Many of you have also been asking if Southwest will consider extending the Southwest Companion Pass, as well as their elite statuses: A-List and A-List Preferred.
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Additionally, earlier this year they granted temporary A-List status to select customers for free and you’re wondering if that will be extended, as well.
While we don’t know the answer to that yet, Southwest DID address all of this on March 20. Here’s what they said in an update about their response to the virus…
“I know many of our A-List Preferred, A-List and Companion Pass Members—or those working to qualify for these benefits—have questions about how the current environment may impact their ability to qualify for status this year. While I don’t have an answer for you today, we are closely monitoring this and will follow up at the appropriate time on how we will address this situation.”
— Ryan Green, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Southwest Airlines
While we don’t have an answer yet, I do find it reassuring that they have at least acknowledged that they’ve “heard” you, and this indicates they are considering doing something. We’ll just have to wait to see what that something is.
Already, they have extended Southwest travel funds that expired between March 1-June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2021 and offered to extend any travel funds generated as a result of cancellations March 1-June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2021, too.
They’re also granted LUV vouchers (basically gift certificates) for Early Bird fees as a result of cancellations.
What Are Other Airlines Doing?
United announced April 5 that they will extend their elite status until January 31, 2022 and making it easier to reach elite status in 2021.
Delta has been very generous, as well, extending the ability to re-book flights through May 31, 2022. They’re also extending Medallion status through 2021, and Delta credit card benefits are also getting extensions. Here is the full announcement from Delta.
Southwest is moving in the right direction and with other airlines extending their elite status and other benefits, I expect Southwest will, too.
We’ll let you know as soon as we know anything more…