Hyatt and American launch new fast-track offers for elite status

Jul 13, 2021

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American and World of Hyatt launched a new partnership in 2019, including reciprocal earning opportunities for elite members in each program. This also provided targeted, fast-track offers for elite status, and at the end of the year, select Globalist members were granted American Executive Platinum status — including the Systemwide Upgrades normally provided to travelers qualifying the hard way.

The programs teamed up for additional fast-track opportunities in early 2020 — and today, they’re back with a new round of offers.

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If you currently hold elite status with American and/or Hyatt, you may want to log in to your respective accounts — as these new offers can upgrade your status through the beginning of 2023.

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Fast track to American elite status

If you currently hold Discoverist, Explorist or Globalist with the World of Hyatt program and have linked your Hyatt and AAdvantage accounts, you have the opportunity to earn AAdvantage elite status by registering for this promotion by Sept. 30, 2021 — and then completing qualifying activity within the three-month period immediately following registration.

Unlike previous offers, there doesn’t appear to be a standard set of requirements, per information from our Hyatt contact:

“Depending on their current AAdvantage status, eligible members will receive more information on the qualifying AAdvantage activity they need to complete in order to upgrade to Gold, Platinum or Platinum Pro status.”

As a relatively-new Globalist member with Hyatt (with no AA status), I was targeted for the following:

Meanwhile, Editor-at-large Zach Honig — currently a Hyatt Explorist member — was given the first two offers above (but not the option to reach Platinum Pro).

Only flights operated by American or marketing by American, American Eagle, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, JetBlue and Qantas are eligible for this promotion.

However, if you’re targeted and successfully reach one of these thresholds, your new AA status would be valid through Jan. 31, 2023. That’s quite a long window of validity — especially considering that most airline status challenges will only allow you to earn status through the end of the current membership year.

Finally it’s important to note that existing AAdvantage elite travelers can’t use these offers to requalify for the same level of status. In other words, if you’re currently Hyatt Explorist and AAdvantage Gold, this isn’t a way to shortcut your path to reaching AA Gold again.

Existing Hyatt elite members can log in and register at this link.

If you have AA elite status, you could use this new offer to fast-track your way to perks at Hyatt properties around the world. (Photo by Andrew Kunesh/The Points Guy)

Fast track to Hyatt elite status

On the other side of the partnership, American Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members now have a faster way to reach Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status. If you register by Sept. 30, 2021, you’ll immediately begin enjoying Explorist status for 90 days following registration. Then, you can keep this status (or bump yourself to Globalist) through February 2023 by completing a set number of elite-qualifying nights at Hyatt properties in 90 days immediately following registration.

Based on reports from TPG staffers and readers, it appears that this is the set of requirements to keep Explorist status or earn Globalist status during the 90-day window:

  • Keep Explorist status by staying 10 nights
  • Upgrade to Globalist status by staying 20 nights

Qualifying nights are any that would normally count toward Hyatt elite status, including paid and award bookings.

It’s worth noting that Hyatt has halved elite status requirements for 2021, so these represent a comparatively small reduction (33% lower than the reduced thresholds). Nevertheless, if you have a set of Hyatt stays coming up, this could be a good opportunity to accelerate your qualification.

In addition, Hyatt has confirmed in an email to TPG that the five elite-qualifying nights awarded to new holders of the World of Hyatt Credit Card will not count toward these thresholds, so you can’t accelerate your progress even further by adding that card to your wallet. Nevertheless, given the enhanced earning rates at Hyatt properties and the free anniversary night you’d earn each cardmember anniversary year, it could still be a great option for American travelers who may find themselves visiting Hyatt properties with greater frequency.

READ MORE: World of Hyatt credit card review

Unfortunately, these fast-track offers won’t help you score all of the upgrade certificates that used to be granted to Hyatt Explorist and Globalist members. The program has shifted to awarding these as milestone perks, so you’d need to reach certain night thresholds to pick them up.

Existing AA elites can log in and register at this link.

Additional details

It’s nice to see American and Hyatt offer another round of fast-track offers to elite status, though there are some important restrictions to note. For starters, your window to qualify starts immediately upon registration (three months for Hyatt elites who want AAdvantage status, 90 days for AA elites who want Hyatt status). And you don’t need to register right away — it will remain open through Sept. 30. As a result, you want to time your registration carefully to make the most of any pre-planned flights or hotel stays you have.

It’s also worth noting that only AAdvantage elites participating in a fast-track to Hyatt status will enjoy temporary status upon registering. If you have Hyatt status, you’ll need to complete the flight and spending requirements for your challenge to start enjoying the perks of AA elite status.

That said, it’s great to see that these are available to all elite members in both programs. In the past, these offers have been limited to mid-tier (and higher) elites — though bear in mind that your current status will determine the qualifying activity needed to fulfill the requirements of the challenge.

Finally, it’s critical to note that you must have your World of Hyatt and AAdvantage accounts linked to take advantage of these offers. The process only takes a few seconds and can be done at this page on American’s site or this page on Hyatt’s.

Bottom line

If you currently hold any level of status with Hyatt or American, you now have the ability to enjoy an accelerated pathway to elite benefits with the other program. These new fast-track offers allow you to snag status through early 2023, and registration is required by Sept. 30, 2021. However, the clock starts ticking as soon as you register, so do your best to carefully time this when you’re most likely to fulfill the requirements.

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