COVID-19 Elite Status Extension Policies

For a better overview, we decided to create a comprehensive list for all airlines, hotels, and car rental companies that are offering an elite status extension policy to their members during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

This list serves as an addition to our regular articles and will be updated as the situation progresses and further announcements of companies taking such a step are publicly available.

For easier handling and comparison I’d like to summarize the official policies in this article and provide links to our original pieces so that interested readers can jump right at it for detailed information.

UPDATED: February 24, 2021

Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

Featured on this list but still not having published a comprehensive policy for all is British Airways which hasn’t announced anything except a tier point reduction for those members due to extend their membership tier in Q2/2020.

Hotels Loyalty Programs:

Car Rental Programs:

The big international players AVIS and Hertz surprisingly have so far not published any extension policy for their elite tiers. This can’t take long because the car rental industry will be really hurting from this slowdown in travel.

Credit Cards

Most credit companies such as Chase and American Express have relief programs in place offering a cold period for credit card payments. Chase has offered me a $100 discount on my Sapphire Reserve card and will definitely call every single bank to ask for a credit card fee reduction or rentention offer this year.


I foresee that pretty much any hospitality company that maintains a loyalty program will offer some form of relief for their customers to maintain their tier level. If they haven’t done so already this will be forthcoming in the next couple of months.

Those companies that choose to ignore it will probably not be around anymore after all this is over, respectively people will remember not to spend any more money with them.

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