Legacy Hyatt Card Will Convert to World of Hyatt Visa
The legacy Hyatt credit card is a card that many people still have, even though it has not been available for new applications for more than two years. One of the reasons for keeping this card is that the annual fee is only $75, $20 cheaper than the World of Hyatt Visa, and you still get a free night certificate annually.
The card also earns 3x points at Hyatt hotels, 2x points on dining, airlines and car rentals and 1 point on all other purchases. As long as you have the card, you get Hyatt Discoverist status, and Hyatt Explorist status if you spend at least $50,000 in a calendar year.
Legacy Hyatt Card Going Away
If you still have the legacy Hyatt credit card, it will soon be converted to the World of Hyatt Visa automatically in November. The information comes from Waller’s Wallet. Cardholders will likely receive a notification about the switch soon.
The World of Hyatt Visa is a great card for people that regularly stay at Hyatt hotels and value their elite status. We have ranked it as the best co-branded hotel credit card this year. And you are paying only $20 more every year.
However, for people that only want that free anniversary night for $75, this could be bad news.
What to Do?
Previously we had seen some upgrade bonuses, but they are no longer available. And if you didn’t upgrade then, there is a good chance that you will be upgraded without a bonus at all.
One option could be to apply for the World of Hyatt Visa now. You will be eligible for the welcome offer since you will not have received a bonus within the last 24 months. Once your old card is converted then it would be possible to carry two World of Hyatt cards. If you value the $15K free night certificates you would be able to earn two every year.
UPDATE: Hyatt’s terms specify that you can not hold both Hyatt cards at the same time. That would mean that you would have to cancel the legacy card before applying for the World of Hyatt Visa version.
If you are carrying the old version you can wait for the conversion and make your decision then. If you wanted to grab the new World of Hyatt Visa then you would need to close that card first. But there is no harm in waiting until the actual conversion happens too.
Waller’s Wallet has had reliable information in the past, so the automatic conversion should be coming. You need to decide for yourself whether the new card makes sense for you, but I think for most people that stay at Hyatt hotels get good value out of it.