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American Airlines & Hyatt status challenge 

In case you didn’t know, American Airlines and Hyatt have a partnership whereby you earn points in both programs simultaneously on stays and flights. AA members earn a point for every dollar spent at Hyatt, and Hyatt members earn a point for every dollar they spend on AA flights.

They’ve decided to go after those of you who currently hold AA Gold or higher with a good opportunity to enjoy trial Hyatt elite status for 90 days and keep it through Feb 2025 if you meet certain challenge criteria. Bilt did something similar, earlier in the year, but the big difference this time is only AA Platinum Pros and Executive Platinums have the ability to get to Hyatt Globalist status with this promo.

Register here

In addition, American Airline is offering up some trial status as well. I currently have Hyatt Globalist and my account was offered an “Instant Status Pass.” Effectively, it yields American status for 4 months, and if you hit certain benchmarks, you can extend for another 4 months, and you’ll be required to hit benchmarks for another 4 months, until you hit the requirement for the year. More info below.

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AAdvantage Instant Status pass for Hyatt Elites

When I fired up the AA app this morning I found a new promotions available in the promotion tab. I’m Hyatt Globalist, and a few days ago a trial status became available for AA elites to try out Hyatt Explorist stauts. Now, AA accounts have been targeted for a trial AA elite status period for those who keep Hyatt status. It looks like Globalists have been targeted first, but keep an eye out as I have a feeling more will be targeted.

  • Register by October 12, 2023
  • Get Status for 4 months
  • Keep status for another 4 months by fulfilling the following requirements in 120 days
    • Gold – 13,000 Loyalty Points
    • Platinum – 25,000 Loyalty Points
    • Platinum Pro – 42,000 Loyalty Points
    • Executive Platinum – 67,000 Loyalty Points

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The secret Loyalty Point weapon – AAdvantage Hotels

Aadvantage Hotels earns you AA Loyalty Points on bookings and they can be absolutely massive. In addition to the base rate, AA Elites and AA Credit Card holders earn even more

  • Capped at 15k LP
  • 5x bonus for AA credit card holders
  • 5x bonus for AA Elites
  • If you do a “check out” boost – those will only earn you AA miles, not Loyalty Points ( not worth it imo ).

Since I’ve been given a trial AA status, and I keep a Barclay Aviator Red Business Card, I’ll get a 10x boost on any hotel booking. This could be advantageous in the next 4 months if I’m looking to stay at a hotel that isn’t associated with any brands I have status with since I’d not only earn AA miles, but AA Loyalty Points that could secure status.

This is just a quick example, but for about $600 I could earn 13,600 AA mile and 13,600 Loyalty Points with a 4 night stay. Let’s say those AA miles are worth 1.5c – I’d be getting about $200 back in the form of AA miles, and securing Gold status for another 4 months. I won’t be doing this, but that’s about $400 net for an additional 4 months of Gold status.

 

AAdvantage Elites get Hyatt Explorist Trial Tier:

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If you have AA Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, or Executive Platinum, you can get immediate Hyatt Explorist status for 90 days. Note that the status challenge starts the moment you register, so if you don’t have any Hyatt stays on the books, hold off and register as late as possible.

  • Register by 11/30/23
  • Complete your challenge within 90 days of registration to earn:
    • AA Golds = Immediate Explorist status
      • stay 10 qualifying nights (typically requires 30 in a calendar year)
    • AA Plat Pros and Executive Platinums only…Immediate Explorist Status
      • stay 10 qualifying nights (typically requires 30 in a calendar year)
      • stay 20 qualifying nights (typically requires 60 in a calendar year)
  • Award Nights Count
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Thompson Nashville

What are some of my favorite Hyatt stays?

I have used points to stay at the following properties

Overall

We’ve seen trial statues earlier this year when Bilt Rewards did a similar trial status and challenge. I took part in that, and currently hold Globalist through 2/25.  The big caveat here is that you need AA Gold or higher in order to qualify, and Globalist is really the status you want with Hyatt. Explorist, which I’ve had many times in the past, isn’t worth adding extra nights to your calendar if you aren’t going to hit the 10 anyways. If you have 15 or 16 nights on the books, it could be worth finding some 3500 point nights at Category 1 hotels to hit Globalist especially if you have a lot of travel planned while you’d have status.

 

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card


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The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based including Hyatt, Southwest, United, IHG, and Marriott.

Welcome Offer

Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 

*you may find an elevated offer walking into a branch – see below

Annual Fee

$95

Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
    • That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠
    • Some people have seen Chase branches offering the following:
      • 75k Ultimate Rewards After $4k spend in 3 months + 10k Ultimate Rewards after $6k in 6 months 
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Travel℠
  • 3x on dining, including eligible delivery services for takeout & dining out
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit via Chase Travel℠
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 2x on all other travel
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel℠ and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver ( primary ), purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 14 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in Chase Travel℠ for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver is my favorite
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024
  • $95 Annual Fee

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

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6 Comments

  • […] this morning I found a new promotion available in the promotion tab. I’m Hyatt Globalist, and a few days ago a trial status became available for AA elites to try out Hyatt Explorist status. Now, AA accounts have been targeted for a trial AA elite status period for those who keep Hyatt […]

  • Sam December 27, 2022

    My accounts are linked year or more ago. Logging into Hyatt says I am eligible for a status match and enroll by 12/28 and gives a link to AA promotions page. But I do not have this status match promotion.
    I called AA, the agent even got a supervisor and they say only option they have is for me to pay $150 of 15K AA miles to enroll this challenge.
    Is there a generic link or any other suggestions?

  • Aaron December 14, 2022

    I did this but there is nothing in my promotions tab to register even though it is the 14th? Let me know if anyone else is seeing this?

  • Ryan November 29, 2022

    So as a Hyatt Globalist who will not hit it again this year, I can call and get an AA instant pass for Platinum Pro, then turn around and register with Hyatt to stay 20 nights in 90 days to keep Globalist for 2023?

    • Miles November 29, 2022

      In Theory, I suppose yes, but I’m not sure in practice if that will work. Globalist runs through feb 23 so I don’t know how they’d give you temp status on top of the earned status you have. If you try it, lemme know if it works!

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