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Hotels offering elite status extensions due to coronavirus

These loyalty programs have been updated in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ll update this information as new details emerge in the world’s response to COVID-19.

Many people rely on hotel loyalty programs to save money on travel for business, pleasure or both. If you’re worried about losing your hard-earned elite status, the good news is that these hotels are relaxing the requirements necessary for its membership tiers.

If you don’t see your loyalty program on this list, keep in mind that many US-based brands have stated that extensions may be granted as the situation evolves.

Hotels offering elite status policy changes or extensions

Hotel Standard Policy Extensions More info
Accor 12 months for Elite status with Live Limitless membership Additional 12 months for Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver members More info
Best Western 12 months Through January 31, 2022

Members who downgraded at the end of 2019 will level back up to their previous tier through January 31, 2022.

Members can also donate their reward points to Best Western's charitable fund.

More info
IHG 12 months with IHG Rewards Club 6 months with Ambassador status and a voucher for one weekend night.

IHG updated its criteria to make it easier to qualify for more nights.
More info
Marriott 12 months for Marriott Bonvoy TBA for US residents, though points won't expire until August 31, 2020

All suite night awards that expire on December 31, 2020 are extended 12 months.

Members with a Free Night Award set to expire in 2020 can redeem in through January 2021.

More info
Shangri-LA 12 months with Golden Circle membership Diamond and Jade status members through December 31, 2021 More info

Bottom line

Check back here for updates if you don’t see your elite status program on this list. And if you’re expecting to lose status soon, consider contacting the loyalty program directly to see if it’ll make an exception for your situation — even if it hasn’t released widespread extensions.

For general news about the pandemic, keep tabs on our coronavirus page.

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