Why is the World of Hyatt Card valuable?
Among other things, the card offers:
- Automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open
- 5 qualifying night credits toward your next tier status every year
- 2 qualifying night credits towards your next tier status every time you spend $5,000 on your card
- A Category 1-4 anniversary free night certificate on your account anniversary every year
- A second Category 1-4 free night certificate when you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year
So at a minimum, you’re getting five elite nights towards status and a Category 1-4 free night certificate every year just for having The World of Hyatt Credit Card. To me that more than justifies the annual fee on the card, by a long shot (I consistently get $250+ of value out of the free night certificate alone). On top of that, this is a card that’s worth spending on, at least for Hyatt loyalists, in my opinion.
For example, if you spend $15,000 on the card per year you’re earning a total of 11 nights towards status annually plus two Category 1-4 free night certificates (that’s an incremental six elite nights and one free night certificate compared to having the card and not putting spend on it). That’s well worth it, in my opinion.
The Park Hyatt Saigon, a great use of a Category 1-4 free night certificate
When do Hyatt Card elite nights post?
One of the great perks of The World of Hyatt Credit Card is that you get five elite nights towards status just for having the card. As I noted last week, for those who had the card coming into the new year, these seemed to post within the first two weeks of the year, which is much quicker than was promised.
I only picked up this card late last year, and intentionally waited until early this year to complete my first $5,000 of spending on the card. That’s because I wanted the elite nights from spending to count towards my status for this year and not last year.
So I completed $10,000 of spending in the first two weeks of the year (in reality I spent about $4,000 late last year and $6,000 early this year), so was curious to see when the credits would post.
The terms of The World of Hyatt Credit Card say the following regarding when these post:
Please allow up to 8 weeks from the last day of the calendar month when you qualify, for World of Hyatt Tier-Qualifying Night credits to be added to your World of Hyatt account
According to that, it could have been late March before my elite nights posted. However, it didn’t end up taking nearly that long.
The statement where I completed my $10,000+ of spending closed on January 17, 2019, while on January 18 I had four additional elite nights in my account. So my Hyatt elite nights from credit card spending posted one day after the statement closed where I completed that spend.
At least my number of elite nights increased by four, and there were two corresponding line items in my account activity that said “Reward bonus,” though when I tried to expand it, it didn’t show anything. Still, I think it’s safe to say that each of those represented two elite nights.
While I completed the entire spending requirement to earn the welcome bonus, as of now only part of that has posted, dated for my closing statement date. I imagine the rest of that will post soon, perhaps with the next statement.
Anecdotally it seems like elite nights from spending on The World of Hyatt Credit Card post a day after the statement where you complete the spending closes. At least that was my experience.
I’m curious if others had a similar experience, because it would be a useful thing to know in terms of figuring out towards which year’s status spending in December/January counts. It would seem that spending in December would count towards the following year as long as the statement closes in January, though my one data point isn’t enough to state that definitively.
What has your experience with elite nights from spending posting?