Cathay Pacific Asia Miles is a distance-based frequent flyer programme – meaning the further you fly, the more you will pay. One huge advantage Asia Miles members have over other oneworld frequent flyer programmes, is that they have access to more Cathay Pacific award space (similar to what Lufthansa does – more seats to Miles & More members).
I’ve redeemed many Asia Miles miles (mostly for travel on Cathay Pacific), but I just wanted to share what my favourite Asia Miles redemption was. Right now, Cathay Pacific’s USA credit card is offering up to 50k Asia Miles – double the regular offer. 50k miles gets you a nice long-haul Business Class ticket within certain regions. You can also transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points and SPG Points to Asia Miles. While there are other awesome Travel Rewards Credit Cards to earn Asia Miles, Cathay’s USA credit card offers the following:
“Earn 1.5 Asia Miles per $1 spent on purchases outside of the US.”
British Airways also has a distance-based frequent flyer programme, however it is better to use BA Executive Club for short-haul redemptions and then use CX Asia Miles for flights with a longer distance, since the rates are better than what British Airways would charge. My favourite Asia Miles award is Business Class flights with the distance of 5k miles or less, which cost just 45k Asia Miles.
There are numerous oneworld flights with awesome Business Class products on routes less than 5k miles – specifically with Qatar Airways or with Cathay Pacific intra-Asia. I wouldn’t redeem on British Airways due to the high fuel surcharges. Also – you can add a stopover on a one-way award for free.. which is incredible.
In summary, I love redeeming Asia Miles for one-way Business Class flights that span a distance of 5k miles or less for the incredible price of just 45k Asia Miles.