These portals work by ensuring you log in with your Frequent Flyer program credentials before then being referred out (with a click) once logged in to make a transaction over on the retailer’s website.
The Asia Miles iShop is useful to know of if you’re in the hunt for Asia Miles – even though it’s based in Hong Kong, there are still some relevant local and international partners.
Guide to Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles iShop
Cathay Pacific iShop is a mature offering, having been around for a few years. As a result, it too has a really wide range of retailers, but with a Hong Kong and Asia centric focus.
It does however have many Australian retailers on board too – probably not too far off the number that the Velocity eStore has, by comparison.
It also quotes earn rates in USD, again making like for like comparisons hard, and I find the Asia Miles iShop one of the hardest ‘user experiences’ across the group on Online Malls covered in this article. However, that said, it’s still usable, and gets the job done.
Key Asia Miles iShop Partners
If you head into the iShop website, you can show all retailers available for different regions by filtering using the region dropdown in the top right hand corner:
If you then select ‘All’ in the search dropdown, out pops the full list of retailers that are available to Australia. I can’t deep link to this page otherwise I’d save you the hassle!
The key partners are as follows:
Rebel Sport – 3.75 Asia Miles per USD spent
Rodd & Gunn – 6.25 Asia Miles per USD spent
ASOS – 4 Asia Miles per USD spent
Uni Qlo – 3.5 Asia Miles per USD spent
Apple Store – 1.25 Asia Miles per USD spent
Bonds – 6 Asia Miles per USD spent
iTunes – 3 Asia Miles per USD spent
All up there around 50-60 retailers available to Australian purchasers in the iStore right now.
There are also a heap of other retailers in other regions too, so if you regularly shop with dedicated overseas retailers who ship to Australia (or to an overseas address) they may be included in the iShop too.
What to watch out for
As with all Online Malls, you’ll need to ensure…
- You log into the iShop site with your Asia Miles account before you check out from the retailer
- You note the transaction details and follow up with a missing miles request if you don’t get the miles, especially for big ticket purchases
Other Asia Miles retail partners
Asia Miles has some other retail/earn partners outside the iShop, including The Economist with up to 6,800 miles for a new subscription.
There are also a range of other travel booking partners, to be covered in another post.