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Hyatt is a Chicago-based company with more than 700 properties in 50+ countries. As mentioned in the World of Hyatt loyalty program overview, the company has many brands that range from full-service to timeshares.
Hyatt is primarily known for its customer service and loyalty program. The latter continues to provide its members with great value with the ability to receive more than 2 cents per point on award hotel bookings.
Hyatt is often criticized for its lack of a global footprint. With its acquisitions of Alila, Destination by Hyatt, Thompson Hotels, and JdV by Hyatt, Hyatt is clearly making an effort to address this complaint.
All in all, the World of Hyatt program is one that makes sense for many travelers. The ability to receive value while at the same time knowing you’ll receive good customer service is a reason why there’s a premium put on holding elite status in the program.
The World of Hyatt Credit Card is Hyatt’s own hotel rewards card. Hyatt structured the credit card in a way that not only incentivizes you to keep the card but also incentivizes you to put a significant amount of spend on the card.
The card comes with a nice welcome bonus, respectable earning rates in valuable categories, and benefits that are great if you stay at Hyatt properties.
Cardmembers earn 4x points at Hyatt hotels and 2x points for dining out, airfare purchased directly from airlines, local transit, commuting, and fitness clubs/gym memberships.
Cardmembers also earn 1 night at a Category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel every calendar year after your cardmember anniversary plus 1 extra free night at any Category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 during the calendar year.
The World of Hyatt Business card is a newly launched card to tempt in small businesses. The card comes with a high welcome bonus and some great perks that aren’t available on the consumer version.
One of these perks is an enhanced ability to earn tier qualifying nights: for every $10,000 you spend on the card, you’ll earn 5 night credits. This is one additional night more than the consumer card — which we’ll discuss below.
You’ll also receive a 10% rebate on redeemed points after having spent $50,000 in a year, as well as $100 in Hyatt credits each anniversary year.
Globalist is the highest status in the World of Hyatt program. You can earn Globalist by staying 60 nights, earning 100,000 base points, or holding 20 qualifying meetings/events in a calendar year.
However, it gets even better because if you have the Hyatt Credit Card, you get 5 elite nights towards status every year.
When you earn Globalist, you’ll have a Category 1 to 7 free night, a Category 1 to 4 free night, 4 suite upgrades, and 4 club lounge passes.
You can also earn Globalist through your Hyatt Credit Card spend. Among the many benefits of the credit card is the fact that you earn 2 elite night credits for every $5,000 that you spend. For heavy spenders, this is a great way to earn top tier Hyatt status.
Even if you stay 0 nights at Hyatt, you’ll need to spend $140,000 on the Hyatt Credit Card to earn the 60 elite nights to hit Globalist. Remember, you receive 5 elite nights just by having the Hyatt Credit Card. The more nights you actually stay at a Hyatt property, the less spend you’ll need to put on your Hyatt Credit Card to earn Globalist.
If you wanted to reach Globalist through a combination of nights and card spend, here’s a handy table showing you what you would need to spend and stay to reach status.
As mentioned above, you earn 5 elite nights just by having the Hyatt Credit Card.
|Annual Spend on Card
|Elite Nights Earned from Annual Spend
|Stay Nights Needed
There are a number of ways to earn lots of Hyatt World of Hyatt points, but 3 primary ways should be on your radar:
Hyatt is unique among hotels in that it incentivizes its members to earn free night certificates. There are 4 primary ways to earn a free night certificate:
Hot Tip: When you have a trip in mind, consider using your free night certificate in the U.S. and Canada, and Asia regions. As noted in the best ways to use a Hyatt Category 1 to 4 free night certificate article, the points required relative to the cost are low. This ensures you’ll receive value with your certificate.
One of the best aspects of the World of Hyatt program is the value you receive with your points. Hyatt has 8 hotel categories that range from 5,000 to 40,000 points per night for a standard room.
If you’re looking to redeem your points for a free night, there are tons of opportunities across the world. Consider using points for a free night at any of these hotels:
Program devaluations are the news of the day, but the 1 continuing bright spot is the World of Hyatt program. The company has rolled out the ability to book JdV by Hyatt and Thompson Hotels, as well as Alila and Destination by Hyatt hotel properties, using points.
Hyatt is showing it’s focused on addressing one of its biggest criticisms in lacking a domestic and global footprint. When you go to book your next hotel, you will be pleasantly surprised at how many options Hyatt now has for booking throughout the U.S. and around the world.
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Chase bank is the co-branded credit card partner of Hyatt.
Apply for the Hyatt Credit Card directly through the Chase website.
Each card is catered to the hotel brand where you are loyal. For those looking to receive value in the Hyatt program, apply for the Hyatt Credit Card.
World of Hyatt points do not expire; however, your points will be forfeited if there’s no account activity in 24 months.
The Hyatt Credit Card doesn’t have a foreign transaction fee.
Any Chase Ultimate Rewards credit card or pair the Chase Freedom Flex℠ Credit Card, Chase Freedom® card, Chase Freedom Unlimited® card, Ink Business Cash® Credit Card, and Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card with an Ultimate Rewards credit card earns you World of Hyatt points via direct transfers.
Hyatt has 3 elite levels: Discoverist, Explorist, and Globalist. Globalist is the highest tier, while Discoverist is the basic non-general member tier.
With Hyatt’s recent acquisitions, the brands in the portfolio are Park Hyatt, Miraval, Exhale, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Andaz, Hyatt Centric, The Unbound Collection, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Residence Club, Alila, Destination by Hyatt, Thompson Hotels, and JdV by Hyatt.
You can transfer your World of Hyatt points to another person in the program by filling out a Hyatt Points transfer form.
Yes! Hyatt lets its members book club rooms and suites with Hyatt points.
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Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn’t travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since.
Michael first caught wind of the points and miles game in 2014 while at a bar in Washington, DC where the conversation amongst friends was quickly derailed because of an alert on a friend’s phone about a mistake fare. That’s where the love affair with points and miles began.
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