Gulf carriers Emirates and Qatar Airways have both announced status extensions to their frequent flyer programmes, as global travel continues to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the case of Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club, all Silver, Gold and Platinum members whose tiers are due to end this year (and who have not earned enough Qpoints to retain it), will see their status extended until December 31,2021.
Meanwhile Emirates has gone one step further, and added 12 months of validity to current statuses within its Skywards programme. As an example, if a member has a current tier review date on March 31, 2021, their new tier review date will be extended to March 31, 2022.
In addition Emirates is extending the validity of any Skywards Miles due to expire since April 2020, until 30 June 2021.
The airline said it would be rolling out further initiatives throughout the year to help members retain tier status, or fast-track to a higher tier status.
“Members can look forward to a year of delightful surprises including bonus tier miles, complimentary tier upgrades, paid tier opportunities, and many more exclusive offers”, said the carrier.