14 Ways To Redeem Cathay Pacific Asia Miles for Max Value

Cathay Pacific 777 first class cabin

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Cathay Pacific and its Asia Miles program has many ways to earn miles and some high-value redemptions. While the program is more nuanced than other award programs, this article will cover everything you need to know on how to redeem your Asia miles.

The Best Ways To Boost Your Asia Miles

Asia Miles miles can be transferred from American Express Membership Rewards and Citi Thank You Rewards (both at a rate of 1:1), from Capital One at a 2:1 rate, or from Marriott at a transfer rate of 3:1.

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.

Recommended Citi Cards

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.

Marriott Transfers

You can earn Marriott points and transfer those to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 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 Credit Card

Synchrony Bank offers a co-branded Cathay Pacific credit card, which allows you to earn Asia Miles from your credit card spend.

The 14 Best Ways To Use Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

In this article, we’ll cover some of the best ways to redeem your Asia miles for maximum value.

Note: Many of these redemptions reference the award charts, which are found in the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Award Chart section and further explained in the Award Redemption Rules below the redemption options.

Over the years, many award sweet spots from Asia Miles have been devalued. Fortunately, there are still loads of ways to extract amazing value from Cathay Pacific’s frequent flyer program.

1. Plan an Epic Oneworld Round-the-World Trip

Asia Miles Oneworld Multi-Carrier Award
Asia Miles Oneworld Multi-Carrier Award. Image Credit: gcmap.com.

In the midst of Asia Miles lies the Oneworld multi-carrier award. Simply put, this award redemption allows you to book round-the-world trips for a huge bargain.

It’s a personal favorite of many points travelers, and it actually represents one of the top ways, if not the top way to spend your Asia Miles.

There are a couple of rules you’ll have to follow and keep track of, but once you do so, you can spend tons of time dreaming about visiting tons of countries all on one ticket!

The rules are at the end of this guide, but the major talking points of Oneworld multi-carrier awards are:

  • You can use up to 2 oneworld airlines when Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon is not one of the carriers
  • You can use 3 or more oneworld airlines when Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon is one of the carriers
  • The maximum distance allowed is 50,000 miles.
  • You can have a maximum of 5 stopovers, 2 layovers/transfers, and 2 open jaws.
  • You must end in the same city you started in.
    • This particular step is extremely important in pricing out your itinerary. On Asia Miles’ website, it will display an error unless you originating and ending cities are the same.

Here are a couple of epic trips you can take for super cheap!

  1. New York City (JFK) – Hong Kong (HKG) via Tokyo Haneda (HND) on Japan Airlines First Class and Cathay Pacific First Class
  2. Hong Kong (HKG) – Sydney (SYD) on Qantas First Class
  3. Melbourne (MEL) – Singapore (SIN) on Qantas First Class
  4. Singapore (SIN) – London-Heathrow (LHR) on British Airways First Class
  5. London-Heathrow (LHR) – Doha (DOH) on Qatar Airways A380 First Class
  6. Doha (DOH) – New York City (JFK) on Qatar Airways QSuites

This entire itinerary costs 300,000 Asia Miles. For a strictly first class itinerary (QSuites is basically first class… it’s at the very top of our best international business class products).

Considering this whole itinerary would cost 615,000 Asia Miles if each segment was purchased separately, you’re looking at a ~51% savings of your miles.

If you think this is phenomenal, just check out some other example itineraries you can take:

  1. Los Angeles (LAX) – Madrid (MAD) on Iberia business class
  2. Madrid (MAD) – Johannesburg (JNB) on Iberia business class
  3. Johannesburg (JNB) – Sydney (SYD) on Qantas business class
  4. Sydney (SYD) – Hong Kong (HKG) on Cathay Pacific business class
  5. Hong Kong (HKG) – Dubai (DXB) on Cathay Pacific business class
  6. Doha (DOH) – Los Angeles (LAX) on Qatar Airways QSuites

All in all, this entire itinerary prices out to 210,000 Asia Miles. If you booked each ticket separately, you’d pay 400,000 miles. This represents a savings of around ~48% of your hard-earned miles.

You’re pretty much limited only by your imagination and the Asia Miles routing rules, but you can truly generate some of the craziest flight itineraries out there thanks to Asia Miles.

Once you’ve searched for award availability and found flights for all your segments, you’ll want to phone up Asia Miles to reserve your flights.

2. Fly Cathay Pacific U.S. to Asia: 110,000 Miles in First Class, One-Way 

Cathay Pacific 777 first class sleeping
If you want to experience some of the best sleep in your life, check out Cathay Pacific First Class! Image credit: Stephen Au

Cathay Pacific flies non-stop to Asia from a number of U.S. destinations, which makes finding award availability to Asia much easier than with other airlines.

With 110,000 Asia miles, you can book a one-way first-class flight from the U.S. to Hong Kong (HKG). as long as it’s between 5,001 miles and 7,500 miles in distance. Anything longer than 7,500 miles will be priced at a higher 125,000 miles in first class.

Some examples of flights less than 7,500 miles are:

If you’re looking to save some miles, consider business class, which only requires 70,000 Asia miles one-way.

These routes cost 125,000 miles in first class and 85,000 miles in business class each way:

  • Hong Kong (HKG) – Boston (BOS)
  • Hong Kong (HKG) – New York City (JFK)
  • Hong Kong (HKG) – Newark (EWR)
  • Hong Kong (HKG) – Washington D.C. (IAD)
  • Hong Kong (HKG) – Chicago (ORD)
  • Hong Kong (HKG) – Toronto (YYZ)

Hot Tip: If you’re interested in more options, don’t miss our piece: The Definitive Guide to Cathay Pacific U.S. Routes [Plane Types & Seat Options]

You can search for award space on the Cathay Pacific website, which is where you’ll also book the ticket.

We recommend using the Qantas or British Airways website to find award availability first, then use the Cathay Pacific search engine to confirm the availability that you found on the other websites.

Taxes and fees for a one-way first-class flight will be around $93.

Need help booking an award ticket? See our step-by-step guide for booking Cathay Pacific first class.

3. Fly Cathay Pacific U.S. to Europe via Hong Kong: 125,000 Miles in First Class, One-Way

Cathay Pacific 777 first class cabin
Cathay Pacific 777 first class is phenomenal. Image Credit: Stephen Au

How does seeing the sights of Hong Kong prior to flying to Europe in Cathay Pacific first class sound? Well, not only is this possible with Asia Miles, it actually costs the same as if you were to fly from the U.S. East Coast to Hong Kong in first class!

What we mean is that these two itineraries are the same price:

  1. New York City (JFK) – Hong Kong (HKG) – London (LHR) in Cathay Pacific First Class
  2. New York City (JFK) – Hong Kong (HKG) in Cathay Pacific First Class

Even though this seems extremely odd, it’s a loophole that we can optimize. By intelligently planning a stopover, you can visit 2 countries for the price of one, and enjoy nearly double the flight time in Cathay Pacific first class!

Sound too good to be true? Book quickly!

4. Fly Qatar U.S. to the Middle East: 75,000 Miles Business Class, One-Way 

Qatar Airways QSuite
With a fantastic business class suite, excellent award availability, and a rapidly expanding network of routes, Qatar Airways has truly hit this new business class product out of the park! Image courtesy of qatarairways.com

Qatar Airways Qsuites consistently receives rave reviews, and with Asia Miles, you can experience the suite yourself! To learn more about the Qsuites experience, check out our review of Quatar Qsuites on a Boeing 777.

With 75,000-90,000 Asia miles, you can book a one-way business-class flight from the U.S. to Doha (DOH).

Hot Tip: The huge downside with this redemption is the fuel surcharges, so it’s important to keep these in mind because it significantly affects the value of the miles you’re using. 

Here are some of the nonstop QSuites flights that cost 75,000 Asia Miles:

  • Doha (DOH) – Boston (BOS)
  • Doha (DOH) – New York City (JFK)
  • Doha (DOH) – Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Doha (DOH) – Washington D.C. (IAD)
  • Doha (DOH) – Chicago (ORD)

Here are some of the nonstop QSuites flights that cost 90,000 Asia Miles:

  • Doha (DOH) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Doha (DOH) – Houston (IAH)
  • Doha (DOH) – Los Angeles (LAX)

Search for Qatar award space on either the British Airways or Qantas website. When you’re ready to book your award flight, you will need to fill out the Flight Award Request Form.

Taxes and fees for a one-way business-class flight will be around $618.

5. Fly on the Rare Qatar Airways A380 First Class from Australia to Europe via Doha: 135,000 Miles in First Class, One-Way

Qatar Airways A380 First Class Seat
Qatar Airways A380 First Class Seat. Image Credit: Greg Stone

The A380 is a dying breed of aircraft. Long heralded as the King of the Skies, these aircraft are slowly dying off, similarly to the 747. One of the best ways to see what flying on the A380 is like (it’s an experience, I assure you) is to try Qatar Airways’ A380 First Class product.

Our very own Greg Stone reviewed the nonstop flight on the A380 in first class from Sydney (SYD) to Doha (DOH) and wasn’t terribly impressed, but others have given it high marks.

You can fly from Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney in Qatar Airways’ A380 superjumbo. Here’s the routes I’m talking about:

  1. Perth (PER) – Doha (DOH) – London-Heathrow (LHR)
  2. Melbourne (MEL) – Doha (DOH) – London-Heathrow (LHR)
  3. Sydney (SYD) – Doha (DOH) – London-Heathrow (LHR)

Instead of flying to London (LHR), you can also fly to Paris (CDG) or Frankfurt (FRA) aboard Qatar Airways’ A380.

On all of these routes, you can book this product for 135,000 miles in first class. Business class is cheaper at 90,000 miles. The total time you’ll spend aboard this flight will be around ~25 hours.

6. Fly Iberia U.S. to Spain: 100,000 Miles in Business Class, Round-Trip

Iberia Business Class A330
Iberia Business Class A330. Image Credit: LuxuryTravelDiary.com

Iberia is the flag carrier of Spain. Also a Oneworld partner, you’re eligible to book award flights using Asia Miles. Unfortunately, you can only book round-trip flights. You can also book Iberia business class segments in multi-carrier awards, but no one-way flights as standalone itineraries.

Still, you can find great deals from Central/East Coast U.S., which includes airports like New York City (JFK), Chicago (ORD), and Miami (MIA). These particular flights cost only 100,000 Asia Miles round-trip in business class. If you wanted to fly in economy or premium economy, it’d cost 50,000 miles and 70,000 miles respectively.

Looking to fly from the West Coast? It’s significantly more expensive at 150,000 miles round-trip in business class, 80,000 in economy, and 100,000 in premium economy.

Here’s a couple of great example flights you can snag:

  1. Boston (BOS) – Madrid (MAD)
  2. Miami (MIA) – Madrid (MAD)
  3. New York City (JFK) – Madrid (MAD)
  4. Chicago (ORD) – Madrid (MAD)

7. Fly Royal Jordanian Airlines U.S. to Jordan: 75,000 Miles in Business Class, One-Way

Royal Jordanian Airlines Business Class
Royal Jordanian Airlines Business Class. Image Credit: thedesignair.net

Ever wanted to visit one of the oldest civilizations ever? Jordan, which has habitation evidence of at least 200,000 years old, remains one of the world’s most historically, culturally, and even religiously most significant places in the world.

Jordanian architecture and food are among the top highlights of this Middle Eastern country. Royal Jordanian Airlines offers comfortable B/E Aerospace Diamond seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. While not cutting edge, the service itself tends to be good.

For a one-way flight in business class, you can expect to pay 75,000 Asia Miles. The same flight in economy is 40,000 Asia Miles.

Here are some great example routes you can take:

  1. Amman (AMM) – Chicago (ORD)
  2. Amman (AMM) – Detroit (DTW)
  3. Amman (AMM) – New York City (JFK)

8. Access Oneworld Award Availability Before Others

As we know, some frequent flyer programs can book award seats before others. This is definitely the case with Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. Where American Airlines only books up to 331 days before departure, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles opens up award bookings up to 360 days before departure.

The advantage of this is that you can reserve award seats using Asia Miles up to 29 days earlier than AAdvantage members.

British Airways opens up award seats 355 days before departure, which is only 5 days later than Asia Miles, but the redemption prices are often egregious, especially in premium cabins.

9. Fly AA U.S. to Europe: 50,000 Miles in Business Class, One-Way

American Airlines Dreamliner Business Class
Use Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles to fly American Airlines to Europe. Image courtesy of luxurytraveldiary.com

Flying transatlantic on one of the 3 major U.S. airlines is a flight most frequent travelers have experienced. What you may not have considered is using Asia miles to book this flight.

With 50,000 Asia Miles, you can book a one-way American Airlines business-class flight from the Central/East Coast U.S. to Europe. West-coast flights run more expensive at 75,000 Asia Miles.

Equally valuable alternatives from Central/East Coast America are to book either an economy flight with 25,000 Asia Miles or a first-class flight with 75,000 Asia Miles one-way. If you’re involving the West Coast U.S., you’ll pay 40,000 Asia miles in economy and 120,000 Asia miles in first class.

Hot Tip: First-class award availability may be hard to find. Consider using the Qantas, British Airways, and American Airlines search engines to find award availability. 

Examples of non-stop American Airlines flights include:

  • New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN)
  • Chicago (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA)

When you are ready to book your award flight, you will need to fill out the Flight Award Request Form.

Taxes and fees for a one-way business class flight will be around $28. We recommend calling Cathay Pacific to confirm the taxes and fees, as the website does not provide this information for American Airlines flights.

Need help booking an award ticket? See our step-by-step guide for booking AA first class.

10. Fly AA or LATAM U.S. to Southern South America: 50,000 Miles Business Class, One-Way

LATAM Business Class
LATAM can be a great way to fly to South America using your Asia miles. Image courtesy of luxurytraveldiary.com

Oneworld partners American Airlines (AA) and LATAM offer a number of non-stop flights from the U.S. to South America.

With 50,000 Asia miles, you can book a one-way business-class flight from the U.S. to southern South America.

Another option is to use 75,000 Asia miles to book a one-way first-class flight from the U.S. to Brasil.

Hot Tip: American Airlines flies several non-stop first-class flights to South America from Dallas (DFW), New York (JFK), and Miami (MIA) to São Paulo (GRU). 

Examples of non-stop business-class flights on AA or LATAM that you can book from the U.S. to South America include:

  • Miami (MIA) to Sao Paulo (GRU), Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Buenos Aires (EZE), Santiago (SCL)
  • Dallas (DFW) to Santiago (SCL)

Search for AA and LATAM award space on either the British Airways or Qantas website.

Based on a recent search, AA business and first-class award space didn’t show up on either the British Airways or Qantas website. Also, LATAM non-stop flights didn’t show up on either the British Airways or Qantas website. (For more information on finding award space on these partner airlines, check out our guide to searching for Oneworld Alliance award space.)

If you’re having trouble finding business or first-class award space, we recommend using Expert Flyer.

When you’re ready to book your award flight, you will need to fill out the Flight Award Request Form.

Taxes and fees for a one-way business-class flight will be around $28. We recommend calling Cathay Pacific to confirm the taxes and fees, as the website does not provide this information for American Airlines or LATAM flights.

Need help booking an award ticket? See our step-by-step guide for booking AA business class.

11. Fly AA U.S. to Asia: From 75,000 Miles First Class, One-Way

American Airlines flies non-stop to a number of destinations in Asia, which makes this redemption great because it’s a long-haul flight.

With 120,000 Asia miles, you can book a one-way first-class flight from the U.S. to Asia.

Hot Tip: While 120,000 miles is quite a few miles, the cash value of this flight is extremely high, making this a great value from a cents-per-mile perspective. 

American Airlines flies non-stop first-class from both Los Angeles (LAX) and Dallas (DFW) to Hong Kong (HKG). The Los Angeles (LAX) flight costs 120,000 Asia miles in first class, while the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) flight costs 135,000 miles.

Search for American Airlines award space on either the British Airways or Qantas website. Based on a recent search, AA business and first-class award space didn’t show up on either the British Airways or Qantas websites.

We recommend using Expert Flyer if you’re unable to locate available award space.

Taxes and fees for a one-way first-class flight will be around $247.

Need help using AA miles? See our best ways to redeem AA miles.

12. Fly British Airways U.S. to Europe: From 50,000 Miles in Business Class, One-Way

British Airways Business Class
You can use your Cathay Pacific miles to fly British Airways with cheaper fuel surcharges. Image Credit: EQRoy via Shutterstock

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m extremely hesitant to fly British Airways because of the high taxes and fees imposed on flights.

What’s unique about this redemption is you can fly British Airways with a reduced number of taxes and fees.

With 50,000 Asia miles, you can book a one-way business-class flight from the Central/East Coast U.S. to London. That number increases to 75,000 for West Coast flights.

Another interesting option is to use 75,000 Asia miles to book a one-way first-class flight to/from Central/East Coast U.S. If you want to book from the West Coast, the price is a steep 120,000 Asia Miles.

Examples of non-stop British Airways flights include:

  • Atlanta (ATL) – London (LHR)
  • New Orleans (MSY) – London (LHR)
  • San Diego (SAN) – London (LHR)

You can search for award space on the Cathay Pacific website, which is where you will also book the ticket. I recommend using the Qantas website to find award availability first, then use the Cathay Pacific search engine.

Taxes and fees for a one-way first-class flight will be around $247. We recommend calling Cathay Pacific to confirm the taxes and fees, as the website doesn’t provide this information for American Airlines flights.

Need help booking an award ticket? See our step-by-step guide for booking British Airways business class.

13. Fly Qantas U.S. to Australia: From 75,000 Miles Business Class One-Way

Qantas Business Class
Fly Qantas long haul business class to Australia! Image courtesy of qantas.com

Qantas offers a great way to fly on a long-haul flight to Australia. What tends to be the main downside when flying Qantas is the fact that award availability in a premium cabin is hard to find.

Starting from 75,000 Asia miles, you can book a one-way business-class flight from the U.S. to Australia. It increases all the way up to 90,000 Asia miles.

Here are a couple of great example routes:

  1. San Francisco (SFO) – Sydney (SYD) for 75,000 Asia Miles
  2. Los Angeles (LAX) – Brisbane (BNE) for 75,000 Asia Miles
  3. Honolulu (HNL) – Sydney (SYD) for 75,000 Asia Miles
  4. San Francisco (SFO) – Melbourne (MEL) for 90,000 Asia Miles
  5. Los Angeles (LAX) – Melbourne (MEL) or 90,000 Asia Miles
  6. Los Angeles (LAX) – Sydney (SYD) for 90,000 Asia Miles
  7. Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Sydney (SYD) for 90,000 Asia Miles

Another option is to use 120,000-135,000 Asia miles to fly one-way in first class.

Hot Tip: Don’t use Qantas to search for award availability if you’re booking with Asia Miles. Instead, use a Qantas partner such as British Airways. You can also use Alaska Airlines to search for Qantas partner award space.

You can search for award space on the Cathay Pacific website, which is where you will also book the ticket. I recommend using the British Airways website to find award availability first, and then use the Cathay Pacific search engine.

Taxes and fees for a one-way business-class flight will be around $423.

Need help booking an award ticket? See our step by step guide for booking Qantas business class.

14. Fly Cathay Pacific New York to Vancouver: 50,000 Miles in Business Class, Round-Trip

Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 Business Class Window Seat
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 Business Class Window Seat. Image Credit: Greg Stone

Cathay Pacific operates a fifth-freedom route from the U.S. to Canada where you can experience a lie-flat business class seat.

With 50,000 Asia Miles, you can book a round-trip business-class flight from New York (JFK) to Vancouver (YVR).

Another option is to use 80,000 Asia Miles to book a round-trip first-class flight.

You can search for award space on the Cathay Pacific website, which is where you will book the ticket.

Taxes and fees for a one-way business or first-class flight will be around $90 round-trip.

Need help booking? Read our in-depth guides on booking Cathay Pacific Business Class

Booking Award Flights on Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific made a number of changes to its award program over the years, which makes it important to read through the General Conditions to understand what is allowed.

Using Your Asia Miles

Asia Miles is the frequent flyer program of both Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon. The airlines are part of the Oneworld alliance and have individual partnerships with airlines outside of the alliance such as Air China.

Oneworld Alliance Cathay Pacific Airline Partners

Cathay Pacific’s airline partners include the Oneworld alliance:

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

Non-Alliance Cathay Pacific Airline Partners

Non-alliance airline partners of Cathay Pacific include the following:

Non-Alliance Airline Partners
Air CanadaAer Lingus
Air ChinaAir New Zealand
Alaska AirlinesAustrian Airlines
Bangkok AirwaysGulf Air
LufthansaShenzhen Airlines
SWISS International Air Lines

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Award Charts

The Asia Miles program uses distance-based award charts that are driven by the trip distance, cabin class, and airline that is used in your itinerary.

The award chart below applies when flying Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon only.

To determine your award, use the actual distance flown one-way between your origin and destination. If there are multiple segments involved, sum the distance of the inbound and outbound segments.

If you want to book a round-trip award flight, you will double the number of miles shown in the award chart.

Cathay Pacific Award Chart
The award charts apply to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon Flight Awards only. Image Credit: asiamiles.com

The Asia Miles program uses a different award chart when you’re flying Oneworld airline partners.

For the Oneworld multi-carrier award (round-the-world trip), the chart below is used when one of two conditions applies:

  • Your travel is on two Oneworld alliance airlines, of which Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon is not one of your selected carriers; or
  • Your travel is on three or more Oneworld alliance airlines, of which Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon is one of your selected carriers.

The miles required in the chart are for multi-carrier awards on Oneworld.

Cathay Pacific Oneworld Award Chart
Refer to this chart if you are redeeming a round-trip award ticket with an itinerary which covers: 1) Two oneworld alliance airlines, which Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon is not one of your selected carriers, 2) Three or more oneworld alliance airlines, which Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon is one of your selected carriers. Image Credit: asiamiles.com

The Great Circle Mapper is a helpful tool in calculating the approximate mileage between airport codes.

Awards Bookable Online vs. Phone

Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, British Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Finnair, Alaska Airlines, and Iberia offer instant redemptions online. If you want to fly another partner airline, you must use the Flight Award Request Form.

For more complex itineraries, we recommend calling the Asia Miles U.S. office at 866-892-2598 or by calling the Hong Kong office at 011-852-2747-3838 on a landline.

When you call, it’s important to have all details related to the flight(s) that you want to book so the agent can locate your award flight.

Since some partner airlines can’t be booked online, we recommend using the websites below to search for award space.

Airline Flights on:Where To Search for Award Space:
Aer LingusUnited, or call Cathay Pacific
Air CanadaUnited, Aeroplan, ANA
Air ChinaUnited, Aeroplan, ANA
Air New ZealandUnited, Aeroplan, ANA
American AirlinesAmerican Airlines Saver Awards, British Airways, Qantas
Austrian AirlinesUnited, Aeroplan, ANA
Bangkok AirwaysMust call Cathay Pacific
FinnairAmerican Airlines Saver Awards, British Airways, Qantas
Gulf AirMust call Cathay Pacific
Japan AirlinesBritish Airways
LATAM AirlinesBritish Airways, Qantas
LufthansaUnited, Aeroplan, ANA
Malaysia AirlinesBritish Airways
Royal JordanianAmerican Airlines Saver Awards, British Airways
S7 AirlinesBritish Airways, Qantas
Shenzhen AirlinesUnited, or call Cathay Pacific
SriLankan AirlinesBritish Airways, Qantas
SWISS International Air LinesUnited, Aeroplan, ANA

Award Redemption Rules

Cathay Pacific has different award redemption rules depending on which award chart you’re using for redemption.

For the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon award chart, here are a few of the most important rules:

  • For a one-way flight, up to 2 segments are allowed, with 1 stopover or 1 transfer.
  • If the first segment origin airport and the final segment destination airport are located in different cities, but all segments are within the same country or region, this itinerary is treated as a one-way flight.
  • If the first segment origin airport and the final segment destination airport are located in different cities but within the same country or region, and the first segment destination airport is located in different country or region, this itinerary is not treated as one-way flight (i.e. JFK-DFW-LAX is a one-way flight while JFK-LHR-IAD is not a one-way flight).

Round-Trip Flights

  • For a round-trip flight, up to 4 segments are allowed with a minimum of 1 stopover. You are also allowed up to 2 segments on the inbound and outbound itinerary.
  • For a round-trip flight, 1 open jaw is allowed either at the point of origin or the destination in a round-trip flight.
    • For itineraries with only international flights, an open jaw at the point of origin can only be made between different cities of a country or region.
    • For itineraries without international flights, an open jaw at the turnaround point can be made between different cities in the same country or region.
    • Traveling into and out of different airports within the same city is not considered an open jaw.
  • For round-trip flights without an open jaw, you can have either:
    • Up to 3 stopovers; or
    • Up to 2 stopovers and 1 transfer; or
    • 1 stopover and 2 transfers
  • For round-trip flights with an open jaw at the turnaround point, you can either have:
    • 1 open jaw and up to 2 stopovers; or
    • 1 open jaw and 1 stopover and 1 transfer; or
    • 1 open jaw plus maximum 2 transfers
  • For round-trip flights with an open jaw at the point of origin, you can either have:
    • 1 open jaw and up to 3 stopovers; or
    • 1 open jaw and up to 2 stopovers and 1 transfer; or
    • 1 open jaw and 1 stopover and up to 2 transfers

When you’re using the Oneworld Partner Award chart, the previously stated rules do not apply. Here are the Oneworld Multi-carrier award conditions:

  1. oneworld Multi-carrier Award is applicable for:
    • two oneworld alliance airlines, when Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon is not one of your selected carriers; or
    • three or more oneworld alliance airlines, when Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon is one of your selected carriers.
  2. The maximum distance range is up to 50,000 miles.
  3. To redeem a oneworld Multi-carrier Award, the total Mileage Credits required to determine the award zone is the sum of the sector distance (between the origin airports and destination airports) of all sectors in the itinerary. The Member or Nominee can make a maximum of five stopovers. In addition, two transfers and two open-jaws are permitted.
  4. For multiple-sector Flight Awards, the Mileage Credits required are those of the highest class booked in any single itinerary.
  5. oneworld Multi-carrier Award does not offer travelling on Premium Economy Class.

Final Thoughts

Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles program provides incredible value once you understand the award charts and program rules. The best way to use your Asia Miles for maximum value is to fly long-haul flights in a premium cabin, especially on multi-carrier awards involving round-the-world travel.

The program offers several great ways to earn Asia Miles, including transferring points from American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards!


FAQ

How can I earn miles on Cathay Pacific?

Start by signing up for the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles loyalty program.

You can earn miles for flights on Cathay Pacific and its partner airlines by booking with its hotel and car rental partners, online shopping, spending on Cathay’s co-branded credit card, or using other credit cards that transfer to Asia Miles.

Is it possible to earn Cathay Pacific Asia Miles by using credit cards?

Asia Miles allows you to transfer rewards points from various credit cards and loyalty programs including American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou.

What are Asia Miles worth?

The value of Asia Miles depends on what kind of ticket you are redeeming with your points. You should be able to pretty easily get at least 2 cents per mile in value, even for an economy class redemption.

However, we can usually find redemption values upward of 5.5 cents per mile.

Are Asia Miles refundable?

Your Asia Miles ticket can be canceled as long as you have not begun your journey. The cancellation fee is $120 or 12,000 Asia Miles, but you must use the ticket within 1 year of the date of issue.

When do Asia Miles expire?

Asia Miles have a lifespan of 3 years, which can be extended by a further 3 years for $40 per 2,000 miles.

Is Cathay Pacific part of American Airlines?

Cathay Pacific is not part of American Airlines, but both airlines are part of Oneworld alliance.

The alliance means you can redeem your Cathay Pacific Asia miles for flights on American Airlines and your American Airlines miles for flights on Cathay Pacific. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to combine miles between the 2 programs.

How much does it cost to buy Asia Miles?

If you have 70% of the miles required to redeem an award flight, you can purchase the remaining 30% in blocks of 2,000 miles at at $60 per 2,000 mile block.

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 in a six-figure job, Stephen quit his safe and secure career path in favor of entrepreneurship.

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7 comments

  1. Do you know why Asia Miles doesn’t seem to offer CX destinations like BKK for award? I can book US to BKK on CX on other award sites like American or Alaska. Seems like the closest you can get is HKG.

    • Michael McHugh · March 5, 2019 · Reply

      The CX site is difficult to maneuver, as I’m sure you know David.

      I’d recommend finding award availability for your route elsewhere, and then call CX to search for and book the flight.

    • Using the AsiaMiles app or main website it’s not easy booking BKK from the US. You can easily book BKK on the Cathay Pacific main website. There is a way to do it on the AsiaMiles app and main website but it’s convoluted. I just use the Cathay website and it works fine.

  2. Kristin Bunde · July 12, 2019 · Reply

    OK, I have 70K+ Citi Thank You points.
    I am needing to book 3 passengers on a one way flight from Barcelona to Chicago but only have enough AA miles to cover 2.
    Am I able to transfer the Citi TY Points to Asia Miles & book that 3rd passenger that way?
    I only ask as all your examples mention one ways from US to elsewhere. Just want to be sure it works in reverse as well.

    • Stephen Au · July 12, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Kristin,

      Yes as long as there is award availability you are good to go! Thanks for reading.

  3. Thanks for all these great articles! I’m trying to maximize the Alaska miles I have for a trip to Asia and it seems like Cathay’s stopover option is a great perk. How would the miles work if the trip originated in SFO and wanted a couple of stops in Asia like Thailand and Vietnam. Would it be SFO- HK-Thailand and the return could be Vietnam-HK-SFO? just wondering if HK has to be a stop or if it could be Thailand-Vietnam-SFO for a one-way. If this were economy, would it be 30,000 one-way or would it be 42,000?

    • Andrew Kunesh · August 15, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Cindy, good question. You’d need to book SFO-HKG-BKK as a one-way on the outbound and Vietnam-HKG-BKK on the return. This is because Cathay doesn’t fly directly from Thailand to Vietnam, and you can’t combine partners on the same award ticket. This ticket would cost 30,000 Cathay points one-way in economy or 35,000 in premium economy. Thanks!

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