Update: I reached out to American and Delta when United extended status, but neither had news to share. Several DDF members now post that they received emails confirming their Delta status has been extended for another year, so I reached out to the airline to ask for more details.
The airlines confirmed to DansDeals that this year they included “frequent TLV fliers and those based in the area” in their annual member review for deciding which elites received a status extension despite failing to qualify for one. Delta says that the end of year review is a long-standing practice.
Was your status extended despite failing to officially requalify? Were you able to contact your preferred airline for an extension if you didn’t receive a requalification email?
Originally posted on 11/28:
Many readers, both US and Israel based who frequently fly United between the US and Israel, have commented and shared the email that United sent them, extending their elite status through 1/31/25.
I had previously reached out to all of the US carriers about a status extension, but none of them had any comment. US airlines haven’t flown to Israel since 10/7 and foreign airlines are generally unable to resume flights due to their lack of insurance coverage for flying into designated war zones.
Below are the emails that United is now sending out to existing elite members who normally frequent the Tel Aviv route. For Platinum, 1K, and Global Services members, the extension will also include a new set of 2024 PlusPoints.
If you frequent the Tel Aviv route and didn’t get a status extension email, you can try contacting the United MileagePlus service center at 800-421-4655.
Kudos to United for being the first to officially extend status, here’s hoping that all airlines will quickly announce their own status extensions.
Did you get a status extension email?