Oneworld alliance member and Qantas partner Cathay Pacific will make sweeping changes to its Marco Polo Club frequent flyer scheme from April 15 2016, impacing how elite status is earned as well as the perks it provides. It’s a mixed bag, with an all-new points-based qualification system, a loss of ‘anytime lounge access’ privileges for Diamond guests but free confirmed upgrades for both Gold and Diamond members. Club Points replace Club Miles, Club Sectors – ‘Club Points’ will become the new and sole determinant of Marco Polo Club status, superseding both ‘Club Miles’ and ‘Club Sectors’ as used today. The number of Club Points you’ll earn in the air depends on the airline you’re travelling with, the class of service, your specific fare type and the distance of your flight. For example, a return journey in Cathay Pacific business class between Sydney and Hong Kong would earn 170 Club Points on the higher-priced J and C fare types, or a lower 140 Club Points on the more affordable D and I fares. In premium economy, you’re looking at either 90 or 70 Club Points, depending on your fare type.