Cathay Pacific is offering a rare sign-up bonus for new members joining its Asia Miles programme this month, as the carrier begins its post-pandemic recovery in earnest with Hong Kong starting to relax its strict travel and border restrictions.
The deal is good for 1,000 bonus Asia Miles on first signing up for the recently rebranded Cathay programme, plus up to a further 3,000 bonus Asia Miles on taking a paid flight with the carrier.
1,000 miles sign-up bonus
Simply sign up as a new Cathay member via the dedicated link here, between 24th October 2022 and 7th November 2022 and you’ll earn an extra 1,000 Asia Miles welcome bonus in your account.
However, these miles won’t be credited straight away, despite the airline saying you will “instantly earn” them, with the terms and conditions stating that they will be credited six to eight weeks after the end of the promotion period, which is by 2nd January 2023.
There is no geographical restriction on your account’s registered address for the sign-up bonus, so it’s available to all new members globally, including those residing in Singapore.
Up to 3,000 bonus miles when you fly
As part of the offer, as a new member joining under this welcome bonus you can also earn up to an additional 3,000 bonus Asia Miles (“Fly Bonus”) when booking Cathay Pacific flights departing from one of the following countries:
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
You’ll need to book in the following fare codes by 7th November 2022 to be eligible.
- 3,000 bonus miles for First Class (Fare class: F, A)
- 3,000 bonus miles for Business Class (Fare class: J, C, D, I, P)
- 2,000 bonus miles for Premium Economy Class (Fare class: W, R, E)
- 2,000 bonus miles for Economy Class (Fare class: Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, S, N, Q, O, G,)
Bookings must be made via cathaypacific.com or the Cathay Pacific mobile app, to be eligible.
Do note that these bonus miles are capped at:
- the first 500 members (for First Class and Business Class combined)
- the first 500 members (for Premium Economy Class and Economy Class combined)
That’s unfortunate given that the welcome bonus of 1,000 miles has no upper cap. It simply won’t be possible for you to know whether you will receive the “Fly Bonus”, even after booking an eligible fare, since you’ll need to be among the top 500 to do so in your cabin class group.
If you are eligible, these bonus miles will also be credited to your account six to eight weeks after the end of the promotion period, which is by 2nd January 2023.
Asie Miles transfer bonus
Cathay is also running a transfer bonus from credit card partners to Asia Miles, between now and 12th November 2022.
- 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
There is no limit to the number of conversions and number of points that can be converted within the promotion period with this bonus deal, which is also open to new account holders signing up for the welcome miles offer.
See our full article for details.
Transits in Hong Kong are easy again
While Hong Kong itself has only opened so far with a “0 + 3” quarantine-free arrangement, including for tourists, this is still cumbersome and includes movement restrictions for the first three days, not to mention multiple COVID-19 tests.
Thankfully transiting through the airport, for example on a Cathay Pacific flight from Singapore to Los Angeles via HKIA, is a straightforward process once again, despite earlier restrictions.
Provided you have a confirmed onward flight booking, no testing or special forms are required, unless your final destination requires them.
At HKIA, Cathay pacific is operating The Wing First Class and The Pier Business Class lounges, for eligible passengers.
Booking a transit itinerary with the carrier is therefore an option again for many of our readers, as Cathay gradually ramps up flights including to Europe and the USA later this year.
If you’re not a member of Cathay’s frequent flyer programme, this is a good time to sign up with a bonus 1,000 welcome miles available for all new members between now and 7th November 2022.
An additional bonus is available for those who also make flight bookings by 7th November 2022, however this is unfortunately capped.
(Cover Photo: Cathay Pacific)