Our Fabulous Fridays topic this week is about the parental friendly policies of several frequent flyer programs offering newly minted parents a complimentary one year status extension.
Welcome a child into the family is a major life event and it’s not rare that travel activity drops considerably especially in the first year after birth.
Many airlines have reacted here and offer their elite members the opportunity to pause/extend their status for a year when relevant official documentation can be provided.
- Air Canada: Offers a maternity leave program of their Altitude levels.
- Alaska Airlines: Allows members to apply for an elite extension.
- American Airlines: Doesn’t officially have a program but will decide on a case by case basis
- British Airways: Has an official program, email documentation to email@example.com
- Delta Air Lines:Allows members to apply for a SkyMiles elite level extension
- United Airlines: Doesn’t officially have a program but will decide on a case by case basis
We recently requested such a status extension from two of the airlines listed here, British Airways & United which in both cases resulted in a successful application for one more year of “free” elite status.
Here the reply from United Airlines whom we contacted through the regular Mileage Plus Customer Service webform, attaching a birth certificate.
Dear xxx :
Thanks for taking the time to write to us. We’re glad to hear from you.
We’re pleased to inform you that your request is approved and we’ve extended your United MileagePlusPremier Gold, valid through January 31, 2021.
Your account has been updated to reflect your status extension. Visit our Premier Status Tracker to review your benefits. Thank you for your loyalty, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
As a Premier Gold member, we value your business. Thank you for choosing United and MileagePlus.
xxx xxx, MileagePlus® LeadRepresentative
As noted above United doesn’t have an official policy to grant people this benefit so it’s totally their discretion.
British Airways was different as they have an official benefit of two extensions per account lifetime by sending the documents per email to firstname.lastname@example.org for processing:
Overall a very simple and easy process to follow with just a few days turnaround time. There is no complicated documentation needed, a simple birth certificate in English is enough. Most registrars offer an international document these days even in countries like Germany.
By the way: If you’re someone who lives abroad or needs the childs birth certificate for any official business I can just recommend to get an apostille from your local authority on it as long as it’s still fresh. It’ll save you lots of running around at a later time.
Very neat and generous benefit from these frequent flyer programs. Unfortunately none of the hotel programs we reached out to offer such a policy but it has been known that some agreed to extend hotel status in life changing events such as medical treatment.
Have you made use of a parental status extension before?