Hyatt, American Airlines Offer Reciprocal Shortcuts to Elite Status

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Hyatt and American Airlines have launched a new round of reciprocal elite-status fast track match-challenges. Elites of both programs have the opportunity to quickly earn elite status with the other by completing qualifying activity. This particular promotion presents a valuable opportunity—even if you aren't necessarily planning to travel in the near future.

Partnership Overview

Hyatt and American Airlines announced their partnership in April 2019. It was designed to mutually benefit loyalty members of both programs with several reciprocal perks and offerings. We wrote all about it at the time. But to refresh your memory, the partnership consists of:

  • World of Hyatt elite members earn one bonus Hyatt point per dollar spent on qualifying American Airlines flights.
  • AAdvantage elite members earn one bonus AAdvantage mile per dollar spent at qualifying Hyatt properties.
  • Elite members of both programs will get the chance to take part in special status match-challenges.
  • American Airlines Concierge Key members—AA's special invitation-only elite status—receive complimentary top-tier Hyatt Globalist status.

New 2020 Elite Status Match-Challenge

The original status match-challenge ended on October 1, 2019, leaving elite members without a status match-challenge option since. Now through this offer, elites members of both programs have an opportunity to fast-track to elite status. These offers are appealing for two reasons:

  1. The requirements to earn elite status through a fast track challenge are only a fraction of those necessary to earn status through the typical route.
  2. Members can register for these promotions any time through September or October. So, you can wait to register until it suits your travel schedule.

Hyatt Status Challenge for American Airlines Elites

AA Platinum and Platinum Pro elites can complete a fast track challenge to earn Hyatt Explorist status. Meanwhile, AA Executive Platinum members can complete a fast track challenge to earn either Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status.

  • You must register for this challenge by October 2, 2020.
  • You will have 90 days after registration to complete the challenge.
  • Hyatt status earned via challenge will be valid through February 2022.
  • To earn Hyatt Explorist, you must complete 10 elite-qualifying nights.
  • For Hyatt Globalist, you must complete 20 elite-qualifying nights.

Both of these challenges will let you earn Hyatt elite status in one-third the number of nights typically required. However, you're only given one-forth of the year to complete the challenge. Still, the ability to earn top-tier Globalist as an AA Executive Platinum is particularly lucrative.

The terms and conditions also mention that only eligible rates—including award nights—will qualify. That means that elite-qualifying nights earned through spend on the The World Of Hyatt Credit Card will likely not count for this challenge.

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Points - 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend a total of $6,000 on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.
  • Earn 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total within 6 months of account opening.
  • Free nights start at 5,000 points
  • Receive 1 free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort after your Cardmember anniversary
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
  • Get automatic World of Hyatt Elite status and 5 qualifying night credits every year as long as your account is open
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status everytime you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn 9 points total for Hyatt stays - 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • 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
  • 9X points total per $1 spent at Hyatt - 4X points per $1 when you use your card at Hyatt hotels & 5X points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • 2X 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
  • 1X point per $1 everywhere else

Another factor worth considering is that Hyatt status earned through a challenge is considered “light” status. This is because even though you'll receive all applicable elite benefits, you won't receive any of the Milestone Rewards you'd normally receive for completing the standard elite-night requirements. These include Free-Night Awards, Suite Upgrade Awards, and Club Lounge Access Awards.

American Airlines Challenge for Hyatt Elites

Hyatt Explorist members can complete a fast track challenge to earn AA Gold status. Meanwhile, Hyatt Globalist members can complete a fast track challenge to earn either AA Gold, Platinum, or Platinum Pro status.

  • Members must register for this challenge by September 30, 2020.
  • After registering, members will have three months to complete a challenge after registration.
  • American Airlines status earned via challenge will be valid through January 2022.
  • Gold status: earn 1,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) AND either 7,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or 8 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs).
  • Platinum status: earn 2,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) AND either 12,500 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or 16 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs).
  • Platinum Pro status: earn 3,000 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) AND either 20,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or 24 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs).
Email to Hyatt Explorist listing the requirements to fast-track to AA Gold status
This was the email I received as a World of Hyatt Explorist.

Once you have secured American Airlines elite status, utilize that elite status on more flights by signing up for the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®. This card is currently offering an excellent 65,000-mile bonus after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening.

CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®
CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®
Annual Fee$99, waived for first 12 months
Welcome Offer Earn 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening.
The AA Business Card is a great card to hold for any business owner that travels at least a few times per year with American Airlines. Get a free checked bag on domestic itineraries, priority boarding and a 25% discount on in-flight purchases. Even better, this card gives you access to Reduced Mileage Awards, which can save you up to 30% on the miles required for domestic awards. With these perks, it's easy to justify the annual fee of $99, waived for first 12 months.
  • Free checked bags for you and up to 4 companions on domestic itineraries
  • Priority boarding to help you win the race for overhead bin space
  • A 25% discount on inflight food, beverage, and Wi-Fi purchases
  • Reduced Mileage Awards can save you 7,500 miles on roundtrip MileSAAver Awards
  • Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on cable and satellite providers
  • Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent at gas stations
  • Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on select telecommunications merchants
  • Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on car rentals
  • Earn 2X miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • Earn 1X mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases

Final Thoughts

When this partnership was first announced last year, we honestly didn't know how often to expect these “special status-match challenges”. It's great to see that it's at least a once-per-year opportunity.

For most of us, frequent traveling has been put on hold for the foreseeable future, and understandably so. Thankfully, both promotions have a generous window to register. That means that even if you can't take advantage of it immediately, it could still be a viable option once the traveling world starts getting back to normal. And that is something that we can all look forward to.

Has anyone completed one of these challenges before? Anybody hoping to partake this year? How valuable do you find these elite statuses?

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Comments

  • MARIO CASTRO says:

    Do you know if, due covid-19, American Airlines will change it rules to avoid expiring miles ?

    • American should definitely make some accommodation in light of the crisis.

    • It’s likely that you will see some accommodations (airlines are going to want your loyalty after this ends), but keep in mind you can easily keep your points active spending $1 on their shopping portal.

  • This is great news! I’m going to join the challenge.

  • el tema de corona virus hace muy dificil planear viajes este año ,ojala esto pase lo mas pronto posible y podamos utilizar todos estos beneficios

  • I doubt anyone want to travel or stay at hotels due to covid.

  • Sigh,
    I was supposed to be in Argentina right now, and earning AA status from the flights. luckily I hadn’t activated yet, so if travel gets back to normal, i still have a chance.

  • Me sumo al desafio!

  • This is great news! but Do you know if, due covid-19, American Airlines and Hyatt will change it rules to avoid expiring miles ?

  • I already have am an Explorist and a Platinum Pro from my travel so this doesn’t help me at all. I will say that I am very happy to earn the additional points from the other program each time I fly American or stay with Hyatt so I still can take advantage of the benefits of this partnership even though the challenge doesn’t do anything for me. Due to the decreased travel, these challenges might be useful in the future so it is definitely a good thing they do this periodically.

  • ron_vaughn@hotmail.com says:

    Given current travel uncertainties, it seems unwise to register now because it will be so difficult to meet the challenge in the next 90 days. How about doing a repost when travel starts to normalize so I can remember to register then.

  • Hay alguna aerolinea que planee extender el vencimiento de las millas por el covid-19?

  • Anyone else experiencing a slowing in points posting to your account? AA, in particular, seems to take forever. I know they’ve got a lot of issues on their hands, but I thought this sort of thing was automated.

  • The only “Sensible” post is from Ron Vaughan

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    This looks splendid. With 60,000 points, that alone could ALMOST put me where I want to be in terms of affording an internal flight. External flights are on hold right now anyway.

  • Unfortunately with COVID-19, my traveling for work has stopped and will not start up again for the foreseeable future.

  • I had all my flights lined up before COVID-19 shut everything down. Now I won’t be traveling at all. Challenges are only good if you can travel. Hope they come up with an alternative that is feasible (since most international flights and various hotel locations are closed off)

  • I’m in the wait and see camp to see when the stay in place orders are lifted.

  • Very much needed once we are over this period and will help us get back in the air and into hotel rooms!

  • Excellent news, hopefully the covid-19 will be resolved as soon as possible.

  • nice offer but things will have to settle down before it makes sense to take it.

  • AA even makes “social distancing” arrangements onboard right now.

    • Yes, they’re actually blocking off half of all middle seats. And, customers, not surprisingly, have more flexibility to move to other seats, subject to weight and balance concerns.. Policy currently applies thru 5/31.

  • Maicon Fernandes says:

    Great news, i pray that the covid-19 is resolved as soon as possible and can travel.

  • I love that this is back, but question the timetable – with all that is going, I except that most people will not be able to even start thinking about new travel until July earliest – and we need to wait if the places we want to go / fly to even are back open again. So very likely the best option will be to only book flights you can rebook / cancel for a fee (and make that a bet you are willing to take) and book the hotel only on rates that can be cancelled – and to bookmark an overview like this to revisit in a few months 🙁

  • The offer is good but in these times is difficult to plan a trip

  • Any news on deferred expiry of current elite status?

  • AA should offer a mileage expiration holiday indeed.

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