American AAdvantage & World Of Hyatt Partnership: How It Works

Filed Under: American, American AAdvantage

In March 2019, American Airlines and Hyatt launched a loyalty partnership, offering reciprocal points earning and status opportunities. It has been a while since this partnership launched, so in this post I wanted to take an updated look at how it works.

American & Hyatt offer reciprocal points earning & status

It’s logical for airlines and hotels to partner up to offer reciprocal perks. We’ve seen a few of these partnerships over the years and they make sense — historically those who fly a lot are also generally more likely to stay at hotels a lot, and vice versa.

With the American and Hyatt partnership, members of the loyalty programs of both companies can earn points on a reciprocal basis, and also have at least some opportunities to earn reciprocal status.

With that out of the way, below are details on how to register, and the opportunities available with this partnership.

Register for the American & Hyatt partnership

Taking part in the American and Hyatt partnership requires linking your accounts. You can link your American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt account either through American’s website or through Hyatt’s website.

You only need to do this through one site (it’s your choice which one), and you only need to register once (so this isn’t something you have to do annually, for example).

Earn American AAdvantage miles for Hyatt stays

American AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Executive Platinum members can earn one bonus mile per dollar spent on qualifying Hyatt stays and experiences.

Bonus miles will post six to eight weeks after an eligible stay, and the bonus miles are redeemable and don’t count towards elite status. You earn bonus points for qualifying spending like room rate and most incidentals, while taxes and fees don’t qualify. There’s no limit to how many bonus AAdvantage miles you can earn this way.

Personally I value AAdvantage miles at ~1.5 cents each, so to me this is like an incremental return of 1.5% on Hyatt stays for AAdvantage elite members.

Earn bonus American AAdvantage miles for Hyatt stays

Earn World of Hyatt points for American flights

World of Hyatt Discoverist, Explorist, and Globalist members can earn one bonus World of Hyatt point per dollar spent on qualifying American Airlines flights.

Bonus points will post within seven days of an eligible flight, and the bonus points are redeemable and don’t count towards elite status. Only flights marketed and operated by American qualify, so codeshare flights don’t count towards this. There’s no limit to how many bonus World of Hyatt points you can earn this way.

Personally I value World of Hyatt points at ~1.5 cents each, so to me this is like an incremental return of 1.5% on American flights for World of Hyatt elite members.

Earn bonus World of Hyatt points for American Airlines flights

Concierge Key members receive Globalist status

There’s only one consistent reciprocal status opportunity with the American and Hyatt partnership. American Airlines AAdvantage Concierge Key members receive World of Hyatt Globalist status.

Globalist is my favorite top-tier hotel status, as it offers perks like complimentary breakfast and/or executive lounge access, suite upgrades subject to availability, bonus points, guaranteed 4PM check-out at non-resorts, waived resort fees, and more.

Do note that Globalist status earned through this partnership doesn’t come with any Milestone Rewards, meaning you wouldn’t receive:

Globalist members receive space available suite upgrades

Other AAdvantage & World of Hyatt status opportunities

The only consistent reciprocal elite status available through this partnership is for Concierge Key members. However, both programs offer occasional reciprocal status opportunities on a targeted basis, either as an outright status gift, or as part of a status challenge.

I don’t know of any such opportunities right now, but they do come around periodically. These are generally targeted at higher tier elites, but not consistently.

Just to give a couple of examples of opportunities we saw in the past:

There have been some useful reciprocal status opportunities

Bottom line

American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt have a partnership offering reciprocal points earning opportunities, as well as some opportunities for reciprocal status.

As someone who has status with both American and Hyatt I quite like this partnership, as I earn an incremental ~1.5% return on my spending with both companies, by my valuation. While it’s ultimately not a game-changer that moves the needle too much, I’ll take the bonus points!

I know many Concierge Key members like the free Globalist status, while others have benefited from limited time reciprocal status opportunities. Regardless, it’s absolutely worth registering for this partnership, both for the points earning opportunities, and for any targeted status offers that may come your way.

What has your experience been with the American & Hyatt partnership?

  1. @Ben

    This sounds like a great opportunity to double earn. The problem I have is that everytime I fly American I credit it towards my Alaska status. I just seem to get more bang for my buck that way, given the limited amount of flying I do and the places I fly. Alaska Gold keeps me content, for now. I assume that in order to get the Hyatt points I would need to credit my American flights to my American status?

    I might be more inclined to credit my American flights to American in the future, instead of Alaska, depending on how the one world membership shakes out over the next year. I am going to easily be over 60 nights with Hyatt this year thanks to the double night promo. What do you think the chances of a globalist status challenge on American are this year? Can the globalist concierge help out with such an opportunity?

  2. I wonder how much these kind of promos change behavior. My travel is primarily personal (not business) and I’m based in NYC (so not captive to an airport dominated by one airline)… but do business travelers in AA hubs decide this is enough to make Hyatt their first hotel of choice moreso than flyers in other cities? I’m genuinely curious.

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