Hyatt Premium Card: What Is My Wish List For This Rumored Card?

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Hyatt Premium Card: What Is My Wish List For This Rumored Card?

Over the weekend I put a link to Flyertalk in my Around the Web series.  One of the members said they had been informed by a Hyatt rep that a premium card would be hitting the market in a few weeks.  This in and of itself is not much to go on but there have been some cryptic emails going around from PR people that make it seem legit. It makes too much sense for Hyatt not to have one. Marriott does, as does Hilton. It is something we have been pining for over the last several years. Plus, it is fun to speculate so let’s dive in and look at my wish list.  I tried to make it realistic to what I think could be added at launch.

Hyatt Premium Card Wish List

Annual Fee

Let’s get the bad part out of the way first…the annual fee.  It will likely be in the $450 range to match up with the competition. So I am setting it there.

Statement Credit

The Aspire card comes with a semi restrictive “resort” credit while the Bonvoy Brilliant has a much easier to use property credit.  The Aspire card does come with a semi restrictive airline incidental credit as well, which could be why both are more difficult to use. Amex does love breakage and all.

Chase usually keeps their credits simple so I would expect a $250-$300 property credit.

Free Night Certificate

Both the Aspire and Brilliant card come with an anniversary free night certificate, as does the $95 World of Hyatt credit card.  That means the Hyatt Premium card would have to offer one as well.  Here is where my hopes push the wish list to the extremes a bit. A category 1-7 free night certificate would be amazing. I think the free night certificate has to be a step up from the $95 card, and they only have two types of certificates, so away we go.

I could also see them offering the chance at earning a second one after $30,000 in spend.  The World of Hyatt card offers one after $15,000 in spend.  The category 4 cert is worth 15,000 points (at most) and a category 7 is worth 30,000 points (at most). Are you picking up what I am putting down here?

Elite Perks

The Hilton Amex Aspire card comes with top tier Diamond status. The Bonvoy Brilliant, and its increased welcome offer, only come with 15 elite night credits.

I could see the Hyatt premium card falling in the middle of the two.  I think Explorist status would make sense, although it isn’t worth much without hitting milestones.  But maybe they throw in a few lounge access certs with it too?

I would love to see 10 elite night credits, versus the 5 you get with the World of Hyatt credit card, but I doubt they give a better earning rate on 2 elite night credits per $5,000 in spend. If we really wanna dream, what if the elite night credits stacked for carrying both cards!? It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities if you look at how Chase treated the IHG card perks.

Earning Structure

Premium cards are not always the best for earning structure, looking at you Amex Platinum. But I would expect a bump in earning levels at Hyatt properties.  Maybe 5x versus 4x with the World of Hyatt card. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 3x for dining etc. too.  I mean if the no fee Freedom Flex gets it then the Hyatt premium card should.

Hyatt Premium Card Wishlist – Final Thoughts

How close to my predictions do you think the Hyatt premium card launch will / would be? What are your wish list items for the card if our dreams do come true and the card launches in a few weeks? Share your thoughts on my list and your must have list below.

Mark Ostermann
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  1. A $450 card and no Globalist status included? Ha! WoH is entirely about being a “Globalist or nothing” program. Explorist is meaningless for that AF.

    And while we’re at it, how bad is this AF inflation been since Amex Plat screwed over CC users in general by cranking up its own AF? This article lays down an expectation that starts with “only” Explorist level for that AF cost. Considering that some of us already grind enough stays to qualify for Globalist annually, a $450 Hyatt card that only gives Medium tier status is almost out of the question.

    • Bonvoy Brilliant doesn’t give anything status wise for their card holders. And if it was that easy to get Globalist it would likely be downgraded in value. Offering a quicker path to earning it is the more likely outcome in my opinion.

      • But for $450 vs. $95? This would be similar to justifying the Sapphire Reserve over the Sapphire Preferred. One card would have to provide more for the AF, and your expectations don’t provide much for that increase.

        However now you’re making me second-guess having my CSR. Argh.

  2. All solid points. I would also like to see 1 premium suite upgrade award, for Globalists. Then maybe a spend option for a second award.

  3. Your guesses sound about right. It’ll be interesting to see how close the darts landed. I don’t know if it would be too generous but possibly something like the Amex platinum where charges over $5,000 earn 1.5 points per dollar.

  4. I’d prefer a business card, not a premium personal card, so it wouldn’t count towards 5/24. I’d expect benefits on par with the personal card, such as a cat1-4 FN cert and Discovering status. My only request is that the elite night credits stack with the personal cc nights, a la Marriott cards.

    If it’s a personal premium card then I just hope they don’t give out globalist, watering down my newly earned status.

    • A business card would be cool. Marriott and Hilton have it so I would imagine they will roll it out sooner or later. Just more money for Chase and Hyatt if they do 🙂

      • Amex did the Premium/Business card while the normal cards stayed with Chase before.
        But that obviously depends on the a agreement with Hyatt (if they can use more than one issuer). Or look at AA with Citi and Barclays cards.

          • Yeah it will be with Chase. The Amex / Chase stuff happened because Amex had SPG and Chase had Marriott so they both got a chunk when Marriott bought SPG.

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