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Why the World of Hyatt credit card is great for family travelers

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In the days of Chase 5/24, once-in-a-lifetime bonuses, same “card family” restrictions and more, it can be hard for families to decide what their next travel credit card should be. But there is one card that’s sat near the top of the list since it was introduced in 2018: the World of Hyatt Credit Card.

Families can appreciate Hyatt’s lineup of properties (especially the kid-friendly resorts), the award chart and the ability to bump up their World of Hyatt account balances by transferring points in from Chase Ultimate Rewards cards.

Here are all the reasons why the World of Hyatt credit card is great for family travelers.

Get 60,000 Hyatt points worth up to $1,020

The World of Hyatt card currently has a welcome bonus of up to 60,000 bonus points — 30,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening, plus up to 30,000 more bonus points by earning 2 bonus points total per dollar on purchases that normally earn 1 point per dollar (on up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening).

Considering Hyatt award prices start at 5,000 points per night, 60,000 is a very solid number of points to kick-start your points earnings for a future family vacation.


TPG currently values 60,000 World of Hyatt points at up to $1,020, based on a valuation of 1.7 cents per dollar.

Related reading: What is World of Hyatt elite status worth?

Get two award nights, plus elite status

The World of Hyatt Credit Card automatically gives you one Category 1-4 award each year that you renew the World of Hyatt Credit Card and then you can earn a second 1-4 award night with $15,000 in spending on the card in a cardmember year.

At an average of just $1,250 spent on the card each month to hit that yearly spending total, that’s a pretty fair trade to earn a second award night.

The World of Hyatt Card also provides automatic Discoverist status, which frankly isn’t all that exciting (other than for potentially matching to M Life). But the card makes it easy to get a jump on more valuable higher elite status tiers.

Top-tier Hyatt Globalist status requires 60 eligible nights in a calendar year, but you can drop that number pretty quickly if you are a heavy user of the World of Hyatt Card.

You could target $15,000 in spending on the card each year to earn the additional Category 1-4 award, and that spending alone would also score you a total of 11 qualifying nights toward Hyatt status, leaving just 49 nights to go to earn Globalist status.

For those not already familiar, World of Hyatt Globalist status unlocks some really good perks for traveling families, including:

  • Waived resort fees
  • Club lounge access
  • Complimentary space-available suite upgrades
  • Confirmed suite upgrade certificates
  • Free included breakfast for two adults and two children at locations without a club lounge
  • 4:00 p.m. late checkout and waived parking fees when redeeming awards

It’s fair to say Hyatt Globalist status is one of the best hotel elite statuses out there for families

Related reading: Best credit cards for earning elite status

Earn up to 4 points per dollar

Lastly, the World of Hyatt Credit Card is the best card for Hyatt expenses, as it offers four points per dollar charged on Hyatt stays and experiences, including at participating restaurants and spas within Hyatt properties.

However, it is also good for other expenses, such as gym memberships, where the card awards 2 Hyatt points per dollar charged. In addition to gyms and fitness clubs, you will also earn 2 points per dollar on local transit and commuting charges, including ride-hailing services.

Who can apply for the World of Hyatt credit card?

If you want the World of Hyatt Credit Card, be sure and read the fine print. In addition to being below 5/24, the terms on the World of Hyatt Credit Card state that the product is not available to current cardmembers of any Hyatt Credit Card or previous cardmembers of any Hyatt Credit Card who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.

This means you can’t have an open Hyatt credit card or have gotten the bonus for a Hyatt card in the last two years. If you have an old Hyatt credit card and don’t want to go through the process of closing it and applying for this new card, you can talk to Chase about simply upgrading your current Hyatt card to this one.

That will allow you to keep your account number and account history.

However, you won’t be able to get the 60,000-point cardholder bonus simply by upgrading from the old Hyatt card to this one. There are sometimes Hyatt upgrade offers available to targeted customers, but usually in the neighborhood of around 5,000 points, a far cry from 60,000 points.

Related reading: Ultimate guide to credit card upgrades

Bottom line

Families are in a great position to take full advantage of the World of Hyatt card, amping up the earnings on select categories, such as Hyatt stays and gym memberships. And, most importantly, it will make re-earning Hyatt Globalist status easier when they start working toward reaching that travel goal.

Read our full review of the World of Hyatt Card here.

Apply here: World of Hyatt Credit Card