When my mobile phone rang with a call from Omaha, my eyes lit up. Could it be that I was on of the “chosen” ones to receive free Executive Platinum status with American Airlines courtesy of Hyatt? Yes!
Free American Airlines Executive Platinum Status for Select Hyatt Globalist Members
It was my concierge on the line. She offered me AA EXP status through 01/2021…if I wanted it.
Um, let me think about that one…
It was a quick call. Talk about an unexpected Christmas gift! I was not targeted in the first round of calls and thought I would be left out of this offer. But good things come to those who wait.
It has been about a week and my status has still not been updated. I am elated to find out that I will also (likely) receive systemwide upgrades as well, which I hope to put to good use.
My AA and Hyatt Numbers
While I do not know how or why I was targeted, I can offer a couple data points:
- I currently have 54 stays for the year, with the final stay to re-qualify for Globalist status coming this week. I’ve also earned 47,780 base points this year.
- I have not flown once on American Airlines this year, but have earned about 15K Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) through travel on Royal Jordanian, Iberia, and SriLankan.
It’s that last point that may be significant. If AA had anything to do with it, perhaps they saw that I was a former EXP that has largely abandoned AA. Perhaps they say that I earned enough miles for Platinum status last year, but did bother to fly the four AA segments necessary to secure it. Or perhaps AA had nothing to do with this at all.
Will I Now Fly American Airlines?
It’s interesting that this status comes concurrently with my last-minute push to earn 1K status on United for 2020. For the first time in seven years I’ll hold top-tier status on two different U.S. airlines.
United will still be my primary airline, but I do expect this unexpected status match to drive some business to AA and oneworld. AA has faster and more stable onboard internet than United. I imagine several domestic flights on American when I want to better position myself to be productive onboard.
Looking beyond AA, I intend to use my oneworld Emerald status at lounges in Hong Kong, London, Sydney, Helsinki and others this year: I think this is what excites me the most. That will require oneworld travel, which I look forward to doing for this blog.
This was an unexpected gesture from Hyatt which only solidifies my loyalty to World of Hyatt. At this point, I don’t know what 2020 will bring in terms of travel…I’ll address that in a future post. But Hyatt once again validated my loyalty and I look forward to comparing 1K and EXP side-by-side in my own travels next year.