Hyatt Credit Card Elite Nights: Complete Guide

Hyatt Credit Card Elite Nights: Complete Guide

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Chase and Hyatt have two co-branded credit cards — the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card (review) — which are among the best hotel credit cards out there.

One of the awesome things about Hyatt’s two credit cards is that they can earn you elite nights, making it easier to qualify for status in the World of Hyatt program. In this post I wanted to get into the nitty-gritty of how that works.

Benefits of World of Hyatt Credit Cards

Chase and Hyatt have both the World of Hyatt Credit Card (a personal card) and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card (a business card). Both cards have valuable benefits, though I think the personal card is considerably more compelling than the business card.

Perks of the World of Hyatt Card

The World of Hyatt Credit Card has a $95 annual fee and offers:

  • Automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open
  • Five qualifying night credits towards your next tier status every year
  • Two qualifying night credits towards your next tier status every time you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Category 1-4 anniversary free night certificate on your account anniversary every year
  • A second Category 1-4 free night certificate when you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year

This means that you’re getting five elite nights towards status and a Category 1-4 free night certificate every year just for having the card. To me that more than justifies the annual fee, by a long shot (I consistently get $250+ of value out of the free night certificate alone). That doesn’t even factor in the incremental perks you can get for spending on the card.

Get up to two Category 1-4 free night awards annually with the card

Perks of the World of Hyatt Business Card

The World of Hyatt Business Credit Card has a $199 annual fee and offers:

  • Automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist status for you and five employees for as long as your account is open
  • Five qualifying night credits towards your next tier status every time you spend $10,000 on your card in a calendar year
  • Up to $100 in Hyatt credits annually — get a $50 statement credit when you spend at least $50 at a Hyatt, and you can use this twice
  • 10% back on World of Hyatt points redemptions for the remainder of the calendar year when you spend $50,000 on the card, with a maximum credit of 20,000 points

The business version of the card isn’t quite as rewarding as the personal version of the card, especially if you’re not a big spender. However, for businesses that spend quite a bit on credit cards, this can be the best card for earning elite status.

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Earning status with World of Hyatt Credit Cards

Both the World of Hyatt Credit Card and World of Hyatt Business Credit Card offer the ability to earn elite nights. However, the ways in which you earn elite nights differ between the two cards, so let’s go over those details.

Earning elite nights with the World of Hyatt Card

The World of Hyatt Credit Card offers qualifying nights towards Hyatt status in two ways.

First of all, the World of Hyatt Card offers five elite nights annually just for having the card. There’s no spending required to earn these five elite nights, and you receive them for each calendar year in which you have the card, including the year in which you open the card.

Beyond that, the World of Hyatt Card offers two elite nights for every $5,000 spent on the card (in other words, that’s up to one elite night per $2,500 of spending). There’s no limit to how many elite nights you can earn this way, and the elite nights earned through spending on this card aren’t in any way tied to the calendar year. In other words, if you spent $2,500 on the card in 2021 and then spend $2,500 on the card in 2022, you’d earn two elite nights at that point.

Globalist members can earn confirmed suite upgrades

Earning elite nights with the World of Hyatt Business Card

The World of Hyatt Business Credit Card offers five elite nights for every $10,000 spent on the card in a calendar year (in other words, that’s up to one elite night per $2,000 of spending). On this card the spending counter resets at the beginning of the calendar year, unlike on the personal credit card.

As you can see, this card offers elite nights for spending at an accelerated rate, though unlike the personal card, it doesn’t offer the five elite nights annually just for having the card.

Earn Globalist status so you can receive free breakfast

When do World of Hyatt Credit Card elite nights post?

How soon do elite nights post from the World of Hyatt Credit Card and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card?

  • For the World of Hyatt Card’s five elite nights just for being a cardmember, the terms state that the nights will post within eight weeks of opening the card, and also within eight weeks of January 1 in subsequent years; however, in reality they post much faster than that, typically within days of opening the card, and within days of January 1 in subsequent years
  • For both the World of Hyatt Card and World of Hyatt Business Card, the terms state that elite nights from spending will post within eight weeks of the month in which you complete eligible spending, though in practice they post much faster than that, typically within days of an eligible statement closing

World of Hyatt Credit Card elite nights FAQs

While the above hopefully covers most of the basics, I wanted to address some of the most frequently asked questions I get about earning elite nights with the World of Hyatt Credit Card and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card.

Does Hyatt credit card spending count towards lifetime status?

Hyatt’s lifetime Globalist status is based on earning one million base points in the program. World of Hyatt members earn five base points per dollar spent on Hyatt stays, meaning you essentially have to spend $200,000 at Hyatts to earn lifetime Globalist status.

Credit card spending, and any elite nights earned through Hyatt credit cards, won’t count towards lifetime Globalist status. That’s because the qualification criteria is based solely on base points, and not based on elite qualifying nights (in which case it would count).

Credit card spending doesn’t count towards lifetime Globalist status

Does Hyatt credit card spending count towards Milestone Rewards?

With Hyatt, not all elite perks are tied directly to having status, but rather some require earning a certain number of elite nights in a year. In 2021 this was an important distinction, since World of Hyatt lowered elite requirements by half, but didn’t lower Milestone Rewards thresholds. For 2022, World of Hyatt hasn’t yet announced reduced elite requirements, so this distinction may be less significant.

For what it’s worth, Hyatt has the following Milestone Rewards, tied to elite nights:

  • 10 qualifying nights or 25,000 base points — Discoverist status
  • 20 qualifying nights or 35,000 base points — two club lounge access awards
  • 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points — Explorist status, plus earn two club lounge access awards, plus a Category 1-4 free night award
  • 40 qualifying nights or 65,000 base points — 5,000 bonus points, a $100 Hyatt gift card, or 10,000 points off a FIND experience
  • 50 qualifying nights or 80,000 base points — two suite upgrade awards
  • 60 qualifying nights or 100,000 base points — Globalist status, plus two suite upgrade awards, plus a Category 1-7 free night award, plus access to My Hyatt Concierge
  • 70 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award
  • 80 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award
  • 90 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award
  • 100 qualifying nights — 10,000 bonus points or a suite upgrade award

Hyatt elite nights earned through Hyatt credit cards would count towards Milestone Rewards the same as any other stays.

Credit card spending does count towards Milestone Rewards

Do you get elite nights for the complimentary Discoverist status?

One of the perks of both Hyatt credit cards is that you receive Discoverist status for as long as you have the card. Discoverist status ordinarily requires 10 elite qualifying nights or 25,000 base points per year. As a reminder, here are World of Hyatt’s elite thresholds:

  • Discoverist status: 10 qualifying nights or 25,000 base points (equivalent to $5,000 of spending)
  • Explorist status: 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points (equivalent to $10,000 of spending)
  • Globalist status: 60 qualifying nights or 100,000 base points (equivalent to $20,000 of spending)

One common point of confusion is that people assume these cards really come with 15 elite nights per year. They assume you already get Discoverist status, and that any elite nights are on top of that. Note that while these cards offer Discoverist status, you don’t get the elite nights that correspond to that.

This means that if you have a Hyatt credit card, you’ll receive Discoverist status on an ongoing basis (and five elite nights every year if you have the personal card), but you’ll still need to qualify for Explorist or Globalist status based on the full criteria.

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Earning Globalist status with World of Hyatt Credit Cards

World of Hyatt Globalist is my favorite top tier hotel status, and what I love is that the World of Hyatt Credit Card and World of Hyatt Business Credit Card make it easier to earn that. Let’s look at the best strategy for earning Globalist status with the card.

How much do you have to spend to earn Globalist status?

Hyatt Globalist ordinarily requires earning 60 qualifying nights in a year. So how much would you have to spend on a Hyatt credit card to earn that status?

On the World of Hyatt Credit Card, you’d need to spend $140,000 to earn Globalist status:

  • This accounts for the five elite nights you get just for having the card, as well as the two elite nights you get for every $5,000 spent
  • $140,000 of spending earns you 56 elite nights, plus the five elite nights just for having the card, for a total of 61 elite nights

Meanwhile on the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card, you’d need to spend $120,000 to earn Globalist status:

  • This accounts for the five elite nights you get for every $10,000 spent
  • $120,000 of spending earns you 60 elite nights, exactly enough for Globalist status

As you can see, the personal credit card offers more elite nights upfront, while the business credit card offers elite nights at a faster pace for spending (assuming you can reach the thresholds).

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Don’t forget the value of Milestone Rewards

When doing the math on your Hyatt credit card spending, don’t forget the perks you’re racking up for passing certain elite thresholds:

  • At 30 elite nights earn a Category 1-4 free night certificate
  • At 40 elite nights earn 5,000 bonus points or a $100 Hyatt gift card
  • At 50 elite nights earn two confirmed suite upgrade awards
  • At 60 elite nights earn a Category 1-7 free night certificate plus two more confirmed suite upgrade awards

Then on the personal version of the card, you also receive an additional Category 1-4 free night certificate when you spend $15,000 on the card in a year.

You shouldn’t earn Globalist status exclusively through spending

Hyatt counts award nights towards status, and just for having the World of Hyatt Credit Card you get a free night every year, plus the opportunity to earn a further three free nights for spending $15,000, earning Explorist status, and earning Globalist status.

On top of that, presumably you want to earn Globalist status because you actually intend to stay at Hyatts with some frequency. Hotel status is worthless if you don’t actually stay at that brand.

To be realistic, let’s assume that long term you’re earning 30 elite nights per year through actual stays. There are so many great Globalist benefits to use (like confirmed suite upgrades and your free night certificates), so if you’re staying at Hyatts less than that I question whether Globalist is worth it for you.

If you earned 30 of the required 60 elite nights through credit card spending, you’d need to spend the following:

Credit card spending can get you closer to Globalist status

Opportunity cost of Hyatt credit card spending

When deciding if it makes sense to spend money on the World of Hyatt Credit Card or World of Hyatt Business Credit Card, consider the opportunity cost of the spending.

Looking at my post about the best credit cards for everyday spending:

There are of course some restrictions on that return on spending, so it won’t necessarily be that high for everyone.

Personally I value World of Hyatt points at ~1.5 cents each, and in non-bonused categories you’re earning one Hyatt point per dollar spent.

If we were to theoretically assume you’re spending $60,000 on a Hyatt credit card per year (give or take) in order to earn Globalist status, what’s the opportunity cost of that spending? By my math, you’re looking at an opportunity cost of up to 1.9% (the spread between a 3.4% return and 1.5% return). That’s around ~$1,140, if you value things the way that I do.

But that’s not factoring in the value of all the other perks mentioned above:

  • It doesn’t factor in up to two Category 1-4 free nights you’d get if you’re spending on the personal card, as these are valid at properties costing up to 15,000 points
  • It doesn’t factor in a Category 1-7 free night, valid at properties costing up to 30,000 points
  • It doesn’t factor in a $100 Hyatt gift card
  • It doesn’t factor in four confirmed suite upgrades

For many, I think the above perks could more than justify the difference in return on spending otherwise.

Bottom line

There are many things to love about the World of Hyatt Credit Card and World of Hyatt Business Credit Card, though the ability to get a fast track towards status is probably my favorite perk. I absolutely love Hyatt Globalist status, and credit cards have historically helped me requalify for status.

As of now World of Hyatt hasn’t announced lower elite requirements for 2022, so members will likely be aiming to earn 60 elite nights until we learn otherwise. If you’re a Hyatt loyalist and don’t yet have the hotel group’s co-branded credit cards, they’re seriously worth considering.

What has your experience been using World of Hyatt Credit Cards to earn elite status?

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  1. Albert Guest

    So if there is a lag between spend and the elite night posting, does the elite night count towards the year of the spend or the year in whatever date it posts? ie at the end of the year does it get dicey if your statement closes near the end of December?

  2. Ethan Guest

    I wish Hyatt offers booking 4 nights and 5th night free like Marriott.

  3. Steve Diamond

    When do card anniversary nights post? I have had my card close to 13 months now and still have yet to receive my free anniversary night. Should i call them or does this typically take some time following the full year with the card.

  4. Nate nate Guest

    May be worth mentioning that Hyatt was the least accommodating major hotel chain when it came to extending free night certificates. For infrequent travelers, it should haircut the valuation of the free night certificates.

  5. Jill Guest

    Lucky please stay at a Hyatt house property
    I would love a review from you

  6. Andrew Gold

    I don't disagree with anything stated in this article, but I can't help but question some of the value of this card:
    * At least where I travel (the US primarily), category 1-4 hotels are either place/house properties or dilapidated full service properties. I don't get amazing value out of that.
    * All the extra nights help people accomplish elite tiers in a given year, but don't help with lifetime status. At most,...

    I don't disagree with anything stated in this article, but I can't help but question some of the value of this card:
    * At least where I travel (the US primarily), category 1-4 hotels are either place/house properties or dilapidated full service properties. I don't get amazing value out of that.
    * All the extra nights help people accomplish elite tiers in a given year, but don't help with lifetime status. At most, they help you accomplish free nights and points faster, but none of those help, either.
    * Given how travel has changed and become more unpredictable, there's increased value in exchangeable / banking currencies. For example, I have millions of miles and points I'm not able to reliably employ in specific programs (sign me up for a UK quarantine, please), but I was happy to redeem Citi TYP for Apple products for Christmas gifts.

    Assuming others have similar concerns, I have to wonder what the renewal rates are like with this card program. I'll definitely be calling, at least to explore what retention offers they have before I cancel.

    1. Eskimo Guest

      Not really hard to find category 1-4 hotels that cost more than $95.

      Originally, Lifetime status is to reward those who spent their time with the chain, not those who spend $200k. Not that it matters, but I find less value in lifetime status since it never protects you against devalue. Just because Gold Passport (remember?) got converted to WoH doesn't mean it's going to happen next time.
      And if you earn it too...

      Not really hard to find category 1-4 hotels that cost more than $95.

      Originally, Lifetime status is to reward those who spent their time with the chain, not those who spend $200k. Not that it matters, but I find less value in lifetime status since it never protects you against devalue. Just because Gold Passport (remember?) got converted to WoH doesn't mean it's going to happen next time.
      And if you earn it too soon, you end up chasing lifetime on another chain.

      Not really any reason to cancel the card if you already have it unless you are not even going to stay a night at a hotel.

    2. Andrew Gold

      True, I feel that way about most loyalty programs. The premise is really always "what have you done for me lately?" ;-)

      There's another angle, of course... what is my opportunity cost of not canceling this card? If I'm just going to be full mercenary about free points and nights, why don't I cancel and wait for the next high-point signup bonus?

    3. Eskimo Guest

      I get what your angle is. The answer is, your opportunity cost depends on how you predict your future.
      But I'm going to say this, churning will always get you a better return until they shut you down.
      How you manage your credit card portfolio is just like how you manage your investments. Wait to buy volatile investments at the dip or hold a long term fixed return. No right answer.

  7. Catherine Guest

    Is there any way to monitor where your spend is on the $5,000 benchmarks for the personal card?

  8. Nathan Guest

    Regarding ‘A second Category 1-4 free night certificate when you spend $15,000 on the card in an anniversary year’

    ^^^ as of 01/01/2022, isn’t this calendar year (e.g. 01/01/2022 - 12/31/2022), not anniversary year?

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Albert Guest

So if there is a lag between spend and the elite night posting, does the elite night count towards the year of the spend or the year in whatever date it posts? ie at the end of the year does it get dicey if your statement closes near the end of December?

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Ethan Guest

I wish Hyatt offers booking 4 nights and 5th night free like Marriott.

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Steve Diamond

When do card anniversary nights post? I have had my card close to 13 months now and still have yet to receive my free anniversary night. Should i call them or does this typically take some time following the full year with the card.

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