American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels announce enhanced loyalty benefits for elite members


Elite members in both the American Airlines AAdvantage and World of Hyatt loyalty programmes will be rewarded with more access to earning both points and miles on qualifying American flights and Hyatt hotel stays.

American Airlines has announced a new partnership with Hyatt Hotels Corporation to provide frequent travellers more ways to earn miles, points and status when flying with American or staying at a Hyatt hotel. The initiative aims to create a more rewarding end-to-end experience for passengers. The enhanced loyalty collaboration is expected to launch later this year.

Through this relationship, elite members of both the American Airlines AAdvantage and World of Hyatt loyalty programmes 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. 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 programme 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 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.”

Amy Weinberg, Senior Vice President, World of Hyatt, added: “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. 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 personalised experiences and enhanced recognition.”

Once the programme 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.