Frequent travelers who prefer a more lavish hotel experience should take a look at Hyatt Hotels and its loyalty rewards program, World of Hyatt.
According to Nerdwallet's latest research, World of Hyatt points are valued at 2 cents each, making it one of the strongest hotel rewards programs.
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Something for everyone
World of Hyatt offers four levels of membership:
World of Hyatt member: Members earn 5 points for every $1 spent on qualifying stays and hotel expenses and 10 points for every $1 spent on FIND experiences (luxury events that must be booked through Hyatt's site).
World of Hyatt Discoverist: While maintaining the points system for regular members, Discoverists also earn 10% bonus points when they choose points as their rewards.
World of Hyatt Explorist: Along with lower level points, Explorists can earn 20% bonus points on top of their base points. Explorists also receive a free upgrade to the best room available when check-in and four Club lounge passes.
World of Hyatt Globalist: Keeping with the bump up in bonus points theme, Globalist members earn 30% bonus points.
For travelers who like to rack up points by using a credit card, the bad news is Hyatt has only one: The Visa-branded World of Hyatt Credit Card. The good news is the card is well worth its $95 annual fee.
New cardholders could qualify for a welcome bonus, too: Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent.
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This card also comes with plenty of points-earning power. Cardholders can earn 9 points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels and 2 points per $1 spent at restaurants, airline tickets, local mass transit, gym memberships and more. Cardholders earn 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else.
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Vegas is calling
World of Hyatt members can also earn points via Avis car rentals (500 points per rental) and by staying at qualifying M life Rewards locations in Vegas (5 points per $1 spent).
How to Maximize Your Rewards
You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2021, including those best for:
Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card