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World of Hyatt Credit Card Upgrade Details Confirmed
Last week I wrote that there were a lot of conflicting reports on what happens if you take the World of Hyatt credit card upgrade offer. After the article posted a Senior Communications employee with Chase reached out to clarify the details on World of Hyatt credit card upgrades.
The Chase employee confirmed that your anniversary date will remain the same. This means that you will receive your anniversary category 1-4 “free” night at the same time as you have in the past. If you are 6 months into your cardmember year you can upgrade and you will not have to wait a full year to get your anniversary night.
They also confirmed that this means you could have a shortened period to reach the $15,000 in spend for the additional free night certificate. If you do reach the $15,000 in spend the extra free night will be issued 2-3 weeks after the spending is complete. They will not wait till the cardmember anniversary to issue that free night, like some others do. Spend on the old Hyatt credit card done so far this year will also not count.
The policy is pretty much what I expected. It wouldn’t make sense the change the cardmember anniversary to match the upgrade date.
The shortened time from for the $15,000 in spend shouldn’t really change your decision. If you waited to upgrade until your anniversary date you couldn’t earn the free night anyway. At least you have a chance to earn the free night if you upgrade. Although, it could save you a few dollars to wait (prorated $20 annual fee increase).
People have also reported that the 5 elite night credits have been posting right away in case that figures into your decision at all. That will help the people who end up mattress running at the end of the year to reach status.
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