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American Airlines and the World of Hyatt have been offering status match promotions for each other’s elite status holders since the beginning of March. Today, 2 October, is the last day for American Airlines AAdvantage members to register for this offer.
Key Terms & Conditions
- Targeted AAdvantage elite levels: AAdvantage Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Executive Platinum members.
- AAdvantage and World of Hyatt accounts must be linked (here)
- Registration must be done by 2 October 2020 (here)
- World of Hyatt activity must be completed within 90 days to achieve World of Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status through February 2022.
- World of Hyatt qualifying activity is earned when an AAdvantage member books an eligible rate or award night through Hyatt channels.
The Status Challenges
AAdvantage Platinum & Platinum Pro Elites
Achieve Hyatt Explorist status through 28 February 2022 by completing ten (10) Tier-Qualifying Nights (as defined in the World of Hyatt program terms) within 90 days of registering for this challenge.
AAdvantage Executive Platinum Elites
- Achieve Hyatt Explorist status through 28 February 2022 by completing ten (10) Tier-Qualifying Nights (as defined in the World of Hyatt program terms) within 90 days of registering for this challenge.
- Achieve Hyatt Globalist status through 28 February 2022 by completing twenty (20) Tier-Qualifying Nights within 90 days of registering for this challenge.
Don’t forget that AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Executive Platinum elites can earn one bonus AAdvantage mile for every eligible dollar spent on qualifying Hyatt stays and experiences. These points are awarded in addition to the AAdvantage Miles these elites already earn when they book through American Airlines.
Considering the incredibly generous 4th Quarter promotion Hyatt is currently running and considering the fantastic promotion that Hyatt is running on award bookings through the end of the year, this is almost certainly the best time to attempt one of these status challenges since this promotion began.
Hyatt Explorist status is a status that’s worth having thanks to benefits like waived resort fees on award bookings, late check-outs, a 20% bonus on all base points earned, and a shot at upgrades at check-in, so the fact that this set of challenges allows select AAdvantage elites to earn Explorist status with just 10 elite nights (which can include award nights) rather than the traditional 30 elite nights is very good news.
However, the best deal on offer here is reserved for AAdvantage Executive Platinum elites who, with this latest set of challenges, can earn Hyatt Globalist status. Not only is this one of the hardest hotel elite levels to earn, but its also one of the most rewarding. The fact that this status can now be earned with just 20 elite qualifying nights (which can include award bookings) is a fantastic deal.
As an AAdvantage Platinum elite, I’ve just registered for this promotion. I have 6 Hyatt nights booked between now and the end of the year so although I’m not sure that I’ll hit the 10-night target before my 90 days is up, I’d like to know that I won’t be missing anything if my plans change and I do somehow end up staying a further 4 nights at Hyatt properties before the end of the year.
If I was an AAdvantage Executive Platinum elite, however, I’d be doing everything possible to earn the 20 elite night credits needed for Hyatt Globalist status because I doubt there will be a better (or easier) chance to lock in such a valuable status coming our way any time soon.
Important To Note
Hyatt views milestone rewards (the rewards that offer free nights, lounge passes, and suite upgrades) as being separate from these elite status challenges, so AAdvantage elites earning status through these challenges will still have to earn the same number of elite qualifying nights as World of Hyatt members if they want access to those benefits.
Essentially, these challenges do not offer a quick path to lounge passes or suite upgrades.
Today is the last day for American Airlines elite flyers to sign up for Hyatt’s generous status match promotion and to set the clock ticking on the 90-days they’ll then have to stay the 10 or 20 nights needed to meet their challenge requirements.