How Soon Do 5 Elite Nights From World Of Hyatt Credit Card Post?

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I’ve been a Hyatt Globalist for going on a decade. But I almost threw in the towel when they raised the Globalist requirements to 60 nights with the launch of the World of Hyatt program. That’s because I’m what you might call a Hyatt tweener: I can stay 35-45 nights with the chain reasonably easily, but going above that is a challenge. I mean, we don’t mind — and might even enjoy — one staycation at our local Hyatt Place each year. 

But needing four or five nights is one thing. Staycations where you might as well setup mail forwarding are another.

In the end, we did decide to stick with Hyatt last year, sort of as a trial. Our travel patterns changed a bit making it slightly more viable, and we were naturally curious to see how the unlimited complimentary suite upgrades would pan out. But I suspect that many folks in my situation did not. And that hollowing out of the middle seems to have gotten someone’s attention at Hyatt, because they are now making it a bit easier to qualify for Globalist.

The biggest news on that front came in June when Hyatt announced the new World of Hyatt Credit Card. Although there are a number of really good benefits, the one that caught my attention as a Hyatt tweener was the five qualifying night credits you receive just for having the card.


Park Hyatt Melbourne

Valuing Hyatt qualifying night credits

After requalifying for top-tier Hyatt status for each of the past ten years, I’ve developed a pretty good feel for what incremental Hyatt qualifying nights are worth to me. I’m fortunate — or cursed, depending on your perspective — to live in a land of plentiful and cheap-ish Hyatt Places and Hyatt Houses, so I usually figure I can pick up nights at the end of the year for a net $50 each.

Again, that’s my net cost after factoring in the value of the points, promotions, and perhaps most importantly, using the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit to make the stay as cheap as possible. (That assumes, of course, that you end up needing a multiple of four qualifying nights to hit Globalist.)

So given that the World of Hyatt Credit Card has a $95 annual fee, I view it as a way to pick up five qualifying nights at a cost of under $20 each, much less than the $50 that I have been prepared to pay in the past. And again, that’s ignoring the free night certificate, the bonus categories, the chance to earn more free nights, and more qualifying nights. In other words, I can justify the new World of Hyatt card just on the qualifying nights alone. Because I know I’ll need them.

Or if I compare the new Hyatt credit card to the old one, I’m basically getting five qualifying night credits for an incremental $20. That’s because the old Hyatt card had an annual fee of $75 compared to the new one at $95. I happily paid the $75 mostly just to get the free night. The World of Hyatt credit card still offers the free night, but for $20 more you also get five qualifying nights.

If you think of it that way, the five incremental qualifying nights cost about $4 each. And again, I’m ignoring the other benefits of the card, which are actually really good in their own right.

Did I mention how excited I was to get this card?


Grand Hyatt Taipei

Applying for the World of Hyatt credit card

I applied for the World of Hyatt Credit Card in late July. As seems to be common these days, I was not instantly approved but rather was informed that my application would require a review.

After a week or so, I received an email notification that I had been approved.

World of Hyatt credit card qualifying nights post fast!

Three days after receiving the welcome email, I received another email informing me that my new credit card was being mailed and that I would receive it in 3-5 business days. But then within minutes, I received another email, this time from Hyatt, informing me that they had posted the five qualifying nights to my account.

That was fast!

I’ve learned over the years that Hyatt’s computer systems don’t always work quite right, so I immediately logged into my account to see if the nights had actually posted. And indeed they had.

That’s the good great news.

The bad news is that, as best I can tell, Hyatt just increments your qualifying night count by five, without actually putting a line item in your account history. In other words, if you don’t know how many qualifying nights you had before getting approved for the card, you might not know that they post.

It’s sort of like if my bank just decided to randomly add $100 to my checking account. Without a line in the ledger, I confess that I’d probably never notice.

In my case, I track all of my stays in a spreadsheet anyway (see previous comment about Hyatt and their computers) so it was easy to see that my night count on the website was five more than my records indicated it should be.

You do keep track of all of your flights and stays, right?

Bottom Line

As a Hyatt Globalist who used to always come up a few nights short of requalifying for Globalist at the end of the year, I was particularly excited about the new World of Hyatt Credit Card. And given that I was primarily motivated by the five qualifying nights, I was very interested to see how fast they would post to my account. Frankly, I was cautiously optimistic that they would post by the end of the year.

But in fact, the five qualifying nights posted before I even received my card!

So saying they’ve exceeded my expectations is a bit of an understatement. Nice job Hyatt.

Have you applied for the new World of Hyatt credit card?

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Comments

  1. I was instantly approved for the card on July 3rd. Didn’t get 5 nights until first week of August after my first statement closed.

  2. what about the 2 nights you get for every $5000 in spend? when do those post? on the statement date after the spend is complete?

  3. @mason The elite nights from cc spend posted one week after my statement closed. So..pretty fast

  4. I upgraded my old Hyatt credit card and it took a couple of weeks for the 5 nights to post. I didn’t receive an email alerting me that they were coming. I ony held on to Globalist last year with the year-end promotion of 20 nights in 3 months, so glad to see this. I am waiting to see nights for credit card spend post. It looks like it will only come after the card is paid as I have spent well over $5,000 on the card since upgrading. About to spend 9 nights at the Andaz in Scottsdale to further lock in globalist for the year. Living in Japan I don’t have the option of “cheap” nights in Hyatts to fill out my requirements. A lot of my nights are in $200-$300-plus/night hotels.

  5. Mine posted within 24 hours of my approval via phone at the end of July. I, too, got the good ol’ “under review” app response, which I chalked up to having opened an Ink Cash fewer than than 30 days prior. As I’ve learned to do with Chase, I call them the next day and offer to clear up any “issues” they might have, and then they just go ahead and approve me on the spot, thank me, let me know when my card will arrive, tell me my credit limit, APR, etc. This was around 3 pm, and when I logged in after work, my card was already hanging out in cyber-limbo. Nights showed up sometime the next day.

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