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15 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Cathay Pacific Asia Miles [2017]

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Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s largest airline, is a founding member of the Oneworld Alliance and offers flights to over 140 destinations. Its hub is located at Hong Kong International Airport.

In this post, we’ll show you all the ways to earn miles in the Cathay Pacific frequent flyer program, Asia Miles. Your earned miles can then be redeemed for various travel and lifestyle rewards!

The Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Program

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Program
Earn miles to redeem for travel rewards and more with the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles loyalty program!

1. Enroll in Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

Asia Miles members earn miles by taking Cathay Pacific flights and booking travel with its many partners. 

Free memberships are available to travelers ages 2 and up, but consent is required from a parent or legal guardian for those under 17.

After enrolling in Asia Miles, you will receive a confirmation email with an attached temporary membership card so you can start earning miles right away. Asia Miles are valid for 3 years from the month miles are credited to the account.

The Marco Polo Club Program?

Cathay Pacific has a separate elite status program called the Marco Polo Club

While Asia Miles members earn miles they can redeem for travel rewards, Marco Polo Club members earn tier miles. These miles are used to move up status tier levels and get access to flight perks like priority boarding and lounge access.

Unlike many other loyalty programs that offer bonus miles based on status, Marco Polo Club members do not earn bonus Asia Miles.

Note that Marco Polo Club members are automatically enrolled as Asia Miles members, but Asia Miles members are not automatically enrolled in the Marco Polo Club. If you are interested in the Marco Polo Club, you can enroll here.

Bottom Line: Asia Miles is the program used for earning miles toward award flights, and is what we will discuss in this article. Marco Polo Club is the elite status program.

2. Earn Miles for Cathay Pacific Flights 

Cathay Pacific Airlines
The number of Asia Miles earned will depend on your travel class and fare.

Always provide your membership number when making a reservation, and present it during check-in to ensure you receive the applicable miles in your account. The airline advises keeping your boarding passes and tickets until miles have been applied to your account.

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles are based on the travel class and fare for each ticket. Use the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles calculator to determine how many miles you can earn for each flight ahead of time.

Hot Tip: Create a Redemption Group by nominating up to 5 friends and family members. As the Principal Member, you may transfer Asia Miles to group members in blocks of 5,000 with a 10,000-mile minimum. Service fees apply; see Terms and Conditions for more information.

Using Credit Cards To Earn Asia Miles

The Cathay Pacific Airways Visa® from Synchrony Bank is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2017. U.S. cardholders will be able to earn Asia Miles and enjoy rewards and exclusive benefits.

Until then, you can earn Asia Miles using the other credit card loyalty programs and then transferring your reward points.

3. Citi ThankYou Rewards Credit Cards

Cathay Pacific doesn’t have a travel rewards credit card in the U.S. yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t earn Asia Miles with other cards. Use your Citi ThankYou credit cards to earn points in a Citi ThankYou Rewards account and then transfer them to Asia Miles.

Each 1,000 ThankYou points = 1,000 Asia Miles!

Loyalty ProgramCredit Card Review
Citi ThankYou Rewards Loyalty ProgramCiti ThankYou Preferred Card
Citi ThankYou Premier Card
Citi Prestige Card

4. American Express Membership Rewards Cards

Are you enrolled in the American Express Membership Rewards program? If so, you can convert the Membership Rewards you earn to Asia Miles at a 1:1 ratio. The following table lists credit cards you can use to earn Membership Rewards.

Loyalty ProgramCredit Card
American Express Membership Rewards Loyalty ProgramThe Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
The Platinum Card® from American Express
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN
Gold Card from American Express
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
American Express® Green Card
Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
Blue from American Express®
The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express (review coming soon)

5. Starwood Preferred Guest Cards

Hotel partner Starwood Preferred Guest gives you 2 options for transferring Starpoints to Asia Miles.

  • Choose auto-conversion to have every Starpoint automatically converted to 1 Asia Mile after each stay. 
  • Convert Starpoints to Asia Miles at a 1:1 ratio whenever you decide.

In addition to earning Starpoints for stays at SPG hotels (and partner hotels), you can earn them by making purchases with the 2 SPG credit cards below:

Loyalty ProgramCredit Card
Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty ProgramStarwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
 Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Travel Partners

6. Cathay Pacific Partner Airlines

Cathay Pacific Airline Partners
Provide your Asia Miles membership number at check-in to earn miles.

Cathay Pacific is part of the Oneworld alliance, and miles earned are based on the travel class and fare. The table below shows the percentage of miles earned in each travel class:

cathay-pacific-frequent-flyer-miles

Find out more about earning miles with Oneworld Alliance partners in our American Airlines and British Airways reviews.

7. Cathay Pacific Hotel Partners

Cathay Pacific has A LOT of hotel partners all over the world, making it easier than ever to earn loads of extra Asia Miles. Click on a hotel link for more information about the individual offer.

Hotel OfferHotel OfferHotel Offer
Best Western Hotels & Resorts250 miles/ stayCathay Hospitality Management250 miles/ stayCosmos Hotels & Resorts250 miles/stay
E-DA Skylark Hotel250 miles/ stayeslite hotel500 miles/ stayFairmont Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stay
Formosa Hotel Alliance250 miles/ stayGloria Hotel Group250 miles/ stayHarbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stay
Home Hotel250 miles/ stayHotel JAL City250 miles/ stayHotel Rêve250 miles/ stay
Hotel Éclat Beijing500 miles/ stayHotel Éclat Taipei250 miles/ stayHotelday+250 miles/ stay
Humble House Taipei500 miles/ stayHyatt Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stayInterContinental Hotels Group500 miles/ stay
Jinling Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stayLandis Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stayLangham Hospitality Group500 miles/ stay
Lotte Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stayMDW Consulting Inc500 miles/ stayMandarin Oriental Hotel Group500 miles/ stay
Marco Polo Hotels500 miles/ stayMarriott International1 mile/ $2Meritus Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stay
Millennium Hotels and Resorts500 miles/ stayMinor Hotel Group500 miles/ stayMiramar Hotel Group (Taiwan)250 miles/ stay
New Century Hotels & Resorts 500 miles/ stayNikko Hotels International500 miles/ stayOkura Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stay
PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stayPan Pacific Hotels and Resorts500 miles/ stayPark Plaza Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stay
Preferred Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stayRadisson Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stayRaffles Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stay
RedDot Hotel & Culture250 miles/ stayRegal Hotels International Limited500 miles/ stayRegent Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stay
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stayShangri-La Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ staySino Hotels500 miles/ stay
Swire Hotels500 miles/ staySwissôtel Hotels & Resorts500 miles/ stayTaipei Fullerton Hotel250 miles/ stay
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces500 miles/ stayThe Ascott Limited150 miles/ nightThe Peninsula Hotels50 miles/ stay
The Sherwood Taipei500 miles/ stayWORLDHOTELS500 miles/ stayWonstar Hotel250 miles/ stay

Stay at a Hilton Worldwide property and choose Points & Miles to double dip from Honors: earn 10 Honors points + 1 Asia Mile per eligible USD spent!

8. Converting Hotel Points

Earning miles with partner hotel stays is great, but it’s not the only way to get miles from hotel stays. The hotels in the table below also allow you to convert reward points to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles!

HotelTransfer Ratio
Best Western Rewards5,000:1,000
Hilton Honors10,000:1,000
IHG5:1
Jinling Hotels & Resorts3,200:500
Marriott10:1
Park Plaza and Radisson Gold Points10:1
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts1:1
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide1:1
The Ritz-Carlton1:2
Wanda Hotels & Resorts4:1

9. Partner Hotel Credit Cards

You can also use credit cards associated with hotel loyalty programs to earn reward points. Then, just transfer those points to your Cathay Pacific Asia Miles account! For example, Hilton Honors, Marriott Rewards, and World Hyatt all have branded credit cards.

Loyalty ProgramCredit Card
Hilton Honors Loyalty ProgramHilton Honors™ Card from American Express
Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express
 Citi Hilton Honors Visa Signature Card
Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Card
Marriott Rewards Loyalty ProgramChase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card
Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card
World of Hyatt Loyalty ProgramChase Hyatt Credit Card

10. Partner Rental Car Agencies

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Car Rental Partners
While some Cathay Pacific car rental offers are only available in Asia and Europe, there are several options for earning Asia Miles in North America.

Rent a car with a Cathay Pacific partner and earn 500 miles or 1 frequent flyer program mile per $1.

Car Rental AgencyEarned MilesCar Rental AgencyEarned Miles
Alamo Rent A Car500 miles/rentalNational Car Rental500 miles/rental
AvisUp to 500 miles/rentalBlacklane2 miles/$1
Conxx1 mile/$1Europcar500 miles/rental
HertzUp to 500 miles/rentalSixt500 miles/rental
myDriver – by Sixt3 miles/$1

Shopping for Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

11. Asia Miles iShop

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles iShop
Cathay Pacific has several international retail partners that aren’t accessible in the U.S., such as the Asia Miles Dining program. But the Asia Miles iShop is open to shoppers in North America.

The Asia Miles iShop includes online retailers in categories including fashion, home, office, and so much more.

It doesn’t cost more to shop through the iShop links. In fact, the prices are the same as if you shopped with the merchants directly…but you’re earning miles at the same time!

Making purchases through the Asia Miles iShop is simple.

  1. Sign in to the Asia Miles iShop website.
  2. Enable the “cookies” function, so Asia Miles can track your path from iShop to the merchant’s website and allocate miles.
  3. Click “Shop Now” under the merchant’s description.
  4. Purchase the items you want.

You’ll receive an acknowledgment email within 5 days and another email once the merchant approves your transaction. The miles will appear in your account within 30 days.

Special Offers from Asia Miles

12. The Asia Miles Offers and Promotions Page

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles special offers
Check the Special Offers page on the Asia Miles site for new deals and promotions.

Find deals from Cathay Pacific travel partners and non-travel partners worth extra Asia Miles on the Special Offers page. Check back frequently for new deals!

13. Cathay Pacific Holidays

Cathay Pacific Holidays
Cathay Holidays Limited is a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways and allows you to earn extra Asia Miles for vacations.

Purchase travel through Cathay Holidays Limited right from the Cathay Pacific website. Check out the table below to find out how many Asia Miles you can earn when booking a personalized package.

cathay-pacific-holidays-earning-chart

14. PointsHound

Earn at least 1 Asia Mile per $1 for completing a reservation at any hotel booked on PointsHound. To start earning:

  1. Sign up for an account at PointsHound.com.
  2. Choose Asia Miles as your “Preferred Program” and enter your membership number.
  3. Browse hotels based on your travel dates.
  4. Use your credit card to reserve a hotel.
  5. Your Asia Miles will credit to your account when you complete your stay.
Cathay Pacific Pointshound
Book hotels on PointsHound and earn at least 1 Asia Mile/$1 spent.

15. Earn Asia Miles for Booking a Hotel Meeting

Book a qualified event at one of the participating Langham Hotels and Resorts, and not only will you get a place to hold your meeting, but you’ll also get Asia Miles! Meetings at Langham Hospitality Group properties earn as follows:

cathay-pacific-langham-meetings

See terms and conditions for offer rules.

Also, earn Asia Miles for booking a meeting or event at a participating Hilton or Conrad Hotel. Receive 1 Asia Mile and 1 Hilton Honors point per $1 spent.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this article has shown you how to maximize the miles you earn with Cathay Pacific in very simple ways. For an international airline based in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific provides plenty of opportunities for members in North America to earn miles.

If you haven’t already enrolled in the Asia Miles loyalty program, it’s time to do it now! Then you can start racking up the miles in your Cathay Pacific Asia Miles account.

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FAQ

How do I earn Cathay Pacific Asia Miles?
There are many ways to earn Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. Earn Asia Miles by traveling on Cathay Pacific and its airline, hotel, and car rental partners.

Also, earn miles by using credit cards associated with Citi ThankYou Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and American Express Membership Rewards.

You can transfer miles from all 3 of these programs to Asia Miles.

Is there an Asia Miles Earning Miles Calculator?
Yes. Calculate the miles you can earn on your flight with the Airline Earn Calculator. Certain fare classes are not eligible for earning Asia Miles. For instance, you can only earn miles for fare classes Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, S, N and Q for Cathay Pacific economy class.

Learn more about earning miles with each airline partner here.

What is the Cathay Pacific Non-Airline Earn Calculator?
Use the Non-Airline Earn Calculator to determine how many Asia Miles you can earn based on your monthly spending.

What is the fastest way to earn Asia Miles?
The fastest way to earn Asia Miles is to fly Cathay Pacific and its Oneworld alliance partners. You can earn 25% to 150% of miles flown.

Can I earn Asia Miles while dining?
There is an Asia Miles Dining program, but it is unavailable in the U.S.

What are the Asia Miles partners?
Cathay Pacific is a member of the Oneworld alliance, which includes the following airlines (they each have their own Oneworld award chart):

Oneworld Airline Partners
Malaysia AirlinesAir Berlin
SriLankan AirlinesQantas Airlines
Cathay PacificIberia
TAM AirlinesLAN Airlines
Qatar AirwaysS7 Airlines
Japan AirlinesBritish Airways
Royal Jordanian AirlinesFinnair
American Airlines

Cathay Pacific also has its Asia Miles partners:

Asia Miles Travel Partners
Aer Lingus
Airberlin
Air China
Air New Zealand
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
Bangkok Airways
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Gulf Air
Iberia
Japan Airlines (JAL)
Jet Airways
LATAM
Malaysia Airlines
Qantas Airways
Qatar Airways
Royal Brunei Airlines
Royal Jordanian Airlines
S7 Airlines
SriLankan Airlines

Is there an Asia Miles credit card?
Currently, there are no Cathay Pacific Asia Miles credit cards in the U.S. However, you can use credit cards to earn points in American Express Membership Rewards, SPG, and Citi ThankYou Rewards, and then transfer them to Asia Miles.

You can also transfer reward points from Hyatt, Hilton, and Marriott.

How can I contact the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles program?
The Asia Miles customer service email is memberservices@asiamiles.com. You can also call 1-866-892-2598 from the U.S.

When do Asia Miles expire?
Asia Miles are valid for 3 years from the month credited to your account.