15 Things I Love About the New Hyatt Visa

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The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

Hyatt re-launched their credit card in the middle of the year and I took my old one out of the sock drawer, quickly upgraded to the new version, and have worked to put about $30,000 spend on it so far.

As a result I locked in my top tier elite status for the year despite doing my best to limit my travel, and I picked up a couple of free nights in addition to points in the process.

Hyatt’s points are the more valuable than other hotel chain points, and they’re also the easiest to use to secure the best rooms at their hotels. As a result I’m a big fan of the new card.

Here are 15 things I love about the card.

  1. Great initial 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.

    I value Hyatt points at 1.4 cents apiece so see this bonus as worth $840. Compare that to 100,000 Hilton points which I’d only value at $400 and 100,000 Marriott points which I’d consider worth $750 or $800. I really like the offer to earn 80,000 IHG Rewards Club points but even that’s worth ‘just’ $480. The value here is really phenomenal.

    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.)


    Looking Out Over the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

  2. Anecdotally easy to get. The card has not been subject to Chase’s “5/24” (where they don’t approve you if you’ve had more than 4 new cards in the last 24 months), and readers report success with card approvals which makes sense because the Hyatt footprint is smaller than hotel chains like Hilton and Marriott, making this as difficult to get as some rewards cards would create challenges maintaining a critical mass cardmember base.

  3. Improved earning for ongoing spend. Here’s the earning structure for this new card, which is once again in my view the best card for Hyatt spend.

    • 4 points per dollar Hyatt spend
    • 2 points per dollar restaurants; airline tickets purchased through the airline; fitness club and gym memberships; local transit and commuting including ride share services
    • 1 point per dollar other purchases

    The old card earned 3 points per dollar with Hyatt, at 4 points I’ll use the Hyatt card for Hyatt spend. They’ve added fitness memberships (and this includes class passes) and rideshare. This is the only card I know of that bonuses fitness spend.


    Andaz 5th Avenue

  4. Free anniversary night Like the earlier version of this card you get a free night each anniversary year for a category 1-4 Hyatt property. Most Hyatts fall in those categories. Hyatt has improved the program so that these free nights earn elite status credit.


    Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

  5. Additional free night each year that you spend $15,000 on the card, valid at a category 1-4 property. That makes putting $15,000 annual spend on the card attractive.


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

  6. Automatic Discoverist status (first tier elite), which also matches to status in MGM’s M life Rewards program.

  7. Spend helps you earn status you get 5 elite nights every year just for having the card and 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. Assuming they earn 2 nights with 2 category 1-4 free nights they’d need 48 more nights or $120,000 in spend on the card without any paid stays (or even redeeming your points for stays).

    Earning Globalist gets you,

    • Best available room at check-in, including standard suites
    • 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)
    • A dedicated reservations representative to handle all of your Hyatt needs (‘My Hyatt Concierge’)

  8. Free night at 30 elite qualifying nights. The Hyatt program offers you another free night (category 1-4 property) upon reaching 30 nights. Spend on the card helps you earn 30 elite nights.


    Andaz Papagayo Costa Rica

  9. Free night at 60 elite qualifying nights. When you hit top tier Globalist status you earn another free night, this time valid at category 1-7 properties. Only Miraval gets excluded. I received mine this year upon re-qualifying for status, which was done at 55 nights, but a new Globalist requires 60.


    Park Hyatt Vendome, Paris

  10. Additional bonus for earning more qualifying nights. Hyatt awards an additional (choice of) confirmed suite or 10,000 points at each of 70, 80, 90, and 100 nights so spend on this card helps towards those thresholds too. Your credit card spend can put you over one of these thresholds, so you aren’t ‘wasting spend’ when you keep going with this card.

  11. Points are amazing for high-end redemptions. Outside of all-inclusive Miraval restreat the most expensive Hyatt standard room costs 30,000 points whether it’s the Park Hyatt Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, or New York. And there are plenty of high end hotels that cost less. A Park Villa at the Park Hyatt Maldives costs 25,000 points per night. The Park Hyatt and Mallorca and Andaz Napa are 20,000 points per night. There’s no high season premium or surge pricing like Marriott is introducing next year, either.


    Park Hyatt Hadahaa, Maldives

  12. There are no better points for accessing suites. Hyatt lets you spend extra points for suites, and confirming one is just 60% more than a regular room and starting November 1 a premium suite can be redeemed for double the points of a standard room. They’re also better than any other chains for upgrades, too. 6000 points per night upgrades a qualifying paid stay to a suite, and starting November 1 a premium suite upgrade can be confirmed at booking for 9000 points if available. No other chain matches that so if you like upgraded accommodations Hyatt points are a valuable tool.

  13. Easy to get more points, just transfer in Chase Ultimate Rewards. You can transfer points to Hyatt from the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, for instance, so you can generate points from the World Of Hyatt Credit Card and top off your account with other points so you have enough for whatever redemption you want to make.

  14. Points can be combined. Not only can you combine Chase points in your Hyatt account, but you can move Hyatt points between accounts at no charge. So if you get the World Of Hyatt Credit Card and a family member does too, they can give you their points and then you can redeem.

  15. Free nights can be combined for longer stays. The card helps you earn a lot of free nights.
    But what if they’re not enough? If your travel companion gets the card too and earns free nights, just make a few nights’ bookings in their name and a few in yours, back-to-back. I ran into a couple at the Park Hyatt in the Maldives who had each gotten the Hyatt card and redeemed free nights that way.

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

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Comments

  1. Again, seriously Gary? Hyatt devalues with shamefully short notice and not two days later you put out a puff pump piece? And you wonder why people are suspicious of bloggers’ motives.

  2. Can you hold both the old and the new Hyatt credit cards at the same time or would do need to cancel my old before applying?

  3. Too bad a “known issue” is preventing all the October statement points from posting to members’ accounts.

  4. Vik,

    My wife waited to cancel old Chase Hyatt until earned another annual free night, then acquired new Chase Hyatt after next billing period passed.

    Within 2 months she earned 60K in bonues, and I earned 10K referral.

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