Like most frequent flyer programs they have a number of partnerships for earning points from hotel stays – whether you book directly with the hotel or via an online travel agent.
They have extended their 30% bonus on Asia Miles earned from points transfers from a range of hotel partner programs until the end of February, which is a pretty decent deal.
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30% bonus on transfers promotion until 28 February 2017
Asia Miles have a 30% bonus running for transfers made from a number of hotel loyalty programs.
Phase 1 ran in December and Phase 2 now in January and February. All but two – notably Starwood Preferred Guest – are still eligible for transfers:
- Le Club AccorHotels
- Best Western Rewards
- Hilton Honors
- World of Hyatt
- IHG Rewards Club
- Jin Jiang J-Club (excluded from Phase 2)
- Jinling Elite Program
- Marriott Rewards
- New Century Club
- Radisson Rewards Program
- Regal Rewards
- Shangri-La Golden Circle
- Starwood Preferred Guest (excluded from Phase 2)
- Wanda Club
The full list of transfer rates is available later in this guide and the full terms of the offer are here.
You’ll need to make the transfer before 28 February 2017 – transfers eligible for the bonus are defined by those which have an ‘activity date’ from the hotel rewards program of between 1 January and 28 February 2017, so you may want to leave a few days’ grace, just in case.
Annoyingly, it seems like the bonus won’t be instant, so don’t rely on this. From the terms:
The Bonus Asia Miles will be rounded up to the nearest whole Asia Miles. The Bonus Asia Miles will be credited to member’s Asia Miles account in 2 batches with the description “30% Hotel Points Conversion Bonus(2016)” on or before 31 March 2017 for phase 1 and on or before 31 May 2017 for phase 2, separately from the regular miles and the bonus miles for the partners’ individual joint promotion.
When it comes to buying Asia Miles there aren’t too many options.
Guide to earning Asia Miles from hotel stays
There are a few different ways that Asia Miles offer miles for staying at hotels – there are hotel rewards programs that are transfer partners with Asia Miles; hotels that offer more ‘direct earn’ options, where you stay and earn miles directly; plus a few Asia Miles earning options for bookings via online travel agents.
Earning Asia Miles by transferring from hotel rewards programs
All of the major hotel rewards programs are Asia Miles transfer partners – by making stays with them, and then earning points into their program, you can then choose to transfer them to Asia Miles a future date of your choice.
These are the transfer partners and rates:
|Hotels||Asia Miles Transfer Rate|
|Accor Hotels||1 mile for every 2 AccorHotels points|
|Best Western||1,000 miles for every 5,000 Best Western Rewards Points|
|Hilton||1,000 miles for every 10,000 HHonors points|
|Hyatt||1 mile for every 2.5 Hyatt Gold Passport Points|
|IHG||1 mile for every 5 IHG Rewards Club Points|
|Jin Jiang International||600 miles for every 6,000 Jin Jiang J-Club points|
|Jinling Hotels & Resorts||500 miles for every 3,200 Jinling Points|
|Marriott||1,500 miles for every 10,000 Marriott Rewards points|
|New Century Hotel & Resorts||300 miles for every 1,600 New Century Points|
|Park Plaza||1 mile for every 10 Gold Points|
|Radisson||1 mile for every 10 Gold Points|
|Regal Hotels||1,000 miles for every 15,000 points|
|Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts||1 mile for every 1 Golden Circle Award Point|
|Starwood Hotels and Resorts||1 mile for every 1 Starpoint|
|Wanda Hotels & Resorts||1 mile for every 4 Wanda Club Points|
In many cases you will probably get more value out of redeeming the points with the hotel chain for hotel stays – but in some circumstances, such as emptying out an account or during a bonus period, it will make more sense to transfer out.
Earning Asia Miles from hotel stays directly
If you stay at a hotel without it’s own points program, but with a partnership with Asia Miles, they offer miles on a per night or per stay basis. Here’s the full list:
|Hotels||Asia Miles Earn Rate|
|Best Western||250 miles per eligible stay at participating properties|
|Cathay Hospitality Management||250 miles per eligible stay|
|Cosmos Hotels & Resorts||250 miles per eligible stay|
|E-DA Skylark Hotel||250 miles per eligible stay|
|Eslite Hotel||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Fairmont||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Gloria Hotel Group||250 miles per eligible stay when you elect to earn Asia Miles at participating properties|
|Grand Coloane Resort||500 per eligible stay at Grand Coloane Resort at qualifying room rates.
Purchase a 12-months Membership:
Single Membership = 1,500
Couple Membership = 3,000
Family Membership = 6,500
250 miles for any spa treatment that lasts 60 minutes or longer.
|Grand Lapa Macau||500 miles per eligible stay at Grand Lapa Macau at qualifying room rates
3,500 miles for every purchase of a Resort Membership that lasts 6 months or longer.
250 miles for any spa treatment that lasts 50 minutes or longer.
|Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Hilton||Stay at any participating property and pay an eligible rate for one or more consecutive nights.
Members can choose to earn Points & Miles™ when you Double Dip® from HHonors:
Earn 10 HHonors points + 1 per eligible USD spent
Book and host a qualified meeting at Hilton or Conrad hotels
USD1 = 1 HHonors point and 1
Convert Hilton HHonors points to Asia Miles
10,000 Hilton HHonors points = 1,000
|Home Hotel||250 miles per eligible stay at participating properties|
|Hotel JAL City||250 miles per eligible stay|
|Hotel Reve||250 miles per eligible stay|
|Eclat Beijing||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Eclat Taipei||250 miles per eligible stay|
|Hotelday+||250 miles per eligible stay|
|Humble House Taipei||500 miles per eligible stay|
|HYATT Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|International Hotels Group(IHG)||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Jinling Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Landis Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Langham Hospitality Group||Langham Hotels and Resorts Cordis
500 per eligible stay
250 miles per eligible stay
|Lotte Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay when you select to earn Asia miles at participating properties|
|Yoho Beach Resort & Club||250 miles per eligible stay at Yoho Beach Resort & Club /Tsuwu Hot Spring
500 miles per eligible stay at Mudanwan Villa
|Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Marco Polo Hotels||500 miles per eligible stay when you choose to earn Asia miles at Marco Polo Hotels and Niccolo Hotels|
|Meritus Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Millenium Hotels and Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Minor Hotels||500 miles per eligible stay when you elect to earn Asia Miles|
|Miramar Hotel Group||250 miles per eligible stay|
|New Century Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay when you elect to earn Asia Miles at participating 5-star properties.
250 miles per eligible stay when you elect to earn Asia Miles at participating 4-star properties.
125 miles per eligible stay when you elect to earn Asia Miles at participating New Century Manju Hotel properties.
|New World Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Nikko Hotels International||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Okura Hotels & Resorts||300 miles or 500 miles per eligible stay|
|ParkRoyal Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay when you choose to earn Asia miles|
|Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay when you choose to earn Asia miles|
|Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Preferred Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay at the following:
Dusit Thani Group
Hotel New Otani
|Radisson Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Raffles Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay when you elect to earn Asia miles at participating properties|
|RedDot Hotel & Culture||250 miles per eligible stay|
|Regal Hotels||500 miles per eligible stay at Regal Hotels
250 miles per eligible stay at iclub Hotels
5 miles per 8HKD at OM Spa
|Regent Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Rosewood Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Jin Jiang Hotels||Per stay in Jin Jiang Hotels, every RMB10 spent = 2
Per stay in Metropolo, every RMB20 spent = 1
Per stay in Jin Jiang Inn, every RMB20 spent = 1
Per stay in Goldmet Inn, every RMB20 spent = 1
Per stay in Bestay Inn, every RMB20 spent = 1
|Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Sino Hotels||Sino Hotels
300 per eligible stay at the Direct Booking Rate at selected hotels
500 per eligible stay at qualifying rates
500 miles per eligible stay at The Fullerton Singapore
|Swire Hotels||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Swissotel Hotels & Resorts||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Taipei Fullerton Hotel||250 miles per eligible stay|
|Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces||500 miles per eligible stay when you elect to earn Asia Miles at participating Taj Luxury hotels.
250 miles per eligible stay when you elect to earn Asia Miles at participating Vivanta by Taj Hotels & Resorts, The Gateway Hotels & Resorts and other Taj Hotels.
|The Ascott Limited||150 miles per eligible stay|
|The Peninsula Hotels||500 miles per eligible stay|
|The Ritz Carlton||2 miles per US$1|
|The Sherwood Taipei||500 miles per eligible stay when you elect to earn Asia miles|
|WORLDHOTELS||500 miles per eligible stay|
|Wanda Hotels & Resorts||1 mile per RMB4 for stays at any participating property at qualifying rates and spend on other eligible hotel expenses|
|Wonstar Hotel||250 miles per eligible stay when you elect to earn Asia miles at participating properties|
In the case of Hilton Honors which is both a transfer partner or a double dip partner, you can choose which option you prefer.
Earning Asia Miles with Kaligo
We have a full guide to Kaligo here along with a list of their current promotions, but in short, Kaligo is an online travel agent that offers points back from your hotel bookings, typically at least several hundred miles per night.
The more expensive hotels – or where Kaligo have at least added more commission to fund more miles on offer – can offer several thousand bonus miles per night.
You can get started earning Asia Miles via Kaligo here.
Earning Asia Miles via Hotels.com
You’ll receive 2 Asia Miles per 10 HKD spent, which is a return of just under 1 Asia Mile per AUD or NZD.
Bookers in the following regions need to start their hotel search via the links below, and then enter your Asia Miles membership number at check out:
You don’t need to be staying in those regions, just make the booking from those regional Hotels.com websites in the local currency.
When you see the Asia Miles logo in the top of the Hotels.com site, you know you are in the right place:
You can also collect Hotels.com Rewards – here’s our full guide – which are essentially a 10% credit for a future stay. These are way more valuable than the 1 Asia Mile per AUD/NZD on offer so should be the goal, and if you’re focusing on Hotels.com then you will probably get a better return by using a cashback portal like Cash Rewards.
Which is the best option?
This is very difficult to answer. Often Kaligo will come out on top in terms of pure points earned from a single stay, especially during a promotional period, but you have to be careful about comparing their prices.
If you stay frequently and are going after hotel program elite status with a single chain, then you’ll probably be earning points with their program anyway and not prioritising Asia Miles earn as much, in which case the large number of transfer partners is a useful win.
The Hotels.com kickback of 2 Asia Miles per 10 HKD is not high, but during promotional periods again this could become more lucrative, and it’s a great sweetener on top of the Hotels.com night credits earned. It’s not a reason to choose Hotels.com outright though.
I don’t think there is a ‘right answer’ to this, but at least there are large number of options for earning Asia Miles from hotel stays to choose from.