Update: United has made their official announcement here. This post has been updated with the latest information.
United will follow their lead and extend their own elite status, club memberships, and more. An official announcement should be made shortly, but United has confirmed with me that:
- United Premier Status will be extended by 12 months, so if you have status expiring 1/31/21, it will now expire 1/31/22. Note that this only applies to members that met published criteria of the MileagePlus program in 2019, status associated with the United/Marriott RewardsPlus program, and status offered as part of a Sales nomination. Status granted from other programs and policies may not apply.
- United Club memberships, as well as subscriptions for Economy Plus, Wi-Fi, checked baggage, and more will receive a 6 month extension.
- United will reduce the PQP requirements to earn premier status next year.
United will also:
- Extend all PlusPoints set to expire on or before 1/31/21 by 6 months.
- Waive all award redeposit fees through 12/31/20 as long as you cancel your award 30 days before departure. As you can change dates on award for free for bookings made through 4/30, that essentially means you can redeposit all new award tickets for free this year!
- As previously uncovered here, all United awards can be redeposited for free on travel through 5/31.
- As previously announced, electronic travel certificates are now valid for 2 years.
- Reduce the PQPs and PQFs needed in 2020 to earn 2021 status by 50%, as follows (You can read all about PQPs and PQFs in this post.)
- United will double the PQPs you can earn on Explorer cards and quadruple the PQPs you can earn on Club cards needed in 2020 to earn 2021 status.
- As mentioned above, United will also reduce the PQPs needed in 2021 to earn 2022 status, but those details will come later.
United hasn’t yet announced what will happen with expiring PlusPoints for upgrades. I’ve reached out to them for more information.
Your move American, JetBlue, and Southwest…
HT: Leon F