Thanks to an unexpected gift from my preferred hotel chain and airline, I don’t have to set foot on another airplane or hotel this year and will still enjoy top-tier status until at least early 2022.
After initially resisting calls by some elite members to extend status and loosen requirements, hotels and airlines are now falling like dominoes. First it was Hilton, then it was Hyatt. Then it was Delta, followed by United.
Regular readers will know that I’m very loyal to Hyatt and United. Over the last few days, both have announced that status will be extended another year for all elite members.
I made a last-minute push to qualify for 1K status with United last year, but have only had a chance to fly a handful of times this year before COVID-19 struck.
I also got a head start on Hyatt, staying 15 mights and then earning five additional nights thanks to the World of Hyatt Credit Card by Chase. But with travel now suspended, it was only a matter of time before I fell behind.
Honestly, I was not expecting this. While I was reasonably certain that airlines and hotels would offer some sort of promotion to earn status easier, this gift actually disincentivizes further travel on United or blind loyalty to Hyatt this year. But airlines are looking beyond this lost year and instead toward 2021…each day it is becoming clearer that travel will continue to suffer even after restrictions are lifted.
While I never expect airlines or hotels to go the extra mile when most take such a “what have you done you for me?” attitude, I am truly quite thankful for this gesture. A world that is quarantined is not the world I want to live in, but airlines and hotels are finally recognizing that after a long string of one-way, customer-unfriendly cuts, loyalty is a two-way street.
Now we just need American Airlines to match and then I’ll really be set for 2021…
Have you benefited from the status extensions airlines and hotels have offered?