American Airlines & Hyatt Team Up For Reciprocal Elite Benefits


American Airlines and Hyatt today announced a partnership that is modeled after what Starwood used to have with Delta.

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American Airlines and Hyatt elite members can earn bonus points and miles for hotel stays and flights after linking the accounts. There will be some limited elite benefits in addition to the accelerated status opportunities for both programs.

Here’s the announcement from Hyatt:

American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) and Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced plans to provide frequent travelers more ways to earn miles, points and status when they fly with American or stay at Hyatt – making the travel journey more rewarding every step of the way. The enhanced loyalty collaboration is expected to launch later this year.

Through this relationship, elite members in both the American Airlines AAdvantage and World of Hyatt loyalty programs will be rewarded with more access to earning both points and miles on qualifying American flights and Hyatt hotel stays.


  • In addition to World of Hyatt points earned through Hyatt hotel stays, AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey members will be able to earn one AAdvantage bonus mile for every eligible dollar spent at qualifying Hyatt properties.
  • On top of earning more miles, American’s invitation-only ConciergeKey members will receive World of Hyatt Globalist status as a new way to extend the care provided throughout the entire travel journey.

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  • In addition to AAdvantage miles earned by flying on American, World of Hyatt Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist members will be able to earn one World of Hyatt bonus point for every eligible dollar spent on qualifying American flights.

Unique to this collaboration, AAdvantage Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members, and Explorist and Globalist World of Hyatt members will also have the opportunity to participate in limited time status challenges. Upon registering, these elite members will be able to immediately enjoy their new loyalty benefits in the reciprocal program tier as they work to maintain that elite tier status. AAdvantage elite members will have access to World of Hyatt elite status benefits, including a dedicated check-in area, late check-out upon request, room upgrades and free premium internet. World of Hyatt elite members will have access to AAdvantage elite status benefits such as priority boarding, free checked bags, free preferred seats and more.

“We are thrilled to further expand our relationship with the world’s largest airline to offer our elite members more exclusive and meaningful experiences throughout their travel journey,” said Amy Weinberg, Senior Vice President, World of Hyatt. “Through our continued commitment to listening to member feedback, we learned that an ideal airline and hotel relationship would make the travel experience more seamless by providing dual earning and status options. We are excited to introduce an offering that delivers just that, while increasing value for our elite members through more personalized experiences and enhanced recognition.”

“We value our elites and the time they spend with us in the air. Now we’re able to provide them with an elevated travel experience that touches their full journey and gives them more ways to earn miles,” said Bridget Blaise-Shamai, President of AAdvantage. “World of Hyatt is a perfect match for AAdvantage with the level of recognition, care and dedication they provide to their elites.”

Once the program launches, AAdvantage and World of Hyatt elite members will be able to register and enjoy these additional loyalty benefits when staying at a Hyatt property or flying on American.


This seems to be an exact copy of the partnership that Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) had with Delta called Crossover Rewards that didn’t survive the Marriott merger.

These partnerships tend to favor airline elite members that the hotel program is trying to sway to stay at their properties.

I have a lifetime Platinum status with American that means that I will earn 1 AAdvantage bonus miles for each dollar spend at Hyatt properties.

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