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.
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
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.
When you accrue the below mentioned points, you’ll gain access to the mentioned benefits. Full benefits for each tier are here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Sri Lanka: Colombo
Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City
United Arab Emirates: Dubai
Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Saudi Arabia: Riyadh
Germany: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt
Italy: Milan, Rome
New Zealand: Auckland
South Africa: Johannesburg
United Kingdom: London, Manchester
United States: Los Angeles, San Francisco
United States: Boston, Chicago, New York