American Airlines elites: You can now register for a World of Hyatt status challenge
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information.
American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt launched a new partnership in 2019. Thanks to this partnership, elite members in both programs can link their AAdvantage and Hyatt accounts and enjoy reciprocal earnings.
American and Hyatt have occasionally provided fast-track offers for elite status to members with linked accounts. Now, we have another one, as World of Hyatt is offering a new "trial tier offer" to AAdvantage elites. This offer — which Frequent Miler first reported — differs based on your American AAdvantage elite status tier.
Read on if you have American Airlines elite status and are interested in snagging World of Hyatt elite status for 90 days and potentially earning Hyatt status through February 2024.
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Fast track to Hyatt elite status
American AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and Concierge Key members now have a faster way to earn World of Hyatt status through February 2024. Plus, you can enjoy Explorist status for 90 days just for registering.
You can register for this tier trial offer on Hyatt's website through Nov. 30, 2022. Once you register, you'll begin a 90-day Explorist trial period during which you'll enjoy World of Hyatt Explorist status. So, it's best to wait to register shortly before your next Hyatt stay or Nov. 30, 2022, whichever is earlier.
Then, if you complete 10 tier-qualifying nights (those that would normally count toward Hyatt elite status) at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts, MGM Resorts destinations, Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotels and Lindblad Expeditions during your 90-day Explorist trial period, you'll maintain Explorist status through February 2024.
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Here's the offer as presented to TPG director of content Nick Ewen, who currently holds AAdvantage Gold status:
But, it gets better for higher-tier American Airlines elite members. AAdvantage Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and Concierge Key members also have the opportunity to earn World of Hyatt Globalist status through February 2024. These AAdvantage elites must complete at least 20 tier-qualifying nights during their Explorist trial period to snag Globalist status.
Here's the offer as presented to me as an American Airlines Executive Platinum:
Existing American AAdvantage elites can log in and register at this page on Hyatt's website. However, the offer's terms note that you must have "already successfully linked your AAdvantage® account to your World of Hyatt® account." So you may not be eligible if you hadn't previously linked your American and Hyatt accounts.
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Before you register for this offer, there are some important restrictions.
For example, although you'll get the benefits of Explorist status during your Explorist trial period, you won't get any club lounge access awards (which are earned via milestone rewards, not status). And you won't be eligible to match your temporary Explorist status with MGM Rewards to snag MGM Rewards Gold status.
For a stay to count toward this tier trial offer, you must check out during your Explorist trial period. If you check out after your Explorist trial period ends, no nights in that stay will count. And although you can earn tier-qualifying nights through having and using the World of Hyatt Credit Card and World of Hyatt Business Credit Card, these nights won't count toward this promotion.
Suppose you earn Explorist or Globalist status through February 2024 via this promotion. In that case, your new status will appear in your account within seven business days of checking out of the stay that pushed you over the 10 or 20-night threshold during your Explorist trial period.
If you have elite status with American Airlines, this new trial tier offer might be worth registering for.
In particular, you may want to register if you can benefit from World of Hyatt Explorist status on an upcoming stay. Likewise, this offer may be useful if you were striving to qualify for Explorist status — or Globalist status in the case of Platinum Pro or higher AAdvantage elites — but were still many nights too short.
I already have Globalist status and am currently at 43 tier-qualifying nights with Hyatt this year, so I'm not registering for this promotion. I'd rather stay the remaining 17 nights I need before the end of the year instead of trying to get 20 nights within a 90-day window. But, if you're further from your desired World of Hyatt status — or didn't plan to qualify for Hyatt status this year — this promotion might be very useful for you.
Additional reporting by Nick Ewen.