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Travel is on pause, but the miles and credit card perks that come with certain travel credit cards still hang in the balance. Thankfully, many travel brands have stepped up. They have assured us that we will still have the chance to use the benefits we have earned through flying, hotel stays, and credit card loyalty.
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Credit Card Perks Extended Due to COVID-19
Elite status extensions are a big relief for many travelers, but this article looks beyond miles and points. So, if you’re looking for news on the bonuses you may have earned with credit cards, here’s what you can expect. There are sure to be more changes and extensions to come over the year.
If you have a companion certificate with an eligible Alaska Airlines co-branded credit card, its expiration is being extended until Dec. 31, 2020.
Delta Air Lines
Existing Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) rollover to 2021. This will hopefully make it easier to requalify for 2022 status. So, if you have one of the Delta Credit Cards from American Express that incentivizes big spenders with bonus MQMs, you can carry those over to next year, too.
Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business American Express Card
For example, the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card is great for frequent business flyers. Spend $25,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year and earn 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), up to 2x per year, getting you closer to Medallion Status. Plus, throughout 2021, earn an additional 2,500 MQMs after making $25,000 in purchases, up to 2x. That’s in addition to the 10,000 MQMs that you would earn with Status Boost. MQMs are used to determine Medallion Status and are different from the miles you earn toward flights.
New cardholders can earn 60,000 bonus miles, 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), and a $100 statement credit after spending $3,000 in purchases on their new card in the first 3 months.
The annual fee is $250 (See Rates & Fees). Terms apply.
Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card
If you have the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, the $100 flight credit in the “My Wallet” section of your SkyMiles account is being extended by six months from its current expiration date. The companion travel certificates that come with the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card with an expiration date between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020, now extend until Dec. 31, 2020. Those with an expiration date between July 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021, also now extend an additional six months.
The one-time SkyClub passes that come with the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card also extend by six months. You can learn more about Delta credit cards in our detailed review.
The anniversary night certificates that come with eligible IHG Rewards Club credit cards are getting an extension. You can use certificates with expiration dates post-March 1, 2020, any time in 2020. Additionally, certificates you earn in 2020 will get an 18-month redemption period. IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card cardholders should check if they are eligible.
Free night awards that come with eligible credit cards like the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card are being extended by 12 months. Plus, the 15 elite night credits that you usually get with either the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card or the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card are no longer capped if you have both cards.
Usually, you can only get 15 elite night credits, even if you have both cards. However now, Marriott is letting you get both bonuses. You can get a total of 30 elite night credits if you have both cards. This is a big boost for the coming year’s status qualification.
The e-certs that come with the Radisson Rewards™ Premier Visa Signature® Card are getting an extension. Any certificate expiring between March 1, 2020, and July 31, 2020, will have its expiration extended to June 30, 2021.
The information for the Radisson Rewards™ Premier Visa Signature® Card has been collected independently by Johnny Jet and has not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
United is lowering the Premier Qualifying Points (PQP) requirements for elite status in the coming year. Additionally, United credit cards are getting a nice boost. Between May 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020, MileagePlus members with the Chase United℠ Explorer Card will earn double PQPs on spending this year. Those with the United Club cards will receive triple PQPs on spending.
If you have current unused Free Night awards (like those that come with The World of Hyatt Credit Card) or Suite Upgrade or Club Lounge Access awards, their validity is being extended. Further, those that expire between March 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020, now extend until Dec. 31, 2021.
Learn more: Hotel Rewards Credit Cards
Summary Credit Card Perks Extended Due to COVID-19
As you can see, many of the major travel companies are working to help their loyal travelers. Therefore, look out for news or emails from loyalty programs. As we get further into the summer months, you may see more companies announcing extensions or special perks.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Our best offer ever! Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,250 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
- Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 100,000 points are worth $1,250 toward travel.
- With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
- Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
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