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List of all airlines offering elite status extensions due to coronavirus
Some loyalty programs are giving extra time for members to meet requirements.
We’ll update this information as new details emerge in the world’s response to COVID-19.
In light of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, frequent fliers may be thinking about how to maintain or level-up their elite status. Many international airlines have issued extensions to help prevent loyal customers from losing rank.
Our table provides an up-to-date list of elite status extensions issued thus far.
Airlines offering elite status policy changes or extensions
|Airline||Standard Policy||Extensions||More info|
|American Airlines||Points expire after 18 month of inactivity||Through the end of 2020.||More info|
|EI AI||12 months for Matmid elite status members||6 months for club members whose status is set to expire by August 2020.||More info|
|Emirates||12 months to earn Skywards status.||Skywards Platinum, Gold and Silver members can maintain their status by fulfilling 80% of the requirements for their tier between March 31 and June 20.||More info|
|Finnair||12 months for Finnair Plus memberships||6 months for Elite status and upgrades.||More info|
|Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)||Depends on your current status. Flying Blue recommends to log in to your account for details.||For members with a qualification period ending in March, April or May 2020, Flying Blue is lowering the amount of miles required to maintain its Platinum, Gold and Silver levels. Plus, it'll prevent all miles from expiring before the end of 2020.||More info|
|Qatar Airways||Typically, Privilege Club memberships last for 12 months.||Privilege club members can extend or reclaim elite status memberships that are set to expire before January 31, 2021 — though the offer must be claimed by March 24.||More info|
|Qantas||12 months||12-month extention off all Elite status. Accounts set to expire between March and June 2020 are extended by March 27, 2020. Accounts set to expire between July 2020 and Febuary 2021 are extended by April 9, 2020.||More info|
|Singapore Airlines||12 months||12-month extension for KrisFlyer Elite Silver, Elite Gold, PPS and Solitaire PPS Club memberships that expire in February and March 2020.||More info|
|Virgin Atlantic||12 months to earn the miles to maintain status||6 months for Gold and Silver Flying Club members to earn the miles to maintain status.||More info|
Are US airlines offering elite status extensions due to coronavirus?
No. As of March 17, no US airlines have offered extensions for elite status members.
However, as the situation progresses, more US airlines will likely respond with flexible membership extensions and waivers to help loyal customers maintain elite status. We’ll update this page accordingly.
If you’re concerned about your elite status with an airline, the best thing you can do is check back regularly for updates as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Airlines will likely be updating their elite status extensions in the days and weeks to come.
Likewise, hotels with elite status membership programs are working to extend and relax policies to meet the needs of loyal customers.
Frequently asked questions
What happens if I cancel a trip due to coronavirus that I paid for in miles?
Policies may vary depending on the airline. But generally, the miles will be credited to your account. You won’t lose them.
Does travel insurance cover the coronavirus?
Not usually, since coronavirus is considered a pandemic. However, if you purchased CFAR travel insurance, it’s more likely that you’ll get a refund.
Will airlines waive travel credit card fees due to coronavirus?
Probably not. While airlines are expected to make concessions so travelers can maintain elite status, it’s unlikely that they’ll also waive fees associated with frequent flyer credit cards.
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