American Airlines and Hyatt announced a new partnership today which will launch later this year.
The new partnership will allow double dipping; American Airlines AAdvantage elite members will earn Hyatt points plus AA bonus miles for every Hyatt stay. Meanwhile, Hyatt elite members will earn AA miles plus World of Hyatt points on AA flights.
- In addition to World of Hyatt points earned through Hyatt hotel stays, AAdvantage 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.
- In addition to AAdvantage miles earned by flying on American, 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 American flights.
The biggest winners are American Concierge Key members, who will receive complimentary Hyatt Globalist (top-tier) status. As a multi-year, very loyal Hyatt fan, I underscore here how valuable a benefit that is, even if the Concierge Key member only stays a few nights per year at Hyatt.
But What About Status On AA?
Although the details have not been announced, elites from both American and Hyatt will “have the opportunity to participate in limited time status challenges.” As One Mile at a Time notes, this snippet from the press release below is all we know:
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.
Thus, we are in a wait or see mode.
My Hope On the Status Match Front
American Airlines has about 11,300 Concierge Key members, all of whom will receive top-tier status in Hyatt with no strings attached. We don’t know how many Globalist members are in the World of Hyatt program, but I’d like to see a reciprocal offer for Globalists. Obviously not for Concierge Key, which arguably is far more valuable for Globalist. Not for Executive Platinum or Platinum either. No, I just mean Gold status. Base-level status with no strings attached. Such status would certainly not make me “loyal” to AA but it would make me more likely to choose AA over Alaska or Delta when not traveling on United. And it would be a nice gesture since over 10K new Globalists will now be chasing the same limited number of suites.
Let’s be clear. This isn’t a demand. This is not an entitlement. And this ceritanly not meant to downplay what will be an excellent partnership even absent any status matches. But since the details have not been released, I’m happy to offer unsolicited input now.
Good news today for elites from both American and Hyatt. I’ll be watching the status match opportunities very closely.
How does this new partnership between American and Hyatt impact you?