United Airlines on Sunday decided to follow Delta and extend all MileagePlus member tiers by 12 months, not including the Global Services, and most paid subscriptions by 6.
The airline has also lowered Premier Qualifying Poing (PQP) requirements by 50% for those who qualify in 2020.
You can access United’s page this announcement here.
Note that this was United’s quick response what Delta announced early Sunday (read more here), and they don’t have full press release or customer template available at this time.
We should have more comprehensive information available about United’s updated policies later this week.
UPDATE: United has now released the full information:
We’re also doubling PQP for United Explorer cards and quadrupling PQP for the United Club cards.
At the same time that we’re decreasing the published program’s PQP requirements, via a promotion from May 1 – December 31, 2020, we’re doubling (for United Explorer cards) or quadrupling (for United Club cards) the maximum number of PQP that Cardmembers can earn from card spending during 2020 to help achieve a higher level of status than you already have. More details to come later.
1K® and Platinum members, we’re increasing your ability to upgrade by extending PlusPoints expiration dates by six months and expanding Skip Waitlist.
- This means a six-month extension of any PlusPoints set to expire on or before January 31, 2021.
- Last year we introduced Skip Waitlist on select flights as a benefit to 1K members, giving you more opportunities to confirm an upgrade request at the time of booking. This benefit will now be available for the rest of 2020 in a significantly expanded selection of long-haul international regions and will have expanded availability in 2021 as well.
We’re extending all annual membership and subscription benefits by six months.
- We want to make sure your benefits are still there when you’re ready to start flying again. That’s why we’re extending purchased United Club℠ memberships and purchased subscriptions for Economy Plus®, United Wi-Fi℠ and checked bags by six months. You should see this reflected in your MileagePlus account soon.
All electronic travel certificates now have 24 months to be used.
- If your travel plans have been disrupted, and you have an electronic travel certificate from us for the value of your ticket, you now have two years from the date it was issued to book a new flight, as well as up to an additional 11 months to travel. This includes all currently valid and all new electronic travel certificates issued on or after April 1, 2020.
We have removed some redeposit fees for the rest of the year.
- We are currently waiving all award redeposit fees for travel through end of May 2020.
- We are now also waiving all redeposit fees for award ticket cancellations made more than 30 days before departure for the remainder of 2020.
Finally, we’ll be making it easier to earn status in 2021 for the 2022 program year. We recognize that getting back to travel will occur at a different pace for different members. Keep an eye out for changes we will make to help you earn status in 2021 for 2022, as we’ll share details later this year.
Over the years, you have placed your trust and loyalty in United, and we are honored to do the same for you. We are all in this together.
Status extension to January 31, 2022, applies to all members that met the published criteria of the MileagePlus program in 2019, status associated with the United/Marriott RewardsPlus program and status offered as part of a Sales nomination. Status granted from other programs and policies may not apply.
Delta’s comprehensive policy:
United got caught pants down by Delta’s announcement early Sunday, and they had to get something together in a few hours and ended up merely copying/matching what Delta did.
I don’t think that airlines, hotels, and other travel loyalty programs have any other choice but to offer blanket 12-month long status extensions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The travel has come to a complete halt, and it will take a while (years) to get back where we were in early January.