When I looked back at our hotel stays in 2018, we only stayed in three hotel chains and most of the stays were with Marriott and IHG. One of the hotel chains we didn’t use at all last year was Hyatt and one of the main reasons was because I don’t have any Hyatt points. I could always transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to my Hyatt account but I like to keep my options open and moving points to Hyatt for a hotel means that I won’t be able to use those points for something else. Time for me to get some Hyatt points.
One card that I’ve had on my radar since it was relaunched this summer is the World of Hyatt Credit card from Chase. It has great benefits with Hyatt, unique bonus categories and has a 60,000 bonus point sign up offer. News circulated last week that the signup bonus for this card will be reduced to 50,000 points as of January 9, 2019, so if I want it, I have less than a week to get the card. I’m currently under 5/24 with Chase so I’m eligible and I’m almost done with the spending requirement on the last card I signed up for. Perfect timing.
Chase allows cardholders to refer friends for applications. For the Hyatt card, referrals earn 10,000 Bonus Points and the signup bonus is the same so I’d like to give a reader a chance to earn credit for a referral.
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Here are the reasons I want this card
The card does have a $95 annual fee that’s not waived the first year. However, if I hit the spending requirement, I’ll get 60,000 World of Hyatt Points. That’s enough for two free nights at up to a category 7 Hyatt, like the Park Hyatt New York or four nights in a category 4 hotel like the Grand Hyatt Berlin (which could come in handy when we visit Germany in December).
The card also provides automatic Discoverist status with Hyatt which normally requires staying for 10 nights or earning 25,000 Hyatt points. Discoverist status comes with the following perks:
- Stay connected with complimentary premium Internet where available
- Quench your thirst with a bottle of water daily
- Upgrade to a preferred room based on availability at check-in
- Expedite check-in at a dedicated area reserved for elite members
- Extend your stay until 2:00 PM upon request (subject to availability at some locations)
- Enjoy waived resort fees on free night awards
Honestly, the only difference between this level and just signing up is that you get a free bottle of water, a better room and possible late checkout.
Cardholders also get five elite qualifying nights every year for having the card and an additional two elite qualifying nights for every $5,000 spent on the card. This could be helpful if you’re going to high-level Hyatt status, but I’m not so it doesn’t interest me much.
Additional benefits include an anniversary free night certificate valid at a Category 1-4 property and an additional anniversary free night certificate when you spend $15,000 on the card in a cardmember year.
While that sounds restrictive, there are many nice hotels in category 1-4 including these hotels right by Walt Disney World.
Lastly, I like the unique earning potential this card has. The World of Hyatt credit card earns 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent on fitness club and gym memberships. This has always been non-bonused spend so it will be nice to earn some extra points just for paying that gym membership every month.
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