As the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak continues to impact travel plans worldwide, Best Western Hotels and Resorts is now offering tier status extensions to all members of its loyalty programme, Best Western Rewards (BWR).

All BWR members globally can maintain their current status through January 31, 2022, without having to fulfll the necessary qualifications.

BWR members who were downgraded by a tier at the end of 2019 will be levelled up to their previous tier and will be able to maintain that tier status through January 31, 2022.

According to the hotel group, all BWR members worldwide are eligible for the elite status protection. Status will be maintained for all members regardless of their current tier, “ensuring both new and veteran members are protected at this time”.

The hotel group added that its reward points never expire, so members will not be impacted by “unpredictable circumstances that could prevent them from using their hard-earned points”.

Additionally, the hotel group said BWR members can also choose to donate their reward points to the hotel group’s charitable fund, Best Western for a Better World, which “has committed to supporting those impacted by the virus worldwide”.

A number of hotel groups are offering members of their respective loyalty programmes in select regions tier status and benefit extensions because of the spread of the coronavirus, such as Accor, Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Hyatt and Shangri-La.

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific is also updating a list of hotel groups that are waiving cancellation fees and offering more flexible rebooking policies amid concern over the spread of the coronavirus:

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