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Hyatt and American Airlines Partnership Now in Effect — Starting With Fast Track Elite Status

If World of Hyatt and AAdvantage are your favorite frequent travel loyalty programs, you are in luck: you now have more ways to earn miles, points and elite level status when you fly as a passenger with American Airlines or stay as a guest at hotel and resort properties within the global brand portfolio of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, as the joint partnership between the frequent travel loyalty programs of the two companies is now in effect.

Hyatt and American Airlines Partnership Now in Effect — Starting With Fast Track Elite Status

American Airlines
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This collaboration between the two companies creates a relationship through which members who have earned elite level status in both frequent travel loyalty programs elite are rewarded with greater access to earning both points and miles on qualifying flights and hotel stays.

Members of both frequent travel loyalty programs who have earned elite level status are able to link their membership accounts and enjoy the following benefits when staying at a Hyatt hotel or resort property or flying as a passenger on an airplane operated by American Airlines.

American AAdvantage

  • Members who have earned Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey elite level status will earn one AAdvantage bonus mile for every eligible dollar spent at qualifying Hyatt hotel and resort properties — in addition to World of Hyatt points earned through those stays.
  • ConciergeKey members will receive Globalist elite level status with World of Hyatt — In addition to earning more miles — as a new way to extend the care provided throughout the entire travel journey.

World of Hyatt

  • Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist members will be able to earn one World of Hyatt bonus point for every eligible dollar spent on qualifying flights operated by American Airlines — in addition to AAdvantage miles which are earned.

The First Limited Time Elite Status Challenge is Now In Effect

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
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Unique to this collaboration, AAdvantage Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members, and Explorist and Globalist World of Hyatt members also have the opportunity to participate in limited time elite status challenges. Upon registering, these elite members will be able to immediately enjoy their new loyalty benefits in the reciprocal program tier as they work to maintain that elite tier status.

AAdvantage elite members will have access to World of Hyatt elite status benefits — including a dedicated check-in area, late check-out upon request, room upgrades and free premium internet. World of Hyatt elite members will have access to AAdvantage elite status benefits — such as priority boarding, free checked bags, free preferred seats and more.

Once the membership accounts are linked, World of Hyatt members who have earned Explorist and Globalist elite level status may have opportunities to fast track to higher American Airlines AAdvantage elite level status. You will need to log in to your American Airlines AAdvantage membership account to see the current offer which is available through Monday, September 30, 2019, as the offer you receive will depend on the current elite level status which you have already earned.


American Airlines
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Some of the room upgrades could be suite upgrades for some members of the AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program.

Members of World of Hyatt who have Discoverist elite level status because of their credit cards means that they will earn one bonus World of Hyatt point per dollar spent on flights operated by American Airlines.

As for the limited time elite status challenges, they seem to be in effect once per quarter, as the current one is available through Monday, September 30, 2019; but that does not necessarily mean that they will be offered on a regular basis — or, at times, perhaps at all.

This collaboration — which was first announced back in March of 2019 — reminds me of the Crossover Rewards partnership which Delta Air Lines and Starwood Hotels and Resorts once had with their SkyMiles and Starwood Preferred Guest frequent travel loyalty programs respectively. Crossover Rewards was first introduced on Thursday, February 7, 2013 and became effective as of Friday, March 1, 2013; but that popular partnership unfortunately ended on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

More partnerships similar to this should be formed, in my opinion, as I believe that is a good idea which benefits members overall — except for basic members of either frequent travel loyalty program with no elite level status, who essentially do not benefit at all from this partnership.

All photograph ©2015 and ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

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