American Airlines and Hyatt have teamed up to bring new loyalty benefits to rewards members with elite status. Later this year, travelers will be able to connect their American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt accounts and earn bonus AAdvantage miles for Hyatt hotel stays and bonus Hyatt points for American flights.
Here’s what the expanded partnership means for loyalty members.
For elite members
The benefits of the partnership will kick in for elite members as soon as the program launches, but no date has been set. It’ll be easier to earn points and possibly move up in status level.
» Learn more: The complete guide to the World of Hyatt loyalty program
The points-earning scheme is simple. American AAdvantage members with Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey status will be able to earn 1 bonus AAdvantage mile for every eligible $1 spent at Hyatt properties. The points will be added to the 500 points per stay that AAdvantage participants of any status can earn at Hyatt properties.
Likewise, World of Hyatt members with Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist status will be able to earn 1 World of Hyatt bonus point for every eligible $1 spent on American flights.
Reciprocal points and miles also mean reciprocal benefits. AAdvantage elite members will be able to enjoy World of Hyatt elite status benefits like a dedicated check-in area, late checkout upon request, room upgrades and free premium internet. World of Hyatt elite members will get AAdvantage elite status benefits such as priority boarding, free checked bags, free preferred seats and more.
American’s ConciergeKey members will also receive automatic World of Hyatt Globalist status. Members of both programs will be able to register for special opportunities to complete the requirements needed to maintain their elite status tier.
For non-elite members
Frequent travelers, with or without elite status, can still earn 500 points per eligible stay at Hyatt properties and convert their World of Hyatt points to AAdvantage miles.
Brand loyalists may also want to look into the The World Of Hyatt Credit Card if they want a piece of the new benefits. Cardholders get automatic Discoverist status with the card, so that will mean automatic benefits on American Airlines and the reciprocal points earning power as well.
The bottom line
Elite members are the big winners here. Their rewards earnings will be fast-tracked and it’ll be easier to gain or maintain status in both loyalty programs.
The expanded partnership would be one of the few of its kind. United and Marriott have a similar partnership that gives Titanium Elite Marriott Bonvoy members complimentary United MileagePlus Premier Silver status, but they don’t have the reciprocal points benefit.
For frequent travelers, the American and Hyatt partnership will give enthusiasts of these brands a more elite experience from airport to hotel and back again.
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