Asia Miles is Cathay Pacific’s loyalty program. It is useful for those who fly on Cathay Pacific and its partners like Qantas and Qatar Airways.
Asia Miles are easily earned through credit cards, flying and bonus points promotions, and can be redeemed for award flights in all classes.
This guide is ground zero for those who are just starting off. Read on for how to join the program, earn as many miles as you can, and use them for maximum value.
How to join the program
Signing up to Asia Miles is free. You can sign up using this link.
How to earn points
The only credit cards that can let you earn Krisflyer Miles on spend in New Zealand are cards that earn into the American Express Membership Rewards Program, namely the American Express Platinum Edge and Platinum Charge cards.
Membership Rewards points transfers to a number of major frequent flyer programs including Krisflyer Miles at a rate of 1 MR Point to 0.5 Frequent Flyer Point.
There are a number of other ways to earn bonus Asia Miles, including by:
- flying on Cathay Pacific, Qantas and other oneworld alliance airlines
- shopping online through the Asia Miles iShop online mall
- booking hotel stays
- booking a car rental
- booking a luxury airport transfer service
You may consider crediting your Qantas flights to Asia Miles instead of Qantas Frequent Flyer—this guide will help you decide whether to do so.
You can even earn Asia Miles on Air New Zealand flights to Hong Kong from Auckland and Christchurch.
If you are short on miles for a redemption, you can:
How to redeem points
Cathay’s comfortable long-haul Business Class seat
Using Asia Miles for travel in Qantas Business Class provides great redemption value
In many cases, redeeming Asia Miles for Qantas and oneworld flights represents better value than redeeming Qantas Points for the same flight.
Cathay Pacific First Class has the widest seat in commercial aviation
We’ve put together some booking tips when using Asia Miles.
We have dedicated guides for using Asia Miles for travel between Australia and the US, and the US and Europe.
If you are looking for more inspiration for what to do with your Asia Miles, check out our best uses of points series.
Lost as to how to start your search for an award seat? Check out this post.
If you fly or are interested in flying Cathay Pacific, Qantas or one of its other partners, then the Asia Miles program is one worth signing up for.
This comprehensive guide delves into the program in a deeper way.
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Supplementary images courtesy Cathay Pacific and Asia Miles.