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Good news for American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels loyalty program members: You’ll soon be able to earn World of Hyatt points as a passenger and American Airlines AAdvantage miles as a guest.

A new partnership between American and Hyatt, which should go into effect later this year, will allow travelers to earn AAdvantage miles on Hyatt stays and World of Hyatt points on American Airlines flights. As American Airlines reports, the two loyalty programs will also offer reciprocal status benefits such as dedicated check-in and priority boarding:

“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.”

Here’s an overview of what you can earn — and how you can use top travel credit cards to maximize your rewards through this new partnership.

Earn AAdvantage miles for Hyatt stays

American Airlines AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey members will soon be eligible to earn one AAdvantage bonus mile for every dollar spent at a qualifying Hyatt property, in addition to any World of Hyatt points earned on the purchase.

Earn World of Hyatt rewards while flying American

World of Hyatt Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist members will soon be eligible to earn one World of Hyatt bonus point for every dollar spent on qualifying American Airlines flights, in addition to any AAdvantage miles earned on the purchase.

Plus, American Airlines Concierge Key members will automatically receive World of Hyatt Globalist status. American Airlines describes this upgrade as “a new way to extend the care provided throughout the entire travel journey.”

Use travel credit cards to maximize your rewards

Although you don’t need a travel credit card to participate in the American Airlines/Hyatt partnership, the right credit card can help you maximize your rewards, boost your status and increase the number of flights and hotel stays you can earn.

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® and the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® both offer 2x AAdvantage miles for every dollar spent with American Airlines. Plus, the Executive World Elite card offers an Elite Qualifying Miles bonus that can help you move into a higher AAdvantage loyalty program tier.

The World of Hyatt Credit Card offers 4 bonus points per dollar spent at Hyatt hotels, plus one free night each year after your cardmember anniversary (with the opportunity to earn additional free nights) and automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist status.

The information for the World of Hyatt Credit Card has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

How to use a Chase-American-Hyatt rewards combination

Although it’s always smart to include a top airline credit card or a top hotel credit card in your wallet, adding a high-reward travel card can also help you earn flights and hotel stays without tying you to a single loyalty program.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is one of our top picks, thanks to its high earning power and its flexibility. You’ll earn an unlimited 2x points on all travel purchases — including your American Airlines flights and your Hyatt hotel stays — which increase in value by 25% when redeemed for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. You can also transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to other travel loyalty programs, including World of Hyatt, at a 1:1 value.

Here’s how this might work in practice: if you’re a member of both the AAdvantage and World of Hyatt loyalty programs and you use your Chase Sapphire Preferred card to book an American Airlines flight, you’ll earn two Chase Ultimate Rewards points and one World of Hyatt bonus point per dollar spent. You’ll also earn all the AAdvantage miles eligible to you as an AAdvantage member.

Then you can either redeem your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards program, increasing their value by 25%, or transfer them to your World of Hyatt loyalty program account. You can use World of Hyatt’s portal to convert your Hyatt rewards into AAdvantage miles, or simply redeem them through World of Hyatt.

Use our guides to American Airlines AAdvantage and World of Hyatt to learn more about these loyalty programs — and then take advantage of this new partnership to enjoy increased rewards, better travel perks and the opportunity to earn both flights and hotel stays.


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