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American Airlines Raises $2 Million to Support Red Cross Coronavirus Pandemic Work

American Airlines Raises $2 Million to Support Red Cross Coronavirus Pandemic Work

American Airlines said it has raised over $2 million for the American Red Cross to support that organization’s Covid-19 relief effort.
The airline is offering members of its AAdvantage frequent-flyer program ten miles for every dollar they donate. The program is in effect through the end of the month.
Over one million dollars was raised in the first 24 hours of the campaign.
“Through the support of our AAdvantage members the American Airlines …

Air Canada to Extend Elite Altitude Status Through 2021

Air Canada to Extend Elite Altitude Status  Through 2021

Air Canada announced it plans to extend the current elite status of members of its MileagePlus frequent-flyer program through the end of next year, citing the severe decline in travel amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.
The move follows similar announcements from Delta Air Lines and United Airlines over the weekend.
In addition to maintaining status through December 31, 2021, members who have already meet the program requirements for next year or who …

Facing a 96% Decline in Ridership, Amtrak to Lower Elite Qualifying Thresholds, Extend Upgrade Coupons

Facing a 96% Decline in Ridership, Amtrak to Lower Elite Qualifying Thresholds, Extend Upgrade Coupons

Amtrak, the operator of most of the United States’ passenger rail services, said Monday that it is reevaluating tier thresholds for elite status in its Guest Rewards Program.
Since the coronavirus outbreak really took hold in the United States, the railroad is seeing ridership declines by as much as 96%, said Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams, when comparing year-over-year figures.
The railroad stopped short of indicating what those adjustments might be and failed …

United Airlines to Extend Current Premier Elite Status into 2022

United Airlines to Extend Current Premier Elite Status into 2022

United Airlines said Sunday it plans to extend the current elite status of members of its MileagePlus frequent-flyer program through 2022, given the severe decline in travel amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.
The move comes hours after Delta Air Lines announced a similar plan.
This means that a MileagePlus member’s current Premier elite status will be valid through the end of January 2022.
In addition, the airline said it will lower elite qualifying …

Delta to Extend Medallion Elite Status into 2022

Delta to Extend Medallion Elite Status into 2022

Delta Air Lines announced it would extend the current elite status of SkyMiles members into early 2022 and roll over all Medallion Qualification Miles used for earning status into 2021 to qualify for 2022 status due to the sharp decline in travel during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
This means that a member’s current elite status will be valid through the end of January 2022.
In addition, the airline will extend Sky Club …

American Airlines Plans to Restart Some International Flights on June 4

American Airlines Plans to Restart Some International Flights on June 4

Showing a bit of cautious optimism, American Airlines announced plans to resume some of its temporarily suspended international flights in a phased-in manner starting June 4, 2020, but it also said it expects to cut approximately 60% of its international summer schedule compared to what it operated in 2019.
The world’s largest airline expects to resume a number of flights it has temporarily suspended starting on June 4, 2020 including many …

April News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

How up-to-date are you with travel and aviation news from the past month – and what a month it’s been!
Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question asking on which European country the novel coronavirus has had the greatest impact (the answer was Italy) had the highest share of …