UPDATE | Diners Club has reversed some recent changes to its credit card rewards program, with points transfers to the American Airlines AAdvantage and Starwood Preferred Guest schemes both being retained.
Transfers to these programs were to be axed from Diners Club Rewards as of June 1 2016, along with a raft of other partners such as Hyatt Gold Passport and Marriott Rewards.
The bulk of those changes will still proceed as planned but now with the exception of AAdvantage and SPG, which will remain.
A Diners Club spokesperson confirmed the re-jig with Australian Business Traveller and that the two schemes would remain attached to Diners Club Rewards "indefinitely".
PREVIOUS | Diners Club is ditching over a dozen airline and hotel partners from its own rewards scheme, leaving cardholders unable to convert Diners Club Rewards points into frequent flyer or hotel loyalty points of the soon to be ex-partners from June 1 2016.
American Airlines, Starwood's SPG scheme and Hyatt Gold Passport are three high-profile casualties of the cull, along with Air Canada, Marriott Rewards, South African Airways and Hawaiian Airlines.
However, several new travel partners have come on board this month: among them Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways.
Here's a rundown of the changes.
Airlines: American Airlines AAdvantage, Air Canada Aeroplan, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, El Al Matmid Frequent Flyer Club, Frontier Airlines Early Returns, Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles, SAS EuroBonus, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards and South African Airways Voyager.
Hotels: Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), Hyatt Gold Passport, Marriott Rewards, Best Western Rewards and Choice Privileges.
If you want to convert Diners Club Rewards points into any of the above loyalty schemes, you'll need to do so before June 1, 2016.
Diners has signed seven new airline frequent flyer transfer schemes and one hotel loyalty program, and has also boosted the conversion rate for Thai Airways.
Joining Diners Club Rewards this month: Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Etihad Guest, GarudaMiles, Malaysia Airlines Enrich and Qatar Airways Privilege Club, along with the Club Carlson loyalty program of Radisson Hotels.
Two Diners Club Rewards points will convert into one frequent flyer point/mile with each of those partners.
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus will also see a more favourable conversion rate of 2:1 compared to the 4:1 ratio applied in years past.
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands is too new to Diners Club, with three Diners Club Rewards points netting one mile with EVA Air.
Diners Club Rewards’ other partners
As to Diners’ existing partners, fear not – a Diners Club Australia spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that no changes are being made to the current conversion rates.
That means you can continue to convert your Diners Club Rewards points into frequent flyer or frequent guest points with Delta SkyMiles, Hilton HHonors, IHG Rewards Club and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer on a 2:1 basis, even after June 1.
Further, transfers to Emirates Skywards continue to be offered at a 2.5:1 rate, and to Virgin Australia Velocity at a favourable 1.5:1 rate.
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