Asia Miles is Cathay Pacific’s loyalty program. It is useful for those who fly on Cathay Pacific and its partners like Qantas and Qatar Airways.
Asia Miles are easily earned through credit cards, flying and bonus points promotions, and can be redeemed for award flights in all classes.
This guide is ground zero for those who are just starting off. Read on for how to join the program, earn as many miles as you can, and use them for maximum value.
How to join the Asia Miles program
Asia Miles is open to anyone aged two or above and is free to join.
- Go to the join Asia Miles website
- Enter your personal details
- Choose your communication preferences
You can sometimes pick up 500 bonus Asia Miles during new member promotions. Click on this link to search for current promotions.
How to earn Asia Miles
There are a few different ways to earn miles into the Asia Miles program from credit card spend in Australia. The two quickest ways to earn miles are by:
- signing up for a credit card with a large sign-up bonus
- using a high Asia Miles-earning credit card on an ongoing basis
Whilst there’s no dedicated Asia Miles card in Australia, there are a few schemes with the program as a transfer partner. They include American Express Membership Rewards, Westpac Altitude Rewards and ANZ Rewards.
There are a number of other ways to earn bonus Asia Miles, including by:
- flying on Cathay Pacific, Qantas and other oneworld alliance airlines
- shopping online through the Asia Miles iShop online mall
- booking hotel stays through a wide array of partnerships
- booking a car rental
- booking a luxury airport transfer service
You may consider crediting your Qantas flights to Asia Miles instead of Qantas Frequent Flyer—this guide will help you decide whether to do so.
If you are short on miles for a redemption, you can:
- transfer points over from Marriott Bonvoy
- buy American Express Membership Rewards points
- buy Asia Miles
If you buy Asia Miles directly from Cathay Pacific, it will cost you at least 3 US cents per point. This is far above our valuation of Asia Miles at 1.5c AU cents each (notice the currency difference). Therefore, we would only suggest buying miles to top up your account for a specific redemption.
How to redeem Asia Miles
Here are examples of some common redemption opportunities from Australia:
- Any Australian city to Hong Kong operated by Cathay Pacific: 30,000 /45,000 miles in Premium Economy/Business Class
- Sydney to Tokyo on Qantas or Japan Airlines: 61,000 miles in Business Class
- Sydney to Los Angeles on Qantas: 75,000/120,000 miles in Business/First Class
In many cases, redeeming Asia Miles for Qantas and oneworld flights represents better value than redeeming Qantas Points for the same flight.
We have dedicated guides for using Asia Miles for travel between Australia and the US, and the US and Europe.
Asia Miles earned from 1 January 2020 onwards expire after 18 months of account inactivity. However, miles earned up until 30 December still have a hard expiry of three years. This is what happens to them after you pass away.
If you have some miles that are expiring or have no use for, you also have the option to redeem your Asia Miles for social goods or donate them to a number of organizations that Asia Miles support.
If you are looking for more inspiration for what to do with your Asia Miles, check out our best uses of points series.
Lost as to how to start your search for an award seat? Check out this post.
- Cathay Pacific
- Cathay Dragon
- Alaska Airlines
- British Airways
- Japan Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Jordanian Airlines
- S7 Airlines
- SriLankan Airlines
However, for partners such as Air Canada and Lufthansa you’ll need to call.
How to contact Asia Miles
To get in touch with Asia Miles about a membership enquiry or flight redemption, try:
- calling 1800 129 264 from Australia or +852 2747 3838 from overseas 24/7
- sending them a direct message on Twitter or Facebook
- submitting an online enquiry
Whilst the call centre is open 24/7, you’ll have the shortest waittimes in the early morning Australian time.
If you fly or are interested in flying Cathay Pacific, Qantas or one of its other partners, then the Asia Miles program is one worth signing up for.
Asia Miles are most quickly earned by signing up for one of these credit cards.
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Supplementary images courtesy Cathay Pacific and Asia Miles.