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Cathay Pacific Asia Miles transfer bonus
Ordinarily we see bank specific transfer bonuses, but every now and then, we see a program specific transfer bonus where you’ll get that bonus when you transfer points from a wide range of banks into said program. Well, this time around, that program is Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. From Sept 13th to November 12th, 2022 you will get between a 10% and 15% bonus when you transfer credit card points into Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. I’ve updated the master list of transfer bonuses to reflect this new transfer bonus, so be sure to check that out! H/T OMAAT
You do need to register which you can do here– and as always I never recommend transferring without a specific redemption in mind.
In the USA Cathay Pacific would give a bonus to these programs:
- American Express
- Capital One
Here’s how the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles transfer bonus works:
It’s tiered and broken into two sections:
- Under 30k = 10% bonus
- Over 30k = 15% bonus
What are some good uses of Asia Miles?
1) British Airways with lower surcharges
Yes, you can significantly reduce the uber high surcharges that BA passes on to you if you opt to book your flights with Asia miles vs another award currency. Here are the prices from the West Coast and then East Coast using Asia Miles to fly on BA or AA
- Business Class from the Midwest or East Coast at just 61k miles
- Business Class from the West Coast is 75k miles
You can see on this BA flight from JFK to LHR that the taxes and fees are under $250
2) Better award avail for Cathay Pacific First and business class
Cathay Pacific has a few different award charts, but you’ll want to focus on “standard” since it provides the cheapest redemption rates.
You can have access to more award space and lock in business class to Asia from Anywhere in America for 85k miles – just 71k Amex Points with this bonus.
One of my favorite first class experiences is Cathay Pacific First Class. It’s very rare to find award space outside of 14 days from departure if booking with a partner airline, you’ll need to look 10 months way from today. However, Asia Miles gives greater access, but you’ll end up spending more miles than you would on Alaska Airlines, for example. Prices range from 110k to 125k depending on if you’re flying from the west coast or east coast of the USA which is 92k to 105k with the current bonus.
This could be an advantageous way of populating your Asia Miles account for a redemption you have in mind!
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