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 1.7 cents each, making it one of the strongest hotel rewards programs.
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 The 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 up to 50,000 Bonus Points - 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Earn an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend a total of $6,000 on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening - free nights start at 5,000 points
>> Learn more: How to earn hotel loyalty points even when you’re disloyal
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.
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 rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2019, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
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