It was rumored that Chase was going to release a new version of their Hyatt Credit Card on Monday, February 27. Today I got this email:
“TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH SMART CHIP TECHNOLOGY
You are one of the first Cardmembers who will receive a new Hyatt Credit Card with Smart Chip technology. This new feature will provide additional convenience and security when traveling abroad.
What you need to know:
Your new card will arrive within 30 days.
Your account number and expiration date will remain the same.
You can continue to use your current card until you receive your new one.
Explore your favorite corner of the world with the perfect travel companion, your Hyatt Credit Card.”
This is great since Smart Chip is used extensively throughout Europe and Asia and we occasionally got puzzled looks from merchants when we presented our “ancient technology” magnetic strip cards from the USA. To our bemusement, some merchants didn’t even know how to operate the magnetic stripe feature on their terminals.
We’re glad Chase is introducing Smart Chip cards in the US as this feature is useful when traveling abroad!
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