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Asia Miles Guide – How Filipinos can Earn, Maximise and Redeem Asia Miles

Asia Miles Guide – How Filipinos can Earn, Maximise and Redeem Asia Miles

If you’re a frequent Cathay Pacific flyer, use this Asia Miles guide to earn, redeem, and make the most of every single mile.

What is Asia Miles?

Asia Miles is Cathay Pacific’s rewards programme that lets you earn miles and use them to redeem different ‘Awards’.

These can be flights, hotel stays, dining, electronics, beauty, and other lifestyle items.

Asia Miles currently has over 11 million members and over 800 programme partners.

There are also over a thousand destinations that you can fly to on partner airlines and over 35,000 lifestyle and experience Awards that you can redeem.

Why should you join Asia Miles?

If you frequently book your airline tickets with Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon, it’s only wise to sign up as a member of Asia Miles. This way, you will earn miles from your trips or purchases, and then you can redeem them for more trips or other lifestyle rewards.

Just to give you an idea how Asia Miles works, when you book that one-way Economy ticket from Manila to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific, you earn 330 Asia Miles. Not to mention, when you book and stay in a partner hotel or dine in a partner restaurant, you also earn Asia Miles.

How do I become a member of Asia Miles?

Head to the official Asia Miles website and sign up. Key in your particulars, your email address, assign a username, and set a password.

You will also be assigned a membership number once you have finished with your registration, and you can use this to log into your account with your password.

If you already have a Cathay Pacific account, you can simply enrol it to Asia Miles.

Asia Miles is free to join, and anyone from 2 years old and above can sign up and become a member.

How do you earn Asia Miles?

You can earn Asia Miles when you travel.

When you book airline tickets with any of the 26 partner airlines to any destination in the world, you earn miles.

When you book hotel rooms in any of the 150 partner hotels on your business trips or vacations, your hotel expenses also can be converted into miles.

Asia Miles Partner Airlines:

  • Cathay Pacific
  • Cathay Dragon
  • British Airways
  • Finnair
  • American Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • Latam
  • Iberia
  • Qantas
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qatar
  • SriLankan Airlines
  • S7 Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air New Zealand
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Gulf Air
  • Jet Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Swiss International Air Lines

You can earn Asia Miles with your everyday activities.

Whenever you shop at over 1,000 retail partners, you can convert your spending into miles.

Earn Asia Miles when you dine at over 400 affiliated restaurants, or even when you order delivery. Bear in mind, these partner restaurants aren’t just in your home city – there are lots of them scattered throughout Asia. So when you’re overseas filling up that hungry tummy, you are also filling up your Asia Miles.

It’s important to note that you can also earn Asia Miles when you book your trip online through popular travel sites like Booking.com, Agoda, Trip.com, Expedia, Travelex, or TripAdvisor. Book a hotel room at Sofitel, Novotel, or Ibis to earn instant Asia Miles as well.

Which credit cards in the Philippines can you use to earn Asia Miles?

Credit Card How to Earn Asia Miles
HSBC Visa Platinum 1 Asia Mile = 25 PHP spend
BDO Cathay Pacific American Express Elite 1 Asia Mile = 38 PHP local spend

2 Asia Miles = 50 PHP overseas spend

2 Asia Miles = 38 PHP online spend for Cathay Pacific flights

Maybank Visa Platinum 1 Asia Mile = 50 PHP spend
EastWest Priority Visa Infinite 1 Asia Mile = 40 PHP spend
RCBC Bankard Visa Infinite World 1 Reward Point = 36 PHP spend

1 Reward Point = 1 RCBC Air Mile

3 RCBC Air Miles  1 Asia Mile

How many Asia Miles are needed to fly to a certain destination?

Are you planning to go overseas for a well-deserved break? If you’ve got Asia Miles saved up, here’s an approximation of just how many miles you need to get from Manila to different destinations in the world.

Destination Airline Economy Class
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific 7,500 Asia Miles / passenger
Melbourne Qatar Airways 25,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Tokyo Japan Airlines 15,00 Asia Miles/ passenger
Taipei Cathay Dragon 7,500 Asia Miles / passenger
London British Airways 35,000 Asia Miles/ passenger
Male (Maldives) Cathay Dragon 22,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Airlines 15,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Cebu Cathay Dragon 7,500 Asia Miles / passenger
Auckland (NZ) Qatar Airways 25,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Beijing Air China 15,000 Asia Miles/ passenger

 

Destination Airline Premium Economy Class
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific 11,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Melbourne Qatar Airways
Tokyo Japan Airlines
Taipei Cathay Dragon
London British Airways 45,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Male (Maldives) Cathay Dragon
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Airlines
Cebu Cathay Dragon
Auckland (NZ) Qatar Airways
Beijing Air China

 

Destination Airline Business Class
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific 16,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Melbourne Qatar Airways 50,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Tokyo Japan Airlines 30,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Taipei Cathay Dragon 16,000 Asia Miles / passenger
London British Airways 70,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Male (Maldives) Cathay Dragon 45,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Airlines 30,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Cebu Cathay Dragon 16,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Auckland (NZ) Qatar Airways 50,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Beijing Air China 30,000 Asia Miles / passenger

 

Destination Airline First Class
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific 25,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Melbourne Qatar Airways 75,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Tokyo Japan Airlines 45,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Taipei Cathay Dragon 25,000 Asia Miles / passenger
London British Airways 110,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Male (Maldives) Cathay Dragon 70,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Airlines
Cebu Cathay Dragon 25,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Auckland (NZ) Qatar Airways 75,000 Asia Miles / passenger
Beijing Air China 45,000 Asia Miles / passenger

How do you redeem your Asia Miles?

You need to have an Asia Miles account set up before you request your bank to transfer your points. Take note that the name on your credit card should match the name on your Asia Miles account.

There are some credit cards that automatically transfer your points. Some banks also require the credit cardholder to request the transfer of points.

Once the points have been transferred to your Asia Miles account, they can no longer be transferred back to your credit card.

It usually takes about 7 days before the miles will reflect in your account. Unfortunately, Asia Miles expire, so make sure to use them within 3 years of crediting.

What else can you redeem with your Asia Miles?

Flight Awards

There are three categories, depending on how many miles you’re willing to spend or where you prefer to be seated on your flight.

  • Standard Award offers the most affordable when it comes to miles but it also has the lowest seat availability. It’s available on Premium Economy and up on all partner airlines.
  • Choice Award offers more seat availability but more miles are required. It’s available on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights for Premium Economy Class and up.
  • Tailored Award offers the maximum seat availability any time of the year, but it’s also the costliest. It’s available on all cabin classes on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights.

You can also upgrade your ticket to the next cabin class with the Upgrade Award. Or redeem a companion ticket for anyone when you purchase a Business or First Class ticket. You can also redeem extra luggage allowance or seats with extra legroom in Economy class.

Travel Awards

Redeem this to book hotel rooms, rent a car, or enjoy different experiences in the places you visit.

For example, if you have saved up over 23,000 Asia Miles, you can redeem a one-night stay this July at the Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo!

Lifestyle Awards

Here are just some of the things that you can redeem under Lifestyle Awards category:

  • Travel Accessories (global travel adaptor, luggage trolley, pocket Wifi)
  • Electronics and Gadgets (laptops, mobile phones, tablets)
  • Home and Kitchen (bathroom heater, digital clocks, vacuum mugs, desktop fan)
  • Wine and Gourmet (five-course meals, lunch buffets, afternoon tea, seafood dinners, signature bento boxes, brunch with free-flowing non-alcoholic drinks)
  • Beauty and Wellness (personal care sets, daily beauty essentials, health monitors, essential oil diffusers, wind diffusers)

Entertainment Awards

Although most of them are held in Hong Kong, you can redeem movie tickets, concerts and show tickets, as well as workshop tickets.

Convert Miles to Points

Did you know that you can also convert your Asia Miles into points for other loyalty programs that you are signed up for?

Charity

If you’re feeling generous, you can redeem social goods that will help people in different parts of the world. There are many options – whether it’s to campaign for AIDS awareness or provide anti-malaria treatment to kids.

There’s a lot of fun to be had when it comes to earning miles. It may take some time to accumulate the required number of miles, but with the right credit card and the right amount of spending, you will soon be reaping the Awards. Pun intended.