Last week we saw the introduction of The World of Hyatt Credit Card. This is a phenomenal card that’s actually worth putting spend on, assuming you have interest in earning status with Hyatt (and potentially even if you don’t plan to earn Explorist or Globalist status).
I’ve written about the general perks of the card, about how you can earn Globalist status through credit card spend, about how you can upgrade to this card from Hyatt’s old co-branded credit card, and about how exactly earning elite nights with the card works.
I’ve still been getting a lot of the same questions about the card, since naturally there’s a lot to understand when a new card is introduced. So in this post I wanted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
In no particular order:
Can you still earn elite nights towards status for 2018 with The World of Hyatt Credit Card?
Absolutely. In addition to earning five elite nights just for acquiring the card this year, you can also earn an additional two elite nights for every $5,000 spent. You receive these perks even if you get the card mid-year.
How soon do the five elite qualifying nights post?
The terms state that the five elite nights should should post within eight weeks of when you get the card. However, in practice many report that they post almost immediately.
If I have an anniversary free night certificate in my account from the old card, would I lose it if I cancel or upgrade the card?
Nope. Once you’re issued an anniversary free night certificate you get to keep it until the expiration date, even if you cancel the card. Once issued it’s linked to your World of Hyatt account, rather than to your credit card.
Do you keep your same account anniversary date if you upgrade your card?
Yes you do. If you had the old Hyatt Credit Card and upgrade to The World of Hyatt Credit Card, you would maintain the same account anniversary date. Why does this matter? Let’s pretend your account anniversary date is in January. By maintaining the same anniversary date this means that:
- You’d still get your anniversary free night certificate in January, just as before
- You can earn a second free night certificate when you spend $15,000 on the card in your cardmember anniversary year, meaning you’d have between now and January to complete that $15,000 in spend
Do elite nights earned with the credit card count the same way as “real” nights?
Yep, they sure do. Hyatt offers some rewards at different thresholds (like a Category 1-7 free night certificate after earning 60 elite nights), and elite nights earned through The World of Hyatt Credit Card would count the same as actual stayed nights for those purposes.
Can I apply for the World of Hyatt Credit Card if I have the Hyatt Credit Card?
The new The World of Hyatt Credit Card is only available to those who don’t currently have a Hyatt Credit Card, so you wouldn’t be eligible if you have the card right now. However, the bonus is available to those who don’t currently have the card, and haven’t received a new cardmember bonus in the past 24 months, so some past cardmembers would be eligible.
Can you earn a welcome bonus if you upgrade to the new World of Hyatt Credit Card?
Existing cardmembers can upgrade to the new credit card and receive 2,000 bonus points for doing so. This isn’t much compared to a normal welcome bonus, but I don’t blame them for only offering such a small reward, given how worthwhile this card is to upgrade to.
Is the new card subjected to 5/24?
Yes. Recently, Chase has indicated that they plan on extending the 5/24 rule to all of their cards, meaning you most likely will not be approved if you’ve opened five or more new card accounts in the past 24 months.
Do you really earn 9x points on Hyatt stays with the card?
The World of Hyatt Credit Card is marketed as offering “9x points total for Hyatt stays and experiences.” When many people see that they assume that they’re earning 9x points with the card for Hyatt spend. That’s not quite the case. In reality you usually earn 5x points for Hyatt stays regardless of which card you use, and then on top of that this card offers 4x points.
So really you’re earning 4x points with this card for Hyatt spend, though that’s a really solid return, and this would be my go to card for Hyatt stays.
I love the new The World of Hyatt Credit Card, and in particular how much easier it is to earn Globalist status if you have the card. Hopefully the above answers some of the most common questions you guys have, but if you have any others, let me know!