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2018 has brought us revamped versions of Chase’s other cobranded hotel credit cards, the IHG Rewards Club Premier and Marriott Rewards Premier Plus. Now it’s Hyatt’s turn. The World of Hyatt Credit Card has a new sign-up bonus, points earning structure, and much more. Here’s what you need to know about the World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase.
Let’s start with the most enticing part – the sign-up bonus! You can earn 40,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months and an additional 20,000 points if you spend a total of $6,000 in the first 6 months.
This offer more closely resembles the 2 free night offer from years past, since 60,000 points is good for two nights at top hotels like the Park Hyatt Milan! However, the spending requirement is quite a bit higher, but at least the spending timeframe is increased as well.
Basic Changes to the Card
Annual Fee: The annual fee of $95 is a $20 increase from the previous version of the card.
- Earning Structure:
- 4x points: Hyatt hotels and resorts
- 2x points: Restaurants, airline tickets, fitness club and gym memberships, and local transit and commuting (includes ride-sharing services)
- Annual Free Night: You will still earn one free night at a category 1-4 property every year, but you can earn an additional free night at a category 1-4 property after spending $15,000 during the year.
While an annual fee increase is never fun, the changes to the earning structure might make it worth it for some. Instead of using your Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3x points at Hyatt (since Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt), you can earn more Hyatt points by using the Hyatt card. The 2x points for fitness club memberships and ride-sharing services is pretty exciting, too! The free night benefit was never really of interest to me given the restriction on its use, so being able to earn another one isn’t all that exciting.
World of Hyatt Status
The card automatically comes with Discoverist status, but you also get five elite qualifying nights every year. This makes it easier to earn Explorist status (30 qualifying nights) and Globalist status (60 qualifying nights). You can now also spend your way to the top by earning two elite qualifying nights for every $5,000 you spend on the card.
While I don’t travel enough to make use of the new status-related benefits, this card mainly appeals to me for the sign-up bonus and the ability to earn Hyatt points through some unique spending categories. I have my eyes set on the Park Hyatt Paris, so I plan on snagging this card while it is still not restricted by 5/24.
Do you plan on applying for the new World of Hyatt Credit Card?