Legacy Hyatt Card Will Convert to World of Hyatt Visa

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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.

Conclusion

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.

DDG
Based in NYC. Points/miles enthusiast for years and actively writing about it for the last two years at Danny the Deal Guru. I'm always looking out for deals. Making a few bucks is always nice, but the traveling is by far the best part of this business.

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  1. Assuming the $35 retention credit was on the legacy card, that’s better than what I was offered (nothing) back on July 31; I canceled with the plan to apply for the WOH card with it’s new holder bonus once the bonus spending that is taking up our funds settles down.

  2. Is there any downside to cancelling the old card (and applying for the new card with SUB)? The annual free night can still be used with a cancelled card, right? Some of us have 2 free annual nights with the covid extension on free night expiration dates.

    • Only downside is if you don’t get approved for the new one then you wouldn’t have either. But I think it is worth the risk.

  3. If I cancel my old Hyatt card how long should I wait before applying for the new World of Hyatt card & bonus? Is it possible for my wife who also has the old Hyatt card to get a referral bonus referring me to the new card? Where would I look for that referral for her?

    • I would wait a few weeks at least for their system to update. I believe there is a referral for it. Just Google: Chase refer your card. Then plug in the card’s info and it should pull up an offer.

  4. Can you please explain how you can apply for the new card while holding the old card? I thought the Chase website said you can only hold one card at a time. I would love to find a way to earn a welcome bonus before they convert the card, but I don’t want to cancel my current card.

    • You are correct, you can’t be a holder of legacy card and apply for the new card:

      “The product is not available to either (i) current Cardmembers of any Hyatt Credit Card, or (ii) previous Cardmembers of any Hyatt Credit Card who received a new Cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.”

      • My mistake – I thought you could carry both (I think you could when it first launched but maybe I was confusing it with the IHG cards). I have updated the post…sorry for the confusion.

        • There was a brief period after the new Hyatt launched that there were still some lingering application links to the old Hyatt, and you could double dip the applications for both, but the new Hyatt always had the terms against holding an existing Hyatt card.

  5. Partial explanation of why no retention offer when I closed legacy card July 31. For once, ahead of the curve!

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