On January 30, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. With the Wuhan coronavirus, outbreak airlines took steps to improve the safety of the passengers and their employees. Several airlines canceled all flights to and from China. Also, some hotel brands closed down certain branches in China. Now, announcements came that certain brands will be extending statuses to members whose travel has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
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Hilton Honors Elite Status and Points Expiry Extension
Hilton Worldwide Holdings revealed that it would be temporarily closing 150 of its namesake hotels in China due to the coronavirus outbreak. The brand operates four hotels in Wuhan and 225 hotels in greater China. Once the outbreak is over, it will probably take a minimum of three to six months to get things back to normal. Around 150 Hilton hotels with a total of around 33,000 rooms have been temporarily closed in China due to the deadly outbreak. Members whose status was going to be downgraded on March 31, 2020, will have it extended through March 2021. For those that qualified in 2019, they will have it until 2022. Points expiry is also waived through the end of 2020.
IHG Rewards Club Elite and Ambassador Status Extensions
IHG Rewards Club has launched a status extension policy for members whose account address is in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan. Elite and Ambassador statuses are extended for 12 months. Points expiry will also be postponed until December 31, 2020. If you don’t have qualifying activity in 2020 your points will expire on January 1, 2021.
World of Hyatt Extends Tier Status Extensions
World of Hyatt announced that they will extend the tier status for those members with registered addresses in Asia-Pacific for an additional year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Customers whose status would normally expire on February 28, 2021, will now be extended until the following year on February 28, 2022.
From the World of Hyatt official release:
The safety and wellbeing of our guests and colleagues is a top priority for Hyatt. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and fully understand the concerns around traveling during this time. Consistent with our commitment to care, and to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our guests and colleagues.
This is a good move from these brands to help out their customers. Other brands will probably follow soon with some similar announcements.
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