New Hyatt card offer – 10 elite night credits and 50,000 points

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The World of Hyatt loyalty program has long been a favorite of mine. The typical value of a Hyatt point far exceeds what you’d get from other hotel points and the top-tier Hyatt Globalist status is by far the most valuable hotel elite status you can earn. Hyatt brands include many of the best luxury hotels, like Park Hyatt, Andaz and Miraval resorts and the nicest budget accommodations (Hyatt Place and Hyatt House). But Hyatt has a much smaller global footprint than the other major hotel chains, this makes it a bit more inconvenient to earn status and take advantage of its benefits.

One way around this issue is to use The World Of Hyatt Credit Card to earn elite night credits. Normally when you open the card you’ll get five bonus elite night credits and you’ll earn two credits for every $5,000 you spend, but right now Hyatt is temporarily boosting those numbers. From April 15 to June 30 every $5,000 you spend on a new or existing World of Hyatt card will earn three elite night credits instead of two. In addition, new accounts will receive 10 bonus elite night credits instead of five, to be eligible for this offer you’ll need to apply by June 30, 2020. This is in addition to the 50,000 bonus points new card members will earn after meeting the tiered minimum spending requirements.

You can apply for the World of Hyatt Credit Card here.

If you happen to have the old Hyatt card (no longer available to new applicants) you normally aren’t able to earn elite nights through spending. But during the same timeframe mentioned above you’ll now earn two elite night credits for every $5,000 spent on your card. Also, this new offer (for both cards) is based on the spending you put on the card from April 15 to June 30, not your statement closing date. So if you made a bunch of big purchases in early April but the statement didn’t close until after the 15th those purchases won’t count toward the bonus nights.

The view from the Villa Orsula Dubrovnik, which you can book with Hyatt points. (Photo by Jason Stauffer/Million Mile Secrets)

Hyatt credit card current offer

To earn the World of Hyatt card’s full bonus you’ll need to meet these tiered spending requirements:

  • 25,000 bonus Hyatt points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening your account
  • 25,000 additional points after you spend an another $3,000 ($6,000 total) on purchases within the first six months of opening your account

On top of the elite night credits mentioned above, your spending on the card will earn 4x Hyatt points with Hyatt, 2x points on dining, airline tickets (purchased directly with the airline) and on local transit and commuting. All other purchases will earn one Hyatt point per dollar. The card has a $95 annual fee, but every year you keep the card you’ll get a free night award valid at any category 1-4 Hyatt hotel, including partner Small Luxury Hotels of the World. And if you spend at least $15,000 on your card during your card member year you’ll earn an additional free night at a category 1-4 hotel.

One of the reasons this offer is so intriguing is because many of the best Hyatt perks aren’t tied to your elite status level, but are awarded when you stay a certain number of nights or earn a certain amount of base points. These are known as Milestone Rewards and the elite nights you earn with your Hyatt card will count toward earning these awards, but the points you earn from card spending aren’t qualifying base points.

If you opened a Hyatt card and met the spending requirement by June 30 you’d have a 13 night jump start toward earning any of the above rewards. Hyatt award nights earn elite credit, so the points you earn from opening a card will get you closer to earning status and Milestone Rewards when you book award nights. But, at the end of the day, this offer isn’t worth rushing to jump on (compared to the normal offer) unless you’re close to (or will be close by the end of the year) to 30 nights (category 1-4 free night) or 60 nights (Globalist status and category 1-7 free night).

This is the hotel credit card I want more than any other (and an overall top travel card), but the additional elite night credits aren’t as valuable to me as a bigger bonus offer would be. But if your plans to earn Hyatt status have been thwarted by the travel shutdown, then this might be just what you’re looking for. Remember, this is a Chase credit card, so you’ll need to be under the Chase 5/24 rule to qualify.

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Jason Stauffer was a writer for Million Mile Secrets where he covered points, miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels and general travel. His work has appeared in The Points Guy and NextAdvisor.

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