“Moving our stadium event to 2021 and switching to a Global Digital Experience this year will result in MORE ministry to MORE men in MORE places.”
— Vance Day, President, Promise Keepers
In a world fractured by division and despair, PK is still calling men to stand strong! We are living in unprecedented times and now more than ever, we need men who love God, love their families, and know their identity, purpose and destiny in Christ!
Today we genuinely believe God is giving us an extraordinary opportunity to stand strong, stay the course and redefine our future.
Vance Day, President of Promise Keepers, has made an official announcement to redefine the 2020 and 2021 PK national men’s events.
President of Promise Keepers, Vance Day
“Our mission has not changed… we want to see men transformed worldwide through a powerful encounter with Jesus Christ. However, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, three things have become clear.”
First, according to the officials we’ve contacted in Texas, it is highly unlikely that 80,000 men will be allowed to gather at AT&T Stadium this summer.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading public health expert on President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, even said this week that it might be very difficult for major sports in the United States to return to action this year.
Second, men still need the encouragement, edification, and fellowship that Promise Keepers provides, more now than ever before.
COVID-19 isn’t the only pandemic right now. There is a pandemic of fear, anxiety, and depression. There is a pandemic of uncertainty, unemployment, and financial upheaval. These pandemics are creating unprecedented pressure upon men, their marriages, and their families.
Third, God specializes in turning what looks to be a setback into a setup for even greater victory.
Moving our stadium event to 2021 and switching to a global virtual event this year will result in MORE ministry to MORE men in MORE places. It will allow us to do a state-of-the-art virtual experience on July 31 and August 1, and open up the opportunity to host dozens of webinars and Facebook Live events with hundreds of amazing speakers all through the summer. Moving to virtual gives us an “online stadium” with limitless attendance, viewable by men from around the planet.
As we’ve watched this unfold, we believe God is doing something big. Now He has opened the door for thousands more men to join us by tuning in worldwide from their local churches or small groups. The net result will be MORE ministry to men this summer and MORE momentum as we build toward our live event in AT&T Stadium in 2021.
Because you are important to us, we have been in communication with the City of Arlington and the local hotels. Due to the situation with COVID-19 they are able to transfer your reservations to next year. We are also working with AT&T Stadium to reserve new dates next July for the Promise Keepers Conference. We will send additional emails once the details are finalized so that you may transfer any travel arrangements to those dates. Airlines are making accommodations to rebook flights due to the COVID-19 situation. Promise Keepers was not involved in the booking of flights and hotels so you will need to contact them directly (however you booked). Additional information about hotel and airline policies will be listed on our website, to assist you.
Finally, we genuinely trust that God’s plans are good and we believe He is the one who is redefining our future. As Paul says in Ephesians 3:20, “by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”
On behalf of the Promise Keepers Leadership Team, we look forward to grabbing hold of this new opportunity to gather virtually in 2020 at our global event, and re-gather in-person at AT&T Stadium in 2021!
Thank you for standing strong with us.
Ken Harrison, CEO of Promise Keepers
“As the leadership and board of Promise Keepers contemplated how best to minister to men during this time of unprecedented need, we heeded the admonition of the Word to seek wise counsel (Proverbs 15:22). We prayed and deliberated long and hard about this, and sought out people with wisdom in medicine, events, and finances. The consensus of these experts is to focus on reaching men through virtual events this summer and move the event to 2021. And as we poured over their recommendations in prayer, we became certain that God was calling us to this strategy.
For over a year, we’ve been hard at work building a ministry that could not only host a world-class event that could challenge men for a day, but could also connect and disciple them everywhere, every day. Because of this, we are able to stand in the gap and minister to men in this unprecedented time.”
Chad Hennings, Member of PK’s Board of Directors
“As we sought the Lord about how to maximize our effectiveness in ministering to men this summer, we wanted to make sure that those who purchased tickets for the 2020 AT&T stadium would receive more value — not less. Not only will their ticket fully transfer to the 2021 event, they’ll receive special seating, be able to participate in the 2020 Virtual Event and all of the associated webinars and Facebook Live experiences, and be able to participate in exclusive insider updates.”
Hotel Schedule Policies and Process
The following hotels can transfer existing 2020 reservations to 2021. The following hotels will transfer current reservations to the corresponding dates next year (we are tentatively working with July 16 and 17, 2021 as the conference dates and will communicate when this information is official shortly).
- Crowne Plaza
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Homewood Suites
- Comfort Suites
The following hotels can transfer current reservations to next year, however, due to a limitation in the scheduling software, they cannot be moved to 2021 until July 16th of this year. Therefore, we recommend you wait until Friday July 17th, 2020, to call the hotel to confirm the transfer of your reservation for 2021.
- Hilton Garden Inn South
Unfortunately, the following hotels are not able to transfer current reservations. This is primarily due to the limitations of their internal systems but also, in some cases, the expiration date of credit cards used to make the reservation. Therefore, you will need to call the hotel and cancel your reservation and book new dates for Promise Keepers 2021 on July 16th and July 17th, 2021. Your card was not charged to hold the reservation so there is no penalty to cancel the 2020 dates and book new reservations for the 2021 dates.
- Hilton Arlington
- Four Points by Sheraton
- Sheraton Arlington Hotel
- Holiday Inn Arlington
- Aloft Arlington
- Towneplace Suites
- Howard Johnson
- Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Arlington
In all cases, we encourage you to confirm your hotel reservation and communicate directly with the hotels. In the event the credit card used to book your original reservation expires prior to July 2021, your reservation will automatically be cancelled (and not transferred).
If you booked through a reservation site (Expedia, etc.) you will need to contact them to reschedule or cancel your accommodations.
American has extended its offer to waive change fees for customers who have summer travel through Sept. 30, 2020. The offer is available for any of American’s fares, and customers will have until Dec. 31, 2021, for future travel. Fare rules may apply depending on the ticket. Any ticket purchased on or before April 7, 2020, for travel through Sept. 30, 2020, will not incur change fees prior to travel. Customers must pay any fare difference, if applicable, at time of ticketing of the new fare.
All AAdvantage® award tickets are included in this offer. Customers are allowed to change their origin and destination cities as part of this new offer. Travel must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021.
For more information please go to the American Airlines website.
“We’re extending change fee waivers to include existing bookings or canceled travel through September 2020. Customers who have travel booked between now and September 30 as of April 17, 2020, or canceled travel from flights between March 2020 through September 2020 now have the flexibility to travel until September 30, 2022.
Whether customers have been affected by recent schedule adjustments or want additional reassurance about upcoming travel, we’re now extending the ability to plan, re-book and travel with us for up to two years – giving Delta customers some extra breathing room.”
For more information please go to the Delta website.
“For tickets issued March 3 through March 31, 2020, customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value for travel up to 24 months from the original ticket issue date. For tickets issued between April 1, 2020, and May 31, 2020, customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date. If the new flight is priced higher, the customer may change for no fee but must pay the fare difference. If the new flight is priced lower, the customer may change for free but no residual value will be given.
Cancellations: If the customer decides to cancel the flight they booked before March 31, 2020, they can retain the value of the ticket to be applied to a new ticket without fee for travel up to 24 months from the original ticket issue date. If the customer decides to cancel the flight they booked between April 1, 2020, and May 31, 2020, they can retain the value of the ticket to be applied to a new ticket without fee for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date.”
For more information please go to the United website.
Southwest Airlines’ policy allows travelers to change or cancel their travel plans without penalty, so there is no need to worry about change fees if you are canceling an upcoming flight. However, please be aware that a fare difference may apply. Nonrefundable tickets can be used within one year of the original travel date.
“Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we are waiving change/cancel fees for customers traveling through January 4, 2021. Customers may rebook their flights for travel through January 4, 2021 online in the Manage Trips section of jetblue.com or contact us prior to the departure time of their originally scheduled flight. Fare difference may apply. Original travel must be booked on or before May 31, 2020.”
For more information please go to the JetBlue website.
Passengers who book with Alaska Airlines through May 31 for travel until April 30, 2021 are eligible to rebook their travel for zero penalty within one year of their original travel date, according to the airline’s website.
For more information please go to the Alaska website.
To our friends who have booked with other carriers, please check with the airlines to see if they will waive your change fees to rebook for 2021. In these trying times, most airlines will work with you.