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At the beginning of March last year American Airlines and Hyatt announced a partnership that has seen reciprocal elite status offered to select AAdvantage and World of Hyatt members and which allows travelers to earn Hyatt points when they book American Airlines flights and AAdvantage miles when they book Hyatt stays.
American Airlines and Hyatt are now highlighting this partnership by targeting select World of Hyatt members for bonus AAdvantage miles when they spend with Hyatt through 15 March 2020.
Ordinarily, American Airlines AAdvantage members who have linked their AAdvantage and World of Hyatt accounts (more details here) will earn 1 AAdvantage mile per dollar spent with Hyatt and these miles come on top of whatever points the traveler earns through the World of Hyatt program.
In the email I received from Hyatt, I’m invited to register (here) to earn 3 AAdvantage miles per dollar on all Hyatt spending (and select partner spending) made by 15 March 2020.
Here are the headline terms:
- You must be a recipient of this offer and register into the promotion by February 15, 2020 in order to participate.
- Members who register into the promotion can earn three (3) AAdvantage® bonus miles for every U.S. Dollar spent at a Qualifying Hyatt Property on an Eligible Rate, Eligible Incidental Spend, Eligible Non-Stay Charges, Eligible FIND Revenue, Eligible Exhale Spend, M life-Eligible Spend, Eligible SLH Spend or Qualifying Lindblad Expeditions Spend between January 15, 2020 and March 15, 2020 (“Promotion Period”).
- The two (2) AAdvantage® bonus miles are in addition to the one (1) AAdvantage® bonus mile that members can currently earn through the American Airlines relationship.
Full terms and conditions can be found on the registration page.
I value AAdvantage miles at 1.2 cents each so, effectively, this promotion is offering me a 3.6% rebate on top of any other earnings I get for spending with Hyatt.
Also, per the terms and conditions, AAdvantage miles can be earned for eligible spend at M-Life properties, SLH properties, Exhale Spas and Lindblad Expeditions as well as for spending made with Hyatt…and that’s pretty good going.
If you step back and take a look at what it’s now possible to earn through 1Q Hyatt stays (even if you’re not a big Hyatt loyalist) some people may be very tempted to throw some business Hyatt’s way.
If you’re in any way a fan of Hyatt (a demographic this promotion is probably aimed at) you probably have the World of Hyatt Credit card which means that you have, at the very least, World of Hyatt Discoverist status (one of the credit card’s benefits) so, with that in mind, this is what earnings are open to you if you stay with Hyatt by 15 March:
- 4 Hyatt points/dollar for Hyatt spending put on the World of Hyatt credit card
- 5.5 Hyatt points/dollar for being a World of Hyatt Discoverist member
- 3 AAdvantage miles/dollar courtesy of the current promotion
Using my World of Hyatt points valuation (1.4 cents each) and my AAdvantage miles valuation (1.2 cents each) a World of Hyatt credit card holder would earn an effective rebate of 16.9% on their Hyatt stays made during this promotion period…and that’s hard to beat.
If you don’t have the World of Hyatt credit card your earnings will be lower (obviously!) but with a minimum of 5 Hyatt points per dollar and 3 AAdvantage miles per dollar on offer, this is still a promotion that shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.
I’m not about to suggest that this is the kind of promotion that’s going to get people to change their existing bookings but it’s definitely a worthwhile promotion and, when you consider what it’s now possible to earn with Hyatt in 1Q, it may make the hotelier a tempting option for anyone who has yet to book some 1Q stays.