American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt have a partnership that offers reciprocal perks. This offers some consistent benefits, and we also sometimes see reciprocal status fast track opportunities. We’ve just seen a new reciprocal status opportunity introduced, giving American elites access to a Hyatt fast track, and giving Hyatt elites access to an American fast track.
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How the American & Hyatt partnership works
In 2019 American AAdvantage and World of 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”
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.
Hyatt status fast track for American elites
Thanks to a promotion, AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Executive Platinum members, can register for a World of Hyatt status fast track, which can earn them World of Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status, depending on their qualifying activity.
Here are the basic terms:
- You must register by November 30, 2023
- Qualifying World of Hyatt activity has to be completed within 90 days of registration (so you’ll want to time registration, since the “clock” starts when you register)
- Members will receive trial Explorist status, and then can maintain Explorist or Globalist status through February 2025 based on qualifying activity
- Only eligible rates qualify, including award nights
You need to complete the following number of nights within 90 days to maintain status through February 2025:
- To maintain World of Hyatt Explorist status, earn 10 qualifying nights
- To earn World of Hyatt Globalist status, earn 20 qualifying nights (only Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum, and Concierge Key members are eligible for the Globalist status challenge)
Essentially this fast track requires you to earn one-third of the typical elite nights in one-quarter of the year. A couple of further things to note:
- Elite nights earned with credit cards, including the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) and World of Hyatt Business Credit Card (review), wouldn’t count toward this promotion; the night requirement here is for actual hotel stays
- Keep in mind that some World of Hyatt perks are tied to the Milestone Rewards program, which is based on how many elite nights you earn, rather than what your status is; so if you earn Globalist status through this offer you wouldn’t earn suite upgrade awards, free night certificates, or get access to My Hyatt Concierge
American status fast track for Hyatt elites
While the above offer is published for all eligible members, there’s a more targeted opportunity for World of Hyatt elites to also get a status fast track with American AAdvantage. This is available to select AAdvantage members who have their World of Hyatt and AAdvantage accounts linked. If you’re eligible, you should see an exclusive offer listed in the “promotions” tab in your AAdvantage account, on aa.com.
I’m sure there are different offers out there based on whether you have World of Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status. For Globalist members, it seems like the most common offer is as follows (I can’t guarantee that this is what everyone will see):
- Register by October 12, 2023
- You then receive Platinum Pro status for a period of four months, and it will be reflected in your account almost immediately
- You can then maintain Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, or Executive Platinum status, based on earning a certain number of Loyalty Points in four months (essentially one-third of the usual requirements in one-third of the time)
- You can then extend the status by another four months, by doing the same
- If you meet these Loyalty Points thresholds for three consecutive periods (equal to 12 months), then your status will be valid for the following membership year
Here are the Loyalty Points requirements to maintain status over the course of a four month period:
- Earn Gold status with 13,000 Loyalty Points
- Earn Platinum status with 25,000 Loyalty Points
- Earn Platinum Pro status with 42,000 Loyalty Points
- Earn Executive Platinum status with 67,000 Loyalty Points
This is essentially a version of American’s Instant Status Pass program, but without an enrollment fee. This could be a great way for people to earn status with American, and yes, credit card spending does count toward this.
American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt have an awesome partnership, and as part of that, they’re now offering reciprocal status opportunities. American AAdvantage elite members can participate in a World of Hyatt status fast track, while World of Hyatt elite members can participate in an American AAdvantage status fast track. These offers have the potential to be a great deal.
Anyone taking advantage of these status fast track opportunities?