Many of our preferred airlines are offering extensions of their best rewards so that you can still plan to take advantage of that hard earned status. Here’s a quick overview of a few of the current policies. If you have any questions, please reach out to us!
Air Canada Announces the Extension of Altitude Status for all qualifying Members
- Altitude members will enjoy their current status through the end of 2021
- Members have opportunity to gift status to a loved one
- Donating Aeroplan Miles to select medical charities will count towards Altitude Status until April 30th
Air Canada announced several updates for Altitude members to ensure their status remains in effect until they are able to resume flying. The changes include the extension of current status until the end of 2021, the ability to share any status achieved in 2020 with a loved one, and new opportunities to qualify for Altitude status and earn Aeroplan Miles from home.
“Loyalty is a two-way street – certainly in good times, but especially so in hard times. Altitude members have shown outstanding commitment to Air Canada, and to provide some certainty during these uncertain times, we are extending members’ current Altitude status to the end of 2021. We’re also making it easier to share status with a loved one, and earn both status and Aeroplan miles from home.” said Mark Nasr, Vice President, Loyalty and eCommerce at Air Canada. “The entire Air Canada team is looking forward to welcoming all customers back in the skies when the time is right.”
In order to provide greater ease and flexibility, changes for Air Canada Altitude customers include:
Automatic extension of 2020 Altitude status
All Altitude status for 2020 will automatically be extended through to the end of 2021. Should a member reach a higher status before the end of this year, they will enjoy it upon qualification, and maintain it through 2021 as well.
Share Altitude status with friends and family
Since Altitude status is secure through 2021, if a member has already achieved status for next year, or does so by the end of 2020, they can gift it to a friend or family member.
Continue to earn Altitude status and Aeroplan Miles – from home
While at home, a member can still earn Aeroplan Miles, progress towards Altitude status and make a difference with their miles. From now until April 30, for every five Aeroplan Miles a member donates to a charity engaged in fighting the COVID-19 crisis, they will receive one Altitude Qualifying Mile – up to a maximum of 25,000 AQM – all of which count towards 2021 status for the member, and a loved one.
These improvements come in addition to other changes for all Aeroplan members already announced:
Cancel any Flight Reward free of charge
Until April 30, all members can cancel any Flight Reward free of charge and receive all of their Aeroplan Miles back in their account, plus a full refund of any associated taxes, fees and surcharges on the unused value of their travel. This is available for flight itineraries departing any date in the future.
Temporary pause to expiration of Aeroplan Miles
We have paused expiry until May 14, 2020. This means that between now and May 14, any Aeroplan Miles which would have expired will not. Effective May 15, our normal expiration policy will once again apply, meaning that miles will expire if an eligible transaction has not been completed prior to this date.
For more information, please visit: here.
*details taken from Air Canada Flash
Delta Extends Medallion Status, Club Memberships and More
Delta is continuously working to offer greater flexibility as COVID-19 impacts travel plans. As part of this effort, Medallion Members will now be able to enjoy their current Status through 2021, while other program and card benefits will be extended between six months and one year.
Learn more about these updates here.
*details taken from Delta newsletter
Key Changes to United Airline’s MileagePlus Program
Throughout these unprecedented times, United remain committed to doing what is right and fair for all of their MileagePlus members and are pleased to share the steps they are taking to reciprocate the trust and loyalty that you have placed in United. These steps include not only Premier status updates, but also an extension of current memberships and subscriptions. The updates will happen automatically over the next few weeks — there’s nothing you need to do.
The big news: If you have current 2020 Premier status, it will be extended to January 31, 2022. At a minimum, you will enjoy the same published status next year that you have today, up to Premier 1K®.
They’re reducing the 2020 Premier qualifying points (PQP) and flight requirements for all tiers by 50%. You’ll still need a minimum of four flight segments on United or United Express®.
Find out more about United MileagePlus here.
*details taken from United for Business Email Blast