Hyatt and AA Launch Crossover Benefits for Elites
Update: A reminder that if you have Hyatt status that you have until September 30th to activate the challenge and get free status with American Airlines. Don’t miss out!
In case you were living under a rock yesterday and missed the announcement that American Airlines and World of Hyatt Elites is launching a loyalty program crossover situation, here are the details (and my 2 cents in the conclusion). The program will provide frequent travelers more ways to earn miles, points and status when they fly with American or stay at Hyatt. The loyalty collaboration is expected to launch later this year.
Elite members in both the American Airlines AAdvantage and World of Hyatt loyalty programs will be rewarded with more access to earning both points and miles on qualifying American flights and Hyatt hotel stays. Once the program launches, AAdvantage and World of Hyatt elite members will be able to register and enjoy these additional loyalty benefits when staying at a Hyatt property or flying on American.
AAdvantage Member Benefits
- Elite AAdvantage Members inc. Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey members will be able to earn one AAdvantage bonus mile for every eligible dollar spent at qualifying Hyatt properties.
- American’s invitation-only ConciergeKey members will receive World of Hyatt Globalist status.
World of Hyatt
- World of Hyatt Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist members will earn one Hyatt bonus point for every eligible dollar spent on qualifying American flights.
AAdvantage Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members, and Explorist and Globalist World of Hyatt members will also have the opportunity to participate in limited time 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.
I love crossover programs because they’re basically just a nice way to earn free loyalty points and benefits. I’m intrigued by the type of status challenges they’ll offer- perhaps even enough to become a Hyatt loyalist. We’ll see. I consider myself a free agent when it comes to hotel loyalty now that Bonvoy has crashed and burned in the worst way. It’a bit disappointing that only Concierge Key members will receive Globalist status since it’s an invite only tier with no published guidelines on how to earn it. Either way, this can definitely be looked at as a positive.