I wanted to post a reminder of this, since the promotion is only valid for a couple more weeks. Some people may want to either spend money on the card or apply for the card because of this.
World of Hyatt is extending elite status
First for some background, World of Hyatt is extending elite status by a year for members, in light of the current situation. Status that was supposed to expire in early 2021 now expires in early 2022. They announced a bunch of other extensions as well, including of free night certificates.
That doesn’t help those who were looking to earn status, though, as well as those looking to earn Milestone Rewards. While Hyatt is extending status by 12 months, you still need to earn the required number of elite nights to earn Milestone Rewards, which include the following:
- 20 qualifying nights or 35,000 base points: two club lounge access awards
- 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points: 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: two suite upgrade awards, plus a Category 1-7 free night award
Milestone Rewards aren’t being offered as part of the status extension
Chase & Hyatt credit card promo
Spending on co-branded travel cards is down at the moment, and that’s likely why we’re seeing some creative promotions, including on the World Of Hyatt Credit Card.
They have some potentially useful new promotions, for both new and existing cardmembers. While the Hyatt Card can always help you towards earning elite status, you can now do so at an accelerated rate.
Here are the details you need to be aware of:
Get 10 elite nights for getting the Hyatt Card
Between April 15 and June 30, 2020, those who get the World Of Hyatt Credit Card will receive a total of 10 elite qualifying nights for 2020. Ordinarily the card offers five elite nights per year, so this is double the usual amount.
This is only available to those who apply for the card during this limited period.
Get more elite nights when you apply for this card
Earn elite nights at an accelerated rate with the Hyatt Card
Between April 15 and June 30, 2020, those with the World Of Hyatt Credit Card (whether new or existing members) will receive three elite qualifying nights for every $5,000 spent.
Ordinarily, the card offers two elite qualifying nights for every $5,000 spent, so this means you’re earning elite qualifying nights 50% faster than usual through credit card spending.
Earn elite nights at an accelerated rate with this offer
Why the Hyatt Credit Card is worth having
For those of you who don’t have the World of Hyatt Credit Card but are considering it, there’s a lot to love about the card, as it offers:
- Automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open
- Ordinarily five qualifying night credits toward your next tier status every year
- Ordinarily two qualifying night credits towards your next tier status every time you spend $5,000 on your card
- A 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 an anniversary year
I love the anniversary free night certificate offered by the card
Should you now spend money on the Hyatt Card?
I think this is a question a lot of us have, so let me share my circumstances and thoughts on this. At the beginning of the promotion period:
- I was an existing Globalist member, so my status was already valid through early 2022
- I already had 20 elite nights for the year
In other words, I would have needed 40 more elite nights to earn all Milestone Rewards, and more specifically, that would earn me:
- An additional Category 1-4 free night certificate
- A Category 1-7 free night certificate
- Four confirmed suite upgrades
- A $100 Hyatt gift card
Is it worth spending enough to get all 40 additional elite nights I need for those? No, probably not. The issue is that it’s hard to do the math on what’s worth it here, given that:
- I don’t know how many elite nights I’ll earn through actual stays this year, since I don’t know when we’ll be traveling frequently again
- I don’t know what other promotions Hyatt is going to offer on stays; could we see some double elite night promotions later this year, which would make it easier to earn more elite nights as well?
- I don’t know if Hyatt will lower Milestone Rewards thresholds; I assume they won’t, but rather would run some promotions, but you never know
I was conflicted about what to do with the promotion. It’s one thing if I knew I’d be 10 nights short of earning all the Milestone Rewards, but there’s so much uncertainty, so I was tempted to just use the best credit cards for everyday spending.
However, I had a slight change of heart, and in the past couple of months I’ve spent a fairly significant amount on the card, allowing me to at least pick up some additional elite nights.
It would be nice to get some additional suite upgrades
Between April 15 and June 30, there are some creative promotions available on the World Of Hyatt Credit Card, making it easier for new and existing cardmembers to earn status.
The catch is that Hyatt has already extended status for existing cardmembers, and we don’t know what other promotions they’ll offer later this year.
While I was undecided about this promotion at first, I have put quite a bit of spending on my Hyatt Card in the past couple of months. I guess time will tell if that was the right strategy. I’m hoping we see some more promotions later this year, because I’m not sure this will get me all the way to “naturally” qualifying for Globalist status.
What do you make of this promo, and have you taken advantage of it yet (whether a new or existing cardmember)?