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Last 2 weeks: Transfer points to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles for 10-15% bonus

Transferring credit card points to Asia Miles for your 10-15% bonus? Act now to ensure you'll be eligible.
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Despite a rare 15% bonus for credit card points transfers to KrisFlyer miles having ended yesterday, there’s still a similar deal running until the end of the month for the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles programme, with additional miles in the popular oneworld programme a nice alternative stash to consider even if you don’t collect them already.

Asia Miles earned from January 2020 no longer expire with activity, and the bonus itself counts as fresh activity come March / April 2021, so this is a good offer worth considering – especially if you’re targeted at the 15% bonus level.

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With only two weeks left for this deal though, it’s time to turn your attention to converting points across now in order to ensure they land in your account inside the offer window, for the bonus to apply.

The offer

You’ll earn either a 10% bonus or 15% bonus on the usual transfer ratios from credit card points into the Asia Miles programme for transfers made between 28th December 2020 and 31st January 2021.

Unlike the recent Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles credit card transfer offer, you will have to successfully register for this Asia Miles offer during the promotion period, using the following link.

  Asia Miles 10-15% Bonus Registration

Note: The registration link was temporarily only working for those who had been targeted by email for this promotion, but if you had problems with it before don’t worry – it has now been fixed and works for all members.

Don’t assume that you’ll be eligible only for the 10% bonus promotion if you didn’t receive an email in mid-December about the deal. We know of accounts that got the 15% bonus despite not being originally targeted.

Registration can be done at any time during the promotion period (i.e. by 31st January 2021), but we recommend doing so before making your transfer so that you know whether you’re targeted for the 10% or 15% bonus and in case of any technical issues with the registration system.

Registering your account for the bonus will generate an email confirmation from Asia Miles confirming that you have enrolled successfully, so it’s good to show you did this from the outset in case of any issues later on.

After 31st January 2021 it will be too late to register, even if you made one or more transfers during the promotion period.

Registration after the Promotion Period will not be applicable to the Extra Miles. The date of registration captured in the Asia Miles system is considered final.

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There is no limit to the number of miles conversions you can complete and no limit on the amount of points converted during this promotion.

Why act now?

It’s all down to the transfer time from your bank credit card points into your Asia Miles account.

The processing time of the requested Eligible Miles Conversion varies among Finance Partners. Please check with the respective Finance Partners for details. Asia Miles Limited is not responsible for any delay in the crediting of miles and accepts no liability.

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Many banks will quote 5-10 working days (i.e. up to two weeks) to complete this process, but in reality most are much quicker.

Here are our data points for Asia Miles transfers we have made, or our readers have recently shared:

  • BOC SG: 6 weeks (why bother?)
  • Citi SG: 1-3 working days
  • Citi USA: Instant
  • DBS SG: 4 working days
  • UOB SG: 3 working days
Beware: Some banks are very slow at transfers into Asia Miles!

Most recently, my transfer from Citi to Asia Miles at the end of December 2020 took only two working days, with the crediting date showing on the statement as one day earlier than the updated balance actually reflected in my account (on 30th December).

While we think you should definitely initiate any transfers by Friday 22nd January 2021 to allow five clear working days before the end of the promotion, it’s even better to err on the safe side and do it now, to allow an additional week.

Transfer ratios from Singapore banks

Converting points from all international banks offering transfer of credit card points into Asia Miles will be eligible for the 10% or 15% bonus under this promotion, with the exception of Cathay Pacific and Asia Miles co-brand credit cards and China Merchants Bank credit cards.

Here are the new ‘effective’ transfer ratios from seven eligible Singapore banks into Asia Miles during this promotion, which are of most interest to our readers.

The minimum transfer quantity is shown for each finance partner / credit card.

Note that OCBC and Standard Chartered are the only two banks in Singapore that do not support Asia Miles conversion.

Bank
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 10-Bonus.png10% Bonus This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 15-Bonus.png15% Bonus
MR Points 450* Points 250
275
 Miles
450* Points 250
287
 Miles
Points 27,000 Points 6,000
6,600
 Miles
27,000 Points 6,000
6,900
 Miles
Miles 10,000 Miles 10,000
11,000
Miles
10,000 Miles 10,000
11,500
Miles
ThankYou Points 25,000 Points 10,000
11,000
Miles
25,000 Points 10,000
11,500
Miles

Points
5,000 Points 10,000
11,000
Miles
5,000 Points 10,000
11,500
Miles

Reward Points
25,000 Points 10,000
11,000
Miles
25,000 Points 10,000
11,500
Miles

TREATS Points
5,000 Points 2,000
2,200
Miles
5,000 Points 2,000
2,300
Miles

UNI$
5,000 UNI$ 10,000
11,000
Miles
5,000 UNI$ 10,000
11,500
Miles
Bank
10% Bonus 15% Bonus
MR Points 450* Points

250
275 Miles
450* Points

250
287 Miles
Points 27,000 Points

6,000
6,600 Miles
27,000 Points

6,000
6,900 Miles
Miles 10,000 Miles

10,000
11,000 Miles
10,000 Miles

10,000
11,500 Miles
ThankYou Points 25,000 Points

10,000
11,000 Miles
25,000 Points

10,000
11,500 Miles

Points
5,000 Points

10,000
11,000 Miles
5,000 Points

10,000
11,500 Miles

Reward Points
25,000 Points

10,000
11,000 Miles
25,000 Points

10,000
11,500 Miles

TREATS Points
5,000 Points

2,000
2,200 Miles
5,000 Points

2,000
2,300 Miles

UNI$
5,000 UNI$

10,000
11,000 Miles
5,000 UNI$

10,000
11,500 Miles

* Amex Platinum Charge and Centurion members require only 400 Points per transfer block

The bonus won’t credit immediately

Unlike the recent KrisFlyer promo, bonus miles in this case will be credited to your Asia Miles account within 8 to 10 weeks after the end of the promotion, which means you’ll get the standard transfer rate applicable for your bank / card product initially, topped up with the relevant bonus level as a separate credit by 11th April 2021 at the latest.

During the last Asia Miles bonus promotion for credit card points transferred in January 2020 (a year ago), the miles were actually credited by mid-March 2020, 6 weeks after the promotion ended, despite the same 8-10 week timeframe being quoted.

Similarly in the January 2019 promotion, miles were credited around 20th March 2019, so while there are no guarantees it does look as though you should see the bonus before the end of March 2021 this time round too.

Remember the bonus credit will count as “activity” in the Asia Miles programme, extending the validity of any miles you have earned after January 2020 to at least September 2022 (18 months from March 2021), assuming the bonus credits in March again this year as usual.

What if the bonus doesn’t credit?

You’ll have until 31st May 2021 to notify Asia Miles if you do not receive the expected bonus miles. That’s a reasonable window since the bonus should have come through at least seven weeks before that.

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From 1st June 2021 onwards it’s unfortunately too late to claim any missing bonus, so be sure to check and plan a chase-up with Asia Miles if required.

Are Asia Miles worth having?

Yes, we think so. Asia Miles is probably our favourite FFP for long-haul oneworld redemptions. It’s also a great ‘backup balance’ alternative to KrisFlyer, primarily when:

  • we can’t secure a Singapore Airlines redemption using KrisFlyer miles;
  • we don’t mind a connection on the way to Europe, to save miles; or
  • we are flying to a European or US destination SIA doesn’t serve non-stop anyway (e.g. Dublin or Chicago).

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