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Since the introduction of the current World of Hyatt credit card in 2018, legacy Hyatt credit card members have been able to keep their existing cards. There was little reason to do so, in reality, though you’d save $20 on the annual fee, which is $95 on the World of Hyatt credit card and $75 on the old card.
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Your Hyatt Card will convert to a World of Hyatt Credit Card
On January 11th, 2021, your time will be up, however. Chase will migrate your card from the legacy Hyatt card to the new World of Hyatt credit card automatically.
Here are the differences between the Hyatt and World of Hyatt cards:
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What’s the Move Here?
Now, you can’t hold both cards, so you can’t just go and grab the new one before January while holding this card. However, you could cancel your old Hyatt credit card and apply for a new World of Hyatt Card now, allowing you to earn a new signup bonus. If your card converts, you won’t get a signup bonus. So, that’s an option if you are under 5/24.
The World of Hyatt Card’s bonus offer right now is: Up to 50,000 bonus World of Hyatt Points: 25,000 Bonus Points when you spend $3,000 in your first 3 months and 25,000 more when you spend $6,000 total within the first 6 months.
Earn a Free Night in the 4th Quarter With the Old Hyatt Card + 5X on Amazon and 3X at Grocery Stores
As a reminder, existing Hyatt Credit Cardmembers can earn a free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel when they spend $4,000 on their card from October 27 through December 31, 2020.
Cardmembers have until November 30, 2020 to register here for the promotion. Additionally, eligible Hyatt and World of Hyatt Credit Cardmembers can earn extra Bonus Points on everyday purchases through December 31, 2020. This includes 5 total Bonus Points for every $1 spent on Amazon.com, and 3 total Bonus Points for every $1 spent at grocery stores, on up to $1,500 in total combined purchases each month.
The annual fee for the World of Hyatt Credit Card is $95, compared to $75 for the Hyatt Credit Card. Migrated cardmembers will enjoy the expanded benefits without being charged the new fee until August 2021 (so any cardmember that has an anniversary before August will continue paying $75 and those after will start paying the $95 annual fee). Hyatt Credit Cardmembers will get their new World of Hyatt Credit Card starting in late January. Learn more about the World of Hyatt Credit Card here.
Update to Definition of a Year on Current World of Hyatt Card
Starting January 1, 2022, World of Hyatt Credit Cardmembers’ additional Category 1-4 free night benefit for spending $15,000 will be calculated based on calendar year instead of their anniversary year. This aligns with the program’s structure for earning Milestone Rewards and tier status.
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