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