COVID-19 is causing all sorts of mayhem; the last thing you want to worry about is your hard-earned loyalty status. Thankfully, some companies in the travel industry are making it easier for their frequent flyers! We’ve tried to cover most of the updates on this pandemic as it pertains to your travel plans. Have flights coming up? What about award bookings? Can you get your points back?
Four Airlines Are Setting the Example
Many airlines still haven’t made up their minds yet about status extensions. Here are the four you can count on right now:
Air Canada – Your Aeroplan miles will not expire through May 14, regardless of activity. (But make sure you have activity by May 15 to keep them active!) For folks with Altitude status, you don’t have anything to worry about until the end of 2021. All status and benefits currently held will apply for both years. If you’re able to get back in the air later this year, you’ll still have the ability to qualify for a higher level status.
Alaska Airlines – Current Mileage Plan status will be extended through December 31, 2021 regardless of qualifying travel this year. All benefits you’d normally get from your status will still apply. If you’re a traveler that tried to use a status challenge between December 2019 and March 2020, you’ll have that trial status with Alaska through the end of 2021.
Delta Airlines – All Medallion Status for 2020 will be automatically extended through 2021. All 2020 Medallion Qualification Miles will be rolled over into 2021. Delta is also extending all certificates earned from your Delta American Express cards and other Upgrade Certificates at least an additional 6 months. Delta was the first major airline to announce status extensions, and the others in this post were quick to follow.
United Airlines – If you have United Premier status in 2020, your status will be extended through 2021 automatically. United is also reducing qualification requirements for the 2021 status year, check out the table on this page for more information. They’ve also extended all electronic travel vouchers for two years and waiving all award redeposit fees through May 31st, 2020.
Other Companies are Extending Status Too
Amtrak – Coupons and Guest Rewards Points are extended! Amtrak lovers will get their coupons extended through at least September 25th, 2020. Expiration of points is also paused until September 25th, 2020. Unfortunately, Amtrak hasn’t yet released a statement on extending tier status.
Hilton – Worried about Hilton status? If your status would have downgraded on March 31st, 2020, it’s already been extended through March 31 of 2021. Your Hilton points will remain active through December 31st of this year too, regardless of activity on your account. Hilton is also extending all currently unused Weekend Night Rewards through August 31, 2021. Any new Hilton weekend nights earned through August of this year will also be valid through the extended date.
Hyatt – Hyatt is suspending the expiration of all Hyatt points until the end of this year! All unused certificates set to expire this year are being extended through December 31, 2021 – this includes Free Night, Suite Upgrade or Club Lounge Access awards. Whatever your Hilton status was as of March 31st, 2020 will continue through February 28, 2022. Another nice move – Hyatt will postpone its shift to dynamic award pricing until 2021. (This was originally planned for March 22nd, 2020.)
Marriott – Bonvoy members will benefit from extended status through February 2022. All expiration of Marriott Bonvoy points will be paused until February 2021.
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Is there any update on companion pass extensions by southwest?
As someone who is completely discombobulated by UA’s new allowance for extended status: I am currently Gold. I will get Gold for next year. But if I want to advance to Platinum, how can I do this, and in what timeframe?