Virgin Atlantic has announced a further extension to tier status benefits within its Flying Club programme.

Last year the carrier applied two sets of six month extensions, and it has now added a further three-month extension “In recognition of the impact Covid-19 has had on its customers’ ability to travel”.

The change will automatically take effect in members’ accounts by March 12, 2021.

In addition the validity of rewards including Companion, Upgrade and Clubhouse vouchers will also be extended by a further three months.

The move follows a number of changes made to the carrier’s booking policies earlier this month, including unlimited free-of charge changes to travel dates, origin or destination up until April 30, 2023, for bookings made by April 30, 2022.

Virgin Atlantic extends free date and flight changes to April 30, 2023

There’s also just a couple of days left to take advantage of Virgin’s status match promotion with the British Airways Executive Club, for cash or reward bookings made by February 28.

Commenting on the news Siobhan Fitzpatrick, chief digital and marketing officer at Virgin Atlantic, said

“We understand how important flexibility is to our customers as they navigate travel restrictions and make plans to travel in 2021 and beyond. When the scale of the pandemic became apparent last year, we instantly offered our customers an extra six months to maintain their tier status, followed by an additional six months later in the year.

“Following the Prime Minister’s update, which has given clarity on the UK’s roadmap out of restrictions, we’re pleased to offer a further three month validity to our Flying Club members for extra peace of mind.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Government’s Global Travel Taskforce to reopen the skies safely. Until then, our latest status update provides increased flexibility and reassurance, in anticipation of welcoming our customers on board again soon.”