5 things I’m most excited about from United’s status extension announcement

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

This weekend, hours after Delta’s Sunday morning announcement that current Medallion status would be valid through 2021, United confirmed its own status extension, along with additional COVID-19 policy adjustments, in an email from MileagePlus program head Luc Bondar. In short, it’s all good news, but there are a number of developments I wanted to highlight specifically, …

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United: Global Services members will have to wait for a status extension

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

United’s top published tier is Premier 1K, and, on Sunday, the airline confirmed that current elite members — up to and including Premier 1K — would have their current benefits extended through Jan. 31, 2022. That’s great news for most of the airline’s frequent flyers, but there’s a very important group that isn’t covered by …

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United finally relents, begins waiving award redeposit fees

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

The major U.S. airlines tend to roll out consistent policies when it comes to change-fee waivers, elite qualification and — most recently — dealing with coronavirus, both in the airports and onboard. This time around, though, United Airlines has been especially unforgiving, leading to an unfriendly “flexible” booking policy and a firm take on award …

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How I think frequent flyer programs should adjust elite requirements for 2020

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Which tier you’ll earn in your favorite frequent flyer program is hardly the most significant issue any of us are dealing with at the moment. Yet many readers have reached out to ask how airlines will be handling elite status qualification this year, given that the vast majority of us are grounded right now, and …

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Not traveling? You might want to put these subscriptions on hold

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Along with almost the entire world, we aren’t flying during the coronavirus pandemic. In many ways, it feels like our lives are on hold — so it might be time to consider putting certain travel subscriptions on hold, too. Related: Should I travel? Advice for the coronavirus outbreak Some, like Clear’s expedited airport security, are billed …

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Why I’m not going to ‘burn’ my miles for merchandise

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

There’s no question about it — following the coronavirus outbreak, people around the world are struggling financially. And if they aren’t yet, they may be soon. As we explained in this detailed post, there may be an emergency stash available to you that you may not have considered: liquidating points and miles for gift cards, …

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United’s new flexible booking policy could leave you out a lot of cash

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Update 3/30/20: This post has been updated to reflect the extension of United’s covered booking period, with change fees now waived on all tickets issued by April 30, 2020. We’re all working to stay isolated right now — travel is clearly off the table for the time being, leaving many of us with more wanderlust …

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United announces additional lounge closures due to coronavirus

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with the latest lounge closures. It was originally published on March 16, 2020. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United are temporarily closing many of their lounges, amid a drop in demand associated with the coronavirus outbreak. American Express is closing all of its Centurion Lounges across the world. Sign up …

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Asia flight cancellations continue, impacting Japan, Singapore and more

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

More bad news for anyone planning to visit a handful of top destinations in Asia in March and April. A number of additional flights have been added to the chopping block, impacting travel throughout the region following growing coronavirus fears, which recently prompted change and cancellation waivers for Europe travel, as well. Related: Complete guide to …

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U.S. airlines begin waiving change fees for Europe travel following coronavirus spread

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

The coronavirus situation continues to escalate around the world — now, U.S. travelers are reconsidering their plans to visit countries throughout Europe, with cities in northern Italy falling under even greater scrutiny following a recent outbreak near Milan. As a result, U.S. airlines are issuing their first travel waivers covering travel to Europe, focused specifically …

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