How To Use The New Hyatt Card To Take A Luxury Vacation - Smart Money Seed


How To Use The New Hyatt Card To Take A Luxury Vacation

Kayleigh & I at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Feb. 2017

Happy Friday! Hope everybody had a great week & is looking forward to continuing the 4th of July festivities this weekend. I know I sure did-the annual Red, White & Henze festivities were a blast (per usual) & I didn’t even have to propose this time to make the night a success. With the lack of proposal this year, I had time to write a small post about something I’m also passionate about…new credit cards!

All kidding aside, there was a new credit card launched by Chase last month that has caught my eye. It’s the World of Hyatt credit card, a new version of a previously existing Hyatt card that offers a sizeable sign-up bonus & many perks on top of that. Let’s dig into why I think you need to add this card to your wishlist…and what I’m planning to do with the card once I *hopefully* am approved!

EDIT: Approved! Apply via our link here:

Earn up to 60,000 bonus points with the World of Hyatt  Credit Card. I can be rewarded too if you apply here and are approved for the card. Learn More.

The World of Hyatt CC Stats

Before I try to sway you to get this card, let’s look at some of the offerings:
  • 40,000 point signup bonus after $3,000 in spend in the first 3 months from account opening
  • An additional 20,000 points after $6,000 in spend in the first 6 months from account opening
  • One free night every calendar year at a Category 1-4 Hyatt Hotel (more to come on categories)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Hyatt Discoverist status (10% bonus points on stays, complimentary upgrades to preferred rooms, premium internet, free late checkout, elite reservation line)
  • 4x points on all Hyatt purchases; 2x points on restaurants, airline tickets purchased w/airline, local transit & fitness memberships
  • 1x points on all other purchases
  • $95 annual fee, not waived first year

While the other amenities of this card are nice, I narrowed in on the sign-up bonus & one free night every year. This last August, Kayleigh & I were able to use our Hyatt night at the downtown Hyatt in Columbus (a rather weak redemption, to be honest) after a summer beerfest. What’s better than being able to walk minutes to a hotel after large consumption of beer? Beats the 25 minute Uber ride back to the suburbs, plus we were able to let loose a little more than normal.

Even without the free night every year, I’d be inclined to pick this card up merely for the sign-up bonus. 60,000 Hyatt points after $6,000 in spend is admittedly a high spend requirement; however, you could use one of the Smart Money Seed methods outlined in one of our previous posts to help meet some minimum spend.  This card also does not currently fall under Chase’s 5/24 rule, meaning you can feel free to apply without being automatically denied for the card. To be eligible for the bonus, you simply need to have not earned a Hyatt credit card bonus within the last 24 months. Kayleigh & I fall are eligible on that stipulation and we plan to take advantage!

Taking Advantage of the Hyatt Award Chart

At minimum, the 60,000 Hyatt points are worth TWELVE nights at tier 1 Hyatt properties. While this isn’t going to be your luxury Hyatt resort by any means (think of the Hyatt you’d see on the highway while en route to a larger city/airport hotel), you can still find plenty of value.
For me, I’m not so much interested in value. I’d like to use the points to have an awesome redemption at a top-of-the-line resort, which is why I look to tier 7/All-Inclusive resorts for my purposes.
A Tier 7 redemption will run you 30k points a night, getting you two free nights at luxurious hotels like the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Park Hyatt Seattle or Hyatt Residence Club Maui, among others. These are BEAUTIFUL resorts that can go for upwards of $1000/night, getting you thousands of dollars in value for a credit card bonus. Not bad!

I’ll be using the points to book our honeymoon to Jamaica, where we’ll be revisiting the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall resort for 25k points/night. This was a fantastic trip we took last year, where we feasted on jerk chicken & had as many poolside drinks as we wanted before snoozing on the beach. Needless to say, once this credit card was released, Kayleigh & I were all over it.

We’ll both end up getting this card to bank the points and take two awesome vacations. The best part about Hyatt points? You can use Chase UR points to transfer 1:1 to Hyatt, meaning we’ll have our entire balance of Chase points to combine with the 120,000 Hyatt points we’ll earn with this credit card.

Final Summary

If you’re like me and love travelling for free, this card is a no-brainer. 66,000 Hyatt points after meeting the minimum spend is a haul in the points & miles world. This bonus may not stick around forever, so I’d recommend jumping on this card ASAP if you are interested.

If you have any questions about the card, reach out to me on here or through our social media. We’re happy to help with any reservations you may have about the card & I may even help you plan an awesome redemption.

With that, cheers to the weekend, Smart Money Squad!


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