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January 27, 2023

Airline, hotel elite status: Harder to get (or keep) in 2023

  • Pandemic-era extensions are expiring this year, and companies are raising status requirements.

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    Delta Air Lines had to implement new policies to reduce crowds at its Sky Club lounges, including raising membership dues for elites.

    For the past couple of years, hotel and airline loyalty programs have extended elite status in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in 2023, that's coming to an end. A tsunami of downgrades will wipe out some travelers' elite status because pandemic-era offers are expiring and loyalty programs are upping the qualification requirements.

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