Last Day To Lock In The Fantastic Welcome Offer On The World Of Hyatt Card


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UPDATE: Some or All of the offer(s) mentioned in this post have now expired

Chase’s World of Hyatt Credit Card has been offering a fantastic welcome offer since the middle of October but today is the last day to lock that offer in. With one particular aspect of the current welcome offer making it even easier (than it already is) to earn Hyatt Globalist status in 2021, anyone wanting to earn Hyatt’s top-tier status and who doesn’t already have this card should probably consider applying today.

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card Welcome Offer

As of today, 31 December 2020, everyone who successfully applies for the World of Hyatt credit card can choose between the following two offers (OFFER EXPIRED):

  1. Earn 25,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months from account opening and earn an additional 25,000 bonus points after spending $6,000 (in total) within the first 6 months of account opening.
  2. Earn a $200 statement credit after making a single purchase (of any value) with the World of Hyatt Credit Card and earn 1 free night at any Category 1-7 hotel worldwide after spending $3,000 on the card within the first 3 months of account opening.

While there is a very good chance that the choice outlined above will still be available tomorrow, what definitely will not be available after today is the following:

Everyone who applies for the World of Hyatt credit card today (and who is approved today) will receive 10 Tier-Qualifying Night credits toward tier status in 2020 and 2021.

I’ll explain why the extra elite qualifying nights are important a little later in this post.

Note: The World of Hyatt credit card 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. 

Other World Of Hyatt Credit Card Key Facts

Annual Fee:

  • $95

Earnings:

  • 4 points/dollar at Hyatt properties worldwide
  • 2 points/dollar at restaurants worldwide
  • 2 points/dollar on airfare booked directly with airlines
  • 2 points/dollar on local transit and commuting spending
  • 2 points/dollar at fitness clubs and gyms
  • 1 point/dollar on all spending in all other categories

Key Benefits:

  • World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as you hold the card
  • 5 elite night credits every year (10 nights in 2020 and in 2021 for successful applications made by today, 31 December 2020)
  • Earn 2 elite night credits for every $5,000 spent on the World of Hyatt credit card
  • Get a free night certificate valid at Category 1 – 4 properties every year
  • Earn a bonus free night certificate valid at Category 1 – 4 properties when you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
  • No foreign transaction fees

The Importance Of The Elite Night Credits

UPDATE: Some or All of the offer(s) mentioned in this post have now expired

It’s always nice to hold a card that boosts your progress to elite status but with Hyatt currently making it super-easy to earn its excellent top-tier Globalist status, I can’t remember a time when it has been more important to pick up as many easy tier-qualifying nights as possible.

At the end of November, Hyatt announced that it was reducing its 2021 elite status qualification criteria by 50% which automatically meant that Hyatt Globalist status could be earned with just 30 tier-qualifying nights. That also meant that anyone who successfully applies for the World of Hyatt credit card by the end of today (31 December 2020) would only need to earn a further 20 qualifying nights in the whole of 2021 to earn Globalist status through February 2023.

But it gets better.

Because Hyatt has also extended its Bonus Journeys promotion through 28 February 2021, all stays with checkout dates between 1 January and 28 February 2021 will double elite night credits in 2021.

What that news means is that anyone who successfully applies for the World of Hyatt credit card by the end of today (31 December 2020) will only need to stay 10 qualifying nights between 1 January and 28 February 2021 to earn Globalist status through February 2023.

Considering that award bookings count as tier-qualifying nights and considering Hyatt’s ‘Office For The Day‘ bookings can be super-cheap and count towards elite status, staying 10 nights at Hyatt properties in the first two months of 2021 doesn’t have to be costly at all.

The World of Hyatt Credit Card’s current welcome offer combined with Hyatt’s current promotions means that earning Hyatt’s excellent top-tier Globalist status has probably never been easier.

A Look At The Two Welcome Offer Choices

As well as offering 10 elite night credits, the current World of Hyatt credit card welcome offer also includes a choice of bonus.

  1. Earn 25,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months from account opening and earn an additional 25,000 bonus points after spending $6,000 (in total) within the first 6 months of account opening.
  2. Earn a $200 statement credit after making a single purchase (of any value) with the World of Hyatt Credit Card and earn 1 free night at any Category 1-7 hotel worldwide after spending $3,000 on the card within the first 3 months of account opening.

These offers are ones that have been around, separately, for a while, but this is the first time that I’ve seen them both published in the same credit card offer. The decision as to which offer to choose will depend on the value you apply to World of Hyatt points, how much spending you think you’ll be doing in the next 3-6 months, and how likely you are to travel in the next year.

I value World of Hyatt points at 1.4 cents each (based on the value I know I can get out of them without having to make much effort) so the first option is worth $700 to me ($350 + $350). This is, however, an option that requires a new cardholder to spend $6,000 in the first 6 months of card membership.

The second option gives new cardholders a $200 statement credit and a free night certificate worth up to 30,000 points after just $3,000 of spending (in the first 3 months) so, at 1.4 cents/point, I value this at a maximum of $620.

Both options have their merits and their downsides.

The first option offers up to 50,000 points which will not expire (unless you allow your World of Hyatt account to go dormant for 2 years) but requires $6,000 of spending. The second option looks good because it offers an easy path to a $200 statement credit (which will cover the card’s annual fee for 2 years) and only requires a cardholder to spend $3,000 to trigger the free night certificate. However, what shouldn’t be ignored is the fact that the free night certificate is less flexible than the points that the first option offers, and it will expire if unused within a year.

It’s impossible to say which option is best because there’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. For some, the additional spending required to earn the full bonus of option 1 will be a deal-breaker while for others, the relative inflexibility of the free night certificate in option 2 will be offputting.

There’s no right or wrong answer here as a person’s individual circumstances will dictate which of the two options will work best for them.

Bottom Line

Today is the last day that successful World of Hyatt credit card applicants will be given 10 elite night credits for the 2021 qualification year and with those nights likely to make Hyatt’s highly-desired top-tier status relatively easy to earn in 2021, anyone hoping to enjoy elevated status with Hyatt in 2021, 2022 and the first two months of 2023 should definitely consider adding this card to their portfolio before the day is out.

Get more details on the World of Hyatt credit card via this link