Hong Kong has just announced that they will extend their restrictions placed on entry and airport transit first put in place on March 25th until further notice.
IHG updated its coronavirus (COVID-19) policy on Saturday (April 4 – read more here) that was quickly withdrawn yesterday, and the previous one (read more here) reinstated. The IHG later on Monday issued yet another update dated April 6.
The policy change is for worse as the hotel company now allows some properties to provide vouchers that are essentially IOU’s that are worthless if the individual hotel ceases to operate, changes its flag, or you cannot travel within credit validity.
Air Canada today announced that it would extend Altitude member tiers by 12 months due the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic following Delta’s (read more here) and United’s (read more here) extensions on Sunday.
Members that qualify for the extension but do fulfill status requirement in 2020 can gift it to a friend or family member. Those that donate miles to charity can get one elite qualifying miles (up to 25,000) for every five given to fight COVID-19.
TAP is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2020 and has relaunched promotion to get new members to sign up for Miles&Go (and buy some miles).
New members who have signed up since January 1, 2020, can register for a status match that comes with a challenge (to open up your wallet).
Changi Airport Group (CAG) announced today that the airport would consolidate operations and suspends operations from Terminal 2 for 18 months.
The airport also indicated that Terminal 4 could temporarily close (no flights today). Singapore Airlines would continue using Terminal 3 and some other airlines Terminal 1. There shouldn’t be an issue to consolidate ALL flights to one of the terminals.
Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to American Airlines and their midweek business class excursion round trip fares between Amsterdam and Hawaii. This fare is also being matched by Delta and United.
On Friday the Government of Thailand and CAAT Aviation Authority have decided to ban international flights to Thailand until midnight today but this has just been extended until at least April 18th 2020.
The initial ban followed an incident at BKK Airport after over a hundred arriving Thai passengers first refused their quarantine orders after which some simply ran away and others were eventually let go to their homes.
TAP Miles&Go launched an interesting offer to buy miles with several multiples last week that ends today (April 6, 2020).
Miles&Go members can buy miles with up to quadruple bonus that is further doubled, meaning that members that buy 20,000 miles for $870 (overpriced) will end up with 160,000 (roughly half of a US cent each – very reasonable).
As Japan is likely going to declare a State of Emergency following the sharp rise of Covid-19 cases on the weekend, British Airways has decided to cancel their flights to Japan from Wednesday, April 8th.
U.S. Travel Association, whose mission is to promote travel within and to the United States, has traditionally run a promotion yearly called Daily Getaways.
Daily Getaways has allowed the public to purchase points, gift cards, hotel stays, and park tickets at a discounted price for five weeks in the spring.
European Union (read more here and here) and the United States (read more here) have both already reminded airlines that they need to provide REFUNDS for canceled and delayed flights instead of vouchers.
The president of IATA, International Air Transport Association, decided to chime in on Friday and suggested that the government should allow airlines to issue VOUCHERS instead of refunds.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) updated its coronavirus (COVID-19) policy on Saturday (April 4) that is valid through June 30, 2020, and for stays in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Macao & Taiwan) until April 30.
The policy change is actually for worse as the hotel company now allows some properties to provide vouchers that are essentially IOU’s that are worthless if the individual hotel ceases to operate, changes flag, or you cannot travel within credit validity.
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.
Delta Air Lines today announced its SkyMiles Medallion status extension of 12 months through January 31, 2022. Also, all elite qualifying miles earned in 2020 will be rolled over to 2021.
Delta will extend club memberships, global and regional upgrade certificates by six months. These are in response to the worldwide coronavirus (COVID019) pandemic that has halted almost all travel.