It’s proving to be a spring to remember—well, at least in terms of loyalty program partnerships and credit card benefits.
First, Mastercard initiated a slew of new automatic benefits for its World Elite–backed cards, which include premium credit cards like the Citi Prestige®Card, Luxury Card Mastercard®Black Card™, Luxury Card Mastercard® Gold Card™, and Luxury Card Mastercard® Titanium Card™. These benefits include credits or perks with Lyft, Fandango, Boxed, and Postmates plus free Mastercard Cellular Telephone Protection and enhanced Mastercard ID Theft Protection™ beginning in July. Next, Hilton Honors and Lyft began a new partnership in which Hilton Honors members earn three points per $1 spent on Lyft rides and two points per $1 on Lyft shared rides. Then, American Airlines and World of Hyatt began reciprocal benefits targeted at top elites in both programs. Here, the scoop on all these new spring flings and how to take advantage of them.
Mastercard World Elite Adds Several New Benefits
In keeping up with today’s competitive credit card market, Mastercard World Elite is making its product even more attractive for cardmembers. Many premium credit cards and airline credit cards fall under the Mastercard World Elite umbrella, meaning a whole lot of cardholders are about to get a whole lot of benefits! Thankfully, these benefits are automatic; no enrollment is required. According to Mastercard, here are the new benefits by brand.
Lyft: World Elite cardholders will receive a $10 credit for every five rides taken in a calendar month, which will be automatically applied to the next ride, capped at once per month.
Fandango: World Elite cardholders will earn double Fandango VIP+ points for the movie tickets they buy. This means cardholders will get 500 Fandango VIP+ points (worth $5) for every two movie tickets they purchase via the Fandango app or Fandango.com, which can be used toward purchasing movie tickets on Fandango or toward streaming movies and TV shows on FandangoNOW.
Boxed: World Elite cardholders will earn 5% cash rewards on their Boxed purchases, which can be used toward future purchases on Boxed.
Postmates: World Elite cardholders will receive $5 off every order of $25 or more.
In addition, come July two more benefits will be added: cell phone insurance and Mastercard ID Theft Protection.
Cell Phone Insurance: World Elite cardholders will be eligible for Mastercard Cellular Telephone Protection when they charge their monthly telephone bill to their World Elite Mastercard. This benefit—with a maximum liability of $800—covers stolen or damaged mobile phones as well as cosmetic screen scratches even if they don’t affect the ability to make or take a call. Cardholders simply have to submit a claim if they incur a loss, up to $1,000 per year.
Mastercard ID Theft Protection: Cardholders who register for Mastercard ID Theft Protection will have access to an enhanced Mastercard ID Theft Protection™ benefit suite that provides end-to-end digital servicing to monitor their personal information. Additionally, cardholders have access to a team of identity theft resolution specialists, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to help quickly resolve any identity theft incidents that may occur.
Hilton Honors Teams Up with Lyft
One of the biggest loyalty programs in hospitality is partnering with one of the world’s largest rideshare companies. According to an announcement made by Hilton corporate in mid-May, Hilton Honors members will earn three points per $1 spent on Lyft rides and two points per $1 on Lyft shared rides, for a total of up to $10,000 in Lyft spend per year. Later this year, members will be able to redeem their points for Lyft credits, too. By simply linking their Hilton Honors and Lyft accounts at HiltonHonorsLyft.com, members will automatically earn Points whenever they take a Lyft, whether for work, vacation, or daily rides throughout the United States and select cities in Canada.
World of Hyatt Teams Up with American Airlines’ AAdvantage® Program to Reward Elite Members
These loyalty program juggernauts announced their partnership back in March, but it’s now finally in effect. According to World of Hyatt, after linking programs through either Hyatt or AAdvantage’s landing pages, World of Hyatt elite members will be able to earn one World of Hyatt bonus point for every eligible dollar spent on qualifying American Airlines flights. This will be on top of what they are already earning on American Airlines flights. Meanwhile, AAdvantage elite members will be able to earn one AAdvantage bonus mile for every eligible dollar spent at qualifying Hyatt hotels. This will be on top of what they are already earning on Hyatt stays. Explorist (those who stay more than 30 qualifying nights per year) and Globalist (those who stay more than 60 qualifying nights per year) World of Hyatt members will be able to work their way toward higher status in the AAdvantage program through elite status challenges to enjoy access to the best AAdvantage benefits including priority boarding, free checked bags, free preferred seats, and more. Additionally, Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Executive Platinum AAdvantage members will be able to work their way toward higher status in the World of Hyatt program through elite status challenges and will have access to the best World of Hyatt benefits, including a dedicated check-in area, late check-out upon request, room upgrades, and free premium Internet.Sadly, AAdvantage® members and those without elite status already in AAdvantage or World of Hyatt are considered members non grata with this new partnership.