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American Airlines & Hyatt Launch Loyalty Program Partnership

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Several weeks ago, AAdvantage and World of Hyatt announced a cross-program partnership that would include bonus points-earning across the two programs for elite members and other promotional benefits. Given that we hold elite status with both AA and Hyatt, we were very excited about this partnership and the opportunities it might create.

Today, the AA-Hyatt partnership officially launched, and we have a more complete understanding of the parameters of the partnership. We’re looking forward to earning bonus Hyatt points on our AA flights as well as bonus AAdvantage miles for our Hyatt stays.

We received emails from both programs today announcing the launch of the partnership.

Coincidentally, I’m writing this article from a Hyatt hotel, having taken an AA flight this morning and with 3 more AA flights to come within the next week. Needless to say, we’re pretty happy about the timing of this launch!

Details of the Partnership

For better or worse, only elite members of AAdvantage and/or World of Hyatt benefit from this partnership. We suppose this makes sense, given that its objective is to cross-promote the two brands and programs to members of the other program who can make the most impact. That said, we’re still a bit disappointed that non-elite members are left out.

To earn reciprocal benefits under this program, you must link your AAdvantage and World of Hyatt accounts. If you don’t link your accounts, you won’t receive any benefits of the partnership. Names on your AAdvantage and World of Hyatt accounts much match in order for the accounts to link correctly. (That said, I have a slight mismatch on my accounts, as my AA account is under “Charles Craig” and my Hyatt account is under “Craig,” but my accounts still linked immediately with no issues.)

The emails we received from the programs had buttons that were supposed to take you to a page to link your accounts. But they didn’t work very well. Later in this article, we’ll show you exactly how you can link accounts if you’re an AA elite member or a Hyatt elite member.

Once your accounts are linked, here are the key details of the AA-Hyatt partnership:

For AA elite members:

  • All AA elite members will earn 1 AAdvantage bonus mile for every eligible dollar spent on qualifying Hyatt stays and experiences
  • AAdvantage Concierge Key members receive World of Hyatt Globalist status
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum members can earn World of Hyatt elite status at an accelerated rate
    • This comes in the form of a status challenge with a trial membership period – it’s essentially the same as the status challenges that Hyatt has offered recently to certain corporate employees, if you’re familiar with those:
      • Once you register for the challenge, you’re granted Explorist status for 90 days
      • During the 90 days, if you spend 10 nights at Hyatt hotels, Explorist status is extended until 2/28/2021 and you get 4 Club Access Awards
      • And during the 90 days, if you spend a total of 20 nights at Hyatt hotels, you get Globalist status until 2/28/2021
      • Award nights count, but elite nights earned through credit card spend don’t count
      • Registration for this program is open until 10/1/2019

For Hyatt elite members:

  • All Hyatt elite members will earn 1 World of Hyatt bonus point for every qualifying dollar spent for AA marketed and operated flights (including American Eagle)
    • Your earning preferences must be set to Hyatt points in order to earn AA miles
    • AA flights that earn AAdvantage miles based on distance rather than fare are not eligible to earn Hyatt bonus points
    • Qualifying dollars for this partnership appear to be the same as the number of Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) you’d earn on the flight (as long as you’re earning AA miles based on fare)
  • Hyatt Explorist and Globalist members may be eligible for a fast-track challenge to higher AA elite status

How Do I Link My AA and Hyatt Accounts?

AA elite members need to enroll through aa.com; Hyatt elite members need to enroll through the World of Hyatt website (world.hyatt.com). Persons who have elite status with both programs can link their accounts through either program.

The linking page was a little tough to find on the AA site, so we wanted to walk you through how to get your accounts linked via either site.

A. Linking through aa.com

1 – Go to aa.com and log in to your account as usual

2 – Go to “Your Account”

3 – On your account page, click on the “AAdvantage” dropdown on the right side of the upper menu bar. Then on the dropdown menu, click on “Partner accounts”:

4 – This should take you to the “Link your World of Hyatt account” page. There, in the box on the right side of the page, you can enter your World of Hyatt number and agree to the terms & conditions:

5 – Once you’ve done that, you should receive a success box telling you that your accounts are linked:

B. Linking through the World of Hyatt web page

1 – Currently, when you go to World of Hyatt, the new partnership is right at the top of the home page. Click the “Learn more” button:

2 – This should take you to a page about the AA-Hyatt partnership, where you can then click the “Link Accounts Now” button:

3 – Next, you’ll need to sign in to your World of Hyatt account

4 – Once you sign in, you should be taken to a page where you can enter your AAdvantage number, agree to the terms & conditions, and click the “Link Accounts” button:

5 – This should then take you to a success page confirming that you have linked your accounts:

Conclusion

We’re quite happy with the new AA-Hyatt partnership. For us, having elite status with both AA and Hyatt, we end up earning extra points on things we’re already doing. When we fly AA, we’ll earn an extra Hyatt point for each dollar of spend. At our baseline value of 1.5 cents per Hyatt point, that’s an extra 1.5% points rebate on our AA spend. Similarly, by earning an extra AA mile for each dollar of Hyatt spend, at our baseline value of 1.25 cents per AA mile, we’re getting an extra 1.25% points rebate. Nothing wrong with any of that!

For us personally, the status challenges don’t really help us for now. We’re already Executive Platinum at AA, and we’re surely not expecting any Concierge Key challenges, so we have nowhere to go with AA. But, if our status should drop in the future, maybe there will be a challenge to get us back up to Executive Platinum or Platinum Pro. On the Hyatt side, we’re already about halfway to Globalist for this year, and our current plans wouldn’t organically have us making 20 nights within any 90-day period. We’ll just let the year play out as it’ll be easier for us to get 30 more nights within the last 7 months of the year than 20 nights during any 3-month block.

For others, though, the status challenges may prove quite useful. If you can take advantage of these, we certainly wish you the best!

What are your thoughts on the new AA-Hyatt partnership? Will you take advantage of any of the status challenges? We love to hear reader success stories, so please let us know what you’re thinking in the Comments!


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