Parlay American Airlines Status Into Hyatt Status With This Status Fast Track (register by 11/30)

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A few years ago Hyatt and American Airlines announced a partnership that offered reciprocal benefits for elite members in one or both of the programs, as well as running other promotions such as earning 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles when staying 2+ nights with Hyatt.

The two loyalty programs have now launched a new fast track status challenge. AAdvantage members with Gold status or higher can get a 90 day trial of Explorist status with the opportunity to extend that status through February 2024. Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and Concierge Key members also get the chance to be upgraded to Globalist status for the next ~1.5 years.

The Deal

  • 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.

Key Terms

  • 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

Explorist status isn’t really a status level to write home about, but if you have elite status with American Airlines and either no status or Discoverist status with Hyatt, there’s no harm in picking up Explorist status for 90 days in case it gets you a room upgrade. Unless you’re planning on taking advantage of this offer in order to match Explorist to Gold status with MGM, it’d be worth holding off on registering for this challenge until you’re planning on actually staying with Hyatt so that the 90 day timer doesn’t start yet.

It’s these kinds of opportunities that can make it worth earning Loyalty Points with American Airlines through the various low cost/no cost opportunities available. Someone with no status with American Airlines or Hyatt before the start of this year could somewhat easily have earned the 30,000 Loyalty Points needed for Gold status which they could then parlay into Explorist status with this new fast track status challenge.

For anyone currently sitting pretty 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 potentially great 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.

Something important to remember is 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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Mary

Just wanted to say thanks for posting this. I had four nights in Hyatt-booked properties (Milan Centric and Hotel Victoria Concept in Menaggio) coming up on a trip to Europe. After reading about this challenge, I changed two other nights I had booked at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport to the Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport, which turned out to be a nice new property just one stop from the airport by S Bahn. We arrived in Florence, where we were going to stay in a VRBO apartment for 4 nights. It turned out to be a disaster and we only lasted there one night. I googled “Hyatt in Florence” and turned up the new Il Tornabuoni Hotel, which amazingly I was able to book the same day with points (29k/night) transferred from Chase. It is a fantastic 5-star hotel and they gave us a 3-level upgrade to a Junior Suite. Totally saved our trip, and now I will be at 9 Hyatt nights by the time we get home. I only wish I had booked all 4 nights at Il Tornabuoni from the beginning, though honestly it wasn’t even on my radar. Apparently since it’s so new, it wasn’t on a lot of other people’s radar either, which explains the same-day award availability and the upgrade!

loungeabuser

I don’t think this allows Globalist to extend as all it does is link to a page where you are asked to link your AA and Hyatt accounts. Mine are already linked.
Am I missing something?

Jeremy

Mine were joined as well and I just did it. It works

Anita

Where exactly did you see the registration on the Hyatt website? I can’t find it.

JD Vohn

Can current Globalists use this offer to renew their status faster?

George T

Ditto this question

Peter

Same, I can’t seem to find out the answer to this

Steve

I was able to “register” as current globalist, but it’s unclear if it will work?

Anita

Where exactly did you see the registration on the Hyatt website? I can’t find it. I am Globalist, but will need some help to re-qualify. I’m Exec. Plat in AA.

John

Too bad no offer in the other direction. I’m about to lose my OW status with BA. I was kind of hoping they rerun the status match challenge from Globalist to AA status…

ashu

+1

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Brett

As a Hyatt Globalist I received AA Executive Platinum status last year but only for one year, wish it was permanent. Unfortunately I don’t fly enough to maintain the AA status.

LarryInNYC

Same boat — I’ve enjoyed Platinum Pro but, even focusing all my domestic travel on American, it will be a stretch to make Gold. In a few months I’ll evaluate and possibly look for a credit-card method to get there (like paying taxes with a 1.89 percent fee).

Lou

So, does this work with the current Hyatt business card offer that
gives two qualifying tier nights per night?

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Akuma

Globalist status in 5 nights: get new Hyatt Business card (double elite nights), stack with Bonus Journeys all-inclusive hotels promo (double elite nights), and register for AA fast track! Ha ha, if only…

Dave

So there any AA status (match) opportunity for people that are organically explorist or globalist? Well outside of gaining LPs through some sort of spend.

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Reno Joe

CKs get Globalist gratis. Which matches to MGM, etc. etc.

George T

What is CK?

Reno Joe

Concierge Key

N M

Where are you seeing that only EXP can get globalist? I enrolled and reading the T&C it doesn’t say anything like that.

N M

Odd. When enrolled it just says you must be a CK, EXP, or PP to even enroll and then gives the 10 and 20 night requirements. Guess we will see

Dan

The rep appears to be wrong.

“To qualify for this offer, you must be an AAdvantage® Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum, or Concierge Key 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 August 23 and November 30, 2022, 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 MGM Rewards, the loyalty program of MGM Resorts International, as part of the trial. To maintain Explorist status through February 2024, 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, participating MGM Resorts destinations, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (“SLH”) hotels, or Lindblad Expeditions. If the member completes at least twenty (20) Tier-Qualifying Nights at any participating Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide, participating MGM Resorts destinations, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (“SLH”) hotels, or Lindblad Expeditions during their Explorist Trial Period, the member will receive Globalist status through February 2024.”