Delta announces status extensions, other airlines may follow

Details from Delta’s announcement this morning on status extensions.

The Flight Brothers: Delta

4/7 Update: Alaska has announced similar extensions for their elite members

4/5 Update: United has now followed Delta’s lead.

It looks like United had this release ready to go, but were waiting on other airlines to make the first move before deciding to move forward.

Major props to Delta for forcing other airlines to follow suit. United’s changes mostly mirror Delta’s — except United has chosen to reduce 2021 requalification requirements by 50% instead of rolling over 2020 into 2021.

2021 statusEarn Premier qualifying flightsand PQPor meet a higher PQP goal

We expect to see more announcements from AA and others later this week.

Delta leads the way with status extensions and other support for members’ future travel plans

This morning, Delta became the first airline to break the silence on loyalty program status extensions. With any major moves in the airline industry, it isn’t uncommon for most or all airlines to quickly follow suit with announcements of their own. Now that the first domino has fallen, we anticipate other major airlines will announce similar extensions over the next few days.

Delta has often been the leader in customer friendly policies. This morning’s announcement noted the following changes:

  • Medallion Members will receive a 12-month status extensions through 2021.
  • A rollover of all Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) so your 2020 travel will help you in 2021 to re-qualify for status in 2022.
  • All Sky Club Individual and Executive memberships with an expiration after March 1, 2020 will receive an extra 6-months free.
  • Amex cardholders with flight credits and companion certificates will see these extended.

We recommend reading the official update from Delta as the extension is quite comprehensive and generous considering no other airlines have offered anything at this point. We look forward to seeing what other airlines will offer in the coming days.

What do you make of these changes? Which airlines do you think will be next to make a major announcement?

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