Keep your Cathay Pacific status to 2023 with two Qantas flights

You won’t believe how easy it is for members of Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club loyalty program to keep their status!

By David Flynn, March 7 2022
Keep your Cathay Pacific status to 2023 with two Qantas flights

Australian members of Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club can keep their Silver, Gold and Diamond status all the way through to December 2023 just by taking two domestic Qantas flights.

This comes on the back of the airline’s automatic MPC tier extension to December 2022, and is one of the options available to retain that status for a further 12 months.

“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 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.

Provided your Marco Polo Club number is listed against your Qantas booking, instead of your Qantas Frequent Flyer number, even the cheapest ‘Red e-Deal’ return economy flight will get you across the line.

Naturally, Marco Polo Club members in the UK and the USA could replicate this with local Oneworld carriers British Airways and American Airlines, for example.

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”, and spending US$640 at the online Cathay Pacific shop.

While we can’t speak for everybody, a quick Qantas trip – especially one you're probably already going to be doing at some point over the coming year – sounds like the best way to lock in your Marco Polo Club status until December 31, 2023.

As previously reported, Cathay Pacific will retire the long-standing Marco Polo Club brand in favour of the simpler Cathay banner in July, which will integrate the now-separate Asia Miles and Marco Polo Club schemes.

The four familiar Marco Polo Club status tiers will be known as Cathay Green, Silver, Gold and Diamond (along with the invitation-only Cathay Diamond Plus level).

New status perks will include “priority access to lifestyle events, experiences and travel packages” for Cathay Golds; and from Q4 2022, discounts for Cathay Diamonds who use Miles Plus Cash to book Cathay Pacific flights.

However, Cathay Green members will lose the ability to use Premium Economy check-in counters when flying economy; they’ll also lose priority boarding and the ability to buy a Cathay Pacific lounge pass for 200 Club points.

While Asia Miles will remain as the ‘earn and burn’ currency for the Cathay program, Club Points – the mechanism by which loyalty is recognised and rewarded – will be replaced by Status Points.

“This is a chance for us to simplify things and remove an unnecessary later of complexity” explains former Asia Miles CEO and now newly-minted Director of Customer Lifestyle Paul Smitton.

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