16 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 74 destinations. Its hub is located at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).

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

Asia Miles Homepage
Earn miles to redeem for travel rewards and more with the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles loyalty program! Image Credit: Asia Miles

1. Enroll in Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

You can earn Asia 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 18.

After enrolling in Asia Miles, you will receive a confirmation email with an attached temporary membership card so that you can start earning Asia Miles right away. You’ll use your membership number on any eligible activity to earn Asia Miles, which are valid for 3 years from the month the 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. This is in contrast with programs like United Airlines, which award bonus miles for the same flight over a lower-tier member. This means that your elite status will not accelerate your ability to get to the next elite status.

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. Marco Polo Club is the elite status program.

2. Earn Asia Miles for Cathay Pacific Flights 

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

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

Asia Miles has the following earning table for Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights:

Cabin ClassFare ClassAsia Miles Earned by Distance Zone (One-Way)
Ultra-Short
1-750 miles
Short
751-2,750 miles
Medium
2,751-3,700 miles
Medium-Long
3,701-5,000 miles
Long
5,001-7,500 miles
Ultra-Long
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
EconomyS,N,Q3301,0001,8502,3003,3304,350
M,L,V5901,8003,3304,1405,9907,830
Y,B,H,K6502,0003,7004,6006,6508,700
Premium EconomyE6502,0003,7004,6006,6508,700
W,R7502,3004,2605,2907,65010,010
BusinessD,I8102,5004,6305,7508,31010,880
J,C8802,7005,0006,2108,98011,750
FirstF,A1,1403,5006,4808,05011,64015,230

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 Asia Miles.

4. American Express Membership Rewards Cards

You can transfer Membership Rewards to Asia Miles at a 1:1 ratio. Transfers from Amex to Asia Miles usually take 1-3 business days.

Keep in mind that there have been transfer bonuses of up to 30% from Amex, which boosts the ratio from 1:1 to 1:1.3.

Recommended American Express 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 $2,700+ 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 $4,000 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 American Express Cards (Business)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Right now, there's a HUGE welcome bonus of up to 100,000 points. Earn 50,000 points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 50,000 after you spend an additional $15,000, on purchases within the first 3 months.

We get ~$5,525+ in value per year by leveraging many of the benefits & perks.

This is the best business card for lounge access as you'll get into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide. 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 simple card that earns you 2x points on any business purchase, up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). That makes for an easy 100,000 points per year! The card has 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 at a 1:1 ratio. Transfers to Citi take around 1 business day to execute. Citi has offered a 15% bonus on Asia Miles in the past, so it may be worth waiting for this.

You can see a list of the best Citi cards here.

6. Capital One Miles

Capital One miles 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. Just remember that transfers take around 36 hours.

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 - This card is packed with a lot more benefits and perks. Earn a 50,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $500 toward travel) once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. 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 1.25x miles per $1 on every purchase. With a 20,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $200 toward travel) after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months and no annual fee, it's a strong choice.

7. Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

You can earn Marriott points and transfer Marriott points 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 bonus of 5,000 Asia Miles. Marriott transfers to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles in around 10 business days, which is something you’ll need to keep in mind.

Recommended Marriott Cards

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card - Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Get automatic silver elite status each account anniversary year; and a free night award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card - earn 75,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. A solid card for business owners who will get complimentary Marriott Bonvoy silver elite status. Annual fee is $125. For rates and fees of the Bonvoy Business Card, click here.

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Travel Partners

8. Cathay Pacific Partner Airlines

Cathay Pacific is a Oneworld Alliance member and has additional partner airlines. Earn Asia Miles by flying these partner airlines and crediting your Asia 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 Partners
Air CanadaIberia
Air ChinaJapan Airlines (JAL)
Air New ZealandLATAM
Alaska AirlinesLufthansa
American AirlinesMalaysia Airlines
Austrian AirlinesQantas Airways
Bangkok AirwaysQatar Airways
British AirwaysRoyal Jordanian Airlines
Cathay DragonS7 Airlines
Cathay PacificShenzhen Airlines
FinnairSriLankan Airlines
Gulf AirSwiss International Air Lines

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. 

Hotel OfferHotel OfferHotel Offer
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas500 Asia Miles/stayIHG Rewards Club500 Asia Miles/stayPan Pacific Hotels and Resorts500 Asia Miles/stay
Banyan Tree Hotels & ResortsConvert points at a 2:1 ratioThe Langham Hotels and Resorts500 Asia Miles/stayRadisson HospitalityConvert points at a 10,000:1,000 ratio
Best Western Hotels & Resorts250 Asia Miles/stayLe Club AccorHotelsConvert points at a 2:1 ratioRegal HotelsFrom 500 Asia Miles/stay
Dusit Hotels & Resorts500 Asia Miles/stayMandarin Oriental Hotel Group500 Asia Miles/stayRosewood Hotel Group500 Asia Miles/stay
Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts500 Asia Miles/stayMarriott Bonvoy2 mile/$1Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts500 Asia Miles/stay
Hilton HonorsConvert at a 10,000:1,000 ratioMillenium Hotels500 Asia Miles/staySwire Hotels500 Asia Miles/stay
Hotel JAL City250 Asia Miles/stayNikko Hotels International 500 Asia Miles/stayWORLDHOTELS500 Asia Miles/stay
World of Hyatt500 Asia Miles/stayOkura Hotels & Resorts300-500 Asia Miles/stay

Note that most, if not all of these hotel chains have partnerships with all the applicable brands in their portfolio. Also, the earning structure is consistent across different brands in a hotel portfolio.

10. Converting Hotel Points

Earning Asia Miles with partner hotel stays is great, but it’s not the only way to get Asia 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
IHG Rewards Club5:1
World of Hyatt2.5:1
Jinling Hotels & Resorts3,200:500
Le Club AccorHotels4,000:2,000
Marriott Bonvoy3:1
Park Plaza and Radisson Gold Points10:1
Regal Hotels15,000:1,000
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts1:1

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, IHG, and World of Hyatt all have co-branded credit cards.

12. Partner Rental Car Agencies

Asia Miles Car & Transport Partners
Asia Miles partners with many car and transport companies to help you earn more miles. Image Credit: Cathay Pacific

Rent a car with a Cathay Pacific partner or spend with a transport partner and earn lots of bonus miles. The programs may have different qualifying rentals and earning structures, so double-check with the individual links below to find out more.

Car Rental AgencyEarned Asia MilesCar Rental AgencyEarned Asia Miles
Airport Express75 Asia Miles per round trip airport express ticket purchasedHertzUp to 500 Asia Miles/rental
Alamo Rent A Car500 Asia Miles/rentalHertz Chauffeur2 Asia Miles/$1
AvisUp to 500 Asia Miles/rentalmyDriver – by Sixt3 Asia Miles/$1
Blacklane2 Asia Miles/$1National Car Rental500 Asia Miles/rental
Budget500 Asia Miles/rentalRentalcars.com2 Asia Miles/HK$10
conxxe2 Asia Miles/$1ShellTransfer at a 1,500:400 ratio
EssoTransfer at a 3:1 ratio in Hong Kong and 1.5:1 in SingaporeSixt500 Asia Miles/rental and 1,000 Asia Miles/chauffeur service
Europcar500 Asia Miles/rentalZuzuche.comUp to 600 Asia Miles/rental at a rate of 3 Asia Miles/¥10

Shopping for Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

13. Asia Miles iShop

Asia Miles iShop
The Asia Miles iShop offers some great deals at mainstream name-brands such as Apple and Macy’s. Be sure to leverage these partnerships to earn even more Asia Miles. Image Credit: Asia Miles

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. Most times, the prices are the same as if you shopped with the merchants directly, but you’re earning Asia 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, which can take up to 120 days. After that, the Asia Miles will appear in your account within 30 days.

Special Offers from Asia Miles

14. Asia Miles Offers and Promotions Page

Asia Miles Special Offers
Check the Offers page on the Asia Miles site for new deals and promotions. Image Credit: Asia Miles

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. Image Credit: Cathay Holidays

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.

Each package will earn different amounts of Asia Miles depending on which class of service you book. For economy, you’ll earn:

Eligible CountriesBonus Miles
Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States500 Asia Miles

For premium economy packages, you’ll earn:

Eligible CountriesBonus Miles
Australia, China, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom500 Asia Miles
Canada, Hong Kong, United States1,000 Asia Miles

For business or first class packages, you’ll earn:

Eligible CountriesBonus Miles
Australia, China, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom500 Asia Miles
Japan, South Korea1,000 Asia Miles
Taiwan, Thailand1,500 Asia Miles
Canada, Hong Kong, United States2,000 Asia Miles

16. Other Travel Partners

Asia Miles partners with a number of other companies, including top-tier booking portals and online travel agencies (OTAs). Here are some other ways to earn Asia Miles for travel expenses:

Travel PartnerEarning StructureTravel PartnerEarning Structure
Agoda.com2 Asia Miles/HK$10Macau Golf & Country ClubConvert at a 25:1 ratio
AsiaYo1 Asia Mile/NT$40Niceday1 Asia Mile/NT$40
Booking.com2 Asia Miles/HK$10OwlTing1 Asia Mile/NT$40
Cathay Pacific Holidays (hotels)2 Asia Miles/HK$10Plaza Premium GroupVariable earnings
E-DA Theme Park1 Asia Mile/NT$30Rocketmiles500 Asia Miles/night
Go By Train250 Asia Miles/NT$10,000Trip.com3 Asia Miles/HK$22
Hotels.com2 Asia Miles/HK$10TripAdvisor5-50 Asia Miles/review
Kaligo.com12 Asia Miles/HK$10W Cruising1 Asia Mile/HK$4
KKday1 Asia Mile/NT$40Wota Lifestyle1 Asia Mile/NT$40

Even though you might get bonus miles for your spending, be sure that you aren’t paying significantly more for the same hotel room just to earn some more Asia Miles.

Earn Asia Miles for Booking a Hotel Meeting

If you book a qualifying event at some of the participating properties that Asia Miles partners with, you can earn bonus miles. Here are some options you can use should you decide to book a hotel event or meeting:

Hotel BrandEarning Structure
The Langham Hotels and Resorts1 Asia Mile/$1 with a minimum of $6,500 and a maximum of $25,000
Marriott Bonvoy1 Asia Mile/$1
Regal Hotels4,000 Asia Miles if spending a minimum of HK$9,000 in Hong Kong or a minimum of ¥9,000 in China

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this article has shown you how to maximize the Asia 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 Asia 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.


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 Asia Miles by using credit cards associated with American Express Membership RewardsCiti ThankYou Rewards, Capital One, and Marriott Bonvoy.

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

Asia Miles has the following non-alliance partners:

Asia Miles Travel Partners
Air Canada
Air China
Air New Zealand
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Bangkok Airways
British Airways
Cathay Dragon
Cathay Pacific
Finnair
Gulf Air
Iberia
Japan Airlines (JAL)
LATAM
Lufthansa
Malaysia Airlines
Qantas Airways
Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian Airlines
S7 Airlines
Shenzhen Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Swiss International Air Lines

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?

You can contact Asia Miles by logging into your account and making an enquiry through their online form. You can also call 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.

Stephen Au

About Stephen Au

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephen has been privileged to enjoy many premium cabin products and 5-star hotels. A petroleum engineer by trade, Stephen caught the travel bug in college when he traveled to Asia several times. After 2 years of continual promotions, Stephen quit his safe and secure career path in favor of entrepreneurship.

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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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