Asia Miles Cathay Pacific Credit Cards Deals

Transfer credit card points to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles with up to 15% bonus

Transfer credit card points to the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles programme for up to 15% bonus, with no cap.

Asia Miles is back with one of its regular bonus offers when you transfer credit card points across to the programme, with 10% or 15% additional miles for each transfer made and no upper cap.

The two-month-long transfer bonus offer is now live and running between 13th September 2022 and 12th November 2022.

Under this offer you’ll get either a 10% or 15% bonus when making transfers to the programme, based on the number of miles you transfer in each conversion:

  • Convert credit card points and earn less than 30,000 miles: 10% bonus
  • Convert credit card points and earn more than 30,000 miles: 15% bonus

Importantly, unlike some previous deals, there is no limit to the number of conversions and number of points that can be converted within the promotion period with this bonus offer.

Registration required

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

You can register ay any time during the promotion period, but to keep it ‘tidy’ we’d recommend doing so before transferring your credit card points into the scheme.

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 12th November 2022 it will be too late to register for the bonus, even if you made one or more transfers during the promotion period.

Again, 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.

Asia Miles can be your key to Cathay Pacific’s excellent Hong Kong lounges, like The Wing First Class. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Eligible transfer partners

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.

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In Singapore that means points held with the following banks are eligible:

Bank Eligible Points
Amex.png Membership Rewards
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is BOCtrans.png BOC Points
CITItrans Citi ThankYou Points / Citi Miles
DBStrans DBS Points
HSBCtrans HSBC Reward Points
MAYBANKtrans Maybank TREATS Points
UOBtrans UOB UNI$

For many of our overseas readers, here are some example eligible banks in other countries.

Malaysia
  • American Express
  • AmBank
  • Citi
  • Maybank
  • Standard Chartered
  • UOB
USA
  • American Express
  • Brex
  • Capital One
  • Citi
Australia
  • American Express
  • ANZ
  • Citi
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • HSBC
  • National Australia Bank
  • Westpac
United Kingdom
  • American Express
  • HSBC

Transfer ratios

Here are the new ‘effective’ transfer ratios from seven eligible Singapore banks into Asia Miles during this promotion, depending on whether you are participating at the 10% or 15% bonus level.

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
12,500 Points 5,000
5,500
Miles
12,500 Points 5,000
5,750
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

Bonus miles under this promotion 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 21st January 2023 at the latest.

During a recent Asia Miles bonus promotion for credit card points transferred in December 2020, the miles were actually credited by mid-March 2021, 6 weeks after the promotion ended, despite the same 8-10 week timeframe being quoted.

Similarly in the previous two bonus promotions we participated in, miles were credited at around the 6-week mark, so while there are no guarantees it does look as though you should see the bonus before the end of December 2022 this time round too.

What if the bonus doesn’t credit?

You’ll have until 28th February 2023 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 five weeks before that.

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From 1st March 2023 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.

Transfer time

Aside from registering your Asia Miles account for the 10% or 15% promotional transfer bonus, it’s important to consider the lead time for your bank to miles transfer.

The processing time of Eligible Miles Conversion might vary among Eligible Finance Partners. AML accepts no liability for failure or delay in the provision of the Promotion Offer to the Eligible Members for any reason beyond AML’s control.

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. While we have more experience with KrisFlyer transfers, we have the following data points for Asia Miles transfers we have made, or our readers have shared:

  • BOC SG: 6 weeks (why bother?)
  • Citi SG: 2 working days
  • Citi USA: Instant
  • DBS SG: 4 working days
  • UOB SG: 3 working days

Our recommendation is to initiate any transfers by Friday 4th November 2022 to allow five clear working days before the end of the promotion.

If you prefer to err on the safe side (and sleep better at night!), do it by Friday 28th October 2022 to allow an additional week.

Asia Miles ‘sweet spots’

Asia Miles is probably one of our favourite FFPs 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.

Unfortunately Cathay Pacific is still running a limited schedule due to COVID-19, but hopefully this situation will improve when Hong Kong makes further border and quarantine relaxations.

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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, though unfortunately the airline has brought back its hefty fuel surcharges, which you definitely need to consider as part of the overall cost.

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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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 this case).

Again you have to remember that Cathay Pacific has not yet returned to many of these destinations due to COVID-19, so a transfer now for the purposes of making one of these redemptions is somewhat speculative and potentially long-term, which does involve some risk (e.g. devaluation).

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 160,500 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 (new Business Class with low fuel surcharges), 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 103,500 miles), including in the Qsuite with Qatar Airways, though do note you’ll be hit with some fairly hefty fuel surcharges in that example.

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 than using Cathay Pacific.