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UPDATE: Some or All of the offer(s) mentioned in this post have now expired
Hyatt and Chase have come together to give all Hyatt credit card holders the opportunity to earn more elite night credits when they use their cards to pay for their everyday spending. They have also announced a new welcome offer for the World of Hyatt credit card which will give successful applicants a very healthy boost towards elite status.
Existing Hyatt Credit Card Holders Can Earn More Elite Night Credits
This offer has now expired
Between 15 April (today) and 30 June 2020 all spending made on Hyatt credit cards will earn more elite night credits than ever before.
- World of Hyatt credit card holders will earn 3 elite night credits for every $5,000 spent on the card (up from 2 nights/$5,000)
- Hyatt Credit Card holders (this card is no longer open to new applicants) will earn 2 elite night credits for every $5,000 spent on the card (up from 0 nights/$5,000)
There is no limit to the number of elite qualifying nights you can earn with Hyatt credit cards.
What this means is that anyone with the ability to put a lot of spending on to their Hyatt credit card can now fast-track themselves to higher Hyatt status a lot easier than before….but it’s still not exactly cheap if you’re starting from scratch.
Keep In Mind
Hyatt has already extended everyone’s status into 2022 but that doesn’t mean that you should pause your elite night earnings.
Apart from the fact that you can improve on the status you currently have by earning more elite night credits this year, elite nights are also the key to earning Hyatt’s milestone rewards (something which the status extensions do not offer).
Hyatt has already confirmed that it will not be rolling over any elite nights earned this year into 2021 so if you’ve racked up some elite nights already this year and are part way to one of the milestone awards, spending on a Hyatt co-branded credit card may be your best chance of getting to that award. It may also turn out to be the only way to make the nights you have already earned count for something this year.
New World Of Hyatt Credit Card Welcome Offer
This offer expired on 30 June 2020
As of 17:00 ET today the World of Hyatt credit card will, for a limited time, offer successful new applicants 10 elite night credits as part of its new welcome offer.
Here’s what you need to know about the World of Hyatt credit card:
Annual Fee: $95
- Earn 25,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Earn a further 25,000 bonus points after you spend a further $3,000 within 6 months of account opening.
- Through 30 June 2020, successful applicants will receive an extra 5 elite night credits (on top of the 5 elite night credits that this card already offers) for a total of 10 elite night credits (more details).
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.
- 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 other spending
- World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as you hold the card
- 5 elite night credits every year (10 nights in 2020 for successful applications made by 30 June)
- Earn 2 elite night credits for every $5,000 spent on the World of Hyatt credit card (this has been raised to 3 elite nights for every $5,000 spent through 30 June 2020)
- 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
Keep In Mind
There are very strong indications that Chase is offering 3-month extensions to the welcome offer earning period for welcome offers with a 3-month earning period. Longer earning periods are excluded, you may have to call in to get the extension and an extension may not be guaranteed.
What this means in the case of the World of Hyatt credit card is that it may be possible to take 6 months to earn the first 25,000 bonus points but you’ll still have to spend $6,000 in 6 months if you want the full 50,000 point welcome offer.
If you’re a fan of the World of Hyatt and Hyatt’s properties this is a card you should almost certainly have in your portfolio.
It offers immediate World of Hyatt status, it makes the higher tiers of Hyatt status easier to reach courtesy of the elite night credits the card offers (you can spend your way to top-tier status if you really want to!) and no other credit card offers as many points/dollar at Hyatt properties than this one.
If the elite night earnings that the World of Hyatt credit card is currently offering are of interest to you, don’t wait around for too long.
While you’ll get 10 elite night credits for successfully applying for this card at any point between now and 30 June 2020 (5 elite nights that the card normally offers + 5 bonus nights), the extra elite night credits on offer for every $5,000 you spend are only available for spending made through 30 June 2020 – the sooner you apply and get approved the more time you’ll have to earn more elite night credits (more details).
Note: The 10 elite night credits will appear in a new cardholder’s World of Hyatt account within 8 weeks of account opening.
Hyatt has been quite clever with this set of promotions. While corporations like American Airlines and United Airlines are trying to tempt members to continue booking with them in 2020 by lowering elite status thresholds (which relies on people’s willingness to travel), Hyatt is leveraging its lucrative credit card partnership with Chase to encourage people to spend on its cobranded credit cards (Chase will have to buy points from Hyatt to pay out the welcome offers and the points earned from everyday spending).
This has the effect of keeping Hyatt loyalists engaged (they can earn more elite status credits without having to make any hotel bookings), it helps to keep the integrity of the loyalty program, and it’s a path to bringing in much-needed cash for Hyatt without any reliance on people’s willingness to travel returning in the short-term.
This is actually a great deal for Hyatt and, if used responsibly (i.e please don’t spend more than you can afford just to earn elite night credits), this can be a very good deal for Hyatt credit card holders too…especially if you’re a new applicant.