Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Silver, Gold and Diamond members will be able to keep their status all the way through to December 2023 just by taking two domestic Qantas flights.
Earlier this month the airline has already confirmed an automatic MPC tier extension to December 2022, as detailed further below, while promising an easy pathway to retain that status for a further 12 months.
Now those details are out, and they reveal how easy this will be – to the point where you don't even need to set foot on a Cathay flight.
"Even though we are expecting normal travel to resume in 2022, we will continue to provide you with more ways to keep your membership status," the airline's website says.
"Silver, Gold and Diamond members can enjoy an additional year of status extension, until 31 December 2023, by meeting one of the following requirements."
Those requirements include two flights on Cathay Pacific or "with our Oneworld alliance airlines", which of course includes Qantas, by 31 December 2022.
So as long as your Marco Polo Club number is listed against your Qantas booking, instead of your Qantas Frequent Flyer number, even a return economy flight between Sydney and Melbourne will get you across the line.
Other easy options for MPC members living in Australia include
- earning 30,000 Asia Miles miles "from non-Hong Kong finance partners by converting credit card points to miles"
- spending US$640 at the online Cathay Pacific shop
We can't speak for everybody, but a quick Qantas trip – especially one you're probably already going to be doing at some point over the next 12 months – sounds like the best way to lock in your Marco Polo Club status until December 31, 2022.
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The move comes as the airline prepares to shift to a single rewards program which will bring together the AsiaMiles and Marco Polo Club schemes under the 'Cathay lifestyle' banner by the middle of 2022.
As a first step, Cathay Pacific is automatically extending MPC status "until 31 December 2022, so you can experience the programme when the world opens up."
The airline says that club points, which will be renamed as Status Points from July 2022, will also be extended, along with "unused mid-tier benefits."
Club points will become Status Points on a 1:1 basis, but under the unified scheme there will be "a wider range of ways to earn, in the air and on the ground," including spending on co-branded Cathay credit cards available in Hong Kong.
Cathay's frequent flyers will also find it easier to keep their status to December 2023, with the airline setting what has been described to Executive Traveller as "some low bar targets" for Silvers, Golds and Diamonds – potentially without even setting foot onto a Cathay flight.
"We're also offering you more ways to keep your status besides flying with us," the airline says.
"Simply use our co-branded credit card, convert miles from credit card partners, or shop with Cathay Pacific in 2022, and we'll extend your status through to 31 December 2023."
They airline says that more details will be revealed in 2022.
And by the end of 2022, Cathay's Diamond members will also enjoy reduced rates for turning their miles into flights.
"When Diamond members use Miles Plus Cash to redeem flights with Cathay Pacific, they'll be granted special rates on miles," the airline confirms.