American Airlines is widely targeting members of World of Hyatt with a fast track opportunity to earn up to Platinum Pro status through January 2023 with greatly reduced requirements. Personally, I think they are still setting the bar a bit high, but for those who can clear it this will surely be an attractive offer.
- American Airlines is offering a fast-track to elite status to some World of Hyatt elite members. You must register by Sep 30, 2021 and complete the following requirements within 3 months of registering to enjoy status through January 2023:
- Gold status: Earn $700 Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) and either 6,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) or 7 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs)
- Platinum status: Earn $1,500 EQDs and either 12,000 EQMs or 14 EQSs
- Platinum pro status: Earn $2,300 EQDs and either 18,000 EQMs or 21 EQSs
- Link to log in to American Airlines and check your promotions
- Qualifying EQDs, EQMs and EQSs are earned when you fly on eligible tickets for flights operated by American Airlines or marketed by American, American Eagle®, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, JetBlue and Qantas.
- Must register and complete activity within 3 months of registering
Getting a shortcut to elite status is always a great deal if it fits your travel plans. The requirements here to hit status are greatly reduced from the norm.
That said, my personal take on this fast track is that it isn’t particularly special. Platinum Pro status ordinarily requires $7,000 EQDs and 60,000 EQMs, so this fast track requires significantly less. However, you ordinarily have all year to meet the $7K / 60K requirements. In this case, you’ve got 25% of a year to accumulate more than 25% of the requirements. In the current environment, that doesn’t excite me very much.
Still, if you are already planning travel that will help you meet the requirements, it will obviously be nice to get elite status out of it.
Interestingly, while my promo states that this offer is exclusively available to me as a World of Hyatt Globalist member, Stephen tells me that his wife received the offer despite only being Hyatt Explorist. My wife has no status with Hyatt and has not been targeted for this offer, so it doesn’t appear that they are targeting everyone (though I don’t think my wife has connected her Hyatt and American Airlines accounts, so that may explain why she wasn’t targeted).