United has given us a bit more of the picture as it relates to elite status qualification requirements. They’ve made significant reductions for folks looking to qualify for a higher elite level and plan to make more changes for 2021. They also will be announcing a path to earn status easier through credit card spending.
United Airlines announced they were extending elite status for all elite members through January, 2022. They also announced extension of memberships and subscriptions like United Club and EconomyPlus.
Delta is the first major airline to announced an extension of elite status and related benefits due to the coronavirus crisis. They won’t be the last. The move is all positive and I expect United and American to follow suit shortly. I also expect incentives to travel later in the year if the public health situation allows for it.
This morning, Southwest Airlines has announced that your miles no longer come with an expiration date. Unfortunately, though, if you’re in the market for their valuable companion pass, it’s going to cost you just a little bit more.
United Airlines is going all-in on money, as in you’ll earn elite status based almost entirely on how much you pay the airline. The amount you’ll need to spend is going up again. And, if you can’t hit the minimum number of flights, you’ll have to spend even more. There is some good news for international travelers. For everyone else, this is going to be a tough pill to swallow.