Hyatt Credit Card Changes: Phase Out of Legacy Card, Change to Earning Free Night Awards

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Update 01/02/2021: The temporary Amazon/Grocery store bonuses and the legacy Hyatt card free night promo listed in this post have now expired.

Hyatt is one of our favorite hotel brands. Its points are the most valuable of the major hotel loyalty programs. Plus, we've found that World of Hyatt goes the extra mile to reward its most loyal customers.

Likewise, we regularly laud Hyatt's co-branded credit cards among the best in the industry. Unlike other hotel brands, there's just one card currently available: the The World Of Hyatt Credit Card. We love this card because it offers a reliably lucrative signup bonus while also delivering tangible ongoing value through several unique spending incentives.

Over the last few weeks, Hyatt unveiled a string of new promotions and updates for its co-branded offerings. These include new opportunities to earn Free Night Awards, higher bonus categories for the holidays, and changes to current benefits. To help cardmembers grasp all of the current opportunities, we've rounded them all up here.

As part of this, Hyatt has announced the end of its legacy credit card, the The Hyatt Credit Card. This card will automatically convert to the newer World of Hyatt Card product in January 2021.

Legacy Hyatt Cards Forced Migration

  • On January 11, 2020, all Hyatt Card auto-converted to the World of Hyatt Card.
  • Converted cards enjoy all the benefits of the World of Hyatt Card without paying the card's $95 annual fee until August 2021. Annual fees that post before August 2021 will remain $75. After that, all cardholders will be charged the $95 annual fee.
  • Hyatt Card members can expect to receive their new World of Hyatt Card in late January 2021.

The time has finally come for legacy Hyatt Card holders to say goodbye to their cards. It's been a good long run, as the Hyatt Card debuted way back in September 2010. But cardholders will now have transitioned to the newer (and arguably better) new card.

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Points - 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend a total of $6,000 on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.
  • Earn 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total within 6 months of account opening.
  • Free nights start at 5,000 points
  • Receive 1 free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort after your Cardmember anniversary
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
  • Get automatic World of Hyatt Elite status and 5 qualifying night credits every year as long as your account is open
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status everytime you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn 9 points total for Hyatt stays - 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • Earn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airlines tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
  • 9X points total per $1 spent at Hyatt - 4X points per $1 when you use your card at Hyatt hotels & 5X points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • 2X points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airlines tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
  • 1X point per $1 everywhere else

Now, cardmembers can take advantage of better bonus categories, a pathway to spend your way to higher status, gifted tier-qualifying nights, and more.

Related Post: 5 Reasons to Get the The World Of Hyatt Credit Card

[Expired] Opportunity to Earn a Free Night Through the End of the Year

As a special thank you to cardmembers, Hyatt announced a promotion for Hyatt Card holders in the cards final months:

  • Hyatt Card holders must first register for the promotion here by November 30, 2020.
  • After registering, Hyatt Card members can earn a free night at any category 1–4 property after making $4,000 in purchases between October 27, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
  • It may take up to four weeks for eligible cardholders to receive a free night award earned through this promotion.

When this promotion was first announced, it left many of us scratching our heads. Why would Hyatt make such a lucrative offer available solely to its legacy cardholders? But now, everything makes sense. In a classy move, Hyatt is giving long-time Hyatt Card holders one last hurrah as a way of saying thanks. Getting a free night after making only $4,000 in purchases is a fantastic deal.

[Expired] Temporary Amazon and Grocery Store Spending Bonuses

As a special bonus for eligible co-branded products, Chase is offering a promotion perfect for the holiday season:

  • Eligible World of Hyatt Card and Hyatt Card holders can earn 5 total bonus points per $1 spent on Amazon purchases and 3 total bonus points per $1 spent on grocery purchases.
  • This offer is good for up to $1,500 in combined purchases made each month from November 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
  • Check here to see if your card is eligible.

Hyatt credit card spending promotion enrollment

This promotion is part of Chase's larger ‘My Bonus' promotion affecting many co-branded credit cards. It comes at a perfect time, as many of us spend much more money on Amazon and grocery purchases around the holidays. If maximized, cardmembers can earn up to 15,000 bonus points over those two months. That's enough for a free night at any category 1–4 Hyatt hotel!

Change to Earning Free Night Awards

Lastly, Hyatt is changing the way that cardholders of the World of Hyatt Card earn their extra Free Night Award:

  • Starting January 1, 2022, cardholders of the World of Hyatt Card will earn their additional category 1–4 Free Night Award after spending $15,000 in a calendar year (as opposed to cardmember anniversary year).

Hyatt clarifies the transition period even further:

  • From your account open anniversary date in 2020 to your account open anniversary date in 2021, cardmembers can earn a Free Night Award after making $15,000 in purchases.
  • From your account open anniversary date in 2021 through December 31, 2021, cardmembers can earn another Free Night Award after making $15,000 in purchases.
  • On January 1, 2022, the spending counter resets to $0, and cardmembers will have until December 31, 2022 to spend another $15,000 to earn another Free Night Award.

Ultimately, this update doesn't categorically change the way cardmembers earn Free Night Awards. You still earn one per year. However, it does create an opportunity for new cardholders to snag three Free Night Awards in a slightly shorter timeframe than before.

For example, let's say you just opened a new World of Hyatt Card at the end of August 2020. That means you have until August 2021 to make $15k in purchases to earn a Free Night Award. You'd then have from August 2021 to the end of December 2021 to make another $15k in purchases to earn a second Free Night Award. And on January 1, 2022, you'd have a full calendar year to do the same for a third. In total, you can earn three Free Night Awards in a very short timeframe.

Bottom Line

Hyatt is finally phasing out the legacy Hyatt Card in favor of the newer World of Hyatt Card. As a special thank you, cardmembers can earn an extra free night via holiday spending. Moreover, both Hyatt credit cards can earn increased bonuses on Amazon and grocery purchases through the end of 2020.

While the legacy Hyatt Card was popular, I genuinely think the World of Hyatt Card is a better product. If you can spend $15K per year, the extra Free Night Award justifies the annual fee by itself. Add in the ability to spend your way to top tier Globalist status and the far more lucrative bonus categories, and it's no wonder it's one of our favorite hotel credit cards.

For a full rundown of the World of Hyatt Card‘s perks and benefits, check out our dedicated card review.

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    Samuel Rhoades says:

    I am very indecisive on whether or not to keep the card when it upgrades, or get rid of it. I’m having trouble using free nights from credit cards as it is.

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    Evan Fleisher says:

    This could be an excellent opportunity to “double dip” a free night in 2021, but is it really worth $30k in spend when those dollars could be going elsewhere (like transferrable currencies)?

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    I was a little disappointed when I heard that there would be this change. Not surprised since it seems most are going for the spending on getting a night certificate. Hyatt I think is still good and they had to make changes to stay up with the rest but it’s hard to transition to the new.

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    This will make it so much easier to track where you are on the spending for the free night once they switch fully to calendar year.

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    I am not happy about this. P1 already has the WOH credit card and would rather pay $20 less than to receive extra benefits that are already redundant.

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    Have never been a Hyatt guy, but am gaining interest now with more properties available. But the enrollment bonus seems on the light side?

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    This is a well rounded card but I think I’m sticking to general travel cards from now on. Cards like CSR, Amex Platinum, BoA Premium Rewards, etc. I do have the free Hilton ard but it’s free so why not. If Hyatt came out with a free card, I’d consider that.

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    I don’t yet have a Hyatt card but it’s always a possibility. I’m just waiting to get below 5/24 and have no cards available that earn Ultimate Rewards. I also am a Hyatt enthusiast.

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    Sorry about the passing of the legacy Hyatt card. It is/was super for those of us uninterested in climbing the elite ladder.

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    Joel Gilgoff says:

    Spending $15k for a free night does not seem like a good plan. The same $15k spend would earn to $300 to $750 on many other cards.

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      If you evaluate the card on this aspect alone, I agree. And, many of those other cards would also give you flexibility as to how you spent your reward. In other words, you wouldn’t be locked into a hotel room, but rather could choose from multiple redemption options.

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    Not real happy about being pushed into a upgrade

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    I have the legacy card and have found it hard to hating the $75 a year as I never use it and only at the end of the year book my free night so it wasn’t a waste of $75. Will be cancelling at the end of the year.

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    I’m not pursuing new travel cards during the pandemic, but the WOH card is on my radar for future reference. .

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    Wait, I’m confused. Do I still get the anniversary night I signed up for when I opened the card years ago? Are there additional nights per $15k in spend or do they replace the anniversary night? I haven’t had my coffee yet.

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    I love Hyatt. That being said, it would be great to have a comparative table to see if this move is really worth it.

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    I’ve had the legacy card since 2018 and never bothered to upgrade. I’m glad I waited. The category 1-4 certificate for legacy cardholders (after $4,000 in spend) in Q4 this year was a much better offer than the few thousand point upgrade offers I’ve received over the years.

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    I currently have the Hyatt legacy credit card. Would I be better off applying for the world of Hyatt credit card rather than converting the old to the new?

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      Interesting question. It depends on how old your Hyatt Card is. If it’s one of your older cards, you may want to keep it to help your credit score. If you aren’t worried about a credit score ding and you’re under 5/24, it could certainly make sense to apply for the new card to earn the sign-up bonus!

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    As someone who is being forced migrated from the legacy card, I still think the WOH version is worth it at $95.

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    I resisted converting the last few years. Although Hyatt is my favorite, I am not sure I’d put another 15k spend for an additional free nite instead of putting it on a new card promo.

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    I wanted to get an upgrade bonus, but none have been available for awhile, so I’m not super happy about this move. I really wish they’d allow us to hold both cards, like with IHG, and stack bonuses.