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Between October 1, 2011 and January 15, 2012, you can earn 1,500 AAdvantage miles with every Hyatt stay. Similar to most other airline promotions with Hyatt, you can only receive points or miles, not both! So this would be forgoing your Hyatt points for the stay. Although you cannot double dip (like Hilton), you are still eligible to earn the quarterly bonus with Hyatt – 5,000 points after every 3 stays (up to 30,000 points).
With this current American Airlines promotion, you can receive a maximum of 15,000 points (10 stays). This promotion is great if a) you have no desire in collecting Hyatt points and prefer miles, or b) have a really inexpensive stay where the 5 points earned per dollar will hardly make a dent.
You must register for this promotion in advance of your stay. Upon check-in make sure to give the front desk your AA account number. From previous experience (which I have a lot of with Hyatt and partner mile promotions!) you have about a 50% chance of your stay posting correctly. However, not to worry. If your stay posts as Hyatt points and not miles, a quick call to Hyatt letting them know you want the miles and not points will solve this issue. Their customer service is well aware of this issue and will put it through the system immediately.
Also, don’t forget that there is also a promotion with Hyatt and Southwest during this same time frame where you can receive 1,800 Southwest Rapid Reward points with each stay instead. You can only provide one partner account number, so ensure the correct frequent flyer account is tied to your stay. Once stays get posted as miles, they cannot be reverted back. Both these partner promotions will give you about $30 in their respective program. For Southwest, 1,800 points is equivalent to a flat $30 towards a “Wanna Get Away” fare. For American, if you value your miles at about 2 cents per mile, 1,500 points is equal to about $30 as well when redeeming. The main difference is that Southwest is a fixed value while American really depends on your redemption patterns – an international flight typically has a better redemption value than a domestic flight.
Both Southwest and American give you two alternatives to earning Hyatt points with a decent promotion. The one downside is the chance that the AA points are posted prior to the elite status change on December 1, 2011 is rare, but you never know!