For the several months now, there have been rumors that the original Hyatt Credit card would be converted to The World Of Hyatt Credit Card but there hasn’t been any confirmation from Hyatt…until now…
OLD CONVERTED TO NEW
According to the Miles to Memories team (a very reliable credit card news and info blog), Hyatt has contacted them and officially let them know that the conversion will happen 11 January 2021.
Customers with the original Hyatt credit card (no longer open to applications) that kept the card and DID NOT convert it to the new World Of Hyatt Credit Card (introduced in mid-2018) will be converted in approximately 2 months.
If you’re curious the difference between the old and the new, here is a comparative chart:
|Hyatt Card (Old)||World Of Hyatt (New)|
|Elite status||Discoverist||Discoverist + 5 five elite night credits|
|Elite status with spend||Explorist (after $50k spend)||Two qualifying night credits|
per $5,000 (Unlimited / no cap)
|Free night certificates||1 night on card anniversary||1 night on card anniversary & another if you spend $15k in the previous cardmember year|
|Hyatt earning rate||3x||4x|
|Local transit / commuting earning rate||1x||2x|
|Restaurants / coffee shops / etc. earning rate||2x (restaurants only)||2x|
|Airline tickets purchased directly & car rentals earning rate||2x||2x|
|Fitness clubs & gym memberships earning rate||1x||2x|
|Earning rate on all other purchases||1x||1x|
Clearly, the biggest difference is the $20 annual fee.
I had planned to keep my legacy card long term due to annual free night certificate. I’ll gladly pay $75 for a free night.
Over the past few months, we have seen some “upgrade bonuses” for to the new World Of Hyatt Credit Card, so I am hoping that something will be offered to those of us that are involuntarily being moved to the new card.
Legacy Hyatt Credit Card member will automatically have their card migrated to the World Of Hyatt Credit Card on 11 January 2021.
It’s worth noting that starting 1 January 2022, the Category 1-4 free night certificates that are earned on the World Of Hyatt Credit Card through spending will be based on the calendar year rather than the cardmember year.
Again, I possess the old Hyatt card and although the new World Of Hyatt Credit Card is better, I wasn’t particularly interested at the moment. Unfortunately, I don’t have much of a choice now.
In hindsight, I should’ve probably canceled my old card (because you can’t hold both) and applied for the new card and obtained the current welcome bonus (50,000 Hyatt points). Such is life!
Do you have a legacy card? What do you think about this change?
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