In March 2019, American Airlines and Hyatt formed a loyalty partnership that offers mutual points and status opportunities. It’s been a while since this partnership was launched, so in this post I wanted to take an updated look at how it works.
American & Hyatt offer mutual points and status
It makes sense for airlines and hotels to band together to offer mutual perks. We have seen some of these partnerships over the years and they make sense – historically, those who fly a lot generally stay in hotels more often, and vice versa.
Through the partnership between American and Hyatt, members of both companies’s loyalty programs can earn points and have at least some opportunities to earn mutual status.
Below you will find details on registration and the opportunities this partnership offers.
Register for the American & Hyatt partnership
To join the American and Hyatt partnership, you must link your accounts. You can link your American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt accounts through either the American website or the Hyatt website.
You only have to do this through one site (the choice is yours) and you only need to register once (so you don’t have to do this annually, for example).
Earn American AAdvantage miles for Hyatt stays
American AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Executive Platinum members can earn one bonus mile for every dollar spent on qualifying Hyatt stays and experiences.
Bonus miles are awarded six to eight weeks after an eligible stay. The bonus miles can be redeemed and do not count towards elite status. You will earn bonus points for qualifying expenses like room rate and most utilities, while taxes and fees are not eligible. There is no limit to the number of Bonus AAdvantage Miles you can earn this way.
Personally, I estimate AAdvantage miles to be ~ 1.5 cents each. To me, that translates into an additional 1.5% ROI on Hyatt stays for AAdvantage Elite members.
Earn bonus American AAdvantage miles for Hyatt stays
Earn World of Hyatt points for American flights
World of Hyatt Discoverist, Explorist, and Globalist members can earn one World of Hyatt Reward Point for every dollar spent on qualifying American Airlines flights.
Bonus points are awarded within seven days of an eligible flight. The bonus points can be redeemed and do not count towards elite status. Only flights marketed and operated by American qualify, so codeshare flights do not count. There is no limit to how many World of Hyatt Bonus Points you can earn this way.
Personally, I estimate World of Hyatt points at ~ 1.5 cents each. To me, that’s an additional 1.5% ROI on American flights for World of Hyatt Elite members.
Earn World of Hyatt bonus points when you fly American Airlines
Concierge Key members receive globalist status
With the partnership between America and Hyatt there is only one single possibility for mutual status. American Airlines AAdvantage Concierge Key members earn World of Hyatt Globalist status.
Globalist is my favorite top hotel status as it includes perks like free breakfast and / or access to the Executive Lounge, suite upgrades based on availability, bonus points, guaranteed 4pm check-out at non-resorts, resort fee waivers, and more offers.
Note that the globalist status earned through this partnership does not include milestone rewards, which means that you would not receive:
Globalist members receive available suite upgrades
Additional status options from AAdvantage & World of Hyatt
The only consistent mutual elite status available through this partnership is for Concierge Key members. However, both programs occasionally offer targeted mutual status opportunities, either as a direct status gift or as part of a status challenge.
I am not currently aware of any such possibilities, but they happen regularly. These are generally aimed at higher-ranking elites, but not consistently.
To name just a few examples of possibilities we’ve seen in the past:
There were some useful mutual status opportunities
American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt have a partnership that offers points-earning opportunities as well as some mutual status opportunities.
As someone who has status with both American and Hyatt, I really enjoy this partnership as my valuation gives me an additional ~ 1.5% return on my expenses with both companies. While ultimately it’s not a game changer that moves the needle too much, I’ll take the bonus points!
I know a lot of Concierge Key members who like free globalist status while others have benefited from time-limited mutual status opportunities. Regardless of this, it is definitely worth registering for this partnership, both for the points-earning opportunities and for any targeted status offers that might come in your way.
What is your experience with the American & Hyatt partnership?