British Airways has finally published details of the changes that it's making to the British Airways Executive Club Tier Points targets in light of the current travel crisis but, unsurprisingly, the changes are mostly miserly and poorly thought through.
Earlier this month Alaska Airlines was the first airline to introduce any kind of change or incentive with regards to elite status earning when it announced that it would reward flyers with 50% more elite qualifying miles on travel taken through 11 April 2020. Now, as it's increasingly obvious that most people are grounded and not going anywhere, Alaska has extended the qualification period for its promotion.
With a substantial percentage of the population being advised to stay home as much as possible there's a very good chance that a lot of people are doing even more online shopping than ever before so, if that's the position you find yourself in, why not earn some easy (and free) miles while you shop?
Virgin Atlantic is one of the first major airlines to announce a series of measures to help its Flying Club members keep their status at a time when most cannot take to the air and offer up some interesting incentives to anyone willing to book travel through March 2021.
I have only ever held top tier status with two airlines - American Airlines and British Airways - but it looks like a couple of fares that I managed to book over the weekend may be my ticket to top tier status with Virgin Atlantic as well.
We have already seen IHG Rewards Club lower its elite status thresholds for 2020 and Hilton Honors has also confirmed that it's reviewing its elite status requirements for 2020 but, up until yesterday (and with the exception of Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific), we hadn't heard any of the major airlines making statements about the situation surrounding elite status qualification and elite benefits. Qatar Airways just changed that.
At the end of last week OMAAT published a post showing that American Airlines had removed Etihad from the list of partners it displays on its website and, unsurprisingly, this sent the rumor mill into overdrive.
If you're a Star Alliance Gold Card holder (e.g. United MileagePlus Premier Platinum) Heathrow Express would like to know that it values your custom so much that it would like to offer you a free upgrade to "Business First Class" when you ride the train to/from London Paddington.
Hyatt and American Airlines have just announced that from today, select AAdvantage and World of Hyatt elites will be offered challenges to earn elite status in the other's loyalty program through 2022. Challenges are targeted, require registration, and are appearing on dedicated American Airlines and Hyatt webpages.
Dr. Richard Carmichael is, according to his Twitter account, a Chartered Psychologist at Imperial College London and he has written a report on "Behavior change, public engagement and Net Zero" in which he looks at what choices people can/should be making that can contribute to reducing emissions that lead to climate change.