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- 60,000 Bonus Points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
- Additionally, earn 15K Bonus Points after you spend $12,000 in the first 6 months.
The key value proposition, to me, is that spend on this card can earn credit towards elite status 25% faster than The World Of Hyatt Credit Card. With the co-brand small business World of Hyatt Business Credit Card you earn 5 Tier-Qualifying night credits toward status and Milestone rewards for every $10,000 you spend in a calendar year.
The other possibility that was speculated two falls ago was a premium Hyatt credit card. And that’s back on the table, as a survey of possible benefits reveals. Some of the things under consideration appear to be:
- Earning: 5x earn at Hyatt properties (versus 4 points per dollar with existing cards). 3x earn on your top 2 spend categories (I like this, much more valuable than the current 2x in your top three spend categories each quarter through 12/31/24 on the business product)
- Statement credits: A variety of statement credits on Hyatt spend; Hyatt all-inclusive spend; FIND experiences (these latter two are significantly less valuable to me, and likely to promote breakage so less costly to offer) as well as statement credits for food and beverage spend at Hyatt properties as well as fitness memberships (the Hyatt personal card bonuses fitness spend and aligns with the brand’s wellness focus)
- Elite status: Automatic Explorist status or potentially Explorist for a year and then Discoverist like the current card. (Meh. Hyatt’s Explorist level is weak, value is only at the Globalist level.)
10 elite qualifying nights for having the card (instead of 5 annually, as with the current consumer card) plus 3 more for every $7,500 spend (this is not an improvement, since currently the consumer offers 2 for every $5,000 spend, and isn’t as good as the small business card at 5 per $10,000 spend).
- Annual free nights: Annual free category 1 – 5 free night, versus the current category 1-4, frankly the current card’s free night should be improved due to category inflation since it was announced.
Also an additional free night after $25,000 in spend, versus $15,000 spend with the current card, so not really an improvement.
Anniversary free nights could be gifted, or extended after $25,000 spend or by redeeming 5,000 points. For me these sometimes expire and I convert them to points, since on personal trips with family I want a suite and these cannot be used in conjunction with confirmed suite upgrades like points redemptions can.
Potentially combine two category 1-4 free nights for a single free night at a higher category property (potentially up to category 6, or category 8) or top off with points to a higher category.
- Discounts: Buy one get one free night once annually or restricted to all-inclusives; Pay 3 get 4 nights rate at all-inclusive resorts
- Improved milestone rewards: double value at the 70, 80, 90, 100 night levels where you currently choose 10,000 points or a single confirmed suite upgrade you’d get twice as much.
- Annual Fee: potentially $250, $350, or $450
The only premium hotel card where the current value proposition is obvious for chain loyalists is the Hilton card. I dropped my Bonvoy Brilliant Amex over the weekend given the increased annual fee, that the statement credits switched from $300 at Marriott to a monthly restaurant credit, and since I have lifetime Platinum status anyway and so that key benefit offers me no incremental value.
I’d probably consider this card for the doubled milestone rewards, if the statement credits were valuable enough to cover the annual fee. And once I had the card I’d use it for my Hyatt spend, and perhaps for 3x focused on spend not bonused by other cards as well. Overall though the surveyed offerings don’t seem substantially better than current co-brand offerings.