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[Expired] Marriott and Cathay Pacific Launch Limited Status Match Offer

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Marriott reported that starting February 27, 2024, it would offer reciprocal benefits with Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s largest carrier.

Here’s what you need to know about this new partnership.

Marriott Bonvoy & Cathay Reciprocal Benefits

Under the agreement, Marriott will offer a 2-way points conversion. You can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles (now known as simply “Cathay”) at a 3:1 ratio. Additionally, you can convert Cathay to Marriott Bonvoy at a 2:1 ratio.

The 2 programs also offer fast tracks to elite status via Marriott’s Preferred Partnership Program. Depending on the membership tier, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador Elite members can fast-track to Cathay Silver or Gold status.

In the same respect, Cathay Silver, Gold, and Diamond members can receive Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status.

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Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status is usually earned by staying 50 nights per year or having an eligible Marriott Bonvoy-branded credit card.

Finally, both programs are offering a status match. Marriott Bonvoy members holding Platinum, Titanium, or Ambassador Elite status can be matched to the Cathay Silver membership tier.

Cathay Silver, Gold, and Diamond members can enjoy equivalent Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status. Note that there’s a limited quota for the status match, and Marriott hasn’t made public what that limit is.

“Strengthening our partnership with Marriott allows Cathay members to unlock benefits even when they’re not flying,” said Paul Smitton, Director of Customer Lifestyle, Cathay. “Members can enjoy more ways to earn and redeem their points and miles, providing greater value add to the program.”

Hot Tip:

Check out our comprehensive guide on achieving elite status through the Marriott Bonvoy program.

Earning and Converting Points

Cathay has detailed how reciprocal benefits between the 2 programs will work. The partnership will allow Cathay members to unlock benefits with 1 of the largest hotel chains in the U.S.

For starters, when converting Cathay’s Asia Miles into Marriott Bonvoy points, you must convert a minimum of 2,000 points in increments of 500. When you convert Marriott Bonvoy points to Cathay, you’ll receive a 5,000-point bonus for every 60,000 points converted.

Cathay members who stay at Marriott properties can earn up to 2x Asia Miles per $1 spent or 1x per $1 spent when hosting a qualified meeting.

Bottom Line:

Marriott also has Preferred Partnership agreements with Emirates, United, and Singapore.

Final Thoughts

This is exciting news for Marriott Bonvoy and Cathay members, who will receive reciprocal benefits such as 2-way points conversion, elite status fast-tracks, and more. If you want to gain elite status with either program, check out Marriott or Cathay’s website to learn more!

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