(EXPIRED) American Airlines launches a fast track to status for Hyatt Elite Members

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Hyatt and American Airlines have offered reciprocal benefits for elite members in one or both of the programs for several years, involving points-earning and promotions such as earning 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles when staying 2+ nights with Hyatt.

Earlier this year, they launched a fast track status challenge where AAdvantage members with Gold status or higher can get a 90 day trial of World of Hyatt Explorist status with the opportunity to extend that status through February 2024. (Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum get the chance to be upgraded to Globalist status by staying 20 nights during the challenge period).

Today the programs announced a limited-time offer for Hyatt elite members, where World of Hyatt Explorist and Globalist members who have linked their World of Hyatt and AAdvantage accounts get complimentary American AAdvantage elite status when they register for an “American Airlines Instant Status Pass.” They can then extend that status for additional four month periods by completing qualifying Loyalty Point activity.

The Deals

AAdvantage Instant Status Pass

  • World of Hyatt Explorist and Globalist members who link their World of Hyatt and AAdvantage® accounts can now get complimentary American AAdvantage status by registering for an American Airlines Instant Status Pass.
    • Members must link their accounts by December 12, 2022 and register for the offer by December 28, 2022.
    • Explorist members will be given complimentary AAdvantage Platinum status
    • Globalist members will be given complimentary AAdvantage Platinum Pro status
  • Members will have complimentary elite status for four months after registration, during which time the status can be extended for an additional four months through the following activity:
    • Explorist must earn at least 25,000 Loyalty Points to maintain AAdvantage Platinum
    • Globalist members must earn at least 42,000 Loyalty Points to maintain AAdvantage Platinum Pro
    • Both Explorist or Globalist members can earn AAdvantage Executive Platinum status  by earning at least 67,000 Loyalty Points
  • After completing three consecutive four month “qualifying phases,” the status will be extended through the remainder of the 2023 membership year (3/1/2023-2/28/2024).

Here is the page to link your Hyatt account to your AAdvantage account

  • If your accounts are already linked, the registration info can be found in the “Promotions” tab of your AAdvantage account.

Hyatt Fast Track for AAdvantage Elite Members

  • American Airlines AAdvantage members with Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum status can register for a 90 day trial of Explorist status with World of Hyatt.
  • They can then extend/upgrade that status by completing the following requirements:
    • Stay 10 Tier-Qualifying Nights within 90 days of registration to maintain Explorist status through February 2024
    • Stay 20 Tier-Qualifying Nights within 90 days of registration to earn Globalist status through February 2024 (Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members only)

Direct link to registration

Terms and Conditions

AAdvantage Instant Status Pass

  • This promotion is only open to select American Airlines AAdvantage® members
  • Your complimentary AAdvantage® status will be valid within 24 hours of registering
  • Loyalty Points accrued through travel or other partners before registration do not count toward the requirements for this promotion
  • All base miles earned from flying Loyalty Point-qualifying airlines (flights marketed by American Airlines, oneworld® airlines, JetBlue, and GOL Airlines). Includes all status bonuses earned flying on American Airlines and eligible partner airlines
  • Qualifying eligible flights may be purchased in any fare that earns Loyalty Points in the AAdvantage® program
  • Eligible purchases, defined as purchases (including those made by authorized users on your account), less credits, returns and adjustments, made with your:
    • Citi® / AAdvantage®, AAdvantage® Aviator® credit card, and AAdvantage® cards issued outside the U.S. that post as base miles to your AAdvantage® account
  • Registration is required during the registration window
  • Must meet Loyalty Point activity requirement every 4 months to continue with this promotion and keep status benefits
  • Once you complete all 3 phases in the Instant Status Pass™ you will be granted status for the next membership year immediately following the membership year in which you registered 
  • AAdvantage® miles examples that do not count towards earning Loyalty Points:
    • Bonus miles earned from promotions, Miles from Buy, Gift, Transfer transactions, government taxes, fees and other charges associated with buying a ticket
    • Conversion of another program currency to AAdvantage® miles
    • For AAdvantage® credit cards, “accelerators” or “multipliers” such as: extra miles for purchases in specific categories, with specific merchants, or purchases made abroad
    • AAdvantage® credit cards new account or welcome bonuses, spend bonuses, etc.
  • Some postings may take up to 6-8 weeks to post, please call AAdvantage® customer service if you feel there are any discrepancies in your Loyalty Point accrual
  • Customers may not participate in an offer for the same or lower status during the same membership year and if the customer has enrolled in Instant Status Pass™ in the previous 24 months, they will not be eligible to enroll in this promotion
  • You must re-qualify for AAdvantage® status membership annually

Hyatt Fast Track for AAdvantage Elite Members

  • Registration ends November 30, 2022.
  • Stay requirements must be completed within 90 days of registration.
  • Qualifying activity is earned when a World of Hyatt member books an eligible rate or award night through Hyatt channels.

Quick Thoughts

There’s two fairly sizeable differences between these promotions.

First off, the Hyatt fast track only requires that the member fulfill the initial requirements within 90 days of registration. After that, you’re free and clear with a full year of whichever status you qualified for. In contrast, the AAvantage status pass gives you four months to complete the Loyalty Points requirements at which point you get the status for…another four months.

American has effectively divided the Loyalty Points requirements for each level of status by 3 and that’s the requirement for each four month period. You then have to hit that qualification level every four months in order to maintain status. If you don’t, you lose it. While the terms say that your status will be “extended” after meeting three successive four month qualification periods, it will only be to the end of the 2023 membership year, so through February 2024.

Obviously, the Hyatt promo is much easier and simpler. The AA promo is probably best-suited for two groups of people: those that only want status for a short period and those who don’t currently have status, but plan on qualifying next year via some combination of flying and Loyalty Point gaming as they’d have the status in the meantime while qualifying. It will require some organization, though, as it effectively removes thinking about the qualifying requirements as a yearly goal and turns it into a goal that has to be achieved every four months.

This also could be useful for folks that are currently pursuing AAdvantage status, but want to get something higher (ie, Platinum to Platinum Pro or Platinum Pro to Exec Platinum). You could effectively give up on trying to earn points for this year and immediately get a status upgrade while being able to start working on the goal for next year. Doing this would come with two caveats, though.

First, you can only register once every 24 months, so it would put another status pass challenge off limits for 2023 and 2024.

Second, although you’d be earning points towards the status challenge qualification, the actual membership year goes from 3/1-2/28. This means that all of the points earned between now and March would not count towards qualifying for 2024 status, even though they would count towards the status match’s four month period. The status match only gives you status through the rest of the membership year..not for the following year. So, if you want Platinum status and you earn 25,000 Loyalty Points between now and March 2023 to extend your status for another four months, you’d still have to earn the full 75,000 points to qualify for 2024 status between 3/1/2023 and 2/28/2024.

Overall, I’m not a huge fan of the promo, simply because I think its needlessly complex with the three, four month periods overlapping the membership year. That said, it will be useful to many folks and the one “aadvantage” that it does have over the Hyatt promo is that it offers a meaningful status while you’re trying qualify. Both Platinum and Platinum Pro offer complimentary first class upgrades (good luck getting them on longer flights, though), complimentary main cabin extra seating, free checked bags and mileage bonuses (60% for Platinum, 80% for Platinum Pro).

One the other hand, Explorist status isn’t really a status level to write home about. It doesn’t get you suite upgrades, there’s no breakfast or club access and it doesn’t have waived parking or resort fees. Still, for someone with Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum status, being able to subsequently get upgraded to Globalist status with Hyatt after staying 20 qualifying nights is a good opportunity. Globalist status normally requires 60 elite night credits, so being able to earn it in only 1/3 of the required nights could be great. However, you only get 90 nights in which to do that versus the 365 nights required to earn the 60 required nights normally.

It is worth remembering that a number of benefits in the World of Hyatt program come from Milestone Rewards rather than elite status itself. For example, an Executive Platinum member who stays 20 nights (and thereby earns Globalist status) will be eligible for suite upgrades at check-in, but they won’t receive any Suite Upgrade Awards that can be redeemed ahead of their stay to lock in a suite until they’ve stayed 50 nights for their first two awards and 60 nights for their second two awards. Similarly, someone staying 10 nights to extend their Explorist status through February 2024 won’t be eligible for two Club Access Awards until they’ve earned 20 elite night credits in the same calendar year. Still, some status with Hyatt is better than no status, so this could be a useful challenge for current AAdvantage elite members.

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Dave Hanson

Can’t register today (the last day) due to errors in the android app, Firefox, Chrome, and Edge. Sigh.

The reason to wait until today is because the requirements can be met for 90 days after registration–otherwise we would have registered earlier.

NK3

Same here. Had no immediate use for Platinum Pro benefits so waited till the last day to register, and now it is not working. I guess I had a flawed strategy.

CJ R

Same here, system error.

NK3

So I was never able to register online, but because of the issues with registration on the last day, the deadline has been extended. I was able to call in to register today.

Vince

Let me make sure I have this right — my Globalist will match for Plat Pro instantly and then every 4 months, etc. At this time I am Plat & ~20K LPs from Plat Pro. So if I match now the advantage is 1) instant status instead of waiting for the next 20K to roll in, and 2) potential to get Exec Plat by earning 67K LPs in the next 4 months. However I am only likely to hit 20K or so more LPs in the next few months (I only have so many Spot & Tangos in me), so there is no way I will hit 67K in 4 months (no incentive to go for 42K once I get the next 20K). Also, matching now would exclude me from trying a match for 24 months. This is a bigger deal as I am more likely to maintain Globalist annually than be able to rotisserie the LPs for AA status, so a future match opportunity has more value. Would you agree w this analysis, or am I missing an opportunity here?

Justin Hurley

So when counting Hyatt stays, does “redeems a free night award” refer only to certificates or does any night redeemed count as an EQN?, 

Brendan

DP. I’m a globalist. After a long hold time with American, I found out promotion is not available for me. The Hyatt Globalist line couldn’t help. Apparently, it’s targeted? I’ve never done a status challenge with American before.

Kyan

The offer just shows up in my promotion tab now.
So as long as you’ve linked your Hyatt and AA accounts before 12/12, you should be able to see it now in your AA promotion tab.

Seth

Thank you…wasn’t there 24 hours ago; it’s there now.

mark

Targeted Promotion only, should be at the top.

Biggie F

I have been linked forever, still showing as linked, am a Hyatt Globalist and AA Gold…

… and I have still not gotten this promotion. Are there others still un-targeted?

C.J.

I just checked and haven’t received the offer yet in my AA account, as I’m still lowly Gold with AA and Explorist with Hyatt. I too linked my accounts quite some time ago.

Last edited 1 month ago by C.J.
Dan Rock

Do you know if the additional qualifying miles from a 4 month period roll over to the following 4 months? For instance- if you earn 50k the first period will 8k(50k-42k) roll over..

Dan Rock

Thanks man. I’m weighing trying to get to exec platinum in the first period as I travel biweekly with AA and maximizing the second period with the 11 miles per $. Still not convinced it’s a smart decision though.

Brookstu

Platinum Pro gets Oneworld Emerald which allows you free booking for British Aways Award Tickets. Can be quite significant savings

Dan Rock

What does BA usually charge for award bookings?

Brookstu

For business it was about 125-130 a ticket from IAD to LHR then another 25 from LHR to mainland EU. So for our 4 tickets 1 way it was over 600

Matt

It turns on what status for the next membership year means. It’s weird you deleted my post and failed to engage with what I said. Since other bloggers have a different reading (bloggers that posted before you and clearly had intel from AA on the overall process), it seems reckless to just stick to your reading without engaging. Status for the 2022-2023 membership year runs until Feb. 2024. And “status for the next membership year” (2023-2024) runs until Feb. 2025. Care to explain how that’s not right instead of deleting my post?

Matt

I’m not sure your reading of the terms is correct. “Once you complete all 3 phases in the Instant Status Pass™ you will be granted status for the next membership year immediately following the membership year in which you registered.” Granted, there doesn’t seem to be a definition of “membership year” anywhere, but it seems to me that it is best understood as the year that current Loyalty Point earning applies to. That year runs from March 2023 to March 2024. Thus, being granted status for “the next membership year immediately following this one” means status through Feb. 2025. That seems to me the most logical way to read the terms, and the only way that makes the challenge make much of any sense. FWIW, Points Guy interprets it the way I do.

Last edited 2 months ago by Matt
Constantine Stathopoulos

I registered a couple days ago but I think I jumped the gun because I have a flight on April 1 that and I might loose status since it’s a 4 month trial. Anybody have experience calling American, and having them restart the clock.

Tara

I successfully registered and am now Plat Pro, but so far I have not been able to upgrade any of my seats on upcoming flights to Main Cabin Extra or even Preferred seating. Do I just need to wait longer, or will these benefits not apply to award flights?

Tara

Thanks – turns out it was just too early. A couple of hours after my status got upgraded, I was able to switch seats for all of my upcoming award flights. Sweet opportunity – Christmas came early!

josh

I’m getting an error message any time I try to activate the promotion in my AA account. The Instant Status Pass shows up but when I click on “register”, I get the error message “Our system is having trouble. Please try again or come back later.” This has been happening for a couple of days at this point both at aa.com and in the app.

josh

has anyone else gotten that error message?

Joey

Me too! Tried it since yesterday on both mobile and desktop. Keep getting the same error message.

Stacey

I’ve been getting this error for 3 days. I’ve tried phone and laptop, app and AA website.

Jonathan George

I’m getting this error too. Please help!! Do I need to call to get this done?

Jason

I only was matched to Platinum from Globalist. I was already linked prior. I just earned Globalist last week. I had a chat rep tell me that the promotion is only to Platinum not to Platinum Pro.

Anyone else get that?

Jason

I called this morning and after a very long hold and call, they approved the Platinum Pro status! So, it is correct info!

Barbara Foster

I am an AA platinum Pro and did the match a few days ago with Hyatt only got Explorist and Not Globalist. I was Discoverist.

Irv

Does anyone know if Globalists with Platinum Pro will get a systemwide upgrade award?

Vince

Nick has a recent post on Capital One Shopping “C is for confusion”… But this promotion blows that out of the water

Jay

So P2’s Hyatt Globalist account was already linked to AA; however, there’s no mention of any fast track or instant status pass showing up in P2’s AA Promotions section. Tried calling AA but they said you have to be targeted. Does anyone know if this is true or not? I feel like the rep might have been playing games … with my heart

Phil

I found out yesterday that the unlinking is done by Hyatt. Once they have unlinked you can link again and the linking will then recognise whatever new status you have. The unlinking on Hyatt side can take up to 7 days as it has to be sent off to be done. Once it has been unlinked you can relink immediately with AA

Chris

If I do this with AA, can I still quality for status the “regular” way? Will AA still track that or am I basically agreeing to forego the traditional status method for this new program that evaluates me every 4 months instead of every year? I currently have 103k Loyalty Points in the current year program. If I earn 25k more Loyalty Points by 2/28/23, I would already get Platinum Pro until 3/31/24 under the traditional program, even if I don’t earn a single additional Loyalty Point. But if it converts me over to this new method, it seems like I only retain Platinum Pro for another 4 months. I’m kind of confused. Or is it basically set up to give you the highest status you’ve earned, be that the traditional annual method or the 4 month at a time method??

THEsocalledfan

I’m a globalist and accounts already linked. It is also not in my promotions tab.

Dr. McFrugal

Me too. Is this a targeted promotion? I’m disappointed it is not in my promotions tab.

Buzz

Same for me. Globalist but nothing in the promotions tab.

aaaaaava

same, globalist with plat already, doesn’t work, and how can we relink, do we have to unlink? I dont think u can

Dr. McFrugal

When I tried to go through the linking process again, it says that our accounts are already linked.

I have looked under the promotions tab and scrolled down to the bottom, but no dice.

I have also refreshed multiple times throughout the day, but still nada 🙁

THEsocalledfan

Tim, just got an email invite for this; just must not have been loaded, yet.

Travelbloggerbuzz

AA tried to make the program easier with Loyalty Points and then it said….that went too far lol.

Rob

Thank you! I have a few upcoming AA flights and the Plat Pro status will be helpful. New AA status showed up within a few minutes.

Neal

Current globalist due to the super simple qualifying promo back in early 2021 (and not likely to be globalist again any time in foreseeable future). I’d love to leverage the globalist status to instant AA Platinum Pro status as I have a few AA flights booked over the next few weeks – but do not seem to have access to that offer. I linked the accounts much earlier this year. Only promo for me offers me Hyatt Explorist status. Hoping it is being rolled out slowly and I’ll see some way to register in the next few days.

Dave Hanson

My business partner is in the same boat. That first line, “This promotion is only open to select American Airlines AAdvantage® members” is a bit concerning.

David

Same thing. I liked the two accounts, nothing under Promotions too.

Charles Heard

What if your accounts are already linked ? Can you qualify ?

Adam R

Yes, my account was linked previously. I found the offer in the “Promotions” tab in my AA acount.