I had some flights on Cathay Pacific recently that I would like to claim miles/points for retrospectively. As Marco Polo Club of Cathay charges a 100 USD membership fee, I will not use that program.

While I had planned to register and collect e.g. with BA Executive Club, I realise now that they require me to have been a member already at the time of travel, which I was not. Similar applies to Finnair Plus.

So are there any other Oneworld loyalty programs that would allow me to register and claim miles for a CX flight before my membership?

  • For miles collecting (rather than accruing status benefits) you don't need to join Marco Polo club, just AsiaMiles (which is free). However, I don't know if it allows retro claims. Dec 24, 2018 at 9:03

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How about American Airlines? https://www.aa.com/i18nForward.do?locale=en_GB&p=/AAdvantage/requestingMiles.jsp

Or Iberia? https://www.iberia.com/gb/iberiaplus/not-shown-avios/

I would not recommend Qantas as it is one of the worst programs (they even try to charge some people to join) and ask a lot of miles for award flights.

Iberia Avios are transferable to BA. BA also has a household pooling option: https://www.flystein.com/biggest-mistake-frequent-flyers-make/

  • It is not at all clear whether e.g. Iberia allows retrospective crediting for flights taken on another airline before joining their Iberia Plus program.
    – mts
    Jan 3, 2019 at 15:16
  • Yes, they don't explain it but it is worth to try. And what it you think about AA (which is probably best program in Oneworld besides BA)? Jan 3, 2019 at 15:18
  • I am not sure about AA but with Iberia it is indeed possible to claim Avios (and Elite Points as well I assume). From email exchange with them (and similarly on the phone): "As the Iberia Plus program general conditions establish, the deadline to claim the Avios is 6 months after the day of the flight. Also, for new accounts, we can only register the Avios for flights that were taken within 3 months before the date of registration."
    – mts
    Jan 3, 2019 at 19:46
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    I get a much better return with Iberia than AA and it is now clear I can claim for the flights in my case. Once I receive the points I shall place a bounty on this answer, do remind me if I haven't done so within 2 months time.
    – mts
    Jan 3, 2019 at 19:49
  • Great! Could you accept my answer as the best answer? I am curious how it works here. Jan 5, 2019 at 16:50

Depends how far back, but members of Australian Frequent Flyer group claim that Qantas, a member of OneWorld, allow you to claim for flights up to 30 days before joining.

This is backed up on an article on Australian Business Traveller.

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