With flights to Israel still suspended, United Airlines will proactively extend MileagePlus Premier status for select travelers impacted by these flight cuts.
United Airlines Will Extend Elite Status For Travelers Impacted By Israel Service Suspension
As noted by Zach Griff, United announced today it will extend the frequent flyer elite status of certain flyers impacted by its Tel Aviv flight cuts. United joined other carriers in suspending service to Israel after the surprise Hamas attack on October 7, 2023 led to war.
Those granted a status extension will see their elite status extended till January 31, 2025 with no further flying required. Unlike other status matches, Premier Platinums and Premier 1Ks who might not have re-qualified yet will receive their standard allotment of Plus Points in the new calendar year (40 for Platinum members, 320 for 1K members).
While United has not indicated who will be targeted for this status extension, it will include both residents of Israel and those who fly frequently to Tel Aviv on United. United operates service to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) from its hubs including;
- Chicago (ORD)
- Newark (EWR)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Washington Dulles (IAD)
This move makes a lot of sense considering that United has not operated in nearly two months to Israel and also that El Al has. El Al is not the carrier that it used to be, formerly operating aging Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft with premium cabin seats that did not go flat and service that was also lackluster. El Al now operates 787 aircraft with modern business class seats and is in the process of retrofitting its 777 jets. In other words, El Al is a viable competitor to United and so the move by United is aimed at keeping defections limited.
United Airlines will grant a limited number of status extensions to flyers impacted by its suspension of service to Tel Aviv. If you happen to travel often from TLV, check your inbox later today to see if you received note from United with details confirming the status exchange.