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Whether you want to use the points for a stay close to home, or hang onto them for nights at luxury hotels like the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, this new Hyatt credit card offer is worth applying for.
60,000 bonus points is enough for two nights at luxury hotels like Ventana Big Sur and the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme.
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At a time when most of us aren’t traveling much, you might put off applying for a new airline credit card, or even a more general travel one like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. Hotel credit cards are a different story, though. While you may not hop on a plane anytime soon, hotel chains have vast collections of properties across multiple brands, so there are usually lots of places to redeem your points closer to home. That’s certainly the case with World of Hyatt, which comprises nearly 1,000 hotels in almost 70 countries and includes labels like Park Hyatt, Thompson, Andaz, Alila, Miraval, Hyatt Place, and more. Hyatt even recently launched a new initiative to offer complimentary COVID-19 testing at all its properties in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean, so a beach vacation might not be such a daunting prospect. That’s good news because right now, the The World of Hyatt Credit Card is posting one of its highest-ever welcome offers. Here’s why you might want to consider applying for it.
Right now, this card is offering one of its best-ever bonuses, with enough points for some phenomenal award stays at fancy hotels around the world.
Compared to other recent introductory offers, including those currently available with Hilton’s credit cards and the Platinum Card® from American Express, earning 60,000 World of Hyatt points might not seem like much. But this is actually a solid bonus and one of the highest ever posted by this card. Although you do have to jump through a few hoops to earn the full amount.
Unlike some other bonuses that require you to hit a single spending threshold—say $2,000 within the first three months—this card is offering what’s known as a tiered bonus. You can earn the first 30,000 points after making $3,000 of purchases in the first three months from account opening. Straightforward enough. However, you will also earn an extra bonus point on up to $15,000 of purchases that normally only earn one point per dollar (so things other than Hyatt stays, dining, airline tickets, etc.) over the first six months. That will take some strategy, but it is doable, and breaks down to $2,500 per month, which you could spend on things like groceries, home improvement, car repairs, and other day-to-day needs.
Here’s what makes 60,000 World of Hyatt points so valuable. Reward nights at Hyatt’s properties range from 5,000 to 40,000 points each, depending on the category of the individual hotel. So 60,000 points would be enough for 12 nights at a budget-friendly Category 1 location like the Hyatt Place North Charleston in South Carolina.
At the other end of the spectrum are ultra-exclusive hotels in Category 8, which require 40,000 points per night. In reality, there are only a couple dozen of these since they tend to be available through Hyatt’s affiliate partnership with the Small Luxury Hotels collection. The most luxurious Hyatt hotels around the world are in Category 7, which requires just 30,000 points per night. That means the welcome bonus for this card can score you two nights at some spectacular places where room rates regularly top $1,000 per night, such as Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort along California’s rugged coast and the opulent Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. Two nights at a world-class hotel isn’t a bad takeaway from a single credit card sign-up.
Also remember that if you do hit the $15,000 dollar mark for the welcome offer, you’ll earn a free reward night certificate redeemable at hotels in World of Hyatt’s Category 1–4 range, so it’s worth up to another 15,000 points. That means you can use it at properties like the Thompson Chicago or the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach in the United States, or resorts like the Park Hyatt Zanzibar farther afield.
You will also rack up six extra elite-qualifying nights, along with the five this card automatically confers every year. That means you would only need to stay four more nights to get to the second level of elite status, Explorist, in 2021. At that tier, you can enjoy perks like earning 20 percent more bonus points on stays, better priority for room upgrades, complimentary premium internet, and four club lounge access awards applicable to stays of up to seven nights, among other advantages.
Another factor in this card’s favor: its thorough travel and purchase protections, more important than ever these days. They include trip interruption and cancellation up to $5,000 per trip and trip delay coverage that starts at 12 hours and will cover up to $500 per ticket, say if your flight is delayed. The card also covers lost and delayed bags and provides purchase protection of up to $500 per claim and $50,000 per account as far out as 120 days after you buy an item.
While it will take some work to earn The World of Hyatt Credit Card’s full 60,000-point bonus, doing so means you will have the points for some truly incredible hotel stays, depending on your plans. Hopefully as vaccine rollouts continue and international travel becomes less restricted, there will be even more opportunities to redeem those rewards both in the U.S. and abroad.
While the offers mentioned above are accurate at the time of publication, they are subject to change at any time, and may have changed or may no longer be available. This article was originally published on January 29, 2021; it was updated on October 1, 2021, with current information.
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