What Happens to Your Airline Status During COVID-19?

Posted by Holly Hou on 8/4/20 4:25 PM

Before the pandemic, were you a frequent flyer, earning elite status that provided benefits and perks? With the pandemic essentially halting travel, you may be wondering how you can gain or maintain airline status. 


Don’t fret if you’re traveling less nowadays! Airlines have updated their loyalty programs in response to COVID-19 so that you can benefit from being a loyal member when you’re ready to fly again, giving members automatic status extensions or making it easier to achieve status.


We have compiled updates from the major airline loyalty programs below and have also included direct links to the airlines’ websites for the most up-to-date information. For hotel loyalty programs, refer to our blog here.


Airline Elite Status


Alaska Mileage Plan

  • The current Alaska Mileage Plan status will be automatically extended through December 31, 2020; however, qualifications to gain status remain as is. 


American AAdvantage

  • AA will automatically extend the elite status for AAdvantage members until Jan. 31, 2022.
  • If you do not have elite status with AA, earning your elite status is now easier than ever as the airline has lowered its qualification for all of 2020 - see below table for more details.


Delta SkyMiles

  • If you’re a Medallion Member, your 2020 Medallion status is extended through January 31, 2020 - an additional year of benefits! Check your SkyMiles account for the automatic updated status.
  • While there are no reductions to qualifications to earn status, Delta is rolling over all 2020 qualifying miles earned on flight spend or eligible Delta SkyMiles American Express card to 2021 for qualifications towards 2022 Medallion status.


    Hawaiian Miles

  • All current Elite members will have their status extended through February 2022. Elite qualifications for 2021 have been reduced by 50%. See below table for more details.
  • If you are worried about your miles expiring, the HawaiianMiles you’ve earned will not be expiring from March 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.


JetBlue TrueBlue

  • JetBlue is extending the status of all current Mosaic customers through 2021. The extension period has been updated in customers’ TrueBlue accounts.
    • JetBlue is reducing the qualifying points and segment minimums by 50% for Mosaic level qualification. Mosaic customers will continue to receive an award of 15,000 bonus TrueBlue points upon qualification. The reduced thresholds are: 7,500 qualifying points (vs. 15,000 points for the calendar year) and 6,000 qualifying points and 15 segments (vs. 12,000 points and 30 segments)

Southwest Rapid Rewards

  • If you earned Companion Pass benefits through December 31, 2020, it will be extended through June 30, 2021.

  • If you’re an A-List or A-List Preferred Member through December 31, 2020, Southwest is extending your current earned status through December 31, 2021.

  • If you do not have status, Southwest has made it easier for you to earn status by giving all Rapid Rewards Members a boost of 15,000 tier qualifying points, 10 qualifying one-way flight segments towards tier status, 25,000 Companion Pass qualifying points (CPQPs), and 25 qualifying one-way flight segments toward Companion Pass. See below chart for additional details.


United MileagePlus

  • If you’re a current Premier member, your status will be extended through January 31, 2022.

  • If you are not yet a member or want to hit a higher Premier status level, it’s your chance this year since United has lowered down its qualification by 50%. See below table for more details. Please note that a minimum of four flight segments on United or United Express is still required.

  • Redeposit fees are also waived if you cancel 30 days before departure.


Topics: Air Travel, COVID-19

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