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Will DL Extend Status due to COVID-19? Consolidated Thread

Will DL Extend Status due to COVID-19? Consolidated Thread

Old Mar 19, 20, 10:16 pm
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Will DL Extend Status due to COVID-19? Consolidated Thread

Qantas will give all status holders a 12 month extension of their tier.

It seems this is the tip of the iceberg. Will this happen with DL? What would be the most favorable type of extension or other kind of status relief for DL flyers? Qantas doesn't have a rollover scheme like DL does. If they opt for this type of benefit, should the rollover miles earned simply apply to the following year?
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Old Mar 20, 20, 4:01 am
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There's already a thread discussing this. DL has publicly stated they'll evaluate once time is right. However, they made clear (and I think most agree) the current time isnt right.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 7:46 am
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DL carries a lot more passengers than QF. Much easier for smaller program to make changes than a large one.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 8:34 am
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Next year’s airline status so doesn’t matter to me right now.
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Originally Posted by seawolf View Post
DL carries a lot more passengers than QF. Much easier for smaller program to make changes than a large one.
I’m going to disagree. Just as easy a decision for Delta. Someone just has to make it.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 10:00 am
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
There's already a thread discussing this. DL has publicly stated they'll evaluate once time is right. However, they made clear (and I think most agree) the current time isnt right.
I think the thread "DL Corona Virus COVID-19 Affecting Status/Travel/Waivers" needs to be split as it is unwieldy, covers too many subjects and already has hundreds of posts. When trying to search for posts only related to status it brings up EVERY post because the word "status" is in the title.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by nachosdelux View Post
I’m going to disagree. Just as easy a decision for Delta. Someone just has to make it.
Making the decision is easy but but the business impacts from that decision is going to be different between QF and DL because the passenger/demographics are different.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 10:44 am
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This certainly ranks low on my care-o-meter at this time. All in due time. Delta will most likely do something but with such uncertainty on how long this situation will last it would be unwise to make any changes.
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Originally Posted by seawolf View Post
Making the decision is easy but but the business impacts from that decision is going to be different between QF and DL because the passenger/demographics are different.

why? because they speak Australian? they are more similar than different. anyway, the point is moot, so good luck to you and stay healthy!
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Old Mar 20, 20, 10:49 am
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No one knows the full extent of this pandemic yet. I think DL and other airlines will make any adjustments to their elite programs when they get more clarity into the length of potential disruption. This could be an issue for up to eighteen months, so who really knows.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by nachosdelux View Post
why? because they speak Australian? they are more similar than different. anyway, the point is moot, so good luck to you and stay healthy!
Oh I don't know. Maybe different scale; Delta flies 5x more passengers? Operating in different legal environment? Different labor laws? Different aviation markets? Different taxpayer bailouts? Different union contracts?
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Oh I don't know. Maybe different scale; Delta flies 5x more passengers? Operating in different legal environment? Different labor laws? Different aviation markets? Different taxpayer bailouts? Different union contracts?
threat of bankruptcy/insolvency is the great equalizer.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 11:19 am
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threat of bankruptcy/insolvency is the great equalizer.
Delta is going to get taxpayer assistance in aid/loan guarantees.
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Since I already reached PM again for the year, I'm not terribly concerned; I'm a bit sad though that this will probably keep me from reaching DM for the first time. This year was shaping up to be a good one for travel. Unfortunately, they probably won't (and shouldn't) account for that.
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Originally Posted by nachosdelux View Post
why? because they speak Australian? they are more similar than different. anyway, the point is moot, so good luck to you and stay healthy!
The Aussie frequent flier market is heavily dependent on long haul international flights, while the American one has much more of a domestic focus.
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