Many Head for Points readers hold a Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Gold card. This is because, until March 2014, American Express was giving them away as part of the benefits package with the Amex Platinum charge card.
This was an outstanding deal since Cathay Gold gives almost all of the benefits of a British Airways Executive Club Silver card, including access to British Airways lounges.
What I never knew, until reader Anto pointed it out to me recently, is that there are a lot of extra benefits that come with Cathay Gold which you may not know about.
There are also deals with Avis, Hertz and Travelex.
Some of these deals only apply to hotels or rentals in the Asia-Pacific region. Others do not – the Mandarin Oriental benefit is applicable worldwide, for example, and gets you an upgrade, early check-in and late check-out.
If you have a Cathay Gold, it is worth being familiar with what you can get, especially if you have any Asia-Pacific travel planned before it expires.