Quick points: How Hyatt and American loyalists can earn more rewards by linking accounts
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TPG’s Points and Miles team has created a new Quick Points series that aims to help you earn points, redeem miles and maximize your travel with bite-sized tips.
In today’s edition of Quick Points, I’ll discuss how and why you should link your accounts if you have elite status with American Airlines AAdvantage or World of Hyatt. The process is very straightforward and can be completed in a matter of minutes, and doing so can help you earn extra points, miles and perks when you’re on the road.
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Why you should link your Hyatt and American accounts
In short, you’re missing out on easy rewards if you use both programs, have elite status with at least one of them but haven’t linked your American and Hyatt accounts. So, let’s rectify that. But first, let me tell you what’s in it for you.
- World of Hyatt elites: All World of Hyatt elites earn one Hyatt point for every eligible dollar spent on qualifying American Airlines flights.
- American AAdvantage elites: All AAdvantage elites earn one AAdvantage mile for every eligible dollar spent on qualifying Hyatt stays and experiences.
Elites who have linked accounts may also get opportunities to fast-track to elite status in the other program. In particular, Explorist and Globalist elites may get opportunities to fast-track to higher AAdvantage elite status. And Platinum and higher elites in the AAdvantage program may get opportunities to fast track to higher World of Hyatt elite status. Meanwhile, ConciergeKey members can receive top-tier Globalist status (read: free breakfast and suite upgrades) without needing to meet any stay requirements.
So, if you have elite status with one program and want to earn elite status with the other, it’s undoubtedly worth linking your accounts.
How to link your Hyatt and American accounts
Linking your World of Hyatt and American Airlines AAdvantage accounts is quick, and there’s no downside to doing so. So, here’s where to go to get started:
- World of Hyatt elites: Go to WorldofHyatt.com/aa
- American AAdvantage elites: Go to aa.com/WorldofHyatt
From there, simply provide your membership number with the other program. And that’s it.
If you have elite status in both programs, you only need to link once and you can do so from either program.
When American Airlines and Hyatt announced this partnership back in 2019, I frankly didn’t care. Although I held Executive Platinum elite status with American, I rarely stayed with Hyatt. So, the partnership didn’t really help me.
And, this partnership won’t help you much if you only use one of these programs. But, if you frequently fly with American and stay with Hyatt, then linking your accounts will earn you extra rewards and potentially even let you boost your status in one (or even both) of the programs. And as American’s loyalty program enters the Loyalty Points era, I suspect we may see some valuable promotions for those with linked accounts.
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