Asia Miles increases price of some long-haul flights

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POSTED: November 6, 2019
UPDATED: November 6, 2019
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

Cathay Pacific’s loyalty programme Asia Miles has quietly increased the price of some long-haul flights on partner airlines.

The background

In June 2018, Asia Miles devalued its award chart. They increased redemption rates on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights. They also eliminated award charts for partner airlines—now you have to use this online pricing calculator.

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This change affects only partner airline flights, like Japan Airlines (not Cathay Pacific)

The latest change

Hong Kong frequent flyer website Fly For Miles has reported that Asia Miles has increased redemption rates for flights of 2,751-5,000 miles (all other distances still cost the same).

Here are the changes:

CabinOld priceNew pricePrice change
Economy25,00027,000+8%
Premium Economy35,00043,000+23%
Business50,00061,000+22%
First75,00087,000+16%

This change appeared to have come into effect in late September 2019.

How does this affect travellers in New Zealand?

There are no changes for us in terms of award costs for flights departing New Zealand, which is great.

A Qantas Business Class redemption from Sydney or Melbourne to Singapore has increased in price – but from Auckland via the East Coast of Australia, it stays the same

Does Asia Miles have any sweet spots?

Yes, they do, especially for ultra-long-haul flights to Europe and North America. You can read about them here.

Summing up

A 22-23% price increase for Premium Economy and Business Class redemptions on medium-haul partner flights is disappointing (devaluations tend to be around the 10-15% mark).

If you have an Asia Miles balance and were eyeing off one of these redemptions, then you’ll have no choice but to pay the higher price.

However, if you want to get more value from your miles, you may want to aim for a longer (or shorter) flight.

This could be an indication that the programme intends to progressively increase redemption rates distance band-by-band. However, I doubt that that will actually happen.

What’s your take on this pricing change? Does this affect your travel plans?

Asia Miles increases price of some long-haul flights was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt