The earnings from these two promotions could be quite strong given how good value Asia Miles redemptions are.
For example, Keith used 70,000 Asia Miles for his Qantas Business Class flight between Sydney and San Francisco earlier this year.
Flight offer: up to 5,000 bonus miles for flights to London Gatwick for rest of 2016
With Cathay launching its new 4x weekly Hong Kong – London Gatwick service on 2 September, Asia Miles is offering up to 5,000 bonus miles for return tickets in Economy, 6,000 in Premium Economy and 10,000 in Business Class (or half of that for one-way flights between Hong Kong and London).
You’ll also get 500-1,000 bonus miles for booking online, and an extra 500 miles if you are a new member.
Cathay will be flying this route on of its new Airbus A350 aircraft,with flat-bed open suites in Business Class in a 1-2-1 configuration and 3-3-3 in Economy Class.
From 30th October 2016 Cathay’s Auckland to Hong Kong service will also become the third route to receive the new generation aircraft, making it possible to fly the A350 all the way from Auckland to Gatwick with Cathay Pacific.
Compared to arriving at Heathrow, Gatwick is generally cheaper and closer to the majority of London.
This offer is open to Asia Miles members who have their preferred mailing address registered in Australia, NZ, the UK, Hong Kong, Taiwan or China.
You need to register by 30 September and travel by 15 December 2016.
You can earn between 3x and 5x Asia Miles points on qualifying stays at Hilton properties until the end of the year, depending on the location:
- 5x miles in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
- 4x in the rest of Asia-Pacific
- 3x in the rest of the world
New Asia Miles members will also receive 500 bonus miles if they book and stay by 8 November.
Full details of the promotion can be found here and you need to book and stay by 29 December. The blackout dates are 19-23 September, 17-18 October, 24-25 October and 8-10 November 2016.
In order to take advantage of this offer, you need to:
- Already be or sign up to become a Hilton Honors member, select Asia Miles as your preferred Double Dip partner in MyWay Earning Style, and add your Asia Miles membership number to your Honors account
- Register using the promotion link above
- Book your stay directly through Hilton
Earning bonus Asia Miles when flying Cathay Pacific flights
Asia Miles is Cathay Pacific’s frequent flyer program, so it’s obvious that Cathay would want to incentivise flying and loyalty to its brand.
Asia Miles are one of the more proactive programs out there, often running promotions to earn more miles on specific routes, as well as, of course, offering Asia Miles on most Cathay Pacific-operated flights.
This guide covers off where to find these promotions, plus how and when they may make sense to use them.
The first place to check for bonus Asia Miles is the earn offers page of the Asia Miles website, which lists out all the currently available offers. As great and relevant offers come about, we update this guide.
Given Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong hub, many of the offers are understandably centred around travel from Hong Kong, but if your travel plans align, it is worth knowing about these bonuses as they can be pretty lucrative.
Most of these promotions need pre-registration, which is why it’s worth keeping an eye on them in case you’ll qualify.
If an overseas account is needed, that obviously makes the promotions harder to use, even if your travel plans match. There may be ways around this, essentially switching your account address, but these should be done with caution.
To understand how many base miles you’ll earn for a Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or partner flight accrued to Asia Miles, you can use the Airline Earn Calculator.
When does it makes sense to take advantage of these kind of offers?
Generally, they are going to be useful only when the eligible flights match your existing potential travel plans.
The bonus miles may well sway you to travelling on Cathay Pacific over a competitor, however it is unlikely they are going to be lucrative enough to buy and travel just to earn the miles.
Featured image courtesy of Cathay Pacific.