The World of Hyatt Credit Card

The World of Hyatt Credit Card is a feature-rich credit card from Chase, which is an ideal choice both for frequent users of Hyatt properties and for occasional travelers.

In this posting, I first will describe three major features of this Hyatt credit card. And then I will introduce award redemption options in South Korea.

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1. Major Features 

The World of Hyatt Credit Card is a Visa credit card and has the following major features.

1) Welcome Bonus 

This card has a two-tier welcome bonus.

First, after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening, you will earn 30,000 points.

Then, in the first 6 months from account opening, you will earn 2 points (1 additional points) up to $15,000 spent. In other words, instead of earning just 15,000 points for $15,000 spent, you will earn a total of 30,000 points.

2) 1 Free Night every year

Every year after account anniversary, you will earn 1 Free Night certificate. This certificate is valid at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide.

Unfortunately, this certificate cannot be combined with existing points from your Hyatt account.

3) 5 qualifying night credits every year

This card comes with 5 qualifying night credits (QN) each calendar year. To achieve Hyatt's coveted Globalist status, you need to accrue 60 QN for a given calendar year. With this card, you have a head start with 5 QN each year. Furthermore, you can earn 2 additional QN for every $5,000 spent. In other words, you can achieve Hyatt's Globalist status only through card spending.

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2. Award Redemption Options in Korea

With the World of Hyatt Credit Card, you earn Hyatt points for your everyday purchases.

Hyatt points are valued highly among frequent flyers, and there are currently seven Hyatt-affiliated properties where you can redeem your hard earned Hyatt points.




Of these 7 properties, Grand Hyatt Jeju is arguably most popular these days due to its redemption value.

One of the hottest properties in Korea these days, a night at Grand Hyatt Jeju routinely requires a payment of 400,000 KRW or more.

But, as a category 4 property, points required for a free night award at Grand Hyatt Jeju is just 15,000 points for a regular seasons (12,000 points for off-peak and 18,000 points for peak season).

In other words, your Hyatt point can be worth almost 3 cents per point at Grand Hyatt Jeju.

Grand Hyatt Jeju is also known for spacious guest rooms, and well-equipped lounge space.

Given its popularity, I wouldn't be surprised if Hyatt pushes up the redemption category of this hotel.