While nobody knows when COVID-19 can be contained and when regular travel can happen again, it's always nice to know certain companies are doing their best to implement changes that make the unprecedented situation less stressful and less unpleasant for their customers like you and I. Delta Air Lines is one such company.
Amid the stressful, escalating COVID-19 situation, Atlanta-based Delta led the pack and announced the carrier will be making several updates to give its loyal customers greater peace of mind where their loyalty benefits are concerned. These updates will be applied automatically over the next couple of weeks, so customers don't even have to lift a finger on their end.
Foremost, Delta SkyMiles Medallion Members can look forward to enjoying the same loyalty benefits throughout 2021 as they have this year as all Medallion Status for 2020 will be automatically extended by 12 months for the 2021 Medallion Year.
This should come as fantastic news for Medallion Members as they can be assured that their Status will remain there when things get better and they start flying again. That's not all. Delta has also announced that all Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) from 2020 will be rolled over to 2021 to qualify for 2022 Medallion Status.
Delta is also extending certain benefits for Delta SkyMiles Members. For instance, SkyMiles Members who have Upgrade Certificates or $200 Travel Vouchers with an original expiration date between March 1 and June 30, 2020 will enjoy an extended expiration date of December 31, 2020. This is to ensure SkyMiles Members are not short changed and have extra time to enjoy the benefits they deserve.
Those with Upgrade Certificates or $200 Travel Vouchers that expire after June 30, 2020, are not left out. They will receive an extra six months beyond the current expiration date. Also, SkyMiles Select members will enjoy a six-month extension to the Priority Boarding benefit and any unused drink vouchers they may have.
In a similar vein, Delta Sky Club Individual and Executive memberships with an expiration date of March 1, 2020, or later will receive six additional months of Delta Sky Club access beyond their expiration date.
Delta SkyMiles American Express Card Members will also enjoy an extension of their benefits, depending on the specific credit card they hold. You may refer to Delta's guidelines here for more information.
As you already know, the COVID-19 situation evolves rapidly. Delta will continue to monitor the impact COVID-19 has on travel and will make further changes to best support its valued customers' needs.
On Delta's heels is United Airlines. Shortly after Delta announced its plans to extend the benefits its customers deserve and enjoy, United Airlines made known that it plans to extend the current elite status of members of its MileagePlus frequent flyer program through the end of January 2022.
The Chicago-based carrier will also be introducing changes to help its customers earn and attain status in 2021 for 2022. Additionally, United Airlines is extending all of its annual subscription options, such as United Club memberships and Economy Plus and checked bag memberships, by six months.