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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:
- Excellent signup bonus and solid earn rates on Hyatt stays with The World Of Hyatt Credit Card.
- The ability to earn up to top-tier elite status if you spend a ton on the credit card
- Ultimate Rewards transfer 1:1 to Hyatt points (this isn't new, but necessary to remember if you've got a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or the Chase Sapphire Reserve® and have a healthy balance of points)
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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