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Anyone who successfully applied for the World of Hyatt credit card between 16 October and 31 December 2020 was not only given a choice of two good welcome offers but was also promised 10 elite night credits for 2020 and a further 10 elite night credits in 2021 (double the usual number of elite night credits that the card offers). The 2021 bonus elite night credits are now posting.
The standard 5 elite night credits that the World of Hyatt credit card (review) gives cardholders every year posted on (or around) January 3rd but at the time there was no sign of the additional 5 bonus nights due to anyone who had successfully applied for the card between the middle of October and the end of 2020.
Now, however, it looks like the remaining 5 nights have posted…
…so if you’re one of the many people chasing Hyatt Globalist status courtesy of the incredibly generous promotion that Hyatt is currently running, this may well have just pushed you over the top (congratulations!) or it may have just given you a significant boost towards your goal.
My Nice Surprise
I applied for the World of Hyatt credit card (review) shortly before the welcome offer was improved (to give all successful applicants 10 elite night credits instead of 5) and, as I explained back in November, when I called Chase to see if I could be matched to the improved offer, I was quickly told no. I didn’t really have an issue with this so I didn’t give it any more thought.
The 5 elite night credits that I expected to post in 2020 appeared in my account just a few days after my successful application…
…and then, very mysteriously, a further 5 elite night credits posted a few weeks later.
At first, I made the mistake of thinking that perhaps these were bonus elite nights from a 5-night stay that I had recently made but, in hindsight, that was a remarkably foolish thing to think as the bonus nights I was expecting were for the 2021 qualification year so the nights that had just posted to my account could not possibly be them.
I then just assumed that this was nothing more than an error and I spent the rest of 2020 waiting for these elite nights to be clawed back (the credit card nights credited in 2020 were always going to be inconsequential to me so I didn’t really care if Hyatt clawed them back). The nights were never clawed back.
Now, in 2021, take a look at what my account activity is showing:
I have 10 Elite Qualifying Nights and all 10 are courtesy of the World of Hyatt credit card.
I have no idea how this has happened but it would appear that although I applied for the World of Hyatt credit card a few days before the welcome offer was improved, and although a Chase phone agent told me (very clearly) that my welcome offer could not be improved, I’ve somehow been given the improved welcome offer. That’s the only explanation that fits the evidence. Thank you, Chase! 👍
As I’m in the middle of a mammoth mattress run to not only secure top-tier Globalist status but to also lock in 4 suite night awards, these extra (and unexpected) 5 elite nights will come in very useful and will probably save me around $105. That’s hardly a significant sum of money (in the grand scheme of things) but it’s still a very welcome saving and makes my decision to mattress run all the way to 60 elite nights look even better. Simple things like this make me happy.
The bonus elite night credits that the World of Hyatt credit card (review) owes anyone who successfully applied for the card between mid-October and the end of 2020 should now have posted. With Hyatt also promising to post the bonus elite nights from its fantastic Bonus Journey’s Promotion a lot sooner than originally planned (nights earned through January 4th should post in the next few days), a lot of people may be about to get Globalist elite status earlier than they expected.