Oddly, Now Is The *Perfect* Time To Get The Hyatt Visa

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The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

Loyalty programs need to work hard to engage members when they aren’t traveling. That keeps the programs relevant and top of mind. And given the important role co-brand credit cards play, it helps keep the programs top of wallet, too.

When American AAdvantage extended elite status they also made credit card spend count towards million mile elite status, so spend on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® for instance will count towards becoming lifetime Gold, lifetime Platinum, or earning additional confirmed upgrades at the 3 million mile level and beyond.

Hyatt extended elite status for next year and their program has built-in incentives to keep staying and spending with the program because every 10 elite nights earns rewards between 10 and 100 qualifying nights and because ssend on the World Of Hyatt Credit Card counts towards elite status.

Hyatt and Chase, their co-brand card partner, have juiced things a bit so that card spend counts even more towards elite status through June – and getting the card now does, too.

Additional Credit Towards Elite Status For Credit Card Spend

Normally World Of Hyatt Credit Card cardmembers earn 2 elite nights for every $5000 spent on their card. Through June 30 it earns 3 elite nights (so one additional elite nights) for every $5000 spend.

In addition, holders of the legacy Hyatt Credit Card – which doesn’t normally earn elite nights for spend – will earn two tier qualifying night credits for every $5,000 spent on their card.

Readers have asked for clarification on when the additional nights are earned and Hyatt shares,

Hyatt cardmembers get 2 elite-tier qualifying nights for each $5K in spend (up from zero nights).

World of Hyatt cardmembers get 1 elite-tier qualifying night for each $5K in spend, in addition to the ongoing card benefit of 2 elite-tier qualifying nights for each $5K in spend.

For World of Hyatt Cardmembers, there are essentially two spend counters happening:
• Ongoing counter that earns 2 elite-tier qualifying nights for every $5K spent
• Promotional spend counter that starts April 15 and awards 1 elite-tier qualifying night for every $5K spent from April 15 — June 30

Bonus Elite Nights For New Credit Card Customers

To encourage people to get the World Of Hyatt Credit Card Hyatt will give 10 elite qualifying nights – instead of the usual five – to new cardmembers who apply by June 30, 2020.

Spend Towards Status While Earning Better And Better Rewards

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card has an initial offer is to 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.

The card comes with an annual free category 1-4 night and an additional category 1-4 free night after $15,000 in spend each cardmember year.

If you apply and are approved by June 30 you receive 10 elite nights. Meet spend for the bonus and to earn the category 1-4 free night after $15,000 spend and you’ll have 19 elite nights.

You’ll want to keep going because,

  • At 30 nights you’ll receive another category 1-4 free night, 2 confirmed club access awards, and Explorist status
  • At 40 nights you can choose from 5000 points or a $100 Hyatt gift card
  • At 50 nights you receive 2 confirmed suite upgrades
  • Then at 60 nights, Globalist status (upgrades including suites at check-in, complimentary breakfast or club lounge access, 4 p.m. late checkout) along with a designated Hyatt Concierge, 2 suite upgrade awards, and a category 1-7 free night

There’s no better time to leverage the World Of Hyatt Credit Card for Hyatt elite status if you’re able. I’m using my Hyatt card now to stock up on confirmed suite nights, even though my Globalist status has been extended already.

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  1. @ Gary — This doesn’t do much good if you are already Globalist and have, say 15 elite nights today, and want to hit 60 for the year (for the TSUs). That would require $75,000 spend in 2.5 months. This promo doesn’t seem well thought out for existing Globalist members. It certainly won’t motivate me to move any spending. AMEX Blue Biz at 2 pts/$ seems like a much better place to put spend.

  2. I just sent a message to Chase about this offer, even though I can’t find a link to it, asking them to match it. I only have Discoverist via the card so I view this as a great opportunity to get Globalist on the cheap, if I can qualify for it.

  3. June 30 is shortsighted esp. since there won’t be much if any travel before then.

    Should go through EOY.

  4. @UA-NYC – very smart! am impressed you figured that one out. I never thought you had a brain.

  5. @Emmanuel – shocked that you put together a full sentence for a change! That’s not like you…

  6. Perfect time to use the card to pay off the 2019 tax bill and prepay the 2020 tax bill. The convenience charge (~1.9%) bites but is made up with points and elite qual nites.

  7. The spend offer for additional elite nights isn’t much use if current elite status has already been extended to 2022

  8. The premise of spending to obtain status seems to merely enrich the card carrier and the adjunct hotelier. Some status upgrades coming with the card or merely prepaying for status seems much more direct. Some airlines and hotels already provide elite status for a fee.

  9. Click bait garbage. Nothing new at all. Who cares about the 1 extra elite night credit. Stupid stuff.

  10. I cancel the old Hyatt card and see no point in getting this one, especially now. Some may have travel needs that this could help but for the vast majority of people it does nothing. The free night was difficult to use in the past due to the category limitation and the small footprint Hyatt has.

    I don’t have any issues with Hyatt generally but this card isn’t worth the small AF.

  11. This will cause me to make 1Q and 2Q estimated tax payments in June, even though not due until July 15.

  12. “If you apply and are approved by June 30 you receive 10 elite nights. Meet spend for the bonus and to earn the category 1-4 free night after $15,000 spend and you’ll have 19 elite nights.”

    I want to make sure I understand the statement taken from your article. I just received the card. I received only 5 elite nights. The 10 elite nights are not automatic correct? I received 5 elite nights and if I spend the 15,000 by June 30th that would be 3 elite nights for each 5,000 spent. 3×3=9 . 9 + 5 equals 14. What am I missing?

  13. So I spent $10,000. on April 15th but only 4 nights posted. Does anyone know if the bonus ones are supposed to post at a later date?

  14. “Perfect” seems generous. I don’t think it’s the perfect time to spend money. It’s a better time to invest it with dollar cost averaging.

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