Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card Review

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The World of Hyatt Credit Card is an excellent value for anyone who stays with Hyatt at least once or twice per year. The card offers a free night certificate good for any category 1-4 property each year plus the chance to earn an additional free night by using the card for purchases.

World of Hyatt Credit Card
World of Hyatt Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent
  • Get 1 free night each year after your Cardmember anniversary at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort
  • Enjoy complimentary World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open.
  • Receive 5 tier qualifying night credits towards status after account opening, and each year after that for as long as your account is open
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 in a calendar year
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status everytime you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn up to 9 points total for Hyatt stays - 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • 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
  • Up to 9X points total per $1 spent at Hyatt - 4X points per $1 when you use your card at Hyatt hotels & 5X points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • 2X 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
  • 1X point per $1 everywhere else

The complementary free nights make it easy to justify the card’s $95 annual fee, but you’ll also enjoy the benefits of Discoverist elite status including free internet and 2 p.m. late checkout. Even better, cardholders can earn their way to higher status by spending on the card.

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Why Earn Hyatt Points?

Hyatt has some incredible properties that can turn a normal vacation into a luxury travel experience. The most important thing to know about this loyalty program is that Hyatt points are worth far more than the average hotel point.

Hyatt award nights start at 5,000 points, but even the most expensive properties cost only 30,000 points for a free night. When you compare with other hotels that charge up to 100,000 points for the best properties, it’s easy to see why Hyatt points can deliver such outstanding value.

Hyatt award chart

If you also collect Chase Ultimate Rewards, you can transfer your points (at a 1:1 ratio) to Hyatt—giving you an easy way to top up your account for an award.

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

Up to Two Free Nights Each Year

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. For many, the second free night will be easily within reach, so you can potentially turn this card into a romantic weekend getaway or some needed relief for your wallet on an extended trip. If you're looking for inspiration, check out our post featuring nine great Hyatt properties that qualify for redeeming Hyatt free night certificates.

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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.

For those pursuing elite status, it can be a huge hassle to plan additional stays when you're a few nights short of the next status tier. The ability to earn these credits two nights at a time with incremental spend adds a ton of flexibility.

Points Earning Potential & Category Bonuses

Another positive addition to the World of Hyatt 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

This 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).

World of Hyatt Card Welcome Bonus

Chase and Hyatt have decided to use the language “earn up to 60,000 Bonus Points” in their current marketing materials, but that can be a bit misleading if you're familiar with the way most offers for new cardmembers are structured. Here's the most straightforward official language on the current offer:

Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent.

At first glance, 2 points earned per dollar—on up to $15,000 spent in the first six months, looks like an extra 30,000 bonus points. But that ignores the fact that the World of Hyatt Card earns one point per dollar on purchases—regardless of whether you're a new account holder.

So it would be fair to argue that the current offer is 45,000 bonus points and 15,000 points you'd earn from purchases anyway. Regardless, there is still plenty of value to be had with the right redemption. Premium properties such as the Park Hyatt Sydney can easily fetch over $800 per night.

Redeem World of Hyatt Points Park Hyatt Sydney

Chase Hyatt Application Restrictions

The new card from Chase/Hyatt replaces The Hyatt Credit Card which is no longer available to new applicants. Like all Chase cards, the World of Hyatt Card is subject to Chase’s 5/24 policy, which restricts the approval of new Chase rewards cards to folks who have opened fewer than five (5) personal credit cards in the previous 24 months.

In addition, those who currently have the old version of the Hyatt co-brand card aren't eligible to open this 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.”

If you find yourself in this position, it's worth checking with Chase to see if you are eligible for a targeted bonus when you upgrade from the old Hyatt Card.

Final Thoughts

With up to two annual free night certificates, complimentary Discoverist status, and a realistic path to spend your way to higher elite tiers, the World of Hyatt Card offers some top-value perks for a reasonable $95 annual fee.

If you can use the annual free night certificate, and especially if you can earn an additional free night with $15,000 in annual spending, this card is an easy long-term keeper. Those who pursue Hyatt elite status can get even more value thanks to the card’s ability to supplement actual stays with two elite night credits for every $5,000 spent.

World of Hyatt Credit Card
World of Hyatt Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent
  • Get 1 free night each year after your Cardmember anniversary at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort
  • Enjoy complimentary World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open.
  • Receive 5 tier qualifying night credits towards status after account opening, and each year after that for as long as your account is open
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 in a calendar year
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status everytime you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn up to 9 points total for Hyatt stays - 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • 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
  • Up to 9X points total per $1 spent at Hyatt - 4X points per $1 when you use your card at Hyatt hotels & 5X points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • 2X 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
  • 1X point per $1 everywhere else
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    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!

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      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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    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.

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      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.

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    Is this a metal card like the Marriot Premier Plus?

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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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    @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. 🙁

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    Michaelj1 says:

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

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

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

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    will my existing card automatically convert to this card?

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    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”.

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

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    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.

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    I’m considering applying for this card, too!

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    Really hoping to see a Hyatt credit card in Canada…

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

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

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

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

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    This looks like a great card!

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

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    thanks for the info

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

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    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!

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    Nostril Meany says:

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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      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.

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

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    Jacqueline says:

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

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

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    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?

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      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.

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    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?