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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. They’ve decided to go after those of us who take advantage of this partnership with a fantastic opportunity to fast track to elite status. Offers are varying from account to account, and it seems as though it’s somewhat based on your current status. I’ll detail my offer, and if you’d like to share yours in the comments, I’ll update it so everyone can benefit from the shared knowledge.
- I currently have AA Gold and Hyatt Globalist
- One thing to keep in mind – don’t register until you’re going to actually go for the status via flights or hotel stays. The clock starts when you register. You have 90 days
You can most easily find your offer under “Promotions” in your AA account
It should be noted that AA Platinum Pro gives you One World Emerald Status; however, with a Fast Track you don’t get the Elite Choice Award that the status ordinarily comes with organically. ( This could be a System Wide Upgrade as an FYI )
- Must register by September 30th 2021
- Once registered you have 90 days to complete the Fast Track
Fast Track to AA Platinum Status
- Earn $1500 EQD + 12k EQM or 14 EQS to get Platinum status
Fast Track to AA Platinum Pro
- Earn $2300 EQD + 18k EQM or 21 EQS
Qualifying partners for Plat and Plat Pro
- American Airlines, American Eagle, BA, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, and Qantas
Keep this in mind:
EQDs and EQMs are based off the airline you fly, and you could be far better off accumulating the needed EQMs and EQDs with a partner than with AA itself. For instance…One World just recently had a fare sale with R/T flights to Europe clocking in at around $2k. If you booked these via AA, you’d see that the fare itself was only $250-$300 of the price…everything else was taxes and fees. If you were to book that flight with BA flight numbers, the EQM and EQD would be based off mileage and depending on where you’re flying to/from, give you nearly enough to hit Plat Pro on a single trip.
My Hyatt Offer for Explorist and Globalist
This was interesting seeing as though I currently have Globalist until 2023 ( I’ll actually hit 60 nights quite soon – if you recall it’s been lowered to 30 nights for this qualifying year ). Note that these would be light versions of each status and you wouldn’t get the club upgrade certs or the suite night upgrades that are assigned as milestone rewards. You’ll see below, but keep in mind that you only need 30 nights during the entire year for Globalist status currently.
- Must register by September 30th 2021
- Once registered you have 90 days to complete the needed nights
- Stay 10 nights vs 30 required normally
- Keep in mind that this year only 15 nights are required
- Stay 20 nights vs 60 normally
- Keep in mind that this year it’s only 30…
Anything that reduces the number of nights or miles required to achieve elite status, sign me up. It undoubtedly doesn’t hurt you to register for this…it’s not a normal fast track, which often times can preclude you from future promotions. This appears, to me, to be a separate thing. So…why not sign up?
Again – One thing to keep in mind – don’t register until you’re going to actually go for the status via flights or hotel stays. The clock starts when you register.
Terms and conditions
To qualify for this offer, you must be an AAdvantage® Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, or Executive Platinum member who has already successfully linked your AAdvantage® account to your World of Hyatt® account (“Eligible Member”). To participate in this offer, Eligible Members must register between July 13 and September 30, 2021 through the dedicated offer registration page provided by Hyatt.
Upon registration, the Eligible Member will receive a trial upgrade to Explorist status for 90 days (“Explorist Trial Period”). The trial will provide the member with the benefits of Explorist status, as set forth in the World of Hyatt program terms, provided that the member will not receive any Club Lounge Access Awards (as defined in the World of Hyatt program terms) or be eligible to tier match into Gold status with M life Rewards, the loyalty program of MGM Resorts International, as part of the trial. To maintain Explorist status through February 2023, the member must complete ten (10) Tier-Qualifying Nights (as defined in the World of Hyatt program terms) at any participating Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide and participating M life Rewards destinations, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (“SLH”) hotels, and Lindblad Expeditions. If member completes at least twenty (20) Tier-Qualifying Nights at any participating Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide and participating M life Rewards destinations, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (“SLH”) hotels, and Lindblad Expeditions during his or her Explorist Trial Period, member will receive Globalist status through February 2023.
Only Tier-Qualifying Nights completed by the member during the member’s Trial Explorist Period will count toward this offer. Stays completed by the member prior to the start of his/her Trial Explorist Period will not count towards this offer (even if any night stayed otherwise qualifies as a Tier-Qualifying Night). Further, in order for Tier-Qualifying Nights completed during the member’s Explorist Trial Period to count toward this offer, the member must check out of his or her reservation during his or her Explorist Trial Period. If member checks into a reservation during his or her Explorist Period, but does not check out until after the Explorist Trial Period has ended, no nights stayed as part of that reservation will count toward this offer. Explorist Trial Period begins at registration and may not be extended. World of Hyatt Credit Card night credits do not qualify as Tier-Qualifying Nights.
If the member earns Explorist or Globalist status through February, 2023 by completing the criteria above, his/her new status will be applied within 7 business days of checkout of the stay during which (s)he completes the applicable requirement.
Limit one such offer each calendar year per Eligible Member except as otherwise provided. Hyatt reserves the right to alter or withdraw this offer at any time without notice. This offer is subject to the complete terms and conditions of the World of Hyatt program, available at worldofhyatt.com/terms. Additional American Airlines terms and conditions apply, including the AAdvantage® terms and conditions and American Airlines’ terms and conditions relating to the AAdvantage® and World of Hyatt promotion.
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