Cathay Pacific has announced a further extension of status benefits for Green, Silver, Gold and Diamond members of its Marco Polo Club.

Last year the carrier the carrier implemented an automatic renewal programme for members whose tier status had been due to expire between May 2020 and April 2021, extending benefits for 12 months from the date of expiry.

The airline now says that all members with status expiry dates in 2021 will get a further 12-month extension. This again applies from the date of expiry, so a member whose status was due to expire in December 2021, will see this extended until December 2022.

For those members whose status is due to expire in early 2022, Cathay says that “We are closely monitoring the situation and will announce changes for 2022 by the last quarter of 2021”.

Mid-tier benefits including lounge passes will also see their validity extended by a further 12 months – the airline said to allow seven working days from the date of expiry for this to happen.

With global travel restrictions ongoing as a result of Covid-19, several carriers have taken the decision to once again extend frequent flyer programme status benefits throughout 2021.

This week Qatar Airways extend all Privilege Club tier statuses until the end of 2021, while fellow Gulf carrier Emirates announced it is adding 12 months status to all members with reviews dates in 2021.

Earlier this week Cathay Pacific warned it could cut capacity by a further 60 per cent if Hong Kong’s new crew quarantine regulations go ahead in February.

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