While Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have already extended elite statuses for their loyal customers due to the coronavirus pandemic, American Airlines was far behind up until now. The airline just announced that it is extending status for its frequent flyers all the way till 2022. American is trying to keep their loyal customers from going to Delta or United. As it stands, American understands it's a challenging time for its customers as it has been for the carrier due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airline industry is expected to recover slowly, so extending status for its AAdvantage frequent flyer members all the way till the end of January of 2022 was an expected move. That's not all, American will also cut the elite status qualification requirements for the rest of 2020.

In addition, the airline will be giving its elite members up to $400 worth of special credits, which can be used for future American Airlines Vacations bookings. Gold members will get a $300 credit, while Platinum and Platinum Pro members will enjoy a $350 credit. Executive Platinum members will receive a $400 credit.

For travelers who won't be hitting the air anytime soon, this announcement should come as great news. Flyers who have status for 2020 can hold onto it all the way until the end of January 2022 - even if they don't fly until then. Those who earn status with the newly announced, reduced criteria, are also able to hold onto their earned status until the end of January 2022.

American is also extending Admirals Club memberships by six months beyond their current expiration date. The airline is also extending the validity of One-Day passes for six months beyond the current expiration date. Click here to learn more of the other initiatives American is making as a way of saying thanks to its loyal customers.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at GET.com based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: adam.luehrs@get.com.