Register Now For The American & Hyatt Partnership

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A couple of months ago I wrote about a new partnership between American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt, offering reciprocal status and points earning to members of both programs.

What I found interesting was that the two programs announced this new partnership long before registration actually opened, as we’ve been promised it would go live later in the year.

Well, it looks like that time is now. As noted by @xJonNYCAmerican has a landing page for this partnership, and you can now register to earn points and reciprocal status.

Earn miles and points across flights and hotel stays

With this new partnership, select elite members in both the Hyatt and American programs will have the opportunity to earn bonus points with no limits.

Earn American miles for Hyatt stays

Those who are American AAdvantage members with Gold status or higher are eligible to earn AAdvantage bonus miles for Hyatt stays.

This requires linking your American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt account. You will continue to earn World of Hyatt points as usual, and will also earn one AAdvantage mile per eligible USD spent on qualifying Hyatt stays and experiences.

Earn Hyatt points for American flights

Those who are World of Hyatt members with Discoverist status or higher are eligible to earn World of Hyatt points for American flights. AAdvantage members with Gold status or higher are eligible to earn AAdvantage bonus miles for Hyatt stays.

This requires linking your American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt account. You will continue to earn American AAdvantage miles as usual, and will also earn one World of Hyatt point per eligible USD spent on qualifying American flights.

An “eligible flight” is one that is marketed by American and operated by American or American Eagle. Flights marketed and/or operated by other airlines aren’t eligible.

Earn status with both American and Hyatt

Additionally, there are opportunities for some members of American and Hyatt to earn elite status with the other program.

Get Hyatt status from American status

Members of American Airlines’ invitation only Concierge Key tier can receive World of Hyatt Globalist status.

Meanwhile AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum members, can earn World of Hyatt elite status at an accelerated rate.

Just to give an example, I’m a World of Hyatt Globalist member and American AAdvantage Executive Platinum member, and I received the following offer:

  • Register by October 1, 2019 to receive Explorist status for 90 days. If you are already a Globalist member, you will maintain your benefits during the 90 days.
  • Stay ten qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days of registration to maintain Explorist status through February 28, 2021 and earn 4 Club Lounge Access Awards.
  • Stay an additional ten qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days to earn Globalist status through February 28, 2021.

Meanwhile Ford is a World of Hyatt Discoverist member and American AAdvantage Platinum Pro member, and I received the following offer:

  • Register by October 1, 2019 to receive Explorist status for 90 days.
  • Stay ten qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days of registration to maintain Explorist status through February 28, 2021 and earn 4 Club Lounge Access Awards.

Get American status from Hyatt status

There’s not a published program to earn AAdvantage elite status based on Hyatt status, though they do say the following:

After linking their World of Hyatt and AAdvantage accounts, certain World of Hyatt members with World of Hyatt Explorist elite status or higher may, from time to time, be selected for the opportunity to participate in offers to earn AAdvantage elite status by traveling on eligible American Airlines flights during the designated offer period.

Check your AAdvantage account page to see if you have been selected for the opportunity to participate in an AAdvantage elite status offer, and, if so, for further details on AAdvantage elite status offer opportunities. Additionally, American Airlines or World of Hyatt will inform you in the event you are selected for the opportunity to participate in an AAdvantage elite status offer.

Bottom line

I’m happy to have seen this partnership launched, and that members now have reciprocal points earning opportunities. The Globalist status for Concierge Key members is a nice perk, as well as the status fast track opportunities for other AAdvantage members.

As of now there are no published offers for World of Hyatt members to earn AAdvantage status, though it sounds like those should be rolled out soon.

Comments
  1. As a globalist who qualifies each year on nights and $20k+ annual spend, I would love to receive gold or platinum status out of this arrangement. It would genuinely cause me to choose American over my preferred carriers (United & JetBlue), at least occasionally.

    The United/Marriott partnership has certainly driven some of my hotel stays to Marriott when I would have previously gone (further) out of my way to stay in Hyatts. (This was especially true before SPG & Marriott merged and the complimentary gold status was devalued.)

  2. As a Hyatt Globalist with no American status there is very little incentive in this tie-up to give American more business (or Hyatt for that matter). Pretty weak sauce for the Hyatt elite. Not near as “good” as the United/Marriott tie-up.

  3. CK gives you Globalist through Feb 2021. Nice that it’s forward looking since I have zero chance of getting CK or Globalist again this year.

  4. Are you paid by Hyatt? I agree with Tom, this is a bad situation for Hyatt elites. You should disclose anything you take from Hyatt so the readership can fully assess your bias.

    AA should give out Platinum Pro if Hyatt is giving out their top tier status – Globalist. Hyatt is sprireling towards the bottom anyway. I was in a lounge at LAX last week, and the agent said they were told by Hyatt corporate to remove hot food items to be in line with Marriott and that they were being too “generous”. So, in the grand scheme of things probably doesn’t matter as Hyatt seeks to become Marriott.

  5. John Parks – are you paid by Marriott? You should disclose so that we can fully assess your bias.

    As for the normal people out there, its good if you have status and care. And does not change your life if you dont.

  6. “Register by October 1, 2019 to receive Explorist status for 90 days. If you are already a Globalist member, you will maintain your benefits during the 90 days.
    Stay ten qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days of registration to maintain Explorist status through February 28, 2021 and earn 4 Club Lounge Access Awards.
    Stay an additional ten qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days to earn Globalist status through February 28, 2021.”

    This doesn’t make sense unless it basically says you can requalify for Globalists with 20 nights on registering, which seems decent.

  7. In the email I just received from Hyatt announcing the partnership, it included the announcement regarding “Opportunities to Fast Track to Elite Status in AAdvantage:

    “Current Offer:
    Because you are a Globalist member, you now have the opportunity to enjoy AAdvantage® Platinum status while working to achieve up to Executive Platinum status through January 31, 2021.

    Once you’ve linked your accounts, please allow 1-2 days to view this offer in your AAdvantage® account. Be sure to register by September 30, 2019.”

    Achieving airline status is not one of my goals, but I guess I it will give me an extra checked bag. .. for awhile, anyway.

  8. I’ll take the extra Hyatt points for linking my accounts. This will get Hyatt some award nights from me down the road.

    Their footprint is still too small. Even with the SLH properties, I haven’t been seeing available award space from any of those when I’ve looked.

  9. @Eric & Tom- couldn’t agree more. As a 6 year Hyatt Diamond/Globalist, with 114 nights last year, this pushes me further away from both programs rather than drawing me in.

    @Pauline- it’s nice you got a promo offer. But it sounds like a special promo with limited application. Hyatt has given away a lot, and I’m speculating here, but could it be that AA is cherry picking some Hyatt guests for a promo. Would be great if they had a complete T&C about this process.

    In the meantime, I’ll now compete more with AA flyers for rare room upgrades. Thanks Hyatt, but if it’s all the same to you, please stop innovating like this.

  10. Everything Hyatt does is US-centric. It’s as if the rest of the world doesn’t factor in their thinking. We saw that before with the fast track to Globalist for US corporate customers. While it is appreciated that much of the business is domestic, Hyatt really does ‘cock a snoot’ at members outside the USA with this kind of deal. The message is unequivocal: “ We want you money but you are second class citizens viz those who are US based “. For all its faults, Marriott does not engage in this kind of sleazy jiggery pokery.

  11. My email from Hyatt has similar wording to Pauline (but my Explorist status gets a Gold fast track):

    Because you are an Explorist member, you now have the opportunity to enjoy AAdvantage® Gold status while working to maintain Gold status through January 31, 2021.

    Once you’ve linked your accounts, please allow 1-2 days to view this offer in your AAdvantage® account. Be sure to register by September 30, 2019.

  12. Get Discoverist status already from a Credit Card. No benefit for me – already EXP. I am a Marriott person, so even non-lounge Explorist would not do anything for me.

    I guess the bonus points are in additional to normal miles and hotel points – so at least registering for the extra points.

    The UA/Marriott doesn’t require qualifying fast track stays, so this is not really a bigger.

    Great if you are CK though.

  13. Top AA elites do wonderfully with this promotion, Globalists get Bonvoyed. As a Globalist, I get absolutely nothing for my top tier status with this new arrangement. American top elites get every benefit I do, so now I’m directly competing with a ton of new elites for upgrades with zero corresponding benefits on American.

  14. Just in. I linked my globalist account (5th year) to my AA account (no status) earlier this morning and just checked my AA account and the AA status challenge just showed up.

    Here are some of main details.

    Take your World of Hyatt Globalist status to the next level and enjoy free AAdvantage® Platinum status for 3 months after you register. Does anyone know if EQD you get from credit card spending (such as $5000 EQD from spending $20k on Aviator silver) would count toward such status challenge?

    Since I am based in Seattle and I don’t travel for work, I don’t fly AA at all but I guess getting the top tier status and matching it to alaska would be awesome. but then not sure how to get 35k EQM in 3 months. Unless I find a super crazy low fare long hall deal? any tips?

    Elevate your AAdvantage® status through January 31, 2021, by earning the required Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) and either the required Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) between the date you register and the date 3 months after you register:
    $1,000 EQDs and either 7,000 EQMs or 8 EQSs for Gold
    $2,000 EQDs and either 12,500 EQMs or 16 EQSs for Platinum
    $3,000 EQDs and either 20,000 EQMs or 24 EQSs for Platinum Pro
    $5,000 EQDs and either 35,000 EQMs or 40 EQSs for Executive Platinum

  15. Just as another data point, I’m an Explorist with zero travel on American in about a year, and received a challenge for Gold status with AA.

  16. I was offered Gold AA status as a Hyatt Explorist for 3 months with the ability to keep it after $1,000 EQDs and either 7,000 EQMs or 8 EQSs within that time frame until January 2021

  17. So – are these challenges any better/easier than just regular challenges offered to the public?

  18. So I’m 10 nights away from getting Globalist this year, should I wait to tie these two programs together to get a better status match offer from American?

  19. My question to you Lucky is now the following:

    Delta lost their partnership with Starwood because of the Marriott merger last year in July. With United now partnering with Marriott and American with Hyatt, do you think we will soon see a partnership being announced between Delta and Hilton?

  20. Enthusiastic Hyatt Globalist and agnostic AA Platinum Pro, here. I can’t help but think AA is hurting themselves by inviting their members to compare AAdvantage to Hyatt’s top-tier program. Over the last decade American has worked fairly tirelessly to gut the value of AAdvantage, even for its highest-tier elites. Meanwhile, Hyatt has continually added value to the World of Hyatt program, and consistently delights its best customers.

    I held AA Executive Platinum status for seven years; these days, AAdvantage has such limited value that I’ve considered letting my AA status lapse entirely. Meanwhile, we spent more than 120 nights in Hyatt properties last year and were given awesome suite upgrades and other benefits worth tens of thousands of dollars. Hyatt has taken up the spend that we used to direct to American Airlines, and we are happy to put it there.

    Besides Alaska, are there any decent top-tier airline programs left? Most of them seem to have destroyed the ability to earn significant mileage except by buying their most expensive first-class tickets.

  21. Do points or points/cash stays count as qualifying nights for the Explorist promotion?

  22. As an ex plat for 12 years, with 400,000 eqm, 51,000 eqd’s, 158 eqs in 2018 with just 2 unusable swu’s out of it, I am very excited to see I am a “other” in this partnership.

  23. Can’t get my two programs to match up, due to slight difference in my name between Hyatt and AA (missing Initial at Hyatt) Anyone have any luck calling in to register their accounts which wouldn’t work online? If so, did you call Hyatt to do this, or AA?

  24. @Lucky @Ben et al…..
    I really like Hyatt and Thompson properties but when I tried to link accounts via your hyperlink….. I saw no advantages being an AA EXP member. I am a new “Member”- which is fine but was expecting a second or third tier.
    Very happy in 2019, though, with the AA program. (I know that is counter-culture, now.) . With 27 legs this year to date, I have been upgraded on 26 of those.

  25. Has anyone been able to confirm if award nights count toward the qualifying Hyatt nights??

  26. I just received an offer as an hyatt explorist, for gold status challenge for AA, valid until sept 30,2019. Not sure if others got the same offer or if hyatt globalists got offers for plat.

  27. Linked my accounts and my recent AA activity resulted in some Hyatt points added to my account. Nice.

    Question: Does this activity qualify to prevent expiration if my Hyatt points?

  28. Confused by this program. Do I get less Hyatt point after participating this promotion?

    Originally the Hyatt Chase Card offers 2 bonus point for airline tickets as “””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”””

    linking Hyatt card to AA give you 1 Hyatt point? “”This requires linking your American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt account. You will continue to earn American AAdvantage miles as usual, and will also earn one World of Hyatt point per eligible USD spent on qualifying American flights.””

  29. Question… I’m currently AA Plat and Hyatt Discoverist.

    The promotion I see via AA only refers to ability to upgrade to Explorist if I stay 10 nights. No mention of Globalist at 20.

    If I were to reach Explorist without the promotion via stays, would I then get a Globalist promo?

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