Bye Bye Marco Polo Club, Hello Cathay. Cathay Pacific’s New Program

Bye Bye Marco Polo Club, Hello Cathay. Cathay Pacific’s New Program

This week, Cathay Pacific has ended its decade-long Marco Polo frequent flyer program and rebranded its program as “Cathay.” Back in 2021, Cathay Pacific mailed its Marco Polo Club members that it will combine with Asia Miles to create a single four-tier membership program.

About The New Program Cathay:

Cathay Pacific had a confusing frequent flyer program in the past where the Marco Polo Club was the status program and Asia Miles was its rewards program. But with the merge of these two, it will be now a single program.

As mentioned above, the Cathay program will feature four-tier levels where members have to earn status points (ex-Marco Polo ClubPonits) in order to qualify for elite tiers. Here are the requirements for qualifications:

There’ll be no change to balance (1 club point = 1 Status Point), but there’s now a wider range of ways to earn, in the air and on the ground. Members also can renew and upgrade their status by spending with selected co-branded credit cards issued in Hong Kong.

Asia Miles will still be the currency that members can earn and then redeem. With more than 800 premium lifestyle and travel partners, it offers members an ever-expanding list of experiences and lifestyle offers.

Current Marco Polo Club Members:

Thankfully, the current Marco Polo Club members will have their membership automatically integrated to Cathay and status extended until 31 December 2022 except for Green members. Additionally, Silver and above members can extend their status until the end of 2023 by meeting certain requirements.

The only downside is for Green members as they will no longer have access to Premium Economy check-in counters, priority boarding, lounge use and the ability to buy a Cathay Pacific lounge pass.

Summary:

This week, Cathay Pacific has retired its Marco Polo Club program and renamed Cathay. Though there are not a lot of noticeable changes to the program except its name, the registration process has become more simplified and it also offers a better digital experience.

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