Qatar Airways has today extended Privilege Club member tiers by 12 months through December 31, 2021.
The airline already extended tiers once in 2020 due to much-lessened travel demand and bans due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Here’s the announcement from the airline:
Qatar Airways Privilege Club Extends Members’ Tier Status Throughout 2021
The initiative is designed to further honour the loyalty of members during challenging times
DOHA, Qatar — Qatar Airways Privilege Club will extend its valued members’ tier status in recognition that travel plans continue to be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative will extend members’ tier status until 31 December 2021 and applies to our Silver, Gold and Platinum members whose tier is due to end this year and have not earned enough Qpoints to retain it.
This announcement follows news that Qatar Airways will offer all passengers unlimited date changes and free refunds for tickets issued before 30 April 2021 for travel completed by 31 December 2021. Privilege Club members can therefore benefit from flexible booking policies that will allow them to change their plans with ease if they need to, while retaining their current, hard-earned tier status and enjoying the unique benefits associated with it.
Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Thierry Antinori, said: “At Qatar Airways we are doing everything in our power to be the airline you can rely on. Having flown continuously during the pandemic, we currently operate the largest network among airlines based in the Middle East thanks to the flexibility offered by our sustainable, wide body Boeing 787 and A350 aircrafts. We also offer the highest standards of safety on board and at Hamad International Airport – recently endorsed by our Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating Airport Safety Rating.
“Our Privilege Club members are very important to us and we want to continue to be there for them. We understand that some of our members may need more time to plan and book their upcoming travel. That is why we are announcing today our latest tier extension as one of the many steps that Privilege Club has taken over the last year to honour the loyalty of our valued members as we navigate these difficult times together.”
Last year, Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club was one of the first airline loyalty programmes to announce a tier extension offer of up to 12 months to its members. Throughout 2020, Privilege Club continued to invest in redefining the programme, including cutting the number of Qmiles required to book award flights by up to 49 per cent. It also revised its Qmiles policy so that when a member earns or spends them, their balance is valid for 36 months.
At Hamad International Airport, Privilege Club members can enjoy the most luxurious lounges in the world. Platinum members can experience the incredible Al Safwa First Lounge with two guests when travelling in Business Class or the First Class Lounge when travelling in Economy Class, Gold members can unwind at the Business Class Lounge with one guest, and Silver members can access the Business Class Lounge as individuals. All Privilege Club members travelling on award flights in Business Class can enjoy the exceptional facilities at the Al Mourjan Business Lounge.
We will see the further status extension from airlines if they wish to keep their frequent flier base intact because Covid-19 won’t go away for most 2021.
I would assume that the travel will slowly start to normalize from the late fall of 2021 or early 2022.