In 2018, Chase and Hyatt relaunched their co-brand credit card and the World of Hyatt credit card was born. For a while, the card offered a sign-up bonus of up to 60,000 World of Hyatt points if you reached the tiered spending requirements. Eventually, the sign up bonus was reduced to 50,000 World of Hyatt points, which isn’t a bad offer and one that I’d still recommend if you have a use for Hyatt points. However, a new offer has surfaced and now you can choose between the two offers if you want to sign up for the card.
Which offer is better? Should you take the points or the free nights? As usual, Your Mileage May Vary.
The public/referral offer for the World of Hyatt card from Chase is:
- Earn 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
- Plus, earn an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.
If you’re interested in this offer, we’d appreciate it if you use our referral link. (If you use our link and are approved for the card, we do get a referral bonus from Chase).
However, there is another offer available:
- Earn 1 free night after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
- Receive 1 additional free night after you spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.
- Plus, get a $50 Statement Credit after your first purchase with the World of Hyatt Credit Card.
The free night(s) you’ll receive with the card is good up to a Hyatt category 7 hotel. The only category 8 hotels are Small Luxury Hotel (SLH) partner hotels, so it’s no surprise they aren’t included.
So what’s better, 25,000 points or a free night? If you know what hotel you want to stay at, you can find out on the Hyatt website how many points it’ll take.
It’s important to realize that World of Hyatt points are quite valuable. I was able to get a value of 2.5 cents a point for a stay at the Hyatt Centric Key West, which cost 25,000 points a night.
So the big difference between the two offers is the $50 statement credit. If you’re going to book any room less than a category 6, I think it would be best to take the points. Here’s the breakdown of how many points each category needs for a free night:
The Hyatt Residence Club Sedona, Piñon Pointe is a category 4 hotel. We could stay there for three nights with the 50,000 points sign-up bonus. IMHO, an extra night at this hotel is worth more than getting a $50 statement credit.
You could also stay at the Hyatt Place Lake Buena Vista for 4 nights for 48,000 points.
So unless you know that you’re going to use your free night certificates at a hotel like the Park Hyatt Tokyo, which would cost 30,000 points a night, I’d think it would be a better deal to take the points instead of the free nights and statement credit.
But if you go to the Park Hyatt Tokyo, be sure to check out the New York Bar on the top floor for the amazing views and maybe the jazz band will pay a 20 minute medley of 1970’s TV theme songs like the time we visited. 🙂
So if you’re looking to get the World of Hyatt card and want to stay at high-end Park Hyatt properties in Tokyo, Sydney or the Maldives, you should take advantage of the offer and get the two free hotel nights at any Hyatt. If you want to stretch your points to get the most value, it’s a better deal to get the points and pick and choose the best places to use them. But as I said before, Your Mileage May Vary.
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