Details of the New World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase

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A quick note to keep in mind: This new card from Chase/Hyatt presents a uniquely compelling opportunity to switch your hotel loyalty to Hyatt. Our thoughts quickly organized:

The ability to earn and transfer (at a 1:1 ratio) from multiple sources teamed with a solid co-brand credit card partnership has us thinking that if Hyatt is where we want to be, it is now our go-to hotel program.

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And now on to the good stuff …

Chase has lifted the lid on its replacement for The Hyatt Credit Card, unveiling The World Of Hyatt Credit Card. The card is currently offering a welcome offer of up to 50,000 bonus points and features an anniversary free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort each year, plus an additional Category 1-4 Hyatt free night certificate after $15K spend each cardmember year.

Chase has revised the bonus categories to include 4x points on Hyatt spend, 2x points on local transit and commuting, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, airline tickets purchased directly from the airline, and fitness club and gym memberships.

Cardmembers receive automatic Discoverist elite status for as long as the card is open, 5 qualifying night credits toward the next elite tier each year, plus 2 additional qualifying night credits for every $5,000 spent on your card.

Recent data points indicate the World of Hyatt Card is now subject Chase's 5/24 policy, making it harder for points and miles aficionados that have acquired more than five cards over the previous 24 months to get the card.

And, much like the policy introduced for the Sapphire cards, Chase has included terms stating the new card is not available to current holders of any Hyatt credit card, or previous holders of the Hyatt Card who received a welcome bonus within the last 24 months.

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

  • Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Points - 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Earn an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend a total of $6,000 on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening - free nights start at 5,000 points
  • Receive 1 free night every year after your cardmember anniversary at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
  • Get automatic World of Hyatt Elite status for as long as your account is open and 5 qualifying night credits toward your next tier status every year
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards your next tier status every time you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn 9 points total per $1 spent at Hyatt - 4 Bonus Points per $1 when you use your card at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • Plus, earn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airlines tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships

World of Hyatt Card Welcome Bonus

The current welcome offer for new cardmembers: Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Points - 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend a total of $6,000 on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.

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Premium properties such as the Park Hyatt Sydney can easily fetch over US$700 per night, making the welcome bonus on the The World Of Hyatt Credit Card one of the highest value welcome offers currently available if you redeem at the top of the award chart, even accounting for the additional minimum spend required over its predecessor.

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Redeem your maxed out welcome bonus for 2 nights at the Park Hyatt Sydney for oversize value.

Points Earning Potential & Category Bonuses

Another positive addition to The World Of Hyatt Credit Card is an expansion of the bonus categories and the ability to earn up to 9 points per dollar on Hyatt spend as a World of Hyatt member. The new card earns:

  • 4x at Hyatt hotels, including participating restaurants and spas (plus the 5x base points you receive as a World of Hyatt member)
  • 2x on local transit and commuting, including taxis, mass transit, tolls, and ride-share services
  • 2x at restaurants, cafes and coffee shops
  • 2x on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline
  • 2x on fitness club and gym memberships
  • 1x on all other purchases

The new card earns 4x points on Hyatt purchases compared to 3x points on the previous Hyatt co-brand card. For the first time, a Hyatt co-brand card now earns more on Hyatt purchases than the Chase Sapphire Reserve® and Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card (both cards that earn 3x Ultimate Rewards on hotels which transfer 1:1 to Hyatt), so deciding on which card to use when checking out will require a bit of thought for Hyatt loyalists.

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Looking for the best use of your World of Hyatt points? Check out our post covering some of the best World of Hyatt sweet spots!

World of Hyatt Card Feature Benefits

Complimentary Hyatt Discoverist Status

Cardholders of the World of Hyatt Card receive complimentary Discoverist elite status with Hyatt for as long as they hold the card. Discoverist member highlights include complimentary internet, waived resort fees, 2 pm late check-out on request, a 10% points bonus on Hyatt purchases, and preferred room within the type booked.

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Bonus Elite Qualifying Night Credits

You’ll also receive 5 qualifying night credits each year, plus 2 additional qualifying night credits for each $5,000 spent on the card. The terms state that “there is no limit to the number of World of Hyatt Tier-Qualifying Night credits that you can earn,” a top perk for those looking to spend their way to higher World of Hyatt elite tiers, including Globalist.

Up to 2x Category 1-4 Anniversary Free Night Certificates

Each cardmember year, you’ll receive a category 1-4 free night certificate just for holding the card and paying the annual fee. You can earn an additional free night certificate each year you spend $15,000 on the card, a realistic spending threshold given the revised bonus categories and qualifying night credits. Some of the best locations to redeem Hyatt free night certificates include hotels in Costa Rica, Australia, India, Vietnam, and here in the U.S.

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Application Restrictions

As far as we know, the World of Hyatt Card is now subject to Chase’s 5/24 policy, which restricts the approval of new Chase rewards cards to folks with less than 5 new credit card accounts opened in the previous 24 months. Plus, if you’ve received a new card bonus on the previous Hyatt co-brand card in the last 24 months, or you’re a current cardholder, you won’t be approved for the World of Hyatt Card.

“The product is not available to either (i) current Cardmembers of any Hyatt Credit Card, or (ii) previous Cardmembers of any Hyatt Credit Card who received a new Cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.”

Given recent new card releases such as the new IHG co-brand cards, we expect there will be an upgrade offer on the table for folks that hold the old Hyatt Card.

Final Thoughts

With a welcome bonus of up to 50,000 bonus points, up to two annual free night certificates, complimentary Discoverist status and 5 qualifying night credits, and a realistic path to spend your way to higher elite tiers, the World of Hyatt Card offers some top-value perks for a mid-tier co-brand hotel card.

And, while the annual fee increases to $95 per year, we think the higher earning rate on Hyatt purchases, 2 qualifying night credits for every $5K spent, and the addition of another free night certificate after spending $15K will be enough incentive for a lot of folks to move some annual spend onto the World of Hyatt Card.

If you have any questions or data points to share, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the new co-brand card from Hyatt in the comments below.

Details of the New World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase
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Comments

  • I’ve previously had the Hyatt card. I received the bonus 2 night stay about 2.5 years ago, but cancelled it 1.5 years ago. If I apply for the new card will I be eligible for the 60k bonus, or do I need to wait until it’s been 2 years since I cancelled?

  • So to hit globalist requires 60 stays I think. So that’s 12 if the 5 stay credit or $60k spend to hit?
    How long does the status usually last for? Until the end of the following years?

    And if we’re currently Hyatt card holder, we would have to cancel the card, wait 24 months out from last Bonus before applying for the new card? Imagine that’s better sign up bonus than any upgrade offer may give?

    • 60 nights*. To do it on pure spend, you’d get 5 nights for having the card and would need 55 more. you earn 2 nights for every 5k in spend so it’d be $140k in spend.

      You’ll need to be 24+ months from when you received the last bonus & not currently have a hyatt card to be eligible for this bonus.

  • It is a very good card in spite of the annual fee hike.

  • Jacqueline says:

    Looks on the face of it a very good card with all the bonuses included.

  • Hyatt cards have always been pretty good for trip hacking… this card shouldn’t be any different

  • I really think the free night cert should be a cat 5 cert instead of 4, especially with the annual fee increase…Chase should seriously consider upping the cat for the free night cert.

    • Given how many solid properties are at Cat 4 or below, I actually disagree. The certificate value + annual fee value represents a win for both sides. Balance is key and honestly, at $125 I’d still feel it to be a good value.

  • Can you pay/use points to upgrade past a category 4 hotel? If so how? We like a category 6 Hyatt regency slot and want to use that

  • This does look like a very good card. The point that this is a card that actually earns more per stay than the CSR is a good one. That will definitely make it a more difficult decision as to which card to use for stays (or maybe an easier decision?) I am going to have to think quite a bit about this one as I contemplate which card is going to be my next application.

  • No 5/24 rule, and lower end redemption options, although I might have to specifically search them out, make this an option for me to consider. Thanks.

  • WOW – this looks like a great card! Thanks for sharing all of the details. Just want to mention that the Park Hyatt Sydney is a Category 7 hotel so you wouldn’t actually be able to use the bonus certificates for that particular hotel since it looks like the free nights are for Category 1-4 hotels. Thanks again for the heads up on this card.

  • Nostril Meany says:

    No brainer. I signed up and it was approved. haven’t had the experience from a chase card in a while!

  • PhoenixGuy says:

    I used to spend so much with Starwood and book so many nights with them, but AwardWallet probably has this right. The best value for spend at the moment is probably having a Hyatt card. Make the charges at Chase Ultimate Freedom for 1.5 points per dollar unless you’re in a preferred category. Then spend as much on the Hyatt Card as is needed to get those stay credits to get you to 60 nights.

    I”m going to probably miss Starwood a bit. It’s been a really good run, but my expectation is that the value is now slightly better with Hyatt. Though just slightly better.

    Maybe the 2019 discounts with Mariott off-peak will bring me around to seeing the value, but for August to December, I feel like Starwood is going to cost more for the rooms than it did pre-Mariott.

  • I think Howie meant you could get 2 nights with the 60,000 point bonus.

  • I have a question. Looking at this Hyatt card for my husband and I because we currently have SPG. Big question is what is going to happen Aug 1st to star point transfer to JAL or anyone else for that matter? Does Hyatt have airline transfer capability? Thanks for any insight.

  • ron_vaughn@hotmail.com says:

    great find. Really appreciate the link to the cat 4 opportunities. I was thinking about a Cambodia/Vietnam trip this winter, so this could be a great help! thx Howie!

  • Long-time SPG guy, but considering giving Hyatt a look with this new product.

  • thanks for the info

  • Thanks for the write-up. Went ahead and jumped in. Got the 30-day notice, called in and shifted cl. Approved.

  • This looks like a great card!

  • Hopefully we current holders get an upgrade offer. And something fairly lucrative would be nice (one can only hope…)

  • Given how much I’ve enjoyed every Hyatt property I’ve ever stayed out, I’ll be taking this card seriously.

  • Will the bonus point for this card count towards Marriott lifetime status?

  • don’t like the restrictive language. can’t upgrade on the anniversary nights – rather they gave points in lieu of the certificates.

  • Really hoping to see a Hyatt credit card in Canada…

  • I’m considering applying for this card, too!

  • So I just crossed the 24month post-bonus threshold last month on the old Hyatt card. I would like to cancel the old Hyatt card and apply for the new one (after waiting 30 days) to earn the 60k sign up bonus, BUT I haven’t used my anniversary certificate yet and want to keep it but don’t have an immediate use for it. Anyone know if the anniversary certificate will be pulled from my account when I cancel the card? I already paid the annual fee and don’t intend to ask for it back, so I would hope the certificate would be mine to keep… do I need to use it to use it for a booking before canceling the credit card (even if the booking is for a date in the future, beyond the date when I cancel my card)? Couldn’t find a DP on this.

  • This looks promising. I might be jumping from SPG to Hyatt. Thanks for the information!

  • It’s nice to see Hyatt CC offer return to a similar value level that one received when the standard sign-up bonus cam in the form of 2 “free night certs”.

  • will my existing card automatically convert to this card?

  • I’m going to cancel my existing Hyatt card. The downgrade from Platinum to Discoverist (nearly useless) was a huge hit to me.

  • JUST got existing Hyatt card two months ago! Just my luck….

  • Michaelj1 says:

    A) This card appears to be a good choice. B) The Chase 5/24 rule is becoming problematic for many of us.

  • @Michaelj1 says: “B) The Chase 5/24 rule is becoming problematic for many of us.”

    And, unfortunately, that means it’s working exactly as Chase intended. 🙁

  • Bill from Maine says:

    My wife and I bit on this card. We were holding off applying for new Chase cards because of the 5/24 rule. however, with a trip planned to Vienna in 2019 and a premier property located in the heart of the city, felt this was something we couldn’t overlook. With both of us being approved instantly, this will give us the 4 nights we were planning for.

  • Interesting, another card to consider – wow, thanks for this information. Great!

  • It is good card, but I don’t like/appreciate the annual fee hike.

  • Michael Herbert says:

    Are there any differences in the Sapphire Preferred benefits with this card? Most specifically I use the primary rental car coverage quite a bit on my Sapphire card.

  • Is this a metal card like the Marriot Premier Plus?

  • Sachin Agrawal says:

    Do you know if the qualifying nights earned based on spend on this card will count towards Hyatt Fast Track Elite Tier offer that was offered this year? The offer was that if we had 20 qualifying nights in 90 days, we could get Globalist status until Feb 2020. Do you know if we could get these qualifying nights from credit card spend? I can easily hit the $50k spend it would take to get 20 nights.

    • Unfortunately no. For the Globalist Fast Track challenge, you must physically check-out of the room for the night to qualify. They state in the T&Cs that even if you check-in, but don’t check-out the next day, you won’t be awarded the elite night credit. No qualifying nights from credit card spend count from either Hyatt card.

  • I upgraded my Hyatt card to the WOH Card a couple of days after it launched in Juen. I did so in part to get the 5 tier nights as we are extremely close to globalist and with these 5 extra nights, it would for sure put us over the edge. They hadn’t hit my account, so I called Chase who informed me that you don’t get the 5 nights until after Jan 1. That is not how it is outlined in their disclosures per se…. it says the first 5 will post to your account within 8 weeks and subsequent years will be 8 weeks from Jan 1.

    Can you confirm or have any additional information on this?

    Thanks so much!

    • So my 5 nights posted within a couple of days of the upgrade. I *just* called Hyatt to 100% confirm the “bonus” entry I see (it really just says bonus” were the 5 nights. No waiting until Jan 1; they should post quickly. If they don’t, I’d call back once you’ve activated and at least used your card once and say “where are my nights?” I haven’t activated my new card yet and like I said, my nights have already posted.

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