American & Hyatt Offering Status Fast Track Promo

Filed Under: American, Hyatt

American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt have a cool partnership that offers reciprocal benefits, and today the two programs have announced a new fast track opportunity.

How the American & Hyatt partnership works

In 2019 American Airlines and Hyatt launched a partnership, offering reciprocal benefits for members of both loyalty programs. The concept of airlines and hotels teaming up makes sense, since those who fly a lot are also likely to stay at hotels a lot, and vice versa.

With this partnership, registered members can receive the following perks:

  • American AAdvantage elite members can earn one AAdvantage mile per dollar spent with Hyatt
  • World of Hyatt elite members can earn one World of Hyatt point per dollar spent with American
  • American AAdvantage Concierge Key members (invitation only) receive complimentary Globalist status with Hyatt
  • World of Hyatt Explorist and Globalist members “may, from time to time, be selected for the opportunity to participate in offers to earn AAdvantage elite status” (for example, last year we saw many Hyatt Globalist members get Executive Platinum status)

As you can see, typically the only “guaranteed” status is that Concierge Key members receive Globalist status, while there’s no consistent opportunities for Hyatt elite members to receive American status.

American & Hyatt offering reciprocal status opportunities

Starting today (March 9, 2020), American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt are introducing a promotion allowing eligible members of both programs to get a fast track to elite status in the partner’s program based on qualifying activity.

Note that while this is being introduced today, you don’t have to start the fast track right away — you can also choose to participate later this year, whatever works best for your travels.

Here are the details of these promotions:

AAdvantage fast track for World of Hyatt elite members

With this promotion, World of Hyatt Explorist members can register for an AAdvantage Gold fast track, while Globalist members can register for an AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Pro fast track.

Here are the basic terms:

  • You must register by September 30, 2020
  • Qualifying AAdvantage activity has to be completed within three months of registration
  • If successful, status will be valid through January 2022
  • This is valid for flights marketed and operated by American Airlines

Get flight upgrades as an AAdvantage elite member

What offers are available for members?

Fast track for Hyatt Explorist members

World of Hyatt Explorist members who have linked their accounts can earn AAdvantage Gold status:

  • Explorist members will have to earn 1,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) and either 7,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or 8 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs)

As a point of comparison:

  • Ordinarily AAdvantage Gold status requires 3,000 EQDs and either 25,000 EQMs or 30 EQSs

This means you have a quarter of the usual qualification period to complete a bit over a quarter of the usual requirements.

Fast track for Hyatt Globalist members

World of Hyatt Globalist members who have linked their accounts can earn AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Pro status:

  • For AAdvantage Gold, Globalist members will have to earn 1,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) and either 7,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or 8 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs)
  • For AAdvantage Platinum, Globalist members will have to earn 2,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) and either 12,500 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or 16 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs)
  • For AAdvantage Platinum Pro, Globalist members will have to earn 3,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) and either 20,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or 24 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs)

As a point of comparison:

  • Ordinarily AAdvantage Gold status requires 3,000 EQDs and either 25,000 EQMs or 30 EQSs
  • Ordinarily AAdvantage Platinum status requires 6,000 EQDs and either 50,000 EQMs or 60 EQSs
  • Ordinarily AAdvantage Platinum Pro status requires 9,000 EQDs and either 75,000 EQMs or 90 EQSs

This means you have a quarter of the usual qualification period to complete a bit over a quarter of the usual requirements.

World of Hyatt fast track for AAdvantage elite members

With this promotion, AAdvantage Platinum and Platinum Pro members can register for a World of Hyatt Explorist fast track, while AAdvantage Executive Platinum members can register for a World of Hyatt Explorist or Globalist fast track.

Here are the basic terms:

  • You must register by October 2, 2020
  • Qualifying World of Hyatt activity has to be completed within 90 days of registration
  • If successful, status will be valid through February 2022
  • Only eligible rates qualify, including award nights

Get room upgrades as a World of Hyatt elite member

What offers are available for members?

Fast track for American Platinum & Platinum Pro members

AAdvantage Platinum and Platinum Pro members who have linked their accounts can earn World of Hyatt Explorist status:

  • AAdvantage Platinum and Platinum Pro members will have to earn 10 qualifying elite nights

As a point of comparison:

  • Ordinarily World of Hyatt Explorist status requires 30 qualifying elite nights

This means you have a quarter of the usual qualification period to complete about a third of the usual qualification requirements.

Fast track for American Executive Platinum members

AAdvantage Executive Platinum members who have linked their accounts can earn World of Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status:

  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum members will have to earn 10 qualifying elite nights for Explorist status
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum members will have to earn 20 qualifying elite nights for Globalist status

As a point of comparison:

  • Ordinarily World of Hyatt Explorist status requires 30 qualifying elite nights
  • Ordinarily World of Hyatt Globalist status requires 60 qualifying elite nights

This means you have a quarter of the usual qualification period to complete about a third of the usual qualification requirements.

Bottom line

While status challenges haven’t been a consistent aspect of this partnership, they have been offered pretty frequently. It’s nice to see American and Hyatt offering this for the next several months.

With these challenges you have to complete about one third to one fourth of the usual qualification requirements over the course of about three months. This has the potential to be a great deal, especially when you consider that status will be valid for up to nearly two full years, through early 2022.

Anyone taking advantage of this reciprocal American & Hyatt status fast track opportunity? 

Comments
  1. Any word on whether challenging from EXP to Globalist will result in Globalist “lite”?

  2. If you have AA Exec Plat through the Globalist promotion last year, would you qualify for the Exec Plat –> Globalist promo for Globalist re-qualification?

  3. Valid for existing reservations? Once I register for AA status challenge, any idea how long it takes for challenge to become “live”? I have enough booked travel to get me platinum pro through 2021 if I can time it correctly.

  4. Is this promotion targeted? I am EP and an Explorist but was told I am not eligible for this promotion.

  5. @ Michael — If you are asking about suite upgrades, those are no longer attached to status, but instead to qualifying nights. You must have 60 qualifying nights to receive the customary 4 TSUs, so no this fast track won’t get you any TSUs.

  6. To answer the question, NO. Still miffed that as a Hyatt Globalist and AA Platinum was turned down for EXP offer. But I did get yet another Platinum Pro status upgrade offer at the same price I’ve been quoted throughout – $1745. Passing on that during my Delta status challenge to Platinum Medallion. I’ve been upgraded to First more time on DL in the last month versus the last 3 years on AA. Not looking back!

  7. @Ben have you noticed a shift in close-in pricing of domestic airfare?

    For all the routes I’m searching 1-3 weeks out, pricing mirrors the international style in that one-ways cost nearly as much as roundtrips.

    And these are on flights where it’s usually a 50/50 split, like BOS-DFW or JFK-LAX

  8. Great news. Thanks for the heads up, Ben! To your other point, AAdvantage has more negotiation power and arguably EPs would get more out of this than Globalists.

  9. For the EQMs, would the class of service bonus count for the challenge? e.g. earning 2x eqm for discounted AA business class.

  10. I have an AA Plat Pro challenge through 4/19 but my SFO to ROME flight was cancelled. Not sure yet if they will extend it.

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