In 2018, Hyatt was one of many hotel brands to revamp its
cobranded credit card, and overall the changes were welcome news,
especially for those who may have looked elsewhere for hotel elite
status after the chain did
away with its popular Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program and
introduced “World of Hyatt.”
The revamped World
of Hyatt Credit Card offered up to 60,000 points (with a
two-tier offer structure) when it launched last year, but that’s
just been replaced with a slightly lower offer. Now, you
can earn up to 50,000 points when you sign up for the
card. You’ll earn 25,000 points after you spend $3,000
in the first 3 months, and another 25,000 points after you spend
$6,000 total in the first 6 months.
Based on TPG’s
valuations, 50,000 World Of Hyatt points are worth $850.
You’re getting $170 less in value compared to the previous bonus
of up to 60,000 points, but considering that Hyatt award nights
start at 5,000 points, this can still take you pretty far.
The new World of Hyatt card has no foreign transaction fees and
carries a $95 annual fee, which is $20 more than
the fee on the old Hyatt card. It’s fair to say the additional
benefits more than make up for the extra cost, but if you already
have the existing Hyatt card, you can keep it and maintain its $75
annual fee and existing perks. However, the old card is no longer
available for new applications.
The new card has several new bonus categories compared to the
older version, along with increasing the earning rate on
transactions at Hyatts. With this card, you’ll earn…
- 4 points per dollar on purchases at Hyatts (including on-site
restaurants and spas)
- 2 points per dollar at restaurants
- 2 points per dollar on airline tickets purchased directly from
- 2 points per dollar on local transit and commuting, which
includes ride-shares, taxis, mass transit and tolls
- 2 points per dollar on fitness clubs and gym memberships
- 1 point per dollar on all other purchases
new World of Hyatt credit card earns 4 points per dollar at Hyatt
properties like the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.
The old Hyatt card only offered 3 points per dollar at Hyatts,
and 2 points per dollar at restaurants, on airline tickets and at
car rental agencies. So only one bonus category has been eliminated
(car rental agencies) while extra points can now be earned on local
transit and commuting, plus fitness clubs and gyms.
The new categories seem more likely to get regular use than the
old car rental one, and the fitness
club category in particular is intriguing since very few other
cards offer bonus points for it. It’ll be simple enough to park
your monthly gym membership on this card and earn Hyatt points for
it each and every month. That being said, the
Chase Sapphire Reserve earns 3x on all travel (excluding $300
travel credit), so aside from purchases at Hyatt itself, you’ll
want to keep your travel spend on your CSR if you have one.
When Hyatt switched its program to World of Hyatt in 2017, it
also axed the ability to earn 10 elite nights by spending $40,000
on its cobranded card in a calendar year. That was a double whammy,
coming on top of Hyatt eliminating the ability to earn status based
on stays and increasing
the number of nights required for top-tier status from 50 to 60
(with requalification at 55 nights for those who have Globalist
status in the previous year). The only elite status features that
remained on the old Hyatt card were automatic Discoverist status
just for having the card, and the chance to earn mid-tier
Explorist status by spending $50,000 in a calendar year.
The new World of Hyatt card retains the complimentary
Discoverist status, but replaces the one-size-fits-all
Explorist option with two new features. First, the new card comes
with 5 free elite-qualifying nights each year just
for having the card, effectively dropping the elite night
requirement for anyone who has the card to
25 nights for Explorist and 55 nights for Globalist (or 50
nights for those who already have Globalist from the previous
year). Second, for every $5,000 spent on the new card,
you’ll earn credit for an additional 2 elite nights,
with no cap on the number of elite nights you can earn.
This effectively means that if you wanted, you could outright
spend your way to Explorist status for $62,500 a year, or Globalist
for $125,000 per year (assuming you’re already a Globalist). But
it’s more likely that you’ll want to combine actual nights
stayed at Hyatt with elite credits from this card. Since Hyatt has
a small footprint with only 700+ hotels in its portfolio, this
change allows customers to still maintain loyalty to Hyatt while
not having to focus every last ounce of energy on finding a Hyatt
in every city they travel to.
An important note is that any status earned with these elite
night credits — whether in whole or in part — will be
considered earned status, not a stripped-down
version of elite status. That means those who earn Globalist
with any form of elite night credits from the card will still get
all the features of that status, including confirmed suite night
upgrades and a My Hyatt Concierge.
Free Night Certificates
Park Hyatt Siem Reap is a Category 4 property where you can use
your free night certificates from the World of Hyatt card.
One other popular feature of the old Hyatt card was the
anniversary free night certificate usable at any category 1-4 Hyatt
property. That benefit remains on the World of Hyatt card, but
is augmented with the ability to earn an additional
Category 1-4 free night by spending $15,000 on the card in a card
These free nights will be valid for one year after you earn
them, so the expiration date on the anniversary night certificate
will roughly correspond with your card anniversary date, while the
additional free night will expire roughly one year after you hit
the $15,000 spend threshold.
Existing Hyatt Card Holders
If you’re an existing card holder and want to upgrade,
unfortunately an upgrade bonus is no longer available, but it’s
still possible to make the switch. Note that just like the
Marriott family of Chase cards, you cannot have both the old
and new Hyatt card at the same time. Also, like the
Southwest lines of cards, if you’ve earned a sign-up bonus on
the old Hyatt card in the last 24 months, you won’t be eligible
for the new sign-up bonus until the 24 months have elapsed and
you’ve closed your existing Hyatt card.
Another thing to keep in mind is that, unfortunately, the
World of Hyatt Card is now subject to Chase’s
5/24 rule. This means that if you’ve opened 5 or more cards
across any issuers in the last 24 months, you won’t be approved
for this card. It used to be that the Hyatt card was one of the few
Chase cards this rule didn’t apply to, but according
to widespread data points from late 2018, this card along with
several other cobranded holdouts are now subject to 5/24.
Additional reporting by Julian Kheel.
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Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News2
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