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CX Marco Polo (Diamond) vs BA Executive Club (Gold for Life)
Dear Lucky and all,
I’m going through a dilemma now that I would like your opinion on.
I’m a HK-based frequent flyer and I absolutely love Cathay Pacific (especially vs BA), so in the last six years of travel around HK, I’ve managed to enjoy my Diamond status with Marco Polo.
However, looking ahead, the lifetime status that BA offers after 35k tier points (which I should get in around 6-8yrs according to my estimates) is very tempting. Having Emerald Oneworld status for life sounds so good, however that will come at a cost where I will be flying mostly CX and not BA, hence using my Executive Club card on another airline will give me less Avios than flying/earning on CX.
So it is a trade off between getting lifetime points and aiming for a future Gold for life vs getting more miles over time and having to renew status each year.
Do you see any risk that BA cancels its Lifetime status program? Because that would be the worst-case scenario for me.
What would you do? Any help will be appreciated!
hi Edo, welcome. Unfortunately all programs have their pros and cons and only can decide what is worth more to you. It’s also impossible to say what BA will do with lifetime status. I think most carriers tend to grandfather members with status but there are certainly exceptions and all FF programs are at the discretion of the carriers.