite upgrades (for up to 7 nights each) confirmed at booking; full breakfast at properties without club lounges (not just continental breakfast like other chains offer); and a dedicated reservations representative to handle all of your Hyatt needs (‘My Hyatt Concierge’).

    Globalist Room Service Breakfast, Park Hyatt Vendome Paris

  9. That spending can trigger even more free nights. The World of Hyatt program gives you another category 1-4 free night when you hit 30 elite nights in a year, which you can do through spend on the card. And then they give you a category 1-7 free night when you hit 60 nights in a year.

  10. And spending can trigger more confirmed suites. Hyatt gives you a choice of 10,000 bonus points or another confirmed suite upgrade at each of 70, 80, 90, and 100 elite nights in a year. So spending on the card can make sense for someone staying at Hyatts a lot already.

    Park Hyatt Chennai

  11. Add to your points balance with other cards. You’ll earn plenty of points with the World of Hyatt Credit Card but it’s not the only way to get plenty of Hyatt points. Chase cards like Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card earn points that transfer to Hyatt as one of their options.

Hyatt has the most lucrative top tier elite program among the major chains. Their hotels skew towards nicer properties you’re likely to want to stay at. That’s great for redemptions, and great for being treated well when you redeem.

I’ve been using the card for plenty of spending because I want to expedite requalifying for top tier status, and if I wind up going over the number of nights I need I will wind up with more confirmed suites. That’s not a bad consolation prize.

The World of Hyatt Credit Card

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  1. I tried to change to the new card online a week ago, without success, so I called to change. Chase said that they couldn’t do it, but try again in a month.

  2. You had me at “two elite nights per $5k in spend.” Becomes easier to hit Diamond or Globalist or whatever ridiculous name these guys have for the top tier. Since it’s now the most valuable top tier status of the major hotel programs, I’ll probably be moving over here from Marriott.

  3. #12 Referral Credit

    And seriously with #6? Discoverist status is a joke if there ever was one. Hell, even Explorist is laughable being the least valuable mid-tier status of any major competitor.

  4. I have the old card. applied for new card. “previous unsatisfactory business relationship”
    Gary has a lot of business expenses. It makes sense for him to get status through charging but
    am I otherwise missing something that what I get for the extra $20 is 4x points on hotel ?

  5. This card makes sense for those who spend A LOT on Hyatt properties or are otherwise heavily invested in the brand and need a few more nights to reach status. Not worth $20 for others like me. For example, instead of putting $15k in spend on unbonused categories, why not put that spend on a 2% or 2x card? The AMEX Business Plus card gets 2x; I’d rather get 30k MR AND save $20 than get 15k Hyatt points and a free cat 1-4 night. Gary says it’s only 100 properties that are higher than cat 4; that’s out of 600 or so. Unfortunately for me, those 100 are the ones I want to stay at. I don’t think this is a bad card. But the bloggers are selling it like it’s an AMAZING card, a major update over the old card, which many of us have. I don’t think it’s an upgrade at all for most of us.

  6. @Evan – Yup, I was thinking the same thing. The Discoverist isn’t anything except for free MGM casino parking.

    The World of Hyatt program is essentially a Globalist-or-nothing program, especially with its small footprint.

    But the WoH card is good to have if you’re pursuing Globalist status.

  7. @Dave

    15k*.02 = $300
    15k*.015 (the value of a Hyatt point based on TGP) = $225
    One Free night at category 1-4 Property = What? $200 conservatively?

    I think it makes a lot of sense to put $15,000 of your unbonused spend on the card actually. But, as always, YMMV.

  8. If you are able to cancel old card and apply for this card (I was able to do this with about 10 days waiting); the 60,000 sign up bonus is definitely worth the extra $20 or time. If you are within 15 nights or so of Explorist or Globalist status the card and a spending of about $10,000 (you gotta spend at least $6000 anyway) will give you 9 nights not including the actual hotel nights you may have the rest of the year.

  9. So Gary since you had the old card did you simply upgrade to the new card? How many points did you receive?
    One would expect that most of your readers would already have this card simply to get the annual Cat 1-4 night that came with the old card.

  10. The 1 point per $ is not as competitive as the 1.5 for general spend on the Freedom Unlimited. So I’m guessing beyond putting $15k on the card to earn the 2nd annual free night certificate this is not the best card for non-bonus spend?

  11. @Gary – Piggybacking on the @Boraxo comment, if I have the old Hyatt card, can I get the new card Hyatt card too? Might as well get the free nights, right? Or would I have to cancel the old one first wait (as I think @losingtrader is alluding to) and apply for the new one? I had the no-annual fee JetBlue card, approached the spending threshold to qualify for Mosaic status IF I had the annual fee card, and they just upgraded me and applied the previous card’s spend. Maybe something like that here possible? I’m all about stacking bonuses (@Gary, you taught me well!!!)

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