Update: Diners Club has reversed its decision to remove American Airlines AAdvantage and Starwood Preferred Guest as program partners. The other changes described below will go ahead as planned.
Although not one of Point Hacks’ most covered reward programs, we thought it important to give you a heads up on some changes to the Diners Club Rewards program from June 1st.
Via Australian Business Traveller the main casualties of Diners Rewards changes coming in are American Airlines AAdvantage, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, Starwood Preferred Guest and Hyatt Gold Passport.
The beneficiaries are those with Cathay and Etihad Guest accounts, which see those frequent flyer programs added as transfer partners.
Partners getting the cut
It’s really unfortunate to see the list of unique partners that Diners Rewards had previously being gutted as this was a unique differentiator of the program that made up for any annoyances around perceived limited acceptance of the card by retailers.
- Air Canada Aeroplan
- Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- American Airlines AAdvantage (removed 25 October 2018)
- El Al Matmid Frequent Flyer Club
- Frontier Airlines Early Returns
- Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
- SAS EuroBonus
- South African Airways Voyager
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
- Starwood Preferred Guest (removed 25 October 2018)
- Hyatt Gold Passport
- Marriott Rewards
- Best Western Rewards
- Choice Privileges
What to do: if you want to use your Diners Club Reward points for any of these partners, make a transfer before 1 June.
- Air France-KLM Flying Blue
- Cathay Pacific Cathay
- Etihad Guest
- EVA Air Infinity MileageLands (removed 25 October 2018)
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Radisson Rewards
Etihad Guest, Cathay and in some limited case, Enrich and Flying Blue are all useful additions.
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