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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. – Gray Taylor Dec 24 '18 at 9:03
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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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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 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)? – Vladislav Protasov Jan 3 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 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 at 19:49
  • Great! Could you accept my answer as the best answer? I am curious how it works here. – Vladislav Protasov Jan 5 at 16:50

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