Hyatt Launches Fast-Track to Elite Status, Milestone Rewards Through Credit Cards

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Chase and Hyatt just launched a great new promotion for co-branded cardmembers. For a limited time, it'll be easier to earn World of Hyatt elite status and Milestone Rewards—like free nights, bonus points, lounge access awards, gift cards, and more—even from home. Plus, new cardmembers of The World Of Hyatt Credit Card will get double the standard number of elite night credits for applying now.

Woes of the Travel Industry

With the world of travel at a standstill, a lot of people have stopped applying for—and spending on—travel credit cards. Many have also started shifting spend away from travel-related cards in favor of more well-rounded everyday-spend cards.

With that in mind, Hyatt and Chase have devised a promotion to simultaneously attract new applicants and entice current cardholders to continue spending on their co-branded cards.

How the World of Hyatt Card Helps with Earning Status

Considering Hyatt is one of our favorite hotel brands, it's not surprising that Chase's World of Hyatt Card (review) is also one of our favorite hotel credit cards. This is for a slew of reasons, not the least of which is the ability to spend your way to elite status.

As a quick recap, in addition to a bonus of up to 50,000 points and a free night certificate (on your account anniversary), World of Hyatt Card cardmembers ordinarily receive five elite night credits, as well as two elite qualifying nights for every $5,000 spent on the card.

This incentivizes cardmembers to continue spending on the card, even after completing the sign-up bonus. It's also possible—if not a little impractical—to earn top-tier Globalist status without spending a single night in a Hyatt hotel!

Now, it looks like these benefits are getting even better.

Earn Additional Elite Night Credits for Spending

In an announcement shared via email, Hyatt states that for a limited time, the World of Hyatt Card will earn three elite-qualifying night credits for every $5,000 spent. These are the terms:

  1. Limited to purchases made between April 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020
  2. Total of 3 elite-qualifying night credits, which is one additional night credit than what cardmembers typically earn
  3. Statement-closing date does not matter, only the date the purchase posts
  4. Credits may post at different times

Additional Elite Nights for New Cardmembers

Editors Note: AwardWallet's affiliate link does not currently show the offer for 10-elite night-credits on the application page, but we've confirmed with a Hyatt source that these elite credits will be awarded to new cardholders.

New Cardmembers who apply for the The World Of Hyatt Credit Card by June 30, 2020, will receive ten elite-qualifying night credits towards Hyatt status. This is five nights more than what cardmembers usually receive.

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus 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.
  • Earn 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total within 6 months of account opening.
  • Free nights start at 5,000 points
  • Receive 1 free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort after your Cardmember anniversary
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
  • Get automatic World of Hyatt Elite status and 5 qualifying night credits every year as long as your account is open
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status everytime you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn 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
  • 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 Hyatt Credit Card (Legacy Product)

If you hold the older version of the Hyatt co-brand card (which is no longer open to new applicants), there's good news for you too. The legacy Hyatt Card—which typically doesn't award any elite nights for spending—is now offering two elite-qualifying night credits per $5000 spent on the card.

  1. Limited to purchases made between April 15, 2020June 30, 2020
  2. Statement-closing date does not matter, only the date the purchase posts

Is It Worth It?

Here is the real question: should you start putting your spend on your Hyatt cards now?

The answer to this will, of course, be different for everyone based on their current situation. How much do you value Hyatt elite status? How close to the next tier level or milestone reward are you?

Considering a lot of current spending is probably going towards groceries, restaurants, and non-bonus categories, you also need to consider the opportunity cost of moving that spend from the cards you'd otherwise use.

In my case, I'm currently Explorist status, and—thanks to Hyatt's status extension—I'll remain an Explorist until at least February 28, 2022. Before COVID-19 brought travel to a halt, I only managed to earn 9 elite-qualifying nights this year, meaning I'd still need to earn 51 more elite nights before reaching Globalist status. As much as I'd like to be Globalist, I definitely won't be able to spend enough to get there without some actual hotel stays.

Milestone Rewards

However, elite status isn’t the only consideration. Last year, Hyatt extended its Milestone Rewards program, offering additional rewards independent from status tiers. These rewards can make it lucrative to continue collecting night credits even if your status is already locked in for 2021.

While I won't be able to reach 60 nights for Globalist status, I might be able to reach 30 through credit card spending and stays later this year. Doing so would earn four Club Lounge Awards and one free night certificate for a category 1-4 property. The Milestone Rewards only get better the more nights you collect, so make sure you consider those before deciding if it's worth it or not.

Final Thoughts

With airlines flying fewer passengers and hotels hosting fewer guests, it's not surprising that major travel companies are working extra hard to keep their customers engaged. For example, we've seen a lot of programs offering elite status extensions over the past couple of weeks (American AirlinesMarriottDelta, and Hilton, to name a few).

But what companies are ideally looking for is a way to convince customers to continue investing in the relationship, even while they're unable to travel. Hyatt's hoping that by making it easier to spend your way to elite status, it'll be the hotel chain you think of first when the world eventually starts returning to normal.

I think they may have gotten it right. Depending on your situation, now might be the perfect time to leverage yourself into the next tier or earn the next Milestone Reward.

Will you be taking advantage of this promotion?

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Comments

  • I applied for the card and got approved on 3/31. Any chance Chase would honor this offer for me?

  • Thanks for the article. I have a Hyatt credit card. Do you think its worth upgrading the card to World of Hyatt before spending on the credit card?

    • I don’t know the terms of the old card but I do know that Chase tries pretty hard to get these legacy cardholders to switch and you always have to ask why…

  • I really like Hyatt but I’m very torn on pursuing loyalty status. I’ll be on the road 45 to 60 days a year when life gets back to normal and I’m torn between Hyatt, Hilton, and Orbitz.

  • The opportunity cost is uncertain, unfortunately.

  • Hilton has the first mover advantage in this instance, I think.

  • While having a promotion is always nice, IMO this promotion still requires too much spend when everything is closed/slowed down.

  • I am not sure this promotion is going to be enough to tip the scales in any meaningful way.

  • For those who seldom travel (think annual family vacation travel), is it worth pursuing status with one specific brand? Or is it better to use non-brand-specific cards and accrue points geared towards travel reimbursement?

    • I believe most here would advise the later. Choosing to earn with bank-based, flexible point programs is probably best for those folks.

  • Harvey Kwan says:

    What is the current offer for the WOH CC?

    • It’s in the post! See the middle section with the picture of the card.

    • The relevant offers are ALWAY in the post. lol This is a big revenue source for the website so referrals are always posted galore. Some sites even add in the flavor of the month card even though it has nothing to do with the topic.

  • I can appreciate this. I’m a lifetime Plat Elite with Marriott, but I have always felt like Marriott continues to go on a fast downward spiral. I know Marriott will always be there, but Hyatt just seems to care so much more about loyalty and customer service… wish I had jumped on the Hyatt bandwagon sooner.

  • I like that travel companies, airlines, hotels are in essence bidding for our business. I do not like the reason, covid, but we may as well help ourselves to the benefits of competition. It helps these companies in the long run.

  • Every hotel is really thinking outside of the box to get ppl to go with them but none tempting enough to go for right now. I understand that people are shopping for groceries right now but I don’t know about $5000 worth to get the extra nights? I’m more about saving and then maybe can take a big trip in the fall to a beach.

  • I am on the fence considering the opportunity cost for other cards and the fact that my Explorist status is already extended. However, I am really looking forward to the day when we can travel again and the extra perks earned with the milestone rewards would be nice to have in my pocket!

  • It might be finally time to get this card. I have been considering it for years and I don’t think it will get better than this. I’m also in a situation right now where I could make the spend easily and even get more elite night credits. I will just have to ask them if they will send it to my current location rather than my home.

  • What would be great is if airlines/hotels either reimbursed the annual fees on their co-branded credit cards or added bonus nights/miles for loyal cardholders. I have a free night with the WoH CC that’s about to expire, which makes paying the annual fee that much more painful.

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