American Airlines has again offered me a generous status match via Word of Hyatt and I am quite tempted to take advantage of the “Instant Status Pass” program. Yet I do not see how I can possibly earn enough points within four months to keep it.
American Airlines “Instant Status Pass” Via Hyatt: I’m Offered Platinum Pro Status
The following email arrived yesterday:
I enjoyed two years of “complimentary” Executive Platinum status with American Airlines thanks to World of Hyatt in 2019. I lost it this year (dropping to Gold) and I blame Hong Kong for it…had such strict pandemic restrictions not been in place, I would have taken a booked flight last autumn and re-qualified for status another year.
Here again, I am very tempted. Four months of Platinum Pro status would mean four months of oneworld emerald status. I could use this time to squeeze in a trip to Australia, which would allow me to sample all those glorious Qantas lounges. I could also hit the Finnair Platinum Wing in Helsinki once again.
Realistically, though, I’m not going to be spending thousands of dollars on tickets nor am I currently a Citi bank customer, so earning the 40,000 Loyalty Points would be difficult (absent another charity opportunity of a lifetime…).
I may naturally gravitate toward United Airlines because of my long-term affinity for the company, MillionMiler status, and because of its hub in Los Angeles and international-focused worldwide route map, but I find oneworld emerald status to be the single most valuable alliance-level loyalty status because it allows access to first class lounges and oneworld carriers like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, JAL, Qantas, and American Airlines (for now anyway…) still offer a first class lounge product.
So yes, I’d say four months is better than none and as far as using my “one and only” status match, I will note that I did not request this and that my last status match on AA was only three years ago.
I’m tempted by my invitation from Hyatt to AA’s “Instant Status Pass” program, but wanted to run it by you first, dear readers. Is there any way I can leverage my Premier 1K status with Untied to get Executive Platinum instead? Is there any downside to not accepting a higher status with AA for four months?
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