American AAdvantage & World of Hyatt: First Reciprocal Points Now Posting To Members Accounts (Including Award Stays)

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Last month we already covered that American Airlines and Hyatt launched a partnership that allows each others elites to earn bonus miles and points plus a status match/challenge – the first points are now posting to members accounts!

I linked my accounts and then initiated the status match with Hyatt Globalist, which bumped my AA account to Platinum within a couple of minutes, then I stayed at a couple Hyatt Hotels as well.

We already wrote about the American Airlines offers for World of Hyatt elites (read more here) and John also updated with details about the Platinum match (see here).

You can also access the World of Hyatt offer on AA’s website here.

So now members of both programs receive 1 point/mile for each US$ spent on the others products and services but there seems to be a system miscommunication.

Here is what I received this past week as postings of points on my AAdvantage account:

  • The 49 miles credit was an award stay at the Andaz San Diego using a free night certificate
  • The 185 miles credit was an award stay using points at the Andaz West Hollywood
  • The 57 miles credit was a dinner at the Grand Hyatt Bangkok where I gave my WOH number

None of the credits received on my AAdvantage account actually resulted from a paid stay at a Hyatt hotel. Apparently the system pulls any transaction in the Hyatt account even if it doesn’t show up in the actual account transactions.

It’s nice that dining transactions are also recognized and will count double, earning both Hyatt points and AAdvantage miles. If you have a big dinner or company event this can add up quickly!

I did book an American Airlines flight as well, but since the flight was fully booked in First Class and I was once again not upgraded I changed the frequent flyer number back to British Airways, hence not collecting any Hyatt points for that reservation.

Conclusion

These must be the internal reimbursement values for the hotels paid by World of Hyatt. In any case the addition of the miles to the AAdvantage account is a welcome extra. Over the years there should be a decent amount of miles that’s coming together based on 55-60 nights a Globalist requires for qualification. Even if some of these nights will be on awards using points based on the average price for a Hyatt I can’t see a member being able to obtain Globalist for much under $5,000 as a minimum.

Have you received your first set of AAdvantage Miles and Hyatt points yet?

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