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In general hotel rewards cards are good for their initial bonus offer, for status they give you just for having the card, and for an annual free night that’s worth more than the annual fee — making the card worth keeping.
That’s how I think about most hotel credit cards, but I go out of my way to spend on the World Of Hyatt Credit Card because:
- Spending on the card helps make progress towards elite status
- Hyatt rewards you for every 10 elite qualifying nights you earn
- I find Hyatt’s status to be the most rewarding
I got the new World Of Hyatt Credit Card as soon as it was available last summer, and I put significant spend on it last year and again this year already.
The card offers an initial bonus to earn 50,000 points: 25,000 after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening and an additional 25,000 after you spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening. That’s just $1000 per month average to earn the full bonus.
New Hyatt Card’s Features
The new card is the best for earning at Hyatt, gives a real boost towards Hyatt status, and is the only card I know that bonuses fitness club and gym memberships. Here’s earning:
- 4 points per dollar Hyatt spend
- 2 points per dollar restaurants; airline tickets purchased through the airline; fitness club and gym memberships; local transit and commuting including ride share services
- 1 point per dollar other purchases
It’s also great for earning free nights in addition to points. You get both a free category 1-4 night each year at card renewal and an additional free night at a category 1-4 Hyatt property after spending $15,000 in a cardmember anniversary year. That makes putting $15,000 annual spend on the card attractive.
How This Card Helps You Earn Status
The real winner here is help towards elite status. The card comes with 5 elite nights each year. Then each $5000 spent on the card earns 2 more elite nights.
- Hyatt has the most lucrative top elite tier
- They’ll now let you earn that status with credit card spending alone, with the introduction of this card
Globalist Room Service Breakfast, Park Hyatt Vendome Paris
I’ve been top tier with Hyatt for about a decade because they offer richer benefits that I care about than other chains, and I generally like their properties.
Globalist (top tier elite) members earning 60 elite night credits get,
- Best available room at check-in, including standard suites
- Club lounge access at properties with lounges
- 4 suite upgrades (for up to 7 nights each) confirmed at booking
- Full breakfast at properties without club lounges (not just continental breakfast like other chains offer)
- A dedicated reservations representative to handle all of your Hyatt needs (‘My Hyatt Concierge’), I don’t have to call to reserve suites, make complicated bookings, or follow up with properties.
Club Lounge Outdoor Deck, Grand Hyatt New York
Earning Top Status With the Credit Card
Hyatt requires 60 elite nights to earn top elite status. You receive 5 nights just for having the card and 2 more nights for each $5000 spent on the card.
As a result if you don’t have even a single Hyatt night, then you need to spend:
- $140,000 on the card in a year to earn Globalist status for the first time
- $125,000 on the card in a year to renew Globalist status
More realistically if you have 30 hotel nights that you can give to Hyatt in a year, getting the card brings you to 35 and then $65,000 spend in a year would get you to Globalist the first time and in the future $50,000 spend would get you there.
Whatever spend you put on the card is spend you aren’t putting on a different card. But the rewards from this card, combined with the rewards earned with Hyatt status, are lucrative enough that I think spending towards status can make sense for those in a position to do so. And remember that using the free nights you earn with the card, and free nights from points transferred in from Chase Ultimate Rewards, all count towards the nights you need for status.
Evening Cocktails and Snacks for Globalists at the Park Hyatt Tokyo
Generating Big Rewards While You Spend For Status
In the first year the World Of Hyatt Credit Card will let you earn a 50,000 point initial bonus. At cardmember renewal you receive a category 1-4 night. And spending $15,000 on the card each year earns a category 1-4 night.
And earning for your spending on the card has become more rewarding, with more points for Hyatt stays and better double points categories.
But since can earn elite status for your spending, and Hyatt adds rewards for every 10 elite nights you earn, your spending gets even more rewarding.
|10||25k base points or 3 meetings||Discoverist|
|20||35k base points||2 club lounge access awards|
|30||50k base points or 10 meetings||Explorist, 2 club access awards, cat 1-4 free night|
|40||65k base points||5k points or $100 Hyatt gift card or 10k points off FIND experience|
|50||80k base points||2 confirmed suite upgrade awards|
|60||100k base points or 20 meetings||Globalist, 2 suite upgrade awards, cat 1-7 free night, concierge|
|70||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
|80||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
|90||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
|100||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
If you spend enough on the card, combined with actual nights that you stay, in order to earn the initial bonus as well as Hyatt’s Globalist status you’ll receive:
- 50,000 point initial bonus (worth 2-12 nights depending on where you redeem)
- Points for your spending
- Category 1-4 night at $15,000 spend
- Category 1-4 night when you hit 30 elite nights in the Hyatt program (Explorist)
- Category 1-4 night at annual card renewal
- 5000 points or $100 Hyatt credit at 40 elite nights
- Category 1-7 night when you hit 60 elite nights in the Hyatt program (Globalist)
- 4 suite upgrades that allow you to confirm a suite at time of booking for up to 7 nights if a standard suite is available (2 at 50 nights and 2 at 60 nights)
Club lounge at the Grand Hyatt Singapore
That’s a lot of return for your spending. I spent $25,000 on my card last year to put me back over the top for 2019 elite status. I repeated this year. Some readers have reported they’ve done mostly card spend for Globalist status but remember that award nights count towards status too and you can transfer Chase points to Hyatt, redeem those for free nights, and pair those with card spend for Globalist status.