17 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

Cathay Pacific Plane - How to Earn Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

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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.

Asia Miles launched a totally new earning table Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights on June 22, 2018:

Cabin ClassFare ClassAsia Miles Earned by Distance Zone (One-way)
1-750 miles
751-2,750 miles
2,751-3,700 miles
3,701-5,000 miles
5,001-7,500 miles
7,501+ miles
Sample Destinations (Departing to or from Hong Kong)
Taipei, Kaohsiung, ManilaTokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok, MumbaiCairns, DubaiBahrain, Sydney, Melbourne, Tel AvivParis, London, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, VancouverBoston, Chicago, New York, Toronto
Premium EconomyE6502,0003,7004,6006,6508,700

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

3. Cathay Pacific Credit Card

The Cathay Pacific Airways Visa® from Synchrony Bank directly earns Asia miles. Bonuses have ranged from 25,000-75,000 miles.

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.

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months. This is our favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get about $1,500+ in value from the card every year.

Plus, get up to $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month and a $20 bonus in December) — and up to $200 in annual credit for airline incidental charges (e.g. baggage fees). For rates and fees of the Platinum Card, click here.
American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide and 4x points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly.

With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $2,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, for many this is an easy addition to your wallet. For rates and fees of the Gold Card, click here.

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Right now, there's a HUGE welcome bonus of up to 100,000 bonus points. We get ~$1,250+ in value per year by leveraging as many of the benefits/perks card which more than offsets the higher annual fee. It's also a card we use for larger transactions ($5k or more) as it earns unlimited 1.5X points.

Get access to 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide, $200 in airline fee credits for incidentals (e.g. baggage fees) and more. For rates and fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
American Express® Business Gold Card - probably our favorite Amex business card because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. This means you'll max out at a (whopping) 600,000 points per year. After that, you earn 1x. For rates and fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express - This is a real simple card that earns you 2x points on business purchases up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). There's no annual fee. For rates and fees of the Blue Business Plus, click here.

5. Citi ThankYou Rewards Credit Cards

Citi ThankYou points transfer to Asia Miles.

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

6. Capital One Miles

Capital One miles now transfer to Asia Miles at a 2:1.5 ratio. Instead of redeeming your Capital One miles in the Capital One Travel Portal for cash tickets, you now have the option to transfer them to your Asia Miles account.

Using Asia Miles can potentially save a ton of miles when looking to book first or business class tickets by using the Asia Miles award chart compared to 1 cent per point of the cash ticket price using the Capital One Travel Portal.

Make sure you have a Capital One card that has the transferable miles feature. Here are our picks:

Recommended Capital One Cards That Earn Miles (Personal)

Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The big brother of the VentureOne and it's packed with a lot more benefits and perks. Earn a 50,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $500) once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening — and 10X miles per $1 spent across thousands of hotels. We recommend this as a no-brainer card if you even semi regularly stay at hotels.
Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This is an excellent card for those looking to earn 10x miles per $1 across thousands of hotels. With a 20,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $200) after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months and no annual fee, it's a strong choice.

Recommended Capital One Cards That Earn Miles (Business)

Capital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business - This no annual fee card has a 20,000 mile sign up bonus after meeting the minimum spend of $3,000 within the first 3 months. Save on interest with 0% intro APR on purchases for 9 months; 15.24% - 23.24% variable APR after that.
Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business - Earn 50,000 miles once you spend $4,500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. Annual fee: $0 intro for first year; $95 after that.

7. Marriott Credit Cards

You can earn Marriott points and transfer those to Cathay Pacific at a transfer rate of 3:1. Plus, for every 60,000 Marriott points that you transfer, you’ll receive an extra 5,000 Asia Miles bonus.

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Travel Partners

8. Cathay Pacific Partner Airlines

Cathay Pacific is a Oneworld Alliance member and has additional partner airlines. Earn miles by flying these partner airlines and crediting your miles to Cathay Pacific. Here are some current rates.

Oneworld Partners
American Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
British AirwaysQantas
Cathay PacificQatar Airways
FinnairRoyal Jordanian
IberiaS7 Airlines
Japan AirlinesSriLankan Airlines
LATAM Airlines

Cathay Pacific also has its Asia Miles partners:

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

9. 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 & Resorts500 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!

10. 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
Jinling Hotels & Resorts3,200:500
Park Plaza and Radisson Gold Points10:1
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts1:1
The Ritz-Carlton1:2
Wanda Hotels & Resorts4:1

11. 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 Bonvoy, and World of Hyatt all have branded credit cards.

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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!

15. 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.


16. 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.

17. 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:


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.

Final Thoughts

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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Best Ways to Earn Cathay Pacific Asia Miles


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 American Express Membership RewardsCiti ThankYou Rewards, and Capital One.

You can transfer miles from both 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 AirlinesQantas Airlines
SriLankan AirlinesIberia
Cathay PacificLATAM Airlines
American AirlinesS7 Airlines
Qatar AirwaysBritish Airways
Japan AirlinesFinnair
Royal Jordanian Airlines

Cathay Pacific also has its Asia Miles partners:

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

Is there an Asia Miles credit card?

Yes, the Cathay Pacific Visa Card from Synchrony Bank.

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.

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  1. It’s worth mentioning the Budget Car Rental is also a Cathay Pacific partner and when you use the dedicated link in Asia Miles website you actually get a very cheap rate as they apply automatically a promo code unique to Asia Miles.

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