United Airlines is extending the status of its top-tier Global Services members for another year with no strings attached.
United Airlines Extends Global Services Status
In an email that went out to members this morning from Luc Bondar, the President of MileagePlus, United announced it would extend the status of Global Services members through January 21, 2023.
As a United Global Services members, you’ve shown extraordinary loyalty to United over the years, earning our highest level of status.
We know many of you are returning to travel for the first time in over a year or are limited by international destinations that remain closed. We hope this gesture of appreciation for your loyalty gives you more time to enjoy flying United and our partners with all the benefits of Global Services status. you can also take advantage of our newest benefit and enjoy complimentary United Club access whenever you travel domestically on United or United Express.
As the world continues to open up, we hope your enjoy the exciting benefits of your earned Global Services status for another year, and we look forward to seeing you onboard soon.
An inset in the note added:
Even though you haven’t been able to travel as much over the last year, you deserve recognition for your loyalty, which is why we’re extending your Global Services status through January 31, 2023.
Will United Extend The Status Of All Elite Members?
A United Airlines spokesperson told Live and Let’s Fly:
“Throughout the pandemic, United has made numerous changes to make earning and maintaining status easier to show appreciation for Premier members.
While this extension is only for earned Global Services members, United has additional MileagePlus promotions in the pipeline that will help all our Premier members re-qualify for status this fall—more to come on this next week.”
I still tend to think lucrative promotions this fall and before the end of the year will allow travelers to re-qualify with minimum to zero effort.
I also hold out some hope that United will just extend the status of everyone for one more year or at least for those MileagePlus members who reside outside the United States and have been particularly prone to a slowdown in international travel to the USA.
Many MileagePlus members in Asia and Europe simply have not been able to travel o the USA this year, which makes flying on United very difficult.
United Airlines is extending the status of Global Services members through January 2023. While United is not (yet) extending the status for all MileagePlus elite members, I do tend to think this move is a sign of what is to come.