New Marco Polo Changes for 2016

As of last week, Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo program made some drastic changes that you probably should be aware of.

Basically they are moving from a miles based program to a points based program, with more expensive tickets earning more points. This roughly follows what many of the American based airlines have done the past year or two.

Club Points

Under the new Marco Polo Club program, the following number of club points are required for status:

Green: 100 club points
Silver: 300 club points
Gold: 600 club points
Diamond: 1,200 club points

marco polo club points

Calculation of the club points can be attained by referring to this chart or using the webpage calculator:

If you’re connecting in HKG I assume you’d just add the two segments together, but I tried to use the calculator from BKK to PVG and it wouldn’t accept it. Weird, needs some improvement Cathay… Zone definitions are at the bottom of this post.

marco polo club point chart

Mid-tier Benefits

When you accrue the below mentioned points, you’ll gain access to the mentioned benefits. Full benefits for each tier are here.

Green status

200 CLUB POINTS: ONE BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE PASS

You can earn a Lounge Pass for yourself or your travel companion to enjoy access to any Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or eligible partner Business Class lounges at 200 club points.

Silver status

450 CLUB POINTS: TWO BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE PASSES

You can earn two Lounge Passes for your travel companion to enjoy access to any Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or eligible partner Business Class lounges at 450 club points.

Gold status

800 CLUB POINTS: TWO BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE PASSES

You can earn two Lounge Passes for your travel companion or your redemption group member to access any of our acclaimed Cathay Pacific and Dragonair Business Class, or any of our eligible partner Business Class lounges at 800 club points.

1,000 CLUB POINTS: FOUR BOOKABLE UPGRADES

You will be eligible to earn four single-sector Bookable Upgrades to one cabin class up for yourself and travel companions on qualified flights at 1,000 club points.

Diamond status

1,400 CLUB POINTS: TWO FIRST OR BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE PASSES

You can earn two Lounge Passes for your travel companion or your redemption group member to access any of our acclaimed Cathay Pacific and Dragonair First or Business Class lounges, or any of our partner First or Business Class lounges at 1,400 club points.

1,600 club points: Four Bookable Upgrades

You will be eligible to earn four single-sector Bookable Upgrades to one cabin class up for yourself, your travel companions, or anyone you have designated as a member of your redemption group at 1,600 club points, providing you with the flexibility to discover more and travel better.

1,800 CLUB POINTS: A COMPLIMENTARY COMPANION GOLD MEMBERSHIP

You will be able to gift a Companion Card to a family or friend with a complimentary 12-month Gold-tier membership to the Marco Polo Club.

The Distance Zones

are based on miles flown between Hong Kong and all the destinations listed.

Ultra-short

China: Changsha, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Ningbo, Sanya, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen

Philippines: Clark/Luzon Island, Manila

Taiwan: Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taipei

Vietnam: Da Nang, Hanoi

 

Short

Bangladesh: Dhaka

Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap

China: Beijing, Chengdu, Qingdao, Shanghai, Xi’An, Zhengzhou

India: Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai

Indonesia: Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya

Japan: Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Okinawa, Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

Korea: Busan, Jeju, Seoul

Malaysia: Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Penang

Myanmar: Yangon

Nepal: Kathmandu

Philippines: Cebu

Singapore: Singapore

Sri Lanka: Colombo

Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City

 

Medium

Australia: Cairns

Maldives: Malé

United Arab Emirates: Dubai

 

Medium-long

Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Bahrain: Bahrain

Saudi Arabia: Riyadh

 

Long

Canada: Vancouver

France: Paris

Germany: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt

Italy: Milan, Rome

Netherlands: Amsterdam

New Zealand: Auckland

South Africa: Johannesburg

Switzerland: Zurich

United Kingdom: London, Manchester

United States: Los Angeles, San Francisco

 

Ultra-long

Canada: Toronto

United States: Boston, Chicago, New York

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