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Travellers need not worry about their loyalty benefits or tier statuses; airlines are extending their loyalty benefits to make up for travel time lost in 2020. The following airlines have decided to extend their specific benefits and programmes:
(Please note these conditions are correct as at 22 February 2021. Please ensure you check with your loyalty programme for any subsequent changes and/or amendments to conditions)
Flying Blue members can rest assured that their Explorer miles will not expire until the end of 2021. Members that have acquired the Elite membership tier will have their membership extended by 12 months, while miles and experience points will be doubled for all flights up until December of 2021.
British Airways’ Exclusive Club has adjusted their point system, decreasing the points needed to form part of this club by 25%. They have also lowered their upgrade thresholds to make the travellers’ next tier more attainable.
Specific tier requirements:
Cathay Pacific was one of the first airlines to adjust their loyalty programme – the Marco Polo Club, back in April of 2020. The adjustments mean that Marco Polo Club memberships expiring between May 2020 and April 2021 will be renewed. All unused mid-tier benefits that expire over this same time period will be reissued for a further 12 months. This adjustment extends into 2021, ensuring that any memberships and unused benefits expiring in 2021 will also be renewed or reissued.
SkyMiles Medallion Members will maintain their current status throughout 2021. Travellers’ MQM’s (Medallion Qualification Miles) from last year also rolls over into 2021 to allows the traveller to qualify for 2022’s Medallion Status.
Silver, Gold and Platinum Skywards members can enjoy an extension on their tier review dates by 12 months – this means they retain their current status for an additional 12 months.
The validity of any Skywards Miles earned in 2020 or prior that would expire by April 2020, has been extended until 31 March 2021.
Etihad Guest members have been allocated monthly bonus tier miles to ensure they maintain their tier statuses. Tier requirements have also been relaxed to make it easier to tier-up.
Other miles adjustments include:
Miles & More frequent flyer levels valid until February 2021 will automatically be renewed/extended at the same level for 12 months, until February 2022. Also – any HON Circle miles that guest earned in 2019 will be recredited in 2021.
In January 2021, Qatar announced that they would be extending their Privilege Club members’ tier status, as it currently stands, until the end of 2021. Any travellers that have a Silver, Gold or Platinum status whose membership tier was due to expire during 2021 automatically qualifies, regardless of Qpoints earned or retained.
All Voyager tier statuses with South African Airways has been extended until 31 December 2021.
Flying Club statuses by Virgin Atlantic was extended in early 2020 for 6 months and again extended by another 6 months at the end of 2020. This meant that travellers had 12 months to build up points to retain or earn new statuses. In September 2020, Virgin Atlantic also allowed travellers to earn points on every flight, even redemption flights.