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If you’re a frequent traveler, making the most of airline and hotel loyalty programs is your bread and butter. And Hyatt, as one of the largest hotel and resort chains in the world, has a valuable loyalty program to rack up points with.
Since the March 2017 shift from Hyatt Gold Passport to World of Hyatt, Hyatt has made some substantial changes to the program. For one, Hyatt introduced base points and bonus points–two different types of rewards with slightly different applications. One thing that hasn’t changed: there are still plenty of ways to earn substantial points in the World of Hyatt program– and not all of them involve booking hotel stays.
Before we get to how you can earn points, let’s clarify how those points will work.
Base Points versus Bonus Points
On the surface, Hyatt’s two different types of points might seem confusing. But when you break it down, this system is pretty straightforward.
Base points can be earned only by making eligible purchases with Hyatt. You can redeem them for free stays, room upgrades, dining, spa visits, and other Hyatt purchases. They’ll also count towards achieving elite status.
Bonus points are those that you earn through other activities, like taking advantage of promotions, credit card sign-up bonuses, and earning points with the Hyatt credit card. The major difference here is that bonus points won’t help you elevate your status, though you will be able to redeem them as usual.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here are our top 5 ways to earn both base and bonus points with World of Hyatt:
1. Stay at Hyatt Properties
Let’s start with the obvious: Hyatt rewards loyalty members for staying at its properties. And considering that Hyatt offers over 700 locations and 13 brands around the world, that’s not very limiting. As a World of Hyatt member, you’ll earn 5 base points for every dollar you spend on eligible purchases at Hyatt properties. Those points will also help you to achieve elevated status with Hyatt.
2. Sign-up for the Hyatt Credit Card
Signing up for the Hyatt Credit Card from Chase–and earning its sign-up bonus–is probably the quickest way to rack up points with Hyatt. But even beyond earning the sign-up bonus, you’ll be able to earn points with Hyatt on your regular spending. Here’s how:
- Earn 40,000 bonus points by spending $2,000 in the first 3 months from account opening
- Earn 5,000 bonus points by adding an authorized user and having them make a purchase in the first 3 months
- Earn 3x bonus points on purchases made at Hyatt properties
- Earn 2x bonus points at restaurants, and on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline and at car rental agencies
- Earn 1x bonus points on all other purchases
As a bonus, just carrying the Hyatt Credit Card will bump you up to Discoverist status, which includes 10% bonus points on eligible spending with Hyatt. You’ll also get 1 free night stay at a category 1-4 hotel or resort each year after your cardmember anniversary. If you’re keen to start earning and redeeming points with Hyatt, carrying their credit card is a huge boost.
3. Use Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portals
If you don’t anticipate earning many points at Hyatt properties or with the Hyatt card’s bonus spending categories, you can diversify your earnings by using shopping portals.
You can use your Hyatt credit card to shop through the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal, earning anywhere from 2x to 7x points on your purchases. The portal is straightforward to use: instead of going out to shop, search for your preferred store in the Ultimate Rewards portal. If that shop is available, it’ll show you how many points per dollar you’ll be able to earn by shopping there. Then, just click through the “Shop Now” button– whatever you buy in that window will earn extra bonus points on your next statement.
To be clear, using the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal will earn Chase points–not Hyatt points. Luckily, Chase offers 1:1 point transfers to Hyatt with no minimum transfer, so you’ll have no problem switching your bonus points over.
4. Chase Ultimate Rewards
Speaking of Chase, there’s an added bonus to using a credit card in the Ultimate Rewards family: you’ll be able to pool points between your Hyatt card and any other Ultimate Rewards card in your name (or in the name of your spouse or domestic partner.) So, if you earn points with any of the cards below, you’d be able to combine them with the points on your Hyatt card:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Chase Ink Business Preferred
- Chase Freedom
- Chase Freedom Unlimited
Some of those cards–namely the Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, and Ink Business Preferred–come with hefty sign-up bonuses. If you haven’t already applied for one of these cards, their flexible redemption options make them valuable cards to carry.
5. Follow Hyatt Promotions
If you’re looking to plan a vacation in the upcoming months, you can find special offers on the Hyatt site. Hyatt regularly posts discounts at certain properties and offers bonus points for booking a stay at others–usually at recently opened properties.
You won’t be able to earn base points on these promotions, meaning they won’t count toward elevating your Hyatt status. But you will be able to redeem your bonus points for rewards.
These aren’t the only 5 ways you can earn points with World of Hyatt, but they are the most efficient. Between the combination of the Hyatt credit card and another high-earning Ultimate Rewards card, you’ll be able to rack up points in no time. Not to mention, you’ll get that 10% bonus on Hyatt purchases, among the other perks of Discoverist status. If you’re looking to boost your points earnings with Hyatt, these 5 opportunities are a great way to start.
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