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Got Hyatt status? You may be able to get free American Airlines status too

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As we enter the last couple of days of the registration period for a promotion that gives AAdvantage elite flyers free World of Hyatt status (see here), a new promotion seems to be appearing in select American Airlines accounts that’s offering World of Hyatt elites free (but temporary) American Airlines elite status.

American Airlines Instant Status Pass

If you have your AAdvantage and World of Hyatt accounts linked (you can link them here) and hold Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status, head over to your American Airlines online account and look under the promotions tab.

If you’re lucky, you’ll find a new promotion waiting for you that invites you to “Register for an Instant Status Pass” which, in brief, looks like this:

  • Link your World of Hyatt and American Airlines AAdvantage accounts by 12 December 2022.
  • Register for the Instant Status Pass offer by 28 December 2022.
  • World of Hyatt Explorist members will be given complimentary AAdvantage Platinum status.
  • World of Hyatt Globalist members will be given complimentary AAdvantage Platinum Pro status.
  • This AAdvantage elite status will last for 4 months following registration during which time the status can be extended an additional four months through the following activity:
    • Explorist members must earn at least 25,000 Loyalty Points to maintain AAdvantage Platinum status.
    • Globalist members must earn at least 42,000 Loyalty Points to maintain AAdvantage Platinum Pro status.
    • Both Explorist and Globalist members can earn AAdvantage Executive Platinum status by earning 67,000 Loyalty Points in the four month period.
  • After completing three consecutive four month “qualifying phases,” the status will be extended through the remainder of the 2023 membership year (3/1/2023-2/28/2024) and you will be granted status for the next membership year immediately following the membership year in which you registered.

You’ll find the full terms and conditions on the promotion page.

Quick thoughts

This could be a targeted promotion as I cannot see it in my American Airlines account despite (a) holding Hyatt Globalist status and (b) having linked my Hyatt and AAdvantage accounts some considerable time ago.

There’s a chance that this is being rolled out slowly and that it will appear in my account in the coming hours, but something tells me that’s just wishful thinking.

As far as the promotion goes, I can’t say that I’m particularly impressed.

If you take a look at the number of Loyalty Points that flyers normally need to earn in a qualification year to lock in AAdvantage status…

a screenshot of a website

…you’ll see that what this promotion does is divide these numbers in three and then require World of Hyatt elites to hit these new targets every 4 months to keep their status locked in.

On the one hand, it’s nice to be given the status up front (that’s a good bonus to be given) while on the other hand, American isn’t really making things particularly easy here.

This isn’t like an old-school status challenge where you just need to earn a lot of miles/points in a 3 or 4 month period to then earn elite status for the rest of the year. Here, you have to keep hitting a significant target every 4 months or its game over.

If you’re someone who flies pretty regularly throughout the year or who has another way of earning a lot of Loyalty Points month after month, this promotion may work well. But for anyone with a far less structured travel schedule and for those of us with little interest in exploring all the more exotic ways of loading up with Loyalty Points from non-travel related areas, the requirement to earn a significant number of points every 4 month period will probably be a major issue.

Having said that, even if you think that you’re unlikely to be able to hold on to whatever elite status American Airlines is offering you, it may be worth taking up the offer of free AAdvantage elite status if you have any American Airlines/oneWorld travel coming up in the next 4 months.

Both Platinum and Platinum Pro elite statuses offer some useful benefits when flying domestically, and both match to oneWorld Sapphire elite status which, when flying internationally, can make travel a little bit more comfortable.

Bottom line

If you have Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status and have linked your account to American Airlines AAdvantage, you may have been targeted for a promotion that gives you free AAdvantage elite status for 4 months and an opportunity to keep that status (or to boost it) by hitting certain milestones every 4 months.

Personally, this isn’t a promotion that interests me, but for some, I can see how it may be useful.

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