- Airlines are raising the bar for travel perks, like lounge access and elite status.
- During the Covid pandemic, airlines allowed sidelined travelers to extend frequent flyer status.
- Carriers are also rethinking cabin configurations to fit more business-class or premium economy seats.
Executives say the richer requirements are the product of the pandemic. Airlines had extended frequent flyer status without requiring travelers to meet the usual annual thresholds because would-be passengers were sidelined. In the meantime, customers kept spending on their rewards credit cards, racking up points and perks along the way.
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