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oneworld – cx vs aa
I tried looking online but couldn’t find any information, so am just reaching out here with my question.
I currently have Platinum status on AA but am short of some miles to maintain it for 2017 – I’m probably going to hit AA Gold for 2017 with my next US trip.
However, in the next few months till December I’m going to have at least 6 trips to and from Singapore-Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific.
As I don’t get any extra miles on AA for my Cathay flights because they are below the class of economy ticket required by AA to earn mileage, I am wondering whether it is possible or worth it to pay the USD100 to sign up for a Marco Polo membership as well as try to gain status on Cathay Pacific with these flights instead.
I also wonder whether it’s possible to get lounge access if i am on these Cathay Pacific (without status) flights but using the AA Platinum.
Does anyone have any thoughts? Am very new to all this, so would definitely appreciate any help at all on this.
Thanks in advance.
I’m reposting this again so that I can follow the responses – not sure where the last post went, oops.
I’m new to mile programs so I am looking for some advice.
Currently, I have AA Platinum (for 2016) and will only get enough AA mileage to achieve AA Gold for 2017.
However, I have at least 6 trips (all SIN-HKG) coming up in the next 3 months of 2016 on Cathay Pacific, although these are in an economy fare class that doesn’t earn me any mileage on my AA account.
Rather than let all those Cathay miles not accrue anything on any program, I was wondering whether it would be worth it if I paid the USD 100 joining fee for Cathay’s Marco Polo account to start to try to gain oneworld status on Cathay for the rest of this year – I have trips planned for the US next year but it’s not going to hit Plat this year for sure, so I want to keep my AA status as much as possible too.
Does anyone have any thoughts?
Also, does anyone know if I’ll still be able to access the lounges of Cathay in SIN/HKG using the AA plat even though I might be using a status-less Marco Polo FF# on my boarding pass?
Thank you so much in advance.
hi [USER=2262]@Sue Chen[/USER]. I’m not very familiar with the Marco Polo program so you’ll have to run the numbers to see if it is worthwhile for you. My understanding is that crediting to Asia miles is free but if you want status you have to join Marco Polo? If that is correct then you’ll have to figure out what that $100 will get you and if it is worthwhile.
Re: the lounges I would put your AA FF number on your booking and switch to Marco Polo when leaving the lounge or at the gate.
Hi [USER=2262]@Sue Chen[/USER], You mentioned that your 6 SIN-HKG trips won’t credit any miles with AA. Chances are the booking class would only allow 5-10 club points per flight. You would need to have 100 points to renew the basic Green status every year.
If you have status with another non-oneworld airline, you can try and ask (nicely) for a status match with CX, even though the only match up to silver. Even if they don’t match they could sometimes waive the $100 joining fee. There’s more info here: [URL]http://www.statusmatcher.com/report/54236[/URL]
If you don’t have status with other non-oneworld airlines and have the time, you can first match your AA Platinum with Turkish Airlines and take advantage of their 4-month Gold status to try and leverage it with CX this way.