American AAdvantage-Hyatt Double Dip and Elite Status Fast Track is Now Live

Two months ago American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt announced a new partnership.

  • American elites earn 1 AAdvantage mile per dollar spent with Hyatt (that’s a 20% bonus on top of base points offered)
  • Hyatt elites earn 1 Hyatt point per dollar spent on American flights (that’s a 20% bonus on top of base points offered)
  • American Airlines ConciergeKey members receive World of Hyatt Globalist status
  • Each program is offering status challenges to elites from the other program

The program is now live and you can link your accounts to start earning on the American side or on the Hyatt side (it does not matter which you use). American AAdvantage elites can also register with Hyatt by October 1 for an elite status fast track.

As an Executive Platinum with American I’m not offered a fast track elite status offer with the airline. As a Hyatt ‘Globalist’ (I still abhor the name for the status level, even more than American’s 75k tier Platinum Pro) I get an offer to challenge keeping Globalist status.

The Globalist fast track offer is:

  • Stay 10 nights within 90 days of registering to keep Explorist status through February 2021
  • Stay 20 nights within 90 days to earn Globalist through February 2021

You can register any time through October 1, so consider when you’d want temporary status to start (e.g. if you have an upcoming Hyatt stay where you’ll use it) and if you plan to take advantage of the challenge to keep status consider when your Hyatt stays are most likely to cluster.

American’s Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum are offered Hyatt status challenges, and Hyatt Explorists and above are offered AAdvantage elite offers (“[t]hese elite status offers will not, however, allow AAdvantage members to re-achieve the same elite status level they held in AAdvantage at the time of registration in these offers”).

As an American Executive Platinum I’m thrilled to earn bonus Hyatt points for the tickets I’m buying anyway, which may simply amount to, in George W. Bush’s words, ‘the soft bigotry of low expectations’. I consider this the best improvement American has made to AAdvantage in years. As a Hyatt Globalist I’m equally pleased to earn additional American miles for the nights I’m staying anyway.

For American’s ConciergeKey members getting comped to Hyatt Globalist is potentially huge. Hyatt’s great limitation is its footprint, they may not be everywhere you need to stay. But for guests that find Hyatt’s 700-plus hotels work for them (not to mention the hotels in their various alliance arrangements, such as MGM and SLH), Globalist is the most lucrative top tier of the major hotel chains. Notably, though, gifted Globalist status does not come with confirmed suite upgrades.

ConciergeKey members should absolutely be loving the improvements to their program over the last couple of years.

Update: as a Hyatt Globalist I’m offered temporary AAdvantage Platinum status and a challenge up to Executive Platinum status (which I already have).

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  1. Hi, I have the Aviator Red Card currently, and the hyatt card. Is it best do get another card with status from AA to reach Hyatt status? What would be the best AA card with status to reach the Hyatt top status with less effort.
    Thank you

  2. Do you think they will make this evergreen? Or expire on 10/1 and not return? I have a huge trip planned with Hyatt in early 2020.

  3. Hyatt Explorist is a close to meaningless status level over the status level given with the Hyatt credit card.

  4. But at least this arrangement is providing a fast track to earning a set of four club access awards, otherwise it would have been less than it already is.

  5. This is still vastly better for top tier AA elites than Hyatt elites. American CK members get top status automatically. Hyatt Globalists get nothing for being top tier. As a Globalist, this makes me very unhappy, since I now have to compete with tons of new elites with zero corresponding benefits on American.

  6. I wish Delta would have built a partnership with Hyatt in aftermath of Marriott killing off SPG Crossover Rewards program with Delta.

    When I had no “organic” status with SPG, I was treated better as a crossover rewards elite than I’ve been treated now having “real” platinum status with Marriott Bonvoy.

  7. @Christian – agreed 100%! Hyatt is giving away free Globalist status to CK’s with nothing in return.

  8. @GUWonder, there’s a reasonable portion of the world that can’t avail itself of the Hyatt credit card.
    @Christian, CK does not equal Globalist. My guess is Hyatt Courtesy Card holders are also getting CK status but because Courtesy Card doesn’t have published criteria, it’s not discussed in the paraphernalia.
    @Gary, it would be great to have rotate more than the same two photos for Hyatt articles (this one and the view from the Park Hyatt Sydney).

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