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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.

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.

Asia Miles

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.

Asia Miles

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.

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).

In these cases it makes good sense to stop in Hong Kong en-route and enjoy Cathay’s excellent lounges in the process.

Cathay Pacific also removed fuel surcharges from award tickets in 2020, adding to the value of the programme.

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Note: Long – Type 1 relates to itineraries which do not include any cities in the Americas (e.g. Singapore to Frankfurt), whereas Long – Type 2 includes those cities (e.g. Vancouver, San Francisco).

Singapore – Europe from 65,000 miles in Business Class

There are great options to fly in Business Class from Singapore or Bangkok to Europe for just 65,000 Asia Miles with Cathay, while paying minimal taxes and fees since the airline abolished its fuel surcharges.

Cathay Pacific long-haul Business Class. (Photo: Cathay Pacific)

The key is to keep your trip within 7,500 miles total distance to take advantage of the competitive Long – Type 1 award rate.

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Pro Tip: A transfer of just 60,000 Asia Miles (e.g. from 60,000 Citi Miles) will become at least 66,000 Asia Miles once you’ve received the bonus in this transfer offer, more than enough to unlock this great deal.

Start in Bangkok to open up even more options

Many additional options in Europe open up from Bangkok if you are willing to start your journey there, since it’s around 500 miles closer to Hong Kong, giving you a wider range to play with for a 7,500-mile trip.

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In addition, Bangkok – Hong Kong – Vancouver comes in just inside the 7,500-mile limit, making it a great value redemption at 70,000 Asia Miles in Business Class (Long – Type 2 in the Standard Award table).

Fly First Class for less

This is a nice benefit of how Asia Miles deals with mixed class bookings. With many airlines if a cabin type is not offered for part of your route – that’s just tough. You’ll pay the highest cabin class award price for the whole journey regardless.

For example, Perth to London via Singapore on Singapore Airlines in First Class on a saver award will cost you 142,500 KrisFlyer miles (the Zone 8 to Zone 12 rate), even though you’ll be in Business Class for the Perth – Singapore sector.

With Asia Miles it doesn’t work that way. If a First Class cabin is not available for part of your journey, the required mileage reduces by the proportional distance you spend in the lower cabin class.

Since Singapore to Frankfurt via Hong Kong (7,285 miles) is the same award rate as a Hong Kong to Frankfurt flight (5,697 miles) in the award chart, it actually results in fewer miles to redeem SIN-HKG (Business) plus HKG-FRA (First) than a simple HKG-FRA (First) award.

That’s right, Asia Miles is giving you miles back to take a Business Class flight from Singapore to Hong Kong before your First Class flight!

Cathay Pacific First Class from Hong Kong is a great way to Europe. See our review. (Photo: Cathay Pacific)

Good deals here flying Business Class on the first sector to Hong Kong then First Class on the second sector include:

  • Singapore – Frankfurt: 92,300 miles
  • Bangkok – London: 94,700 miles
  • Sydney – London: 107,600 miles

This principle applies to all mixed class award bookings using the programme.

oneworld and partner awards

Asia Miles can also be useful for securing award seats on oneworld and partner airlines, like Finnair, Qatar Airways, Qantas and British Airways, with the following award chart applicable in this case. These are slightly more expensive than booking with Cathay Pacific for most (but not all) routings.

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This opens up Singapore – Europe options for 70,000 Asia Miles one-way (KrisFlyer charges 92,000 miles), including in the Qsuite with Qatar Airways, though do note you’ll be hit with some fairly hefty fuel surcharges too.

Take the Qsuite from Singapore to Europe for 70,000 Asia Miles. (Photo: Qatar Airways)

One benefit here is that routings like Singapore – Doha – London with Qatar Airways and Singapore – Helsinki – London with Finnair come in below 7,500 miles, while routing via Hong Kong to London in all cases will exceed that distance, so these awards come in 15,000 miles cheaper in Business Class than they do using Cathay Pacific.

Keeping your Asia Miles balance from expiring is easy

Since 1st January 2020, any Asia Miles credited to your account will no longer expire provided you earn or redeem at least one mile every 18 months.

Transferring miles during this promotion, for example, will recharge your entire balance (assuming it was all deposited after 1 Jan 2020) for 18 months. As we mentioned above, this will apply when the bonus credits (since that’s “activity” too), probably in March 2021, extending your balance to at least 30th September 2022.

Even if you are not a regular user of the programme and end up approaching the expiry point, it’s relatively easy to refresh your balance for an additional 18 months, with methods including:

  • Book a flight redemption
  • Credit a paid Cathay Pacific, oneworld or partner flight to Asia Miles
  • Top up your balance by transferring credit card points into Asia Miles
  • Earn through a hotel booking portal like Kaligo or Rocketmiles
  • Transfer NTUC LinkPoints (from grocery shopping in FairPrice) into Asia Miles
  • Make a purchase via the Asia Miles iShop (Singapore merchants include Zalora, Decathlon and Far East Flora)*

* Be careful: Miles from iShop purchases take up to 5 months to credit to your Asia Miles account.

NTUC LinkPoints probably represent the easiest option for our Singapore readers who don’t otherwise interact with Asia Miles regularly.

Provided you spend at least S$20 in-store at FairPrice, you’ll earn 2 LinkPoints per S$1 spent, so a cumulative spend of S$220 (440 Points) is enough for a small Asia Miles top-up.

You are sacrificing about S$3 of in-store rebate by using your LinkPoints this way, so it’s not a great deal, but S$3 is a small price to pay to keep your entire Asia Miles balance ‘alive’ for another 18 months if it becomes necessary.

Even if you don’t shop at FairPrice, you can top up 500 LinkPoints using 2,900 GrabRewards points, then transfer 440 of those into 110 Asia Miles. This slightly convoluted method is an even worse deal, however, since you could convert the same number of GrabRewards points to nearly 300 KrisFlyer miles instead, or get at least S$5 in vouchers!

Given the much better activity-based expiry policy, a transfer to Asia Miles may therefore be a slightly safer option than a KrisFlyer one, especially if you’re targeted at the 15% bonus level, since you won’t run the risk of your miles expiring in three years (like they do in KrisFlyer) provided you interact with the programme once in a while.

Asia Miles: Other things to know

Here are some other basics of the Asia Miles programme it’s worth knowing before you commit to a significant points transfer.

  • You can waitlist an Asia Miles Cathay Pacific award in a similar way to the KrisFlyer programme.
  • You can change the date of your Asia Miles award booking for US$25 per person per sector (online) or US$40 per person per sector (over the phone).
  • You can change the destination of your Asia Miles award booking for US$100 per person per ticket.
  • You can cancel your Asia Miles award booking and have your miles redeposited and taxes / fees refunded for US$120 per person per ticket.
  • Apart from ‘Standard’ awards, you can redeem Asia Miles on Cathay Pacific with better availability at ‘Choice’ or ‘Tailored’ award rates (similar to an ‘Advantage’ award with KrisFlyer), but the rates are not usually attractive.

You may lose flexibility

Transfers from bank points to miles are strictly one-way, so by taking advantage of this bonus you will be restricting yourself to the Asia Miles programme for future redemptions using the miles transferred under this offer.

If you’re a Citi customer for example, with a large volume of Citi Miles or ThankYou Points, you can transfer those into 11 different frequent flyer programmes, with options across all three major alliances plus Etihad Guest, which has a good ‘mini-alliance’ of its own.

    AMEXtrans BOCtrans2 CITItrans DBStrans2 HSBCtrans2 MAYBANKtrans2 OCBCtrans2 SCtrans2 UOBtrans2
Star Alliance Star KF Logo trans
BR            
TKtrans                
TGtrans              
MMtrans                
UAnewtrans                
oneworld AM Logo trans    
AVIOStrans              
MHtrans            
QRtrans              
QFF          
SkyTeam Circle CItrans                
AFKLtrans              
Others Circle EYtrans              
EKtrans              

By transferring a large volume of your points into Asia Miles, you may also be exposing yourself to any potential future devaluations in the programme before you get chance to use them.

Keeping your miles at the bank side, especially with Citi, protects you against this since you can then opt to transfer into a range of other programmes instead if you wish (on the basis they won’t all devalue at the same time!).

Terms and conditions

 Asia Miles up to 15% transfer bonus

Summary

We know a lot of people who swear by Singapore Airlines and only transfer their miles into the KrisFlyer programme for their award travel.

While that’s fair enough, in our opinion they are missing out.

Asia Miles has great sweet spots to Europe in Business Class and First Class, gives you another option when KrisFlyer awards aren’t available, and opens up a variety of oneworld redemption options.

On top of that, they allow you to experience Cathay’s great lounges in Hong Kong, fantastic oneworld lounges at Changi, and they could provide some protection against future KrisFlyer devaluations.

For these reasons we think Asia Miles provide a great redemption option as travel hopefully starts to unlock later in 2021 and beyond.

Asia Miles are a great alternative to KrisFlyer if you don’t mind a transit in Hong Kong, or want to redeem oneworld flights. (Photo: Cathay Pacific)

Now that the KrisFlyer promotional bonus for credit card points transfers is finished, it may well be time to turn your attention to the latest Asia Miles deal running until the end of January 2021.

We recommend transferring now if you’re going to take advantage, to factor in the variable transfer times from credit card providers to make sure you don’t miss out.

Whether you’ll transfer or not, there’s no harm in checking which bonus level you’ve been targeted for (even for brand new accounts), by registering at the link below!

  Asia Miles 10-15% Bonus Registration

(Cover Photo: Edwin Leong)

13 comments

    1. Yes, HSBC, RBC and AMEX are valid finance partners in Canada. You will get the 10/15% bonus transferring from these provided you register successfully.

  1. Hi Andrew! I have made a transfer request for 25000 Citi TYP from Citi Singapore to 10000 Asia miles at 9pm SGT yesterday. I have a booking of an award flight with Cathay on hold that needs to be fulfilled by tomorrow at 5pm SGT! From your experience, do you think this points transfer will be completed by the deadline? Is there any way to expedite the transfer? (called up Citi Singapore and they just read out their upto 14 day rule). Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated!!

    1. Citi transfers to Asia Miles are usually completed within 24h in our experience, so it should be ok!

      If they haven’t landed by tomorrow morning, maybe you can ask for an extra day extension on the deadline?

      1. Thank you so much for your reply!! I was reading a few of your posts and I came across one that you had mentioned you needed to get two emails from Citi Singapore to ensure the miles transfer is initiated and completed successfully. However I received only one email that reads “Points Transfer Confirmation” from Citi last night as soon as I clicked transfer on their website. Is that the reason why the process could be delayed? Thank you!

      2. Oh great that’s a relief! Hopefully it goes through by my deadline! The flight is fully sold out and all that I have is my award ticket yikes! Anyways, thank you for the prompt replies! 🙂

      3. Yeap Bingo!! Most of the flights are sold out for the first week, I managed to hold another return ticket directly with Cathay until tomorrow as well, but my onward journey from Singapore is kinda dependent on my Asia Miles award ticket! Have to complete both bookings based on the status of this ticket!

      4. I still haven’t received any update on my Asia Miles account – but my order on Citibank Points Order History reads “Fulfilled” now. Is that the sign for points being transferred already?

        Also my Asia Miles account was created right before I initiated the transfer, is that why there is a delay because it is a new account? Thanks once again Andrew!

      5. Sorry to hear it’s taking so long! Not sure about the new account – I’d suggest calling Asia Miles to clarify. Maybe they can put your award on hold for a bit longer if you explain the situation.

      6. Hi Andrew thank you so much for your help and consistent replies! Glad to say the miles showed up on my account at around 6:30pm SGT! So the entire transfer took approximately 45 hours!

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