I’ve written extensively about The World of Hyatt Credit Card, which was introduced within the past week. I feel like Chase and Hyatt are spot on with their strategy on the card, as they’ve created a card that’s compelling to spend money on for anyone who likes to stay at Hyatts. I’ve written about the general perks of the card, about how you can earn Globalist status through credit card spend, and about how you can upgrade to this card from Hyatt’s old co-branded credit card.
In this post I wanted to focus specifically on the nitty-gritty of how you earn elite qualifying nights with this new credit card, so let’s dig a bit deeper into that.
You receive five elite qualifying nights every calendar year
Just for having The World of Hyatt Credit Card you receive five qualifying nights towards status with Hyatt every year. There’s no spend required to get this, and the primary cardmember will receive these for each calendar year in which they have the card.
You should see the credits in your World of Hyatt account within eight weeks of when you open the card, and also within eight weeks of January 1, on an ongoing basis. So even if you sign-up for the card mid-year, you’d still get the nights towards status for that year (in other words, this can still get you five nights towards status in 2018).
You don’t get any elite nights for the card’s Discoverist status benefit
One of the perks of The World of Hyatt Credit Card is that you receive Discoverist status for as long as you have the card. Discoverist status ordinarily requires 10 elite qualifying nights per year. As a reminder, here are Hyatt’s elite thresholds:
One common point of confusion is that people assume this card really comes with 15 elite nights per year. They assume you already get Discoverist status, and then five elite nights on top of that. Note that while this card offers Discoverist status, you don’t get the corresponding elite nights.
This means that if you have this card on an ongoing basis you’ll have Discoverist status and five elite nights every year, though you’d still need 25 additional nights to earn Explorist status, for example.
Earning an additional two elite nights for every $5,000 of spend
Not only does The World of Hyatt Credit Card offer five elite nights every year just for having the card, but you can earn further qualifying nights towards status for credit card spend.
Specifically, you earn a further two elite qualifying nights for every $5,000 you spend on purchases in a calendar year. These elite nights will post to the primary cardmember’s account, and any qualifying purchases on the account (whether made by the primary cardmember or authorized users) count towards that spend threshold.
Hyatt says that it can take up to eight weeks from the last day of the calendar month when you qualify for three credits to be added to your World of Hyatt account. However, while they may post with a delay, they should count towards your status in the same calendar year in which you complete the spend (in other words, if you spend $5,000 in November 2018 and the credits only post in January 2019, they’d still count towards your 2018 status).
One of the perks of Globalist status is complimentary breakfast
Hyatt Credit Card elite nights don’t 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 spend, and any elite nights earned through The World of Hyatt Credit Card, 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).
Hyatt Credit Card elite nights do count towards any threshold bonuses
Any elite nights earned with The World of Hyatt Credit Card would count towards threshold bonuses in the same way actual Hyatt stays would. This is a worthy distinction because in the past Hyatt has offered some status fast track opportunities, and in some cases they didn’t come with all the benefits. That’s not the case here, though.
In other words:
- If you earn Explorist status through credit card spend, you still receive the Category 1-4 free night certificate
- If you earn Globalist status through credit card spend, you still receive the Category 1-7 free night certificate, four Globalist Suite Upgrade Awards, and access to My Hyatt Concierge
- If spending money on the card gets you to 70, 80, 90, or 100 qualifying nights in a calendar year, you can choose to receive 10,000 bonus points or an additional suite upgrade award at each threshold
Globalist members receive four confirmed suite upgrades per year
There are many things to love about The World of Hyatt Credit Card, though the ability to get a fast-track towards status is probably my favorite perk of the card. Hopefully the above answers some of the most common questions regarding how earning elite status with the card actually works.