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If you have World of Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status, this one is for you.
While we’ve already discussed how American Airlines elite flyers can enjoy World of Hyatt status if they register by Nov. 30, there’s a new way for some World of Hyatt Explorist and Globalist members to earn American AAdvantage status.
Targeted World of Hyatt Explorist and Globalist members can enjoy instant American Airlines AAdvantage status through American’s status challenge, Instant Status Pass.
Best of all, if you participate in this promotion, your AAdvantage account status will generally update immediately.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Explorist members are eligible for instant AAdvantage Platinum status and must earn at least 25,000 Loyalty Points within four months of registering to extend AAdvantage Platinum.
- Globalist members are eligible for instant AAdvantage Platinum Pro status and must earn at least 42,000 Loyalty Points within four months of registering to extend AAdvantage Platinum Pro.
- Explorist or Globalist members become AAdvantage Executive Platinum members if they earn 67,000 Loyalty Points within four months of registering.
You might also be able to hold entry-tier AAdvantage Gold status if you earn 13,000 Loyalty Points within four months.
To participate in the challenge, you must link your Hyatt and American loyalty accounts if you haven’t already and register for American’s Instant Status Pass by Oct. 12.
If you’ve linked your World of Hyatt account and have Explorist or Globalist status, you’ll see a place to register for Instant Status Pass.
How Instant Status Pass works
While Instant Status Pass can be a great way to enjoy American Airlines status from day one, it’s not easy to grasp.
Instant Status Pass divides the calendar into Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3. You need to accrue a certain number of Loyalty Points every four months (one phase) to extend your status.
Here’s how this worked for me last year as a Globalist member who received a similar promotion. My account immediately upgraded to Platinum Pro status when I registered for the Instant Status Pass. To retain Platinum Pro, I had to earn 42,000 Loyalty Points for Phase 1. I would have lost my status if I didn’t earn 42,000 Loyalty Points by March 28, 2023.
Since I earned 42,000 Loyalty Points by March 28, I moved into Phase 2. As you’d expect, for phases 2 and 3, I had to earn 42,000 Loyalty Points again. My Loyalty Points earnings over the 42,000 were rolled over into Phase 2. I earned around 50,000 Loyalty Points in Phase 1, so 8,000 Loyalty Points were rolled into Phase 2; this meant that I only needed to earn 34,000 Loyalty Points during Phase 2 to extend my Platinum Pro status to Phase 3.
Here’s how many Loyalty Points you need each phase (every four months) using American’s Instant Status Pass:
- Gold: 10,000 Loyalty Points
- Platinum: 25,000 Loyalty Points
- Platinum Pro: 42,000 Loyalty Points
- Executive Platinum: 67,000 Loyalty Points
If you’re an Explorist member, you’ll enjoy Platinum status for the next four months (Phase 1) immediately after registering for the promotion. If you earn 42,000 Loyalty Points in Phase 1, American will upgrade your status to Platinum Pro. Similarly, if an Explorist or Globalist member earns 67,000 Loyalty Points in Phase 1, they would enjoy Executive Platinum status for Phase 2.
Targeted Hyatt Explorist members enjoy instant AA Platinum status for four months, while targeted Hyatt Globalist members enjoy instant AA Platinum Pro status for four months with American’s Instant Status Pass.
While the program isn’t the most straightforward, it could be a great way to enjoy American Airlines status. Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum status come with many benefits, like first-class upgrades on some American and Alaska Airlines flights. Additionally, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum members enjoy Oneworld Emerald status, which you can use to access some of the best first-class lounges.