Marriott Bonvoy ties up with Cathay Pacific to offer reciprocal benefits to elites

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When it comes to reciprocal tie-ups between hotel and airline programmes, Marriott Bonvoy has been high up there, having tied up with some of the biggest and the best in the business. Marriott has long had a tie-up with United Mileage Plus, which allows for a higher than usual conversion rate from Marriott Bonvoy to United Mileage Plus, apart from United Silver Elite status for top-tier elites of Marriott Bonvoy. Many United elites also receive Marriott Gold Elite status.

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Marriott also signed up with Emirates, a partnership called Your World Rewards. As an elite with Marriott, members get points for every USD spent on Emirates flights (apart from Emirates Skywards miles). Similarly, Emirates elites earn points for every USD spent at Marriott hotels. There is also access to elite benefits.

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In 2023, Marriott Bonvoy and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer launched a new partnership, where the two programmes offer reciprocal benefits to elite members. The partnership works on similar lines to the Emirates one, and you can earn rewards and status in both programmes if you fly SQ and stay at Marriott properties. You can sign up for the partnership here.

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Marriott Bonvoy and Cathay Pacific launched a new “Preferred Partnership Programme”.

Marriott Bonvoy and Cathay have launched a new partnership today, where the two programmes are offering reciprocal benefits to elite members of both programs. The partnership works on similar lines to the Emirates and Singapore Airlines ones, and you can earn rewards and status in both programmes if you fly and stay at Marriott properties. You can sign up for the partnership here.


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Suppose you hold Cathay Silver, Gold, or Diamond Status. In that case, you are eligible for an instant status match to the Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite tier, which usually requires 25 qualifying nights per annum. The status is valid for at least 12 months from your registration date.

For example, if members register for the preferred partnership in February 2024, they will receive Elite status through the end of 2024, all of 2025, and until February 2026. Thereafter, a member will retain their complimentary Gold Elite status with no re-registration required as long as the member maintains their eligible Cathay Silver, Gold or Diamond status

Marriott Bonvoy Elites are being offered a Cathay status.

If you hold Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite or Ambassador Elite status, you’re eligible for an instant status match to the Cathay Silver status tier. A limited number of complimentary Cathay Silver status registrations are available for eligible members. The status is valid for 12 months.

For example, if a member registers for the preferred partnership in February 2024, they will receive Cathay Silver status until February 2025. Thereafter, a member will retain their Cathay Silver status with no re-registration required as long as the member is able to fulfil the requirement to renew Cathay Silver Status.

The Cathay Pacific Silver status grants you lounge access on Cathay Pacific flights. Gold is equivalent to oneworld Sapphire and grants benefits such as business class check-in, lounge access, and extra luggage allowance alliance-wide.

Marriott Bonvoy Elites will receive accelerated offers to earn Cathay Gold Status.

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite members and upwards will be extended an offer to upgrade to Cathay Gold status with just 300 Status Points accumulation, compared to the usual 600 tier points.

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This is an easier method for an upgrade to Cathay Gold status for Bonvoy Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador members. You can fly revenue flights on any oneworld member airline and earn the status by crediting to Cathay.

Cathay Elites will be able to earn accelerated status with Marriott Bonvoy.

Cathay Pacific frequent flyers will also receive accelerated status offers to upgrade their status with Marriott hotels. Cathay Silver, Gold or Diamond members who sign up for the Marriott status match will need to stay ten qualifying nights at Marriott Bonvoy participating properties within six months from the date of registration to receive Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status (which usually takes 50 nights).


This is the start of another great partnership for Marriott Bonvoy and Cathay members around the world, as it allows for the ability to earn reciprocal benefits between the airline and the hotel loyalty programme for all elite members and expose them to new benefits without having to complete the full requirements.  Signup Here.

What do you think of the new partnership between Marriott Bonvoy and Cathay?

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  1. This important note that appears at the point at which you link your accounts seems like a relevant inclusion in this article!

    ‘Please note: If you’re eligible for an accelerated status offer, your Cathay Status Points will reset to zero when you link accounts.’

  2. My attempt to do the match didn’t work. The Cathay page said, “error – please contact Marriott.” Maybe because my platinum elite status with Marriott will be downgraded to Gold in March. I don’t know ‍♀️

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