Cathay Pacific Frequent Flyer Program
Make the most of flying with Cathay Pacific by earning Marco Polo Club points and Asia Miles.
Cathay Pacific has come a long way since it was founded in 1946 by two men – an American and an Australian. The Hong Kong-headquartered airline is now a prominent carrier operating internationally, with a large fleet and comprehensive routes across the globe. It has its own loyalty program, the Marco Polo Club, which caters for frequent flyers. Membership in this program is categorised by tier, and members can look forward to reservation and check-in benefits, baggage and seat privileges, as well as airport lounge access.
Members collect Marco Polo Club points by flying, and also accumulate Asia Miles through flights and other spending. Asia Miles can be earned via dining, shopping, travelling and credit card spending, and can afterwards be redeemed for travel and lifestyle awards across numerous categories. This page will explain all you need to know about the two programs and how you can maximise your rewards using them.
What's in this guide?
- What is the Marco Polo frequent flyer program and how does it work?
- How to earn Marco Polo Club points
- How to earn Asia Miles through the Cathay Pacific frequent flyer program
- Comparison of credit cards allowing you to transfer points to Marco Polo
- How can I redeem my Asia Miles?
- Pros and cons of the Cathay Pacific frequent flyer program
What is the Marco Polo frequent flyer program and how does it work?
The Marco Polo Club is designed to offer Cathay Pacific frequent flyers with a range of benefits and rewards. When you fly with Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or any of their oneworld alliance airline partners and affiliates, you have the opportunity to earn both Marco Polo Club points and Asia Miles that can provide a range of frequent flyer perks and rewards.
- Marco Polo Club points. These points help you increase your membership tier level and gain access to more frequent flyer perks with Cathay Pacific and its partners. Depending on your membership tier, benefits include priority reservations and boarding, lounge access and flight upgrades, as well as room upgrades and dining and spa discounts at hotel partners.
- Asia Miles. Asia miles can be redeemed for a wide range of flights and lifestyle perks, including air tickets, lounge access, flight upgrades, extra baggage, hotel stays, international dining experiences, car rentals, entertainment, events, merchandise, and other lifestyle products and services.
Cathay Pacific Marco Polo membership tiers
There are four membership tiers in the Marco Polo Club that offer different levels of frequent flyer benefits. The more club points you earn, the higher you will progress in membership tiers. Note that membership levels are reviewed every 12 months, and club points are valid only for one year. The table below includes club point requirements and lists the key benefits for each membership tier.
|Membership tier||Club points required||Key benefits|
|Green||100 or US$100 annual renewal fee
(Note: You must earn 100 club points to maintain Green membership, or pay US$100 to renew it)
Note that some of these benefits are also available by redeeming Asia Miles. For example, if members don’t have access to complimentary seat upgrades, extra baggage or lounge entry, they could use Asia Miles to redeem these benefits as rewards. Also note that Marco Polo Club Silver, Gold and Diamond tiers correspond to oneworld’s Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald tiers respectively.
How to earn Marco Polo Club points
If you’re a Marco Polo Club member, you’ll earn club points when you fly in eligible fare classes with Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or any of the oneworld alliance airlines. Club points are calculated based on a combination of airline, cabin, fare class and distance travelled.
For example, a Cathay Pacific economy return flight (classes Y,B,H,K) from Hong Kong to Sydney would earn 35 club points, while the same flight with Qantas (economy class Y) would earn 25 club points. The same flight in business class (J,C) on Cathay Pacific would earn 85 club points.
How to earn Asia Miles through the Cathay Pacific frequent flyer program
Your membership to the Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club automatically provides you with membership for the Asia Miles program. This is an independent travel rewards program that’s partnered with Cathay Pacific (among others).
Asia Miles membership is free of charge, and your membership number will be the same for both programs. This allows you to earn Asia Miles for flights and also when spending at more than 500 partners over 9 categories, including:
- Flight. You’ll earn Asia Miles for your eligible flights with Cathay Pacific and partner airlines. For example, a business class Hong Kong to Sydney return flight with Cathay Pacific would earn 11,480 Asia Miles (in addition to 85 club points).
- Finance and insurance. You can also earn Asia Miles on insurance and credit card spending with certain providers, including Bupa, QBE, American Express, ANZ, Citi and Westpac.
- Hotels. You can earn Asia Miles on eligible stays with participating hotel brands around the world, including AccorHotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Marco Polo Hotels, Marriott International, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
- Telecoms. Asia Miles also has telco partners globally which can boost your Asia Miles earning, including Travelling Connect, The Club of HKT and Globe Telecom. However, no Australian telcos are currently partnered with the program.
- Cars and transport. Earn Asia Miles for spending at participating petrol stations and with car rental companies including Avis, Esso, Hertz and Europcar.
- Retail. You can boost your Asia Miles by shopping with an extensive network of over 1,000 retail partners. When using a banking partner’s credit card, you can even earn double or more Asia Miles by earning points for shopping at the partner store, and converting your card points into Asia Miles.
- Dining and banquets. Earn Asia Miles by dining at nearly 400 dining partners in 22 cities across the world. Most of these partners are in Hong Kong though, with the rest scattered across Asia.
- Travel and leisure. You can earn Asia Miles by booking hotel accommodation or travel packages with partners including Agoda.com, Expedia, Hotels.com and TripAdvisor.
- Professional services. Asia Miles also has partners offering medical and health services, worldwide workplace solutions, trade fairs and more, including Anzac Realty and Langham Hospitality Group and Regal Hotels International meeting services.
- Asia Miles iShop. Shopping online with Asia Miles iShop offers another easy way to earn Asia Miles. Simply log in with your Asia Miles account and select the merchant on the iShop website to start purchasing.
How to get Asia Miles with a credit card
While there are no Australian credit cards that directly earn Asia Miles, many reward credit cards allow you to transfer the points you earn into Asia Miles. This gives you another way to boost your frequent flyer points balance through everyday spending.
Comparison of credit cards allowing you to transfer points to Marco Polo
How can I redeem my Asia Miles?
To redeem your Asia Miles, log in to either the Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club website or the Asia Miles website. Here is a list of redemption categories:
- Flights. Redeem your Asia Miles for flight awards with 24 airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia Airlines, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways and more.
- Hotels. Instantly book and confirm stays at over 60,000 hotels worldwide using your Asia Miles.
- Car rental. Instantly book and confirm car rental reservations with car rental agencies in 13 countries.
- Experience rewards. Alternatively, Asia Miles offers more than 34,000 exhilarating experiences globally which you can instantly book online with your Asia Miles.
- Lifestyle rewards. Redeem your Miles for products via “Asia Miles iRedeem”, bid on exciting experiences via “Asia Miles iAuction”, or make a donation with your Miles via “Asia Miles for Charity and the environment”.
How to redeem Asia Miles for Marco Polo Club members
- Airline Awards. To redeem flight awards, upgrades or companion ticket awards with Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon, log on to the relevant airline website. You can then use the Online Booking Service to book your flight using Asia Miles. To redeem flight awards with other airline partners, complete an Airline Award Request Form on the Cathay Pacific website to be submitted online.
- Lifestyle Awards. To redeem lifestyle awards including car rentals, hotel stays, holiday and spa packages or dining vouchers, log into your Marco Polo Club account and select “Redeem your Asia Miles”. Then select the award you want and follow the prompts.
Alternatively, you can also go to the Asia Miles website, log into your account, select “Redeem Your Asia Miles” under “Your Account”, and follow the prompts to make your redemption.
Pros and cons of the Cathay Pacific frequent flyer program
- Earn points for flights. Flights let you earn Marco Polo Club points and Asia Miles at the same time, entitling you to travel perks and a host of other lifestyle redemption options.
- Asia Miles membership. Free membership in the Asia Miles program gives you access to numerous ways of earning and redeeming Asia Miles.
- Marco Polo Club tier benefits. Club tier levels give you access to varying travel privileges, and you are able to earn your way up the membership tiers by flying more.
- oneworld benefits. oneworld offers a large network of airline partners that allows you to earn and spend Miles on airlines other than Cathay Pacific.
- Point expiry. Asia Miles expire in 3 years, while Marco Polo Club points only have a lifespan of 12 months. This makes it harder to accumulate points if you don’t fly frequently.
- Membership fee. If you’re not able to earn 100 club points to maintain at least a Green membership, an annual fee of US$100 will apply. Some other frequent flyer programs offer membership for free.
When considering the Cathay Pacific frequent flyer program, weigh up the pros and cons of both the Marco Polo Club and Asia Miles programs. While it could cost money to maintain your Marco Polo Club membership, Asia Miles membership is free. Consider all the benefits you may enjoy with this two-part program before deciding if it will be the best fit given your personal flying and spending habits.Back to top
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