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Happy Chase Hyatt Day!
Chase has introduced a new Hyatt credit card, The World of Hyatt Credit Card, and it’s worth some hype. You’ll earn up to 60,000 bonus Hyatt points after meeting tiered spending requirements. That’s the best sign-up bonus we’ve EVER seen on a Hyatt card!
Here’s what you need to know about this new card.
The New World of Hyatt Credit Card
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Remember the good old days when the Chase Hyatt card offered a sign-up bonus of 2 free nights at ANY Hyatt hotel in the world? Folks would use those nights at super expensive hotels, like the Park Hyatt Milan or the Park Hyatt Maldives, and save $1,000+ per night in some cases.
Well, this current sign-up bonus is even better! You’ll earn:
- 40,000 bonus Hyatt points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account
- Another 20,000 bonus Hyatt points after you spend an additional $3,000 on purchases within the first 6 months of opening your account
That’s a total of 60,000 bonus Hyatt points! And similar to the old bonus, it’s just enough for 2 free nights at any Hyatt hotel in the world. But because these are points and not free night certificates, you have a LOT more flexibility.
Your points won’t expire as long as you have the Chase World of Hyatt Card. And you have the option to stretch the points for more nights at less expensive hotels, in case you’re less interested in ultra-luxury.
For example, you could use 60,000 points to stay 12 nights at the Hyatt Place Fort Myers/ At The Forum. This hotel costs ~$130 per night. So you’ll get a value of ~$1,560 if you use your bonus Hyatt points this way ($130 per night X 12 nights).
You’ll also get:
- 9 Hyatt points per $1 spent at Hyatt – 4 bonus points per $1 when you use your card at Hyatt hotels & 5 base points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
- 2 Hyatt points per $1 on restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
- 1 Hyatt point per $1 on everything else
- 1 free night each anniversary year at a category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel or resort
- An additional free night at a category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel or resort after spending $15,000 in an anniversary year
- Automatic Hyatt Discoverist Status (more bonus points per stay, upgrades to a preferred room based on availability at check-in, late check-out upon request, etc.)
- 5 qualifying night credits every year
- 2 qualifying night credits after every $5,000 you spend on the card
- NO foreign transaction fees
The card comes with a $95 annual fee. That’s $20 higher than the other Chase Hyatt credit card offer. But you can get MUCH more value from this card than the previous, so I think it’s well worth it.
A few days ago, I was able to interview Amy Weinberg, the senior vice president of the World of Hyatt program, along with a leading Chase representative in the credit cards division. Some important takeaways from that meeting were:
- The 60,000-point intro bonus that comes with the Chase World of Hyatt card is a limited-time offer. We don’t have an end date, but if you’re interested in earning the bonus, it won’t be around forever
- You will NOT get 5,000 Hyatt points for adding an authorized user on this card
- The card will continue to offer Chase Visa Offers
- The old Chase Hyatt card will NOT be discontinued in the foreseeable future. So if you like your current perks for the slightly smaller annual fee, this is good news
Additionally, it’s important to note:
The product is not available to either (i) current Cardmembers of any Hyatt Credit Card, or (ii) previous Cardmembers of any Hyatt Credit Card who received a new Cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.
I pitched a scenario that if I already have a Chase Hyatt card and cancel it, will I be eligible for the 60,000 point sign-up bonus if I decide I want the card a few months down the road? They answered:
WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE current cardholders take the upgrade route. There’s a lot of benefit in doing it this way. For example, members can keep their current account number.
I assume they meant your credit card number won’t change, which is nice. But it’s nowhere near as beneficial as earning 60,000 Hyatt points.
You’ll earn 2,000 Hyatt points when you upgrade the previous card to this new card.
They wouldn’t answer any questions unrelated to this particular card, like the possibility of a premium card or small business credit card in the future. We’ll just have to wait and see!
You’ll also get an improved earning rate of 4 Hyatt points per $1 spent on Hyatt stays and experiences. And fun extras like the opportunity to earn a free night after you spend $15,000 on purchases in a cardmember year.
Do you plan on applying for the new World of Hyatt Credit Card?